If Semalt is hammering your WORDPRESS site with unwanted rubbish traffic and distorting your stats, here is what I did to stop it.
- do this at your own risk.
- Don’t do this if you are unsure about .htaccess coding.
- Make a backup of your existing htaccess file.
- As with ANY scripting, test, monitor, discard if it’s a problem.
- This is a WORDPRESS fix.
There are several solutions out there and I found that some of them didn’t work for me. This one did and I’m not sure who put it out there first.
After this (or just at the end of your .htaccess file) :
# END WordPress
## STOP SEMALT ## 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 ## STOP SEMALT ##