What is Semalt? No one knows.

This is not a movie-related post, but this is something important everyone should know, especially blog owners.

For the past couple weeks, you may have been noticing web traffic from semalt.com. The site doesn’t give any information, and requires an account to proceed with any site info. They appear to be some kind of search traffic analysis site. Until we can figure out what these folks are actually about, it is not recommended you associate with the site. 

EDIT: I believe that this is simply guerrilla/viral marketing. You see the site, your curiosity is piqued, you head to the site, and you sign up. Still proceed with caution.

30 thoughts on “What is Semalt? No one knows.

  1. It would very much appear to be a web crawler that continuously hits your website . In doing so, it increases it ranking and in-time will use this to grow its business through a 3rd party. Once it becomes more well know, I believe it will draw a lot of attention and business from other analytic web programs. I think it would be wise to stay clear of this site. My opinion only.

  2. 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

  3. I’ve been getting hits from these guys for the last few days. I won’t be doing anything further until they actually provide some information on their website and stop being illusive.

    They’re bringing views from the most obscure of places though – this time Bosnia and Herzegovina; not exactly on my radar considering my blog is about British archaeology… Never had views from there before!

  4. Definitely viral/guerilla marketing trying to sell what you get free from google analytics, They don’t even try to cover it up much, followed a spike/peak in traffic back to them from a bot called ‘crawler’. With only a one year lease on the web address and obvious Bot trawling can only mean scam or at least money for nothing, just analytics dressed up to look pretty, nothing new and nothing worth paying for 😛

  5. Came here after googling the name. Also getting fake traffic, from loads of countries. They can’t be in all those places. Its odd, and a bit annoying. Thanks for Blogging this though.

  6. Very odd indeed! the online threat alert note makes me wary. I will use it for the 7 days but really not sure what it does! has anyone had any ideas on it?

  7. I have also had a fair amount of traffic to my blog for the past two days from this site. My stats tell me it’s from Russia.

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