Hi fellow WordPress blogger,
Do you want a quick fix for the dreaded Semalt crawler?
Recently I’ve been having some issues with a particular Crawler (over the last 2 months to be precise).
This Crawler appears as an actual hit on my site when it is nothing more than a low quality ping for a shameful service. Ever since I’ve hit below the 1 million mark on Alexa rankings I’ve been having this problem and I expect that others of you may have been seeing similar issues if you view your analytics with regular interest.
I am of course speaking about Semalt.
I’ve taken a drastic step.
I’ve opted to go for the option mentioned on the WordPress.org forum and see how I go.
What you can see above in the sorta blurry picture is my host file manager, specifically the public_html route.
Within this route is a file called “.htaccess“
I downloaded this file to my computer and opened it up with notepad.
I have added the following code to the end of the existing code:
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
Allow from all
Deny from env=spammer
I have saved the file using “save file as…”
Important note for novice codeheads: “Save as type” should be “all files” and not the default of .txt otherwise it won’t work!
I have uploaded the file and overwritten it in my “public_html” root folder.
I shall let you know if this is successful.
Thanks to Seath for posting this response on the WordPress.org Support Forum.
Update: 29th July 2014 – After following this process I have had no resurgence of Semalt related pings. Complete success. A lady from the Ukrainian company sought me out from Semalt via Twitter, asking me to use the seed removal tool and she was promptly savaged by a complete stranger. Awesome!!
Special note from Headboy by way of disclaimer:
Back up any files you intend to change from the back end of your blog as rule of thumb. Remember that Scouts motto “Be prepared!” and also “Dib Dib Dib, Dob Dob Dob!” (well maybe not the latter folks).