Is There Anyway to Block Semalt.com traffic ?

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There is a site called Semalt.com which first showed as an SEO tool when it came out, but turns out it is not offering legitimate services and hijacks computers and sends bogus traffic to your website. The worst part is that they have a place to unsubmit your website which is bogus as this now confirms things and the bot traffic becomes worse.  I figured what the heck ....I will just filter this out from Google and problem solved --- but they then add new links that ends up being them when you trace it back.
http://www.incapsula.com/blog/semalt-botnet-spam.html


Since this does not appear to be a legitimate business --- it is hackers in the Ukraine from what I have been reading on the web - is there any way to block them from every getting to your site.  I notice Wordpress has come up with way for their sites...... is there a way on Yola - like this?   https://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-block-semaltcom-from-visiting-your-wordpress-website

You can try filtering on Google Analytics .....but then they just create another website domain to have this come from.   This is their newest ones: 
make-money-online.7makemoneyonline.com/money.php


Is there anything Yola can do at the top end to stop these guys?   This seems to be getting to be a larger issue on all sites or is there code you can put in your site like WordPress has?

Thanks in advance.

Karen Fischer
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Karen Fischer

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Gop

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Hello Karen,

Presumably the SPAM is coming through your email account. If so then the best way would be to change your email address. You could set up an alias address on the same domain and use this for any site form. 

Set up blocks for your original email address except email addresses you have in your address book 
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Karen Fischer

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Ok ...spamming is not the right terminology --- they are hitting my site continually - nothing to do with email.

I am getting numerous hits a day which throws analytics off and then you block that site and they just put their stuff on a different domain that hits the site again just as given.

The description is incorrect, should be Traffic....but seems you can't edit the description once you make it now....old system let you.
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi Karen, 

I will direct your post to our Abuse team in case they have any input or ideas. You can head here to report abuse in the future.
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Rod, Employee

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Hi Karen,

Here is a script/code which you can add to the "Header" section of your site. In the Yola Sitebuilder you will need to click on Site>>Tracking>>Site Tracking Code and then paste the following code in the header:

<script type="text/javascript"># block visitors referred from semalt.com
 RewriteEngine on
 RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} semalt\.com [NC]
 RewriteRule .* - [F]
 </script>

Don't forget to republish your site after adding the code. It is also advisable to run a good Malware and anti-virus cleaner to check that there are no suspicious files hiding on your PC/Mac.


Please let us know if you need any further assistance. 
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Tiny Bag Co

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Hi,

Can the code you provided above be expanded to include other spam referral sites such as ilovevitaly.com, buttons-for-website.com, or econom.co?

Would it just be a case of adding extra lines the same as the third line but with [NC,OR] on the end?

Any help welcome,

Matt