If you are in SEO, then you have certainly thought a lot about where to host your websites. Well, let me take that back. If are into SEO, you need to think long and hard about where you host your sites.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you get a cheap hosting account at GoDaddy because you see that you can have unlimited URLs. Sounds great, right? Unlimited means that the more sites you have, the less the cost per site. Well, it’s not that simple.
It is true that many hosts allow unlimited, or perhaps large quantities, of URLs on a single hosting account. They don’t, however, offer unlimited IP addresses. So, you unlimited URLs all end up on the same IP address, which means that Google probably seems them as all being the same site. So, if they are all the same IP, you lose the full impact of links between your own sites.
See what I mean? Those of us who are concerned about SEO must think through hosting strategies. We need multiple IPs for our sites so that we can maximize the punch of using our own links. To make matters even more complicated, it isn’t just about different IPs, it is even better to have IPs that are on difference c-classes. The farther apart the ip address are from each other, the more impressive your links will look to Google.
If you are still with me, you are probably thinking that you need to do some research on hosts that offer various IP address packages. Research if you want, or go here for reviews of web hosting providers.
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All I’m trying to say is that SEO is impacted by your hosting decisions. Do research and try to find an affordable way to host your sites with varied c-class level IPs. Of course if you only have one site, then the IP address is much less important. Get one that is dedicated, but you don’t have to worry about having more than one until you get the itch to launch site number 2!