GM Block Bots
What does it do?
This blocks semalt.com, buttons-for-websites.com and others with a 403 Forbidden message. If you have the ability to edit the .htaccess files on your server that may work better, but this is an easy fix if you can’t change that file.
Once installed, this plugin will run automatically in the background; there is no options panel or anything to see in your dashboard.
Other sites will be added to the block list over time via updates to this plugin.
- Upload the GM Block Botnets plugin to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
- That’s it! No options to configure; semalt and their friends will start being blocked immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nothing changed on my site
That is by design. This is a silent plugin, and there are no options to configure. Leave it enabled to block the bots, or disable it to let them back in.
The bots are still getting through
This plugin only blocks them based on their http_referer, which may not catch everything. If possible, using .htaccess on your server to block them as that should be more effective.
Can you also block another bot?
Absolutely! We’d love to add more to the list of bots being blocked. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll look into it.