Semalt.com

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  • #1633759

    jackiedana
    Member

    Allow me to tackle a few things here.

    First of all, the spam referrer link is currently available only for users on WordPress.com. It may be rolled into a future Jetpack release but is not available in Jetpack stats currently.

    Regardless of where Semalt may be located, I’d like to reassure everyone that there is no security risk to your site based on a referrer link.

    Finally, to @sabrasmith, if you are still experiencing issues logging into or viewing a site on WordPress.com, please post a new thread in the forums and add the tag “modlook” so we can assist you directly.

    #1633760

    lcsterling
    Member

    It is damn creepy, though, to see so many “visits.”

    #1633761

    timethief
    Member

    Meh … I have much bigger fish to fry like answering questions here so I rarely even lay eyes on my stats more than once daily.

    #1633762

    pepfry
    Member

    Hi Guys,

    Me also seeing “Semalt” in my site [pepfry.com] analytics “Referrer” section. Its being almost a week since I have seen it in the analytics – Now it has increased the views to 25 views per day…

    It’s really a spam – When I click the link it takes me to its login page. I see that there is an option for “WordPress.com” – Is there any such thing for self hosted sites “WordPress.org” sites?

    Thanks!
    Sumesh M.S

    #1633763

    disc440
    Member

    If Semalt is indeed harmless why can’t WordPress find a way to get rid of it. I am just tired of seeing it and given all that’s going in the world today with spying it’s bothersome.

    #1633765

    rpsellers
    Member

    There are some discussions about blocking the semalt crawler via htaccess. The two most common methods are inserting one of the following at the end of the .htaccess file:

    # block visitors referred from semalt.com
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} semalt\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule .* – [F]

    – or –

    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

    My experience is that these (I’ve added both as the first didn’t seem to make any difference) don’t totally get rid of the semalt referrals, but they cut them way down. I was averaging over 20 / day before, and since have only had 2 or 3.

    #1633766

    lcsterling
    Member

    This seems helpful … can you please advise where one finds the .htaccess file?

    thanks,
    LS

    #1633767

    rpsellers
    Member

    @Icsterling: Your .htaccess file is found in the root folder where your WordPress installation is (self-hosted WP, that is; I’m not sure where or if you’d find it if your blog is on WP.com). It’s not accessible through the theme editor – only server side. (Hint: Copy it before doing any changes in case you inadvertently make any changes that affect your site!)

    I might have been a bit off topic here on the WP.com forum but like others above, I’ve been stymied because the jetpack on self hosted sites doesn’t have the “report spam” capability and this crawler’s driving me crazy.

    #1633768

    timethief
    Member

    @rpsellers
    @lcsterling
    Yours is an off-topic conversation that ought not to be posted here in the WordPress.com support forums because posting it here will likely create confusion. Please move your conversation to the correction support forum at http://wordpress.org/support/ If you don’t have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

    #1633769

    rpsellers
    Member

    @ timethief

    Thanks for the proclamation of the obvious! I notice you haven’t replied with the same snark for all the others “off topic” above in this thread. Not helpful…

    #1633770

    lcsterling
    Member

    don’t understand TT – isn’t this all related to “get semalt off my site!?”

    #1633771

    lcsterling
    Member

    @ rpsellers – self-hosted WP site. Thanks.

    #1633772

    timethief
    Member

    Your site is not a free hosted WordPress.com blog.
    http://www.compellingconcepts.com/ is a WordPress.ORG install.
    This is the WordPress.com support forum.

    #1633773

    lcsterling
    Member

    Found a plugin: WP htaccess Control

    Have activated it and will see what happens.

    LS

    #1633774

    timethief
    Member

    As Staff jackiedana has already said here https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/semaltcom-2?replies=33#post-1676963

    Allow me to tackle a few things here.

    First of all, the spam referrer link is currently available only for users on WordPress.com. It may be rolled into a future Jetpack release but is not available in Jetpack stats currently.

    Regardless of where Semalt may be located, I’d like to reassure everyone that there is no security risk to your site based on a referrer link.

    @rpsellers
    Please note the confusion that arises from posting to the wrong support forum. Please move your conversation to where it belongs.

    #1633775

    timethief
    Member

    @staff
    This hijacked thread has outlived it’s usefulness for WordPress.COM users. Please close it.

    #1633776

    rpsellers
    Member

    Oh please… I mentioned in my original post that while I might be off topic, I was answering another person’s question – one that had already been mentioned above. Such melodrama – a “hijacked thread” is not only unnecessary and unhelpful but also why so many of us on BOTH the .com and .org forums try to ignore overly-officious types… if the shoe fits?

    #1633777

    lcsterling
    Member

    Apologies – didn’t understand the difference or that I might be in the wrong place. In fact, I still don’t understand … is this not part of Automatic?

    #1633778

    timethief
    Member
    #1633779

    lcsterling
    Member

    Thanks – not being a designer I didn’t know about the distinction.

    best,
    Ls

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