21 July 2014

Removing Semalt from Google Analytics

If you use Google Analytics, you may have seen "" as a source of some of your web traffic. Depending on how much traffic you get to your site, these visits from Semalt's crawler might skew your stats.

If you don't like that, there's a simple solution:
  1. Go to
  2. Add your URLs in the form provided at the bottom of the page 
  3. Click the remove button.
That's it.

One note: if you use subdomains (eg: and you will need to enter each of those domains in the form - use the enter key to go to the next line.

I used the form a week ago. Sure enough, Semalt has dropped off my stats (as well as all these bizarre instant views from a number countries around the world). So as far as I can tell, this isn't spambait, just a group of folks in the Ukraine trying to make a living - too bad their website isn't a bit more user friendly. I had to spend more time searching for the above link than I liked.