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Anyone know if Brazil is more likely than other places to host spammers?  I get substantially more hits from Brazil than any other country but the US--from all different cities and different internet providers.


I don't have any books out in Brazil, so I really doubt they're legitimately looking for me or my books.
#1 - August 02, 2014, 09:53 AM
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I've been getting tons of hits from Brazil. But my books are being published in Portuguese in Brazil so I thought that was why, now I'm not sure!
#2 - August 02, 2014, 10:00 AM
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Me too! it's always a hit on just one page. I've gotten similar hits from Argentina, Israel, Colombia, the Philippines, and Egypt. I figure it's spam-related. Whatever it is, it's kinda creepy.
#3 - August 02, 2014, 10:21 AM
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Oh, dear. I'm getting them from Russia, or I should say I used to. It stopped about four months ago.
#4 - August 02, 2014, 10:34 AM
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It's in the top 6 of spamming countries, along with the US, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and China.


But if you see Chile on there... it's me!  :trenchworm Hello!
#5 - August 02, 2014, 11:01 AM

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Aw, now I feel left out. I get hits from Russia, China, Ukraine, India, and many European countries, as well as the usual ones. I do know someone in Singapore, so I know who is reading when I see it.  But I don't think I've ever had a hit from Brazil...

(Your title, Hits From Brazil, makes me want to sing "The Girl From Ipanema" or "The Look of Love" or "Fool on the Hill.")

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#6 - August 02, 2014, 02:36 PM
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Yes, and they seem to be coming from Youtube and some Brazilian music site, so that's kind of weird. I also get lots of hits from Australia and I think it's because there's a Scholastic editor with my same name in New Zealand.
#7 - August 02, 2014, 04:18 PM
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(Your title, Hits From Brazil, makes me want to sing "The Girl From Ipanema" or "The Look of Love" or "Fool on the Hill.")


 :hahaha
#8 - August 02, 2014, 06:43 PM
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Yes! I get at least one or two hits from Brazil a day lately. The hits link from the address listed in one of my books rather than my main author website address but not sure if that means anything. *shrugs*
#9 - August 02, 2014, 06:51 PM
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Yep, me, too.  :trenchguy
#10 - August 06, 2014, 04:52 PM
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Me too! Also, Iran!
#11 - August 06, 2014, 05:22 PM
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I get several hits from Brazil every day, too. I figure it's a web crawler. Is that what you call a web browser search engine that is looking for links for their search engine??? Nonetheless, it must be an electronic hit and not a person visiting because only one page is hit w/ no seconds recorded for the visit.
#12 - August 06, 2014, 05:34 PM
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Am I the only one channeling China? Lots of Russia, too.
#13 - August 09, 2014, 09:38 AM
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Brazil is the source of a lot of spam these days. I would hazard a guess that most of these hits on your site are what's called "referral spam" which is designed to get you to visit the referring site. If you look at your Google Analytics logs you will probably see a lot of traffic from a site called semalt(dot)com Don't click on those links. They are a Ukrainian based spam operation. You also may see hits from random Youtube videos and again the intention is to get you to click through to the referring video. Don't bother, it's just another spam tactic. These spammers can't really harm your site using this technique but as you can see they can really screw up your analytics / traffic logs making it difficult to see the legitimate visitors to your site.

There are methods to filter out this traffic so that it doesn't mess up your traffic data but they involve a little bit of technical knowledge.

http://www.slashroot.in/block-referrer-spam-your-website

You can also use a service like Cloudflare (only paid accounts can block referrer spam) or Incapsula , automatically blocked even on free accounts.

Hope that helps.
#14 - August 11, 2014, 12:22 PM
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Frequency, what happens if you do visit the referring site?
#15 - August 11, 2014, 02:10 PM

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I'm very popular in Russian and Brazil.

That's great info, Frequency. I didn't know what the point of it all was -- now I know.
#16 - August 11, 2014, 03:58 PM
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Hi Dionna,

I wouldn't worry about any ill effects just from visiting the site but just to be safe I would stay away from them. Now I should clarify that the spammer links will always be referenced with semalt(dot)com in the referrer. You may have legitimate traffic from Brazil also.
#17 - August 12, 2014, 01:47 AM
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With semalt the fake site hits can come from anywhere as they seem to be using a large network of infected computers (bots). But as you can see from the attached image there's a large concentration of hits from Brazil. There are also hits from similar spammers kambasoft and some fake Youtube referrers. This image is from real stats on a site I created so you can see how disruptive this can be when you are trying to monitor "real" traffic.


#18 - August 12, 2014, 01:57 AM
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I don't want bots visiting my website. It feels as right as mosquitoes at a picnic. They should both go away.

What is it they are after? Information? My password? My account information?
#19 - August 12, 2014, 03:28 AM

The same thing has been happening on mine. I finally set up a filter in analytics to keep them out of the site data. It's annoying. A few months back, I set up a contact form on my site but took it down after I started getting spam in my inbox. What a shame, too.
#20 - August 12, 2014, 10:09 AM

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Thanks for the info, frequency. Doesn't make the hits any less annoying, but I gather from your posts that they're basically harmless? Like Dionna, I'm curious what they're after.
#21 - August 12, 2014, 11:24 AM
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@ Diona , mghiggins,


Yes it's very annoying. I like the mosquitoes analogy, very appropriate!


Nobody is entirely sure what they are trying to do other than crawl the web to harvest information, presumably for spam email marketing.


There's a good analysis here:


http://helloseocopywriting.com/9/post/2014/04/who-the-[Satan's home]-is-semaltcom-and-how-do-i-block-them.html


and here:


http://www.onlinethreatalerts.com/article/2014/1/1/what-is-the-website-www-semalt-com-about/


and as L.E. Falcone has said you can filter them out of your Google Analytics to clean up your reports, more about that here:


http://www.hallaminternet.com/2014/remove-semalt-google-analytics/
#22 - August 12, 2014, 11:55 AM
« Last Edit: August 12, 2014, 11:57 AM by frequency »
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Thanks, Frequency!
#23 - August 12, 2014, 03:25 PM

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Thanks from me too, frequency. Great information.
#24 - August 13, 2014, 06:26 AM
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