Buying IPs vs using free proxies is similar to purchasing your music from an application or utilizing the free version of the same application. When starting with the free version the number of music options, search settings, overall speed, and downloading possibilities are limited. A free proxy is similar to a music app as options are limited however, the difference is that a free proxy can also jeopardize your actions online.
Proxy servers forward your requests through alternate IP addresses but if you’re not effectively masking your IP’s origin or are using the wrong IP type, it can be detrimental to your actions online.
If any of these 5 attributes seem relevant to you, you should definitely consider buying your proxies.
- Accurate data
Buying the right IP can ensure the most accurate data collection, but what is the right IP? This depends on the task you are trying to accomplish. When collecting data it is suggested to purchase a large pool of geographically specific IPs, usually charged by bandwidth, that can be continuously rotated through. Free IPs come with limitations as they normally provide one free IP type. Using the wrong IP type can result in getting the wrong information when crawling the web and in some cases may block you from receiving the data you require in its entirety.
- Quality proxies
Quality in the realm of IPs is reliant on the proxy provider, the diversity of their product offerings and the resources of the provider itself. Large proxy networks can purchase in bulk, have teams that take care of their networks and can offer many IP types and pricing options. By purchasing IPs from a well-known provider you can guarantee pools are being continuously refreshed, blocked subnets are being replaced and the constant troubleshooting of performance and network issues ensures only the highest quality IPs. A free provider in comparison does not have the same incentives to manage their networks resulting in a lower quality, less diversified network which can greatly affect your operations.
- Stop getting blocked
Sites keep track of the IP addresses used to access them. This history can actually become a limitation when utilizing shared proxies. It is suggested to purchase an IP with restrictions on the number of users and domains accessible, referred to as exclusive IPs, which grant a higher success rate and more fluidity in operations. The majority of free proxies are shared data center IPs, as these are the most cost-effective type of proxies. Multiple users accessing the same domain using the same IP can cause you to get blocked from a site and hinder your operations in their entirety.
- Competitive intelligence
If you are planning on utilizing an IP to track your competition, it is important to understand how sites recognize those entering their domains. Tracking those entering a site is commonplace on the web for a variety of useful tasks. This also means that if you are not using a proxy, a site can recognize you are a bot and display misleading information such as inaccurate pricing. By buying an IP from the right network and the right targeting options you can guarantee you are seeing real pricing and not being misled.
- Controlling your online presence
Purchasing IPs with the right targeting will allow you to ensure your site is being displayed correctly from every location it is being accessed. A higher