Proxies and their role in the SEO world seems to confuse quite a few people. This makes finding the best place to buy private proxies and not get ripped off quite difficult. Since most proxy providers come off a bit shady regardless of their legitimacy, it becomes difficult to find the best solution out there. Because let’s face it, most activities that go along with proxies aren’t very legitimate.
I have personally used almost every proxy provider in the game but still wanted to run a comparison test and put any confusion to rest. For the test I purchased brand new fresh sets of 10 private proxies from the top 4 providers out there. Using ScrapeBox, I ran the exact same sets of queries on the same settings and thread count to determine which proxies were the absolute fastest.
Then I turned up the heat (thread count) to see which would get banned the quickest. Before diving into the actual experiment and resulting data, let’s quickly go over exactly what private proxies are and what their use is for the noobs out there.
What Private Proxies are and why we need them for our SEO Shenanigans:
The world of proxies has always been a bit of a grey area and most providers tend to look the other way with whatever shenanigans happen to go on with their proxies.
That is the beauty of proxies, you can do things you would otherwise not be able to accomplish from one IP. Proxies enable the SEO to simulate requests for running searches or registering multiple accounts appear to be coming from different locations, thus making them seem unique.
In reality though, it’s your neighborhood SEO scraping big data along with all kinds of other weird shit.
The applications for proxies are quite extensive, but these are the main purposes:
- Harvesting data from Google
- Registering multiple accounts on the same site
- Running Scrapebox
- Running GSA Search Engine Ranker
- Checking search engine rankings
- Various types of spamming in online communities
- Malicious activities using proxies for anonymity
Ok now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move onto my analysis.
Here are the top providers I compared purchasing a set of 10 private proxies from each in descending order of price:
PowerupHosting.com – $20
MyPrivateProxy.net – $21.33
After signing up, all of the proxies were live and active within about 30 minutes.
My first area of testing was to run the same set of queries with each proxy set and time it.
I set to retrieve 100 results per query with max connections at 1 considering the small set of 10 being used (typically I scrape with 100).
Here are the keywords I used which all have at least 100 results.
The results are pretty interesting for harvester speed.
1st Place – Squidproxies.com – Scraped all 1,000 URLs in 0:42 seconds
2nd Place – PowerupHosting.com – Scraped 985 urls in 1:02 seconds
3rd Place – BuyProxies.org – Scraped all 1.000 total URLs in 1:22 seconds
4th Place – Myprivateproxy.net – Scraped only 700 urls in 2:42 seconds
SquidProxies takes it as the best proxy service with speed and overall efficiency.
Yes, I was quite blow away as I was previously using BuyProxies for the last year or so. After the initial results I even waited a couple hours and retested and averaged the times. They were very close. We also need to keep in mind that these guys often provide different sets of proxies which vary in quality. So you can usually file a ticket and get a replacement set which would change my results, this is just based off the first set I received.
The final test was to pummel the shit out of these proxies with the site: search operators and see which could withstand the heat for the longest.
Those and inurl: tend to piss Google off the most so it’s perfect for intentionally getting the proxies banned.
The results of the proxy beatdown session:
Poor testing method.
The faster proxies were banned the quickest since they checked more urls in a shorter time frame. The slower proxies take for ever to load each thread so the banning takes a bit longer. This is the only conclusion I can draw, if you know more about this, please comment below.