WTF is Semalt.com?

Over the past few days in my Adsense, WordPress, Woopra and Google Analytics logs (on all of my sites) there has been this suspicious referrer named Semalt. Usually the link string has something that looks like a competitor comparing other sites. But then it would be silly to even consider this personal blog anybody’s competitor. After all who can be me better than me right?

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Going to the actual domain for this website brings you to a page that has nothing except a login page. There’s not even an about section to let you know what on earth they are. All the page says is “It’s Easy to Understand What’s Going on With Your Google Rankings”. Yo, I’ll tell you what’s going on sir, quit crawling my page. I’m skeptical of anything that promises better Google rankings. There are enough spam e-mails that like to sell me this every day.

 To further the weirdness, the “Login” and “Register” button is the same damn button. I’m not going to type anything in those fields. This seems like a clever phishing site for passwords. According to this website, it does work as an analytics tool but the site for processing payments is a third party one, there is no SSL security and the domain has only been around since September. I also find it suspicious that a legit company has no social media presence whatsoever, especially when it is now key to promoting web traffic.

 I write this to warn my fellow WordPressers and bloggers not to click or register for this site until there is a clearer understanding of what it is. 

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19 thoughts on “WTF is Semalt.com?

  1. I’ve been getting lots of referrings from them as well, and I agree if it was a proper legitimate company there would be some sort of about us section or at least a social media prescence… I think I’ll wait and see what they develop into before I login/register…

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  6. I am not very computer literate but i noticed semalt coming up on my website stats. having read a few facbook etc comments about this website i think that this is a company that generates number of visits to your website. i made my website and at first didn’t get any visitors. all of a sudden i get about 50 visitors a day. on closer inspection i realised that these visit numbers were being generated by semalt. as i said I’m not very computer literate so had to do quite a bit of investigation about different opportunities available to make your website in addition to wordpress. amny of these d-i-y website generating companies operate on a month-by-month payment scheme rather than a fixed contract term. i have realised that as it gets closer to the time for me to renew my monthly fee my stats indicate a jump in the number of visitors. so semalt – a device designed by website companies to keep customers renewing?

  7. If you want to block semalt.com from visiting your site and making havoc with your statistics add this to the end of your .htaccess file….

    SetEnvIfNoCase Via evil-spam-proxy spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer evil-spam-domain.com spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer evil-spam-keyword spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Via pinappleproxy spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer semalt.com spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer poker spammer=yes

    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
    Deny from env=spammer

  8. Ughhh same here! Semalt dot com bumps my referral stats in Analytics for 7 days in row everyday. I thought I’m the only one! This website is a spammer and most likely a phising scammer. I just edit my htaccess file to shoo them away!

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