Every single day I have a listing for semalt.com/crawler in my referrer. What is this and should I be worried?
The blog I need help with is stoutstandards.wordpress.com.
Here’s the link to the existing thread tagged for Staff attention please to post into it > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/unbelievable-views-vs-visitors-stats?replies=4
Staff closed that thread so see here https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/a-suspicious-website-viewing-my-blog?replies=4
I’m sorry about the closed thread run round. I tagged this thread for Staff attention.
I’ve noticed semalt turning up in my blog stats too over the past week. On the same day it started (Mon 27 Jan) I got another strange listing from something called interyield, which was in my click stats. I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence that it happened on the same day or even if I should be more worried about that, but I haven’t seen it since that day. Semalt however keeps turning up in my referrer stats.
The blog I need help with is headphonedaydreams.wordpress.com
A site that refers traffic to your site can not damage your site at all – some referrals are spam and dangerous to your browser if you click on them but they can only distort your stats a bit depending on how much “real” traffic you have (1 junk referral when you have 10 page views a day is 10% junk – 1 junk referral when you have 100 PV / day is only 1% junk)
Please rest assured that there are no security issues here, and we have already taken preliminary measures to address this issue. Semalt.com is on our radar and we will continue to monitor the issue.
Please stop monitoring the issue and stop reporting referrals from Semalt.com. It’s just junk as far as the users are concerned; get it off the stats page.
@raincoaster, thanks for the feedback. Our developers know that it’s an issue and are working on ways to address the referrer issues globally so that this won’t be an issue in the future.
Please see the forums thread below to learn how to block Semalt and other referrers in your stats:
Does anyone know whether there is a reader on the other end of Semalt. Also it requires registration to access the site. Is the site itself malicious?
Hi, I’ve just registered (use a made up email address!) and the site does not appear malicious. Not entirely sure of its purpose but seems to be about analysing your Google search result depending on keyword.
For a little more info about semalt, see here:
They show a few screenshots to illustrate what it does (just comparing backlink numbers for similar sites, so nothing very bad) but still they do think the site may be a dubious one, based on things like the domain has been registered for one year only.
Isn’t the latter what many of us do, too? ;-)
Hmm. I have a self-hosted wordpress blog, but also a wordpress.com account and can see my blog’s stats at http://wordpress.com/my-stats/.
Unfortunately, I’m not seeing any way to flag referrers as spammers; I checked out the FAQ referred to in this thread, and I see a list of referrers on both the stats linked above and on my own site… but no where do I see a report option :(.
The Report Spam is only an option at present for WordPress.COM blogs, WordPress.ORG Blogs using the JetPack Plugin I don’t think have the Spam option
I get semalt crawler as well…. Today I noted a WP message telling me my blog is “blowing up” with 27 views an hour — however, this is not reflected in the stats if it’s true.
Also, I’m not able to view my blog at the moment — I get message page saying the server is not available this Sunday night. If it’s not wp.com maintenance, then perhaps I have cause to be concerned despite comments above that the crawler is harmless.
Aww, bummer, auxclass… but thanks for the info!
@jackiedana – hi, I’m using the JetPack plugin. Is there anyway this can be updated with the Referrers “spam flag” option? I’ve checked my stats at wordpress.com and I don’t get the spam flag option there either…
I’m also experiencing issues with semalt and would like to block them. They went away and they have now come back again. Last week I started to experience real issues with our site…
A little worrying that they’re in the Ukraine … where so many bad Web things originate:
Semalt LLC is the Europe-based company established in September 2013. The corporate headquarters is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. Semalt LLC is a web service and software developer aimed at creating a high-quality cutting-edge and available SEO and marketing analytics tool.
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