Lately, SEO hosting has been getting a lot of buzz. I have read a few articles about it, and they fail to tell you exactly what it is, the benefits and the downfall it has on your websites. Moreover, I am going to go into great detail about it, when it should be used, and how it should be used, if it at all.
What is SEO Hosting?
SEO hosting allows you to spread your domain names across multiple c class IPs, making them look unique and separated. SEO hosting makes it all possible to manage these IPs under one control panel. It would be a time consuming nightmare to have to login manually to each IP.
If you are not sure what an IP c class is, well, each IP has four classes. Listed below is your typical numerical IP layout, and underneath will be how it is laid out in alphabet classes:
The example above shows that, “111″ represents the IP “A” class, “222″ represents the IP “B” class, “333″ represents the IP “C” class, and “444″ represents the IP “D” class.
Now, if you were to use seo hosting to host your web sites, this is how it will look over different c class IPs.
111.222.333.444 (website #1)
111.222.334.444 (website #2)
111.222.335.444 (website #3)
111.222.336.444 (website #4)
111.222.337.444 (website #5)
Do you see the difference? In my opinion, even though you are hosting on different c class of IPs, it is a dead giveaway, when they are in numerical order, like in the example above. For this to be as unique as possible and not to be a dead giveaway, the c class IPs should be mixed up, not in numerical order like above.
You may have no choice, in how the c class IPs are delivered. There are a limited amount of seo hosting providers, and may not offer that, but it never hurts to ask. Moreover, there are a few that offer different c class seo hosting, and in multiple geographical areas, but they are very expensive.
Traditional hosting may offer you additional IPs at a fee, but more than likely they will be on the same “D” class, making them on the same network and close in range. Below is an example of your websites spread out over different d class IPs.
111.222.333.444 (website #1)
111.222.333.445 (website #2)
111.222.333.446 (website #3)
111.222.333.447 (website #4)
111.222.333.448 (website #5)
Purpose of Multiple C Class Hosting
The purpose of seo hosting, is to get an advantage over your competition by boosting your search engine rankings and link value.
People that generally use seo hosting, are webmasters that have a large network of websites, with the purpose of crosslinking to boost their rankings. If you use traditional hosting methods, and crosslinking within the same network, this will get you banned from the search engines fast. In order to get away with it, you must have each web site appear that they are unique and are on a different c class IP.
The more unique your web site appears to be to the search engines, the more value your links will have. Search engines are very picky about the value of links, and if they are on the same network, they are virtually have no value at all. Like I said before, the more unique your web site appears to be, the more value your links will have.
Before you buy a seo hosting plan, there are a lot of other factors to account for and avoid, or this whole scenario is useless.
Another extremely important factor in seo hosting that is hardly ever mentioned, are nameservers. Search engines use the whois information, and they gather more than just who owns the website, but where it is hosted, the IP, of course, and the nameservers.
If you are not sure about what nameservers are, SEO let me explain briefly. Each server is assigned to an IP address. Then, that IP is assigned to a special set of nameservers or “ns”. In order for your web site to show up, you will have to set your nameservers to point to those particular nameservers. I hope you understand, I didn’t want to get into it too much.
Getting back to the importance of nameservers, even if you have multiple c class IPs, but they are using the same namerservers, that is not seo hosting. There are a few seo hosting providers that “claim” it is seo hosting, because it is on multiple c class IPs, but it’s not. The issue is, if the nameservers are not unique for each IP, then, that’s not seo hosting. That is traditional hosting, plain and simple.
Having the same set of nameservers for your c class IPs, is letting the search engines know that all your websites are hosted on the same network. Therefore, in the search engines eyes, the servers are the same and not unique. That one small important factor will defeat the purpose of seo hosting and your seo efforts.
For the best results, you must make sure that each IP is on a separate c class, and has it’s own custom nameserver for each IP.
The whois source is another important factor. The search engines pay close attention to the whois source, for many reasons. As mentioned above, the nameservers and who owns the website. Search engines have been crawling the whois source for a long time and is a major factor in their algorithms. It helps them know who owns what, and fight web spam. The whois source has a direct effect on the way your web site is ranked.