The last 10 years web hosting has changed quite a lot, especially after the emerging CMS (Content Management System) technologies as the popular WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many others. These enabled Web Professionals to quickly build large websites and monitor whole networks. Unfortunately for us, Google and the other Search Engines found that and decided to punish us for Inter-Linking our websites in order to boost our own SERPs. They were able to identify the relationships between interlinking websites based on two primary things:
Domain Whois Information – if you have more than one website you will most definitely have your own name/address listed on the WHOIS and the engines can recognize your interlinking and devalue your interlinks. It also seems that if you play tricky and use the Domain Privacy option then you will be in much better positions, although there are some SEOs claiming that by hiding your WHOIS info you become shady website since most websites that hide their WHOIS are either Spammers or other illegal entities. What I can suggest is if you can get a Business WHOIS and therefore legitimize yourself.
Network IP Address Class – if interlinking websites are sitting in the same IP or even same Class C Network IP address space, then it is assumed that their owner is the same person, and therefore implies some form of stimulated interlinking. That’s the reasons many webmasters prefer to have multiple web hosting accounts in order to interlink their websites only with different class C networks. If you don’t know what Network Class means, I’ll try to explain it with the following example:
- All IPs are in the form of XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX (that’s IPv4) in which the last XXX is called the class range. In other words – 66.22.14.xxx is your class C network, where all the xxx can be a number from 1 to 254. In order for one IP to be considered different class C network IP it should
hold different heading number for example – 66.22.15.xxx is in different class C network the the previous one.
Similar Interlinking Structure – is a new SEO factor which requires you to interlink in a creative way since most (large) search engines are now able to identify 2-way as well as 3-way links. This requires you to do very smart link building in order to maximize its effects. Note that if G gets you for forced link building even buying you can get temporary ban so don’t get paniked if your site sudently drops traffic and comes back again within a week or two.
In order to survive in this harsh SEO world, yes its getting harder and harder to trick the search engines as they keep updating and fixing all tricks we find to boost up our client’s websites. That requires the emerging of a new web hosting style called SEO Hosting where you have access to different class C networks and even use “false” WHOIS information in order to hide your interlinking efforts. The only bad thing is that it requires a fairly higher budget for seo web hosting as its considerably higher priced as it involves a complicated management software as well as dedicated IPs for each class C network which is not a easy thing to obtain (requires special IP justification documentation) for the web host. Fortunately for us there are few companies that do this considerably cheap (NOTE: It is cheap if you do business with your websites, otherwise its not really a good investment).
Before I make the full list of SEO web hosting companies, I’d like to give you an alternative solution which is quite harder in terms of management, but it most definitely worth it if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your hosting bill. I prefer to use a bunch of Shared Web Hosting accounts and distribute all my websites on different servers (which in most cases means different Class C networks). For example you can use some $3.95 multiple domain hosting accounts to place some low to medium websites, and use a reliable vps server for your important websites. The trick here is that Shared Hostings are not reliable but cheap and allow multiple domains for the same IP which brings the total quite lower and gives you the opportunity to have multiple networks over the same accounts (NOTE: It requires some crafty networking in order to build 4D interlinked network, but it is doable). In the same time on a VPS hosting account we can have pretty good stability if your websites are not loading too much where you will need your own Dedicated Server/s, and you can allocate multiple class C IP networks on a single server — I’m currently using about 8 on my project server and currently hold around 35 different class C networks spread around different web hosts such as Maiahost, HostGator, SharkSpace, SiteGround, HostMonster, ThePlanet, GoDaddy, BlueHost and etc.
As I said that requires a lot of efforts in order to handle such a large network especially as you have to remember all the different logins in order to be able to access/update your hosting accounts.
The better option here is SEO Hosting as it enables you to use multiple class C networks under one account. Based on my own experience it seems that the seo hosting prices are not really small webmaster friendly which makes them quite expensive for small accounts — approximately 2-3 times more expensive than regular shared hosting plans. This changes with large accounts and brings it almost to the same as cheap regular hosting packages, but even I’m there yet. As I said previously it depends highly on your own website requirements and most of all budget. If you make good money and you’re planning to expand your network then it is a great investment to have your own professional SEO hosting.
Professional SEO web hosting usually offers all the benefits and stability that you don’t really get with shared hostings. In a previous post, I’ve talked about the different drawbacks in Shared Hosting plans such as high CPU load which lowers search engine crawl-ability (a really important longterm factor), and most of all offers spam clean IPs which is really important for large business utilizing a lot of emails in their business processes.
Based on my current hosting experience I’d rank the following seo web hosting companies as pretty much reliable. Note that no company can give you 100% uptime since all compauter hardware requires maintenance, not to mention daily server reboots (to clean up memory and etc), and weekly software updates (to prevent security faults).
- TODO: build list of cheap SEO hosting companies.