What is an SEO proxy?
SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, relates to improving a website’s visibility in search engines for queries relevant to the website’s business.
A proxy acts as a middleman between users and websites, effectively hiding the origin of an IP address to provide anonymity.
SEO proxies are used by professional individuals and companies that operate in the SEO industry, to mask their identities while performing their day-to-day work.
Best rotating proxies for SEO
If you are considering purchasing a proxy service, you should take into account which type of proxy that suits your purpose best.
Since almost everything SEO-related involves data collection at large scale, rotating proxies are the best choice in this case.
Rotating proxies provides you with a fresh IP address for every request, which means you are safe from bot detections and speed bumps along the way.
Our pool of rotating proxies contains over 30 million IP’s that will keep your real identity anonymous and prevent IP bans.
What are SEO Proxies used for?
SEO research involves lots of data collection through means of web scraping and crawling, which naturally involves making thousands of requests to retrieve the information.
This is generally frowned upon by most websites, who do not shy away from blocking IP addresses that perform too many requests in quick succession.
In order to avoid IP bans, it is essential to use a proxy network service that will rotate between fresh IP addresses.
The areas of SEO data collection which require proxies are split into different groupings, we’ll explain a few of them below.
The only way to measure the success of an SEO strategy is to track the keyword rankings and how the positionings change over time.
If the rankings climb higher after an SEO-related implementation, you’re definitely on the right track. If the rankings didn’t improve or even went down, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate.
Sometimes referred to as rank tracker proxies, they are essential for anyone who wants to monitor the ranking development of thousands of targeted keywords on a daily or weekly basis.
Valuable insights can be gained by looking at what the competition is doing. Whether it’s their content, technical performance or backlinks, you can learn from it and apply similar tactics to your own SEO project.
When peeking from behind the curtains on competitors, you want to ensure there are no footprints left behind that can identify you. Not only because they can block your IP and thus halt your data gathering, but it’s also good in general to avoid giving them a heads-up that you’re looking into them.
Accessing content on a country & city-level is important for targeted local SEO campaigns.
Whether you want to check out the SERP for restaurants in Boston, or car dealerships in Delhi, you’ll be able to do just that with our proxy service.
AnyIP offers rotating residential & mobile proxies in 195+ countries and thousands of cities.
Simply select which country or city you want, and off you go!
Just like search engines, popular SEO tool providers use in-house crawlers (a.k.a. spiders) to collect, process and store data from millions of websites on the internet.
Screaming Frog and Deepcrawl are two examples of crawling-oriented SEO tools that are great for technical SEO, but not useful at all for scraping search engines.
All-encompassing SEO tools like Ahrefs and Semrush are great for most SEO purposes, but their subscriptions come at a hefty price. Such tools also tend to suffer from feature bloating, so people end up paying for a 360-service but only utilize a portion of it.
Many of our customers have custom requirements that existing tools don’t cover, and therefore code their own software for data extraction. This enables them to save lots of money and provide flexibility in adapting the scraping to changing requirements.
Search Engine Proxies – 99.9% success rate
Before conducting any SEO campaign, the most important initial task is to perform a thorough keyword research. This is to identify keywords relevant for the website and the associated monthly search volumes and trends.
Whenever you use any of the major search engines they gather your data. Not only is this bad for privacy but it also results in personalized results for search queries.
This provides an incorrect overview of the search landscape which is disastrous for data collection. The value obviously lies in finding out exactly how the SERP looks like for an average user.
Once again, there is a simple solution to this problem – proxies. Individuals who just want to keep their privacy will usually opt for a VPN, but any serious SEO marketer will need a proxy network to help them gather uncorrupted SERP data.
Customers using our rotating proxy pool of 30+ million IPs enjoy a whopping 99.9% success rate for SEO monitoring in Google, Yahoo, Bing and Yandex.
If you’ve ever performed searches too quickly in Google you may have needed to verify yourself as being a human through a reCAPTCHA challenge.
This happens to everyone sooner or later, and goes to show how much effort Google puts into their anti-bot measures.
Retrieving any kind of information at scale from the world’s biggest search engine requires a scraper and reliable Google proxies to mask your IP.
Gmail is the most popular email in the world, and provides access not only to a mail service but also many other Google products like Google Docs, Google Drive, Youtube, etc.
If you want to create and / or manage several Gmail accounts, you should choose our residential proxies and use sticky sessions. These proxies are 100% indistinguishable from real users and will protect you from Google’s far-reaching banhammer.
Yahoo used to offer a great variety of services, but the majority have been defunct for years. Nowadays people are mostly interested in their mail service and financial news portal.
Since Yahoo Search is powered by Bing, there isn’t much unique data to be extracted. But if you are one of the people who find value in scraping Yahoo Search, our proxies will help you do just that.
Yahoo Mail automation
Despite not being the first-hand choice for most people, Yahoo Mail is the third most used email platform in the world.
Automating Yahoo Mail is useful for marketing campaigns where you need to do massive outreach. While the platform allows people to create more than one account, it doesn’t give a green light for marketers to automate on scale.
This is why using proxies for Yahoo Mail is important – it allows the creation and automation of hundreds and even thousands of accounts.
Scrape Yahoo Finance
Yahoo Finance contains open information on all publicly traded companies, including stock data and financial statements.
This provides good insights for investors and day-traders alike who are looking for money-making opportunities. Historical data is often extracted to a large dataset which in turn is used to make stock purchasing decisions.
If you want to scrape Yahoo finance, you’ll have to code a scraper. Python is a perfect programming language for this and there’s plenty of scraping guides specialized for Yahoo Finance to read online.
If you had to choose between Internet Explorer as your eternal web browser, or Bing as your search engine, what would you choose?
Despite the good old Bing-jokes, its popularity has risen over the last few years and now stands as the second / third largest search engine depending on the country.
In the US alone during March 2019, 6 billion searches were made by more than 120 million users. Bing is also incorporated by default in many other Microsoft products.
The demand for Bing proxies continues to increase as a result, and we’re here to meet that demand.
Scrape Bing search results
Bing scraping used to be easy, but in recent times it has become very challenging as they have improved their anti-bot measures. Low-quality datacenter proxies simply don’t provide sufficient protection anymore.
Our Bing proxies consist of residential & mobile IPs that belong to devices used by real people. This means you will be able to unblock Bing if you’ve already been blocked, and continue scraping without any further hassle whether it’d be blocks or CAPTCHA challenges.
Yandex is the most popular search engine in Russia and also has a strong user base in many eastern european countries.
For businesses involved in these regions it naturally makes sense to invest in paid Yandex advertisement but also SEO to get organic traffic.
Yandex proxies are needed to access localized content and perform large-scale scraping, since just like any other search engine they strictly prohibit non-human behavior.
Is search engine scraping possible without proxies?
Scraping search engines without proxies usually works fine if you are looking to gather a miniscule amount of data.
You would have to reduce the request frequency significantly and make sure not to give out any strange traffic patterns. You could also try rotating user agents or a headless browser to camouflage better. But no matter the precautions there is still a risk that you’ll get your home IP blacklisted.
In the end, there is no better option than rotating residential proxies for SEO scraping.
What about free SEO proxies?
Free proxies don’t cost money and are available to the public because they are useless, like yesterday’s news.
Some web scraping tools include “proxy harvester” functions in their package that they are proud to offer without additional cost. What happens is they simply take proxies from open proxy server lists that are being shared with thousands of other users.
Other than being slow and susceptible to immediate bans by most websites, free SEO proxies are security hazards where you inevitably end up sharing IP addresses with hackers and other shady people.
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