So, What Kind of Spam is This Now?

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I've noticed a few of these showing up in my analytics lately:

61.kambasoft.com/2.php?u=http://findingtherightinternetmarketingcoach.co

Do they create a redirect, click it and then hope people will backtrack the link?

I've got them on several of my sites from different parts of the world.

So what's going on with these?

Thanks for reading.

Brent
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
    No idea - BUT responding to subscribe bc i'm curious too!
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    I would ignore them and focus on the useful traffic I'm receiving if I were you unless they were causing serious problems for your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    I wouldn't worry about that at all. There's pingbacks coming all over the internet, you won't have time to worry about all of them
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I wouldn't worry about that at all.
    I'm not worried, I'm curious.

    There's pingbacks coming all over the internet
    Is that what it is?
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    Referer spam

    Several years ago some SEO guys believed that it would help their Google ranking. The theory was that if the site had publicly accessible stats Google would crawl those pages and see the ref spam links. Whether or not there was any benefit is debatable. Today there is no way it's going to help.

    Another possibility is low level spammers looking for traffic. The idea being they hit you with the ref spam, you see it in your logs and check the site out. These idiots are usually from third world nations, broke and desperate for a few hits that obviously aren't going to convert very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    It' looks as if it's a pinging program. They may be trying to get trackback links or trying to get traffic by having webmasters click the link to see where the traffic is coming from.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I have also see this url in my Google Analytics as my wordpress stats. When try to open that url a blank page appears.
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    • Profile picture of the author prithvitheprime
      Originally Posted by vishwa View Post

      I have also see this url in my Google Analytics as my wordpress stats. When try to open that url a blank page appears.
      It happens to me also. Did you overcome this issue now.
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  • Profile picture of the author judunno
    I agree, this kambasoft url has been on several of my websites. Very suspicious. Could it be some kind of trick used to make your sites de-rank??
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  • Profile picture of the author seomasterstroke
    I'm getting a ton of traffic from Kambasoft as well, mostly from Brazil according to Analytics. Yes, I get a blank page too when I go to the URL. Very suspicious indeed!
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  • Profile picture of the author markgaperl
    Very interesting as I also get lot of these on the various websites that I run. I think they might be sending pings.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashabe
    It happened a lot in the old days. I second Webmarke, it was likely used so that webmasters will click on the link to know. But I never clicked on those links to check. Nowadays, I don't see that very often anymore.
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    • I'm not getting tons of traffic from this site but one did land on my analytics yesterday. When I typed it in Google it showed an untitled page so I didn't even bother to click on it.
      On my Analytics It showed the number 31 before the url don't know if that means anything.
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      • Profile picture of the author rlognfield
        I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Kambasoft.com is run by the same people as Semalt.com.

        I did a quick whois on both domains and there IPs are from the same facility in Holland. They have also changed Ip's a number of times in the past year.
        Semalt seems to go out of it's way to make itself appear in Google Analytics and with more and more webmasters blocking the Semalt domain at the firewall level these guys need to get their data somehow.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tim3
          Originally Posted by rlognfield View Post

          I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Kambasoft.com is run by the same people as Semalt.com.
          Semalt have provided a page where you can apparently be removed from their crawl list in 30 minutes. h**p://semalt.com/project_crawler.php

          No idea if it works, or the consequences of entering a site in their tool, but whatever, they are unwanted bandwidth hogs so nuke their IP's with .htaccess
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          • Profile picture of the author 19ninety
            Hi,
            I'm new to forum running and was looking through my stats only to notice a few IPs generating a LOT of traffic.
            Looked at the refering pages and h**p://XX.kambasoft.com/2.php (replace XX's with numbers) in there a lot. I had out of curiosity signed up with Semalt a little while ago ... and have just closed my free account with them and added my sites to their remove list. Be interesting to see if that stops the hits...
            Thank god for spam blocking!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sgt Kraut
    I agree with you, rlognfield. I've blocked the semalt bots using .htaccess and two days later "kambasoft" starts scanning my sites. Doesn't seem like a coincidence...
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I decided to write a guide on how to block unwanted visitors.
    That's good information. Newbies should check it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I know some friends in indonesia that keep getting this. Maybe some hacker in INDO.? dunno.
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    • Profile picture of the author Magaver90
      I have also been getting hits from Kambasoft.com. I just want to know if this can negatively affect ranking and SEO of a site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sgt Kraut
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      I know some friends in indonesia that keep getting this. Maybe some hacker in INDO.? dunno.
      This has nothing to do with Indonesian hackers. Semalt is an Ukraine-based SEO and analytics provider. This is not to make advertising for them. I won't get tired of denying them access to my websites, as they decided to steal my bandwidth and f**k up my analytics with their 100% bounce rate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kler
    Hi,

    I've an answer. Semalt and Kambasoft are robots or spam crawlers.
    So, you can editing your .htaccess file for restrict the crawler to crawl your site :

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} semalt\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule .* - [F]


    Other fix is add a filter in your Google Analytics.

    Cheers,

    Kler.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Hi, Guys thanks for the suggestions. I have check both semalt and kambasoft ip and block it on my wordfence security plugin settings. It works.
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