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What is the website www.semalt .com about?

Date: January 01, 2014 11:12 PM - Views: 48,185 - Article ID:5283 - Comments: 66
What is the website www.semalt .com about?

Today I found the website www.semalt .com in my web server and Adsense traffic logs. The website home page only allows you to sign-in or register. It doesn't provide any information about itself. There is no FAQ, "About us" or "Contact us" page. A lot of persons have also been seeing www.semalt .com in their logs and have been asking me to provide them with information about this website. So, what is the website www.semalt .com about?

The website www.semalt .com home page

The website www.semalt.com home page

It's easy to understand what's going on with your Google Rankings

We were able to gather the following information about this website:

Domain Name: SEMALT .COM
Creation Date:  2013-09-04
Expiration Date:  2014-09-04
Alexa Rank:   76,173
Title:  Webmaster Analytics Tool
Description:  Professional keyword ranking monitoring service with competitor analysis. Free plans.

Located in the Netherlands, the website claims it is a webmaster keyword ranking analytics tool and seems to provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services.

The website www.semalt.com

The service this website provides and is asking you to pay for, is available online for free.

The website www.semalt.com

Other suspicious things about this website:

  • it is only registered for the minimum registration period of one year: 2013-09-04 to 2014-09-04. Most websites registered for one year are usually fakes.
  • it doesn't have a secure connection (SSL). https://www.semalt .com doesn't work.
  • it uses a third party website (fastspring) to process payments

Their payment page is located at:
https://sites.fastspring .com/semalt/instant/ semaltsmallbusiness?referrer=1

We do not recommend using this website. 

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  • Anonymous: 1 week, 2 days ago

    I have found traffic from this crawler coming from several diverse geographic regions. I used CloudFlare to block the IP ranges for each time it accessed my site. example: 201.27.0.0/16 was one of them another was 1.10.0.0/16

    I don't get a good feeling about this Semalt


  • Anonymous: 1 week, 4 days ago

    This is what Webroot says about Semalt. com:
    "This website has been reported as unsafe
    http://semalt .com/

    We recommend that you don't continue to this website because it is reported to contain the following threats:

    Malicious software threat:
    This site might contain links to viruses or other software programs that can reveal personal information stored or typed on your computer to malicious persons."
    That seems based only on reports made.

    I was able to access this site before they had the register and login screen.
    All I saw was one big long list of websites.
    I reckon it is a site used to harvest addresses for attacks. Seems that after a hit from a link on this site there can be a number of meaningless hits from the Ukraine and failed login attempts.


  • Anonymous: 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    This site continually shows up with a significant number of click throughs on google analytics. How can it be blocked? This really takes away a lot of the implact of google analytics.


    • Anonymous: 1 week, 6 days ago

      You could probably add a filter to block them from the reports.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 0 week ago

    Their own website states that they are located in Ukraine.

    Whois data is hidden.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hello, seems they've put up a page to request removal from their crawlers.
    http://semalt .com/project_crawler.php
    .htaccess does this invisibly to them if that's your choice:
    # block visitors referred from semalt.com
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} semalt\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule .* - [F]
    Source - http://logorrhoea.net/2014/01/how-to-block-semalt-com-referrer-traffic-using-htaccess/
    However on some of my domains I don't have that option so didn't have that option.


    • Anonymous: 1 month, 1 week ago

      What a relief, just submitted my site for removal. I will let you know if it doesn't work. Thanks for sharing this!


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 1 week ago

    I noticed this at the same time I had 1200 hits from tel Aviv on a blog that normally gets 10 hits a day. Needless to say I'd like to block them but how do I do this with blogspot?


    • Anonymous: 1 month, 0 week ago

      Did anyone get back to you about getting it blocked from your blogspot? I'm having a lot of traffic saying they came through this semalt site.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 1 week ago

    I have seen this site related with hijacking of the browser that redirect the traffic to numerous sites .co.uk of spam. That test was done with Chrome under Windows. I don't know if in GNU/Linux is different, I will try with a Live CD of Ubuntu.

    The problem almost stopped by putting semalt .com appointing to localhost


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I am getting referrals traffic from this website, and all the visits from this website are having 100% bounce rate, how can I get rid of this website???? its kind of threat to my website's online reputation. Feels like someone is spying on my website. How do I BLOCK THEM?


