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What Is Semalt & Why Is It Crawling My Website?
If you are reading this blog post, chances are you saw semalt.com as source of traffic in your Google Analytics data and are wondering what the heck it is.
What the $%^& is it?!
You know when you hang out with your friends and there is always that one guy that shows up even though no one invited him? And you’re always left thinking “How did he even know about this?” Yeah, semalt.com is like that guy.
Semalt.com is a website that falsely promises to provide you with better analytics than your standard analytics site. Semalt.com bots have crawled websites to pull data and, as a result, skewed analytics data for those websites. This left Semalt with the reputation of being an un-invited party crasher.
If you see semalt.com on your list of traffic sources, expect to see an increased number of visits and a higher bounce rate among other issues. This gives you inaccurate data, and if you don’t have the right data, you can’t make the right decisions when it comes to your marketing.
Okay, now how do I get rid of It?
Getting Rid of Semalt in Your Analytics Data
If you are working with an SEO company, they should already be excluding this data when they analyze and present your data. If you run your own Google Analytics account, all you need to do is apply a filter at the account level that excludes traffic from this source.
If you are especially tech-savvy, you can officially block the website through the .htaccess file. Semalt also gives you the option to remove your site from their seed list on their website.
Unsure of how to do this or looking for some guidance? Drop us a line or shoot us an email. Blue Corona can help ensure the data you are tracking in your Analytics account is accurate.
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About The Author: Bailey is an Account Manager at Blue Corona. When she’s not managing client accounts, Bailey enjoys reading, Gamecock football and watching really bad TV.
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