Your about to learn when you need to separate your sites onto different C class IP addresses and the most effective and cheapest web hosting to do this with.
Why is it so hard to find unbiased information on choosing a web host?
Because there’s so much money to be made by both the hosting providers and their affiliates. Many affiliates will just promote whatever makes them the most money and, obviously, the hosts themselves are going to be a little biased.
Then there’s Google…
Google Wants You to Make Their Job of Penalizing Your Sites Easier for Them
Google says that IP addresses don’t make a difference at all in the rankings.
However, this only applies if you are doing absolutely nothing shady in your link building and on-page tactics.
Having all your sites one one IP would be an easy way for Google to make the connection and penalize them all if you are doing anything but squeaky-clean white hat SEO.
This is why it’s so important to separate your white hat websites from anything remotely connected to spam or search engine manipulation.
You also don’t want to have all your black hat sites on one IP or you risk getting them all slapped at once.
When Do You Need to Separate Your Sites Onto Unique C Class IP Addresses?
As I’ve hinted at, you need to make sure to separate your clean sites from your dirty ones. Also, it’s important not to keep too many black hat sites together, or you risk getting them all hit at once.
I’m all for white hat seo, and run several successful white hat sites… but in order to understand what’s really going on you need to stretch the rules and see when they break.
Why Segment Your Sites onto Different C Class IP Addresses?
Having done SEO for 11 years, I am still strongly of the belief that unique C class IP addresses are extremely valuable and should be used whenever possible.
Why you need to separate your sites to different IP addresses…
- Separates any white hat work that you are doing from any black hat sites that you are creating. Having different unique IPs is the only way to make sure that they can’t be connected.
- Whois information is the only other information that can connect your sites, but if you’re using Namecheap (why their better than Godaddy) then you get free whois protection.
- If you want to have multiple sites targeting the same niche, you will want to make sure they are on different C class IP addresses.
- Without having unique IP addresses, you are also missing out on the chance to have one-way links from your own sites. Creating a site network of unrelated sites on the same IP address will probably get penalized at some point.
My Experience with Different Hosting Companies Offering “SEO” Hosting
There are several different hosts that offer specific “SEO” hosting. However, they use this as an excuse to greatly jack up the price. Hostgator even has their own offering, SEOhosting.com, which will give you five different IP addresses for like $35 a month.
I started with a company called seohost.com. They were the first one’s that I found and I saw they had some good reviews so I gave them a shot. The biggest downside to their service is no cpanel. This is kind of a deal-breaker for me so I dropped them in favor of Hostgator’s SEOhosting.com.
SEOhosting.com was great. It was just about perfect, except for the fact that they cap your bandwidth and storage and will charge you more if you go over. It’s also pretty expensive at $35 a month for their cheapest package. It made me wish that there was someway to accomplish what I wanted through Hostgator.com.
Then I realized that these sites were sharing the same IP address with hundreds of other sites. Although your own sites are hosted on different IP addresses, hundreds of other sites share the same IP addresses.
I was giving up hope that I would ever solve this web hosting mystery when I discovered…
How to Easily and Effectively Separate Your Sites onto Different C Class IPs for Cheap
Purchase several of Hostgator’s “baby” accounts, which each have the capability to host unlimited domains and offer unlimited bandwidth (it’s not actually unlimited but I’ll save that for another post). If you’re just starting out you only need one but realize that it’s cheap and easy to expand with this solution.
Add a dedicated unique IP address for each of your hosting accounts, at an additional cost of $2 per month.
They will then ask you to email a scanned copy of your ID and send you an invoice for $2.
You now have hosting on multiple, and unique, IP addresses!