    • info: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

      See some suggestions below made by some other users.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Looks bogus to me, in my google analytics the bounce rate for traffic coming in from this site is 100% !!!


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    The service is fake. If I check the IPs where I get the referer from semalt .com it is 90% from South America but we are a German website.

    As a webadmin I have very bad experience with Ukraine Internet. A lot of harvesters hackers and bots.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    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….
    (this will work for WordPress site)

    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


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    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.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    My sense is that this is a misguided marketing/publicity stunt on the part of Semalt. I've read statements from them and they don't really seem to have it together, though they sound like a legitimate company.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    They latched onto my site in Europe roughly 4 days ago (Feb.26) and account for 60% of my views on a daily basis.

    Can anything be done to report these people? My preference would be to have them eliminated.


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    These guys were bringing my bouncing rate up with their crawler. What I did was to add the following htaccess instruction:

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http(s)?://(www\.)?semalt.com.*$ [NC]
    RewriteRule .* google.com [L]

    What it does it's to redirect it to google.com. It seems to be working fine because I don't have 1 single crawler.php visit since I've add this.

    Hope it works out for you guys too!


    • Anonymous: 3 weeks, 6 days ago

      We should all set it so it redirect to semalt .com not google


    • Anonymous: 1 month, 1 week ago

      How would this approach work with a wpengine install? Not sure if the wpengine part is relevant but my htaccess file already has the following...


      # BEGIN WordPress

      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteBase /
      RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
      RewriteRule . /index.php [L]


      # END WordPress


      Would I add it to the end or overwrite what's already there?


    • Anonymous: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

      This is by far the best approach. Stops them cold.

      I was getting half a dozen "visits" from them logged per day all from different IPs in Brazil. Then they started coming at an increasing rate from all over. It is strictly a marketing effort hoping we will notice, follow the link and perhaps sign up for their service. Since their very marketing effort distorts the analytics they want to sell us I can't imagine they are anything but a scam. Block them!


  • Anonymous: 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    We have block them so many times but each time the addresses are from different countries - who do we report them to Google ?


    • Anonymous: 2 weeks, 2 days ago

      Maybe you forgot to specified the subdomains of your sites as well, because the system identifies a subdomain as a separate site. Otherwise the crawlers will continue visiting your webpages.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 0 week ago

    semalt have been hitting a lot of my sites recently so I decided to block them in my .htaccess I didn't use the IP as some have in this thread rather (I assume their IPs will change)I have blocked by referrer semalt .com


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 1 week ago

    I tried to log in but nothing happened, other than submitting a username and password, but now I found someone from Colombia, and two others from Brazil accessing my site.... The source of the visits was semalt.com. Suspicious?

    Meanhile, related or unrelated, my computer crashed!

    How did they know my site if I did not proceed beyond the failed attempted registry?


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 1 week ago

    This show's up in my stats daily.
    It's originating from this IP: 189.72.178.201 Which is assigned to brasiltelecom .net .br

    The BIG problem with blocking unwanted bots etc etc on IP's or IP block ranges, it doesn't work if the IP or block changes. If your have hassles with semalt .com and other misbehaving bots, script kiddies and anything other suspect entities crawling your site, go check out zbblock. It's a free script which blocks all the cr#p at the front door, even before it sucks down anything. Your site must be php driven for this to work.

    I've been using it since Oct 2013 and it stops Baidu and other such pests in their tracks.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 1 week ago

    I'm hosted on Godaddy, which has its own problems. This week my server has been in and out, which could be a Godaddy issue. I also am getting hits from semalt.com . Is there a way to block this bot or whatever it is? Or is migrating from Godaddy a good answer?


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 1 week ago

    I found it in my logs, went to the site and got hit with a malware attempt. The home page shows "Unable to access network."


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello all,

    I have pulled this from our lexity software it looks like they are running it from their house. I would say up to no good stay away.
    IP Address is: 142.68.44.39
    Geographical location of the IP address 187.63.160.65
    The location is indicative : It is estimated by the statistics obtained on partner sites. Reliability is close to 100% for the country, approximately 90% for the region and about 80% for the city.

