What is Semalt.com? Well if you’re reading this you might already know that it’s a very annoying crawler bot that distorts your analytics. And that’s all you want to know about it because you just want to get rid of it!
However if you want to find out more here are a couple of good resources:
Now, here are 3 ways you can get rid of this:
+ Amends your historical data!
– Have to remember to add the segment each time you login
Below are the steps you can take on how to add this segment. HOWEVER, if you want to cheat, click this link to add the segment I have already setup and add it to your analytics in a couple of clicks.
But if you want to know how it’s done, here you go:
+ No need to add the filter each time you login
– Does not amend historical data
Adding a filter will not alter your historical data but it should stop the problem in future. Here’s what you need to do:
+ Should do anyway!
– Does not affect historical data
– May not stop the problem
Google Analytics added a Bot Filtering option in the settings, which as it says “Exclude all hits from known bots and spiders”. It’s a simple tick box and here’s how you get to it:
However, I have found that this may not stop the problem. You’d have thought it would have worked and maybe it will do eventually, but I found that this did not get rid of the problem. However you should tick this bot in any case to stop any other bots and spiders from distorting your Google Analytics.