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  • To block semalt.com from visiting your site and making havoc with your statistics add this to the end of your .htaccess fileā€¦.

    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
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  • hi
    thanks for helping out, i’ve been dying to find away to block this suspicious web analytic service,

    – my question is > do i add this exactly the way you posted it
    right after
    #End wordpress
    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
    ——————————————————–
    does this seem right ?

    That sounds about right….

    My .htaccess file looks like this….

    # WordPress redirect
    # Enable ETag
    # Expires
    # Headers
    # Compress some text file types
    # Deactivate compression for buggy browsers
    # Custom redirect
    # Block referrer (the code to block semalt)

    Hi…

    Somebody try here http://semalt.com/project_crawler.php ?

    You kidding right???? Why the heck I should ask them to remove my sites? I never asked them to crawl on my sites on first place. Semalt is nothing but bunch of Ukrainian spammers and collectors of information’s from sites! They do NOT identify them self as a crawler! No respectable company acts the way they do!

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    @anevins

    Forum moderator

    Seath, I’m sure nomadscarecrow was just trying to help.

    Thanks for posting this; I too am getting hit by Semalt.

    Sorry but I get anxious about editing these files and don’t want to break my site. I see that I have 2 htacess files; one in my hostgator account, and a longer one which shows up in the ‘Edit Files’ section of my Yoast SEO plugin.

    Do I need to edit both or just one?

    The Hostgator file ends with <IfModule> and the Yoast file ends with #END WordPress

    I’d like to just submit site to be removed as nomadscarescrow suggests but worry if I do that they’ll try something sneaky.

    Thanks

    Andrew,
    I am sorry for my outburst, I know that nomadscarecrow was trying to help. I am sure some people prefer his method instead of mine. Personally I would not give them anymore information then they already took from the site.
    I manage few small sites and semalt was hammering those sites down. On one blog they had more then 50% of visits from them! That effected the bounce rate and ranking, that’s why I get so upset about them. Again I apologize for my outburst.

    SLIS,
    I never used Yoast SEO plug-in so I am not sure if Yoast .htaccess is read before WordPress .htaccess or is they are used together.
    I would try to add the code in the original .htaccess file from WordPress first and see what happens if that won’t stop them then I would remove it and add it to the Yoast .htaccess file. If you are not sure you can always ask the developer of Yoast SEO what .htaccess file you can edit.
    Hope that helps.

    Thanks you guys for the post. Helped me out a lot.

    Agreed…thanks Seath, that totally fixed the issue!

    So, would this be correct?

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>

    # END WordPress
    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

    Yes.

    Seth – just curious – do you know these guys are in the Ukraine? Their site seems to be hosted in the Netherlands.

    Also, who are the other referrers in your code above and why are they there? (pinappleproxy, evil-spam-domain.com, evil-spam-proxy, evil-spam-keyword + poker)

    many thanks,

    Rob

    Hey Rob

    I didn’t wrote it, this code was written by Tom Raftery you can read it about it here… http://codex.wordpress.org/Combating_Comment_Spam/Denying_Access just scrawl down to Deny Access Referrer Spammers.

    I read long article about them, that was some time ago and I really don’t remember where. They did trace them to their original country. Its easy to have server in another country now days.

    Thanks for this. Will this work on a WP Multisite too? I’ve added it to my .htaccess in the root directory.

    Do you think I’ll need to do anything else to get it to work across all of the sub-websites? Hopefully not as there’s about 150 of them!

    You need just this, if you just want to block semalt.com:

    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer semalt.com spammer=yes

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

    The other entries are just samples, who to add referer spam domains or key words.

    And yes, works also for every type of website. Just activate Rewrite Engine – if you don’t know how, read the manual or ask your host.

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