    IP: Brazil 187.63.160.65 (Visao Tecnologia em Transmissao de Dados Ltda)
    Localization : Carlos Barbosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

    Hostname : rtr-miguel.visao.psi.br
    Country : Brazil
    Region : Rio Grande do Sul
    City : Carlos Barbosa
    Latitude : -29.299999
    Longitude : -51.500000


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I'm getting hit by this site constantly and in addition I am getting hits from many South American countries that has NO interest in what I do. I suspect it is all related to this semalt site. Too many IP's to block so I hope they simply go away.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I get the semalt/competitor-analysis links too on blog stats. Foolish me, went to semalt.com and got a logon or register page. filled out an email made up a password and got to a keyword tool that said it provided a free 7 day file. Tried a scan and it just churned without progress. I think it needs to be reported and filtered somewhere and saw a possible method reading further down in these comments.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Viral/guerilla marketing using Bots and 'Black hat' techniques, trying to get you to pay for what you can get elsewhere for free. I wouldn't even touch this site with someone else's 9ft pole it's that dodgy. Just don't. :(


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Also showing up drastically in my results, first noticed it being 2nd to google as a referrer. My gut instinct is that they are manipulating it so they appear so high and people visit out of curiosity and maybe decided to use the service...which isn't explained. Completely shady way of a company to go about gaining customers. Why would I use a service that manipulates my visits to get an accurate picture of my web traffic?


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Same here... I found them listed on my analytics report as a website linking to our website... sending us 70% more visits ? .... not sure if they are legit.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I saw it for the first time as a source for visits to my blog. No idea why. I've never registered with them, nor have I ever been contacted by them in any way. Biggest visitor to my blog though.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I have been seeing SeMalt as a referrer on my blog. Referring people from Brazil, Argentina, Peru....

    http://semalt.com/crawler.php?u=http:// and then my wordpress account name.

    I clicked on and went to their page. Am I going to have problems now. I don't know any thing like you folks do.

    Thank you.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I would have to agree with other posters. Everything looks shady about this site.

    I added the following to my .htaccess file like somneone else suggested:

    Deny from 217.23.11.135


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    According to one person Semalt is a Botnet, and this is the best explanation for the combination of shady practices and multiple IPs:

    Darren January 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Semalt are using a botnet (that’s innocent people’s computers which have been infected with a virus) to spam thousands of blogs with fake referrer spam. These visits are aimed at those webmaster who publish a list of top referrers on their homepage but the they are targeting sites indiscriminately.

    The response from Semalt you have published in good faith is not true.

    and

    JDriver January 23, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    I’ve just had a load of bot hits from Semalt myself, messing up my stats. Their technique of trying to gain hits seems to be against Google’s guidelines so I’ve reported them for Black Hat techniques. I urge others to do the same. Click here to report them.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I get this site and its sister sites from Brazil, Spain, Portugal, etc. Annoying, but I just ignore it. There are others that are worse.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    It's also possible that they are simply spamming their URL as a referrer to pages all over the internet.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi,

    I also get this site in my analytics regularly. It seems someone has set up a monitor to watch my site as it says in the url. http://semalt.com/competitors_review.php?u=

    I seem to be watched by someone who think's I'm their competitor. Good to know!


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I am getting hit by this site constantly sometimes 50 hits in a row. CAN ANYONE tell me what the heck they are trying to do?


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for the great information. Besides Semalt, my website is also getting alot of hits from bottlenose .com. Can anyone tell me if they are the same?


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Yikes.. I had a ton of hits from them this week. Good information. Thanks for sharing!


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for the info. I have learned to be suspicious of such SEO type sites, for excellent reasons. I shall not have anything to do with it!


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    thank you for posting I am getting hits on my website for this. I am just trying to get my story out to protect my life. JosieG6


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    It just got a hit on my blog too yesterday and I'm not really sure how that works .


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 0 week ago

    I found using this stops hits in your stats:

    <?php if ( !preg_match('/semalt\.com/', $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']) ) { ?> // your stat code goes here <?php } ?>?


    • Anonymous: 1 month, 1 week ago

      Assumably this isn't the best approach for a heavily cached site though? You wouldn't want semalt triggering the cache then following visits would skip the tracking code


    • Anonymous: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

      does this stop the site hiting you or it only excludes the stats?


