Hosting is a critical aspect in securing the longevity of your personal SEO network. This post attempts to explain the importance of IP classes in hosting your network. The ideal option is to host each domain on a single “normal” hosting account via hosts such as HostGator, BlueHost and many others to spread the A, B & C Class IPs around as much as possible. This is simply not cost effective or easy to manage so what we now do is host our PR3 or lower domains on dedicated SEO hosting accounts and host our PR4+ domains on individual hosting accounts.
The reason we do not simply host all the domains on one unlimited hosting account is because of the footprint that it leaves, everything we do is to ensure the domain names can’t be looked at from an outsider and linked to having one single owner.
One very common mistake is using “shared SEO hosting” accounts, this basically means that the block of IP addresses is shared with the SEO hosting company’s other customers. Well, if they do not have the knowledge that you’ll have after going through this training then there is a very strong chance that they will be leaving a footprint somewhere on their network. This footprint then draws all of your SEO network, which is on “shared” hosting with that company, right under the Google spotlight. For this reason we only use and recommend dedicated SEO hosting accounts for our domains up to and including PR3.
Another common mistake is not setting up and using private nameservers, which leaves a huge footprint if they’re not used.
IP Classes Explained
You may be wondering what are these A, B, C & D IP Classes that I’ve mentioned previously? These are very important when it comes to hosting your domains. If your domains are on the same group of IP addresses then this indicates to anyone looking that the domains are possibly owned by the same person or company. It would be a huge coincidence for a group of domains to link to one site and all be hosted in the same group of IP addresses – remember we are doing everything possible to make our networks undetectable as SEO networks.