Update: 12/03/2014: Since this post was aired, “S” (I will not mention their name, just like in Harry potter!) seem to think it’s ok to refer folks to this post to allay fears about them. I can assure you since this post was published, my opinions have changed a great deal, and that they are most definitely up to dodginess and no good.
I want to make it quite clear to you readers, that the Grinning Skull blog is firmly against any site like this trying to make out they are genuine and operate to the benefit of the public. They seem to think that this post they linked to will make them seem like they have engaged in dialog with small website owners and bloggers, and despite the light hearted way the article is phrased, anyone reading should remember that these jokers might really be a serious threat. I am not allowed to comment via their blog or facebook (and now G+), so could not put across my point over there, therefore I’ve added an update here, where they cannot stifle or silence my views.
Be warned, avoid, avoid, avoid. Many of us are convinced they are up to no good, so indeed feel free to share this newly updated post and lets warn others about them.
You might remember my recent letter to semalt.com in my previous post, and the concerns that many of you out there in blogland and beyond had for the recent hits from their site on many of our sites.
I’m glad to say, that they have been good to their word and replied back with some words to allay any fears and misconceptions about the “semalt mystery” (Many thanks to Chris for the help!)
Anyway, here’s the reply:
Dear Will Grundy,
Thanks you for your explicate and frank letter.
To begin with Semalt (http://semalt.com/) is not a phishing or spam site, but a professional keyword ranking monitoring service that has nothing to do with CIA, NSA, Snowden, Masonic conspiracy or the World Evil.
I would like to bring apology on the behalf of our company if you had some troubles using our service.
Our company doesn’t hide or conceal any sort of information and soon the details about our company, team, as well as our contacts, various user tutorials and blog will appear on our website. Today we work foot and nail getting everything ready. And I’m ready to inform you about this personally as soon as everything becomes available.
Our bots have accidently visited your site, as well as the sites of other webmasters you have mentioned. These bots harvest statistics for our service and cause no harm. I don’t think this can be an issue, since nobody complains on bots that belong to Google, Bing and other search engines. There are so many services on the web that are believed to mess up the webmaster’s statistics. Now, would you have a look at this http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/apple.com? How does that grab you? Should Apple hire some headhunters to capture their owners? Today a lot of people become paranoic after all these mass media reports. But let’s come down to earth…
BTW, by the keyword Semalt you take 8th and 14th places in the Google search engine – http://myprintscreen.com/s/3sjj. Nice results. The number of your visitors is sure to have greatly increased J
I might add that I find your blog very interesting and curious. I have a lot of friends fond of zombie stuff and I would be glad to recommend it to them.
P.S. You are the first one who believes that “Semalt” sounds “a bit awkward”. And I hope the number of users who think the same won’t be growing. Otherwise, we’ll have to register our company from scratch and waste heaps of time and money.
So there you have it, I do think we can finally put to rest any fears about semalt, as they do seem to be what many of us thought they were in the first place (I wouldn’t have joined up to investigate if I truly had doubts about them) and indeed the are just another SEO keyword optimization thingmy jig website! (As in the recent PRweb press release)
In this day and age of international snooping, data theft and crime, it’s all too easy to get paranoid, especially as many of us don’t understand technology well enough to make informed decisions about what goes off in the web, but at the same time, companies like semalt need to realise that technobabble isn’t going to be totally understood by many of us, and in order to make things a little clearer in the average net users head, they need to engage in more human forms of contact and lay things out properly for all to see.
I do hope you’ll share this round to others who might have had concerns about Semalt.
I still don’t like the name though!