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 1 week ago

    I am getting 100s of visits in my stats from numerous IPs and from numerous countries that would not care about my UK site, coming from Peru, Brazil , Columbia etc


    • Anonymous: 3 months, 0 week ago

      I have had 45 visits in one day from semalt .com/competitors_review.php, followed by a javascript xss attack which trashed parts of my site. I do not think this is coincidence


      • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

        Their website is vulnerable to XSS too.


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 1 week ago

    I saw in incoming link from this site to my personal blog - I have an abusive stalker - is he able to follow my site or somehow gain any info that would help him track updates or threaten its security - he has used change detection sites in the past so this is well within his MO... thanks


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 1 week ago

    Semalt.com has been bugging me for weeks by visiting my site. So I have created a .htaccess file to try and deny it access.
    ------
    Order Deny,Allow
    Deny from 217.23.11.135
    allow from all


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    It is a phishing and spamming site. Do not click on their links they are sending. You will be bombarded with false traffic.


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    It's not a phishing attempt, it's actually a very good usability feature that allows you to login if you already have an account, or create an account if you don't have one with the one form. Just enter your email address and a desired password, then press register/login and you will be prompted for your name, after which you will be logged in. Very easy.

    I noticed a bunch of referrals from this domain too, it's possible that my competitors are using this tool and finding my domain, which then gets sent as a referrer.

    It's also possible that they are simply spamming their URL as a referrer to pages all over the internet. Many other tools targetting webmasters have used this tactic in the past, and many more will use it in the future. Us webmasters are always checking our logs and when we see a new referrer, especially one sending as much traffic as semalt.com, we are naturally curious and go check it out.

    I wouldn't say the site is sinister, unless you believe that SEO is sinister, in which case you probably don't know much about SEO.


    • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

      Oh and the name is supposed to be "SeMalt".

      "Semalt will go to your site, and will in turn show up on sites that are referring traffic to your website. This then gets you curious, and click on their website, and BOOM now they have your information. The site is beyond shady, and I would not trust them with your information.

      No one knows what they actually do, if they do anything at all… Avoid at all costs"

      In case you have further questions for them:

      Press Contacts:

      Alex Andrianov

      Skype: Alex.Semalt
      E-mail: alex @semalt.com
      Facebook: Alex Andrianov
      Linkedin: Alex Andrianov
      Andrew Timchenko
      Skype: TimchenkoAndrew
      E-mail: andrew @semalt.com
      Facebook: Andrew Timchenko
      Linkedin: Andrew Timchenko
      Twitter: SemaltCom
      Site URL: Semalt .com
      Facebook: Semalt


      I guess they have a blog, but don't go there without a proxy:

      blog.semalt .com


    • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

      "It's not a phishing attempt, it's actually a very good usability feature that allows you to login if you already have an account, or create an account if you don't have one with the one form. Just enter your email address and a desired password, then press register/login and you will be prompted for your name, after which you will be logged in. Very easy."

      That's all good and well, but how would you know you wanted to have an account? The website isn't advertising to the public. It's login page set up implies it's a private venture. Again, fine, but it doesn't inspire confidence or trust. Leading one to wonder why you're advising people to take a leap of faith and give them their email address?

      The last sentence is a bit condescending. As many people have noted visitors come from many countries that would have no reason to go to their sites. These visitors are probably using a proxy service. In fact I assumed semalt was a proxy service based on traffic logs until I found this thread. There's one visitor who uses Google Chrome/Win 7 on a laptop who has browsed from Ecuador, Brazil and Italy. It's not a proxy default because someone else using the service was in Brazil using IE 10/Win 8.

      Several things are going on at the same time. While it's obviously not a phish, it's still odd traffic behavior. It looks like a service set up by a private group. They also own .net and .org, same registration dates, whois proxy, etc.


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    McAfee Secure Search lists semalt.com as potentially hazardous, at their yellow level, granted, but that's still dangerous enough for me.


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    How did you even register? It looks like the "register" and "login" button are the same. Like some clever phishing scam.


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    It's been hitting my home page for the last 2 days. Is it some sort of competitive analysis tool?

    Here's the URL:
    semalt.com/competitors_review.php?u=http://pauleide.com


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    It hits my blog all the time--it is user spam.


    • Anonymous: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

      Whenever it refers a user to my website, the visit results in a bounce. My bounce rates are currently quite low (below 30%), so it might have the effect over time of altering my SEO ranking. Just a guess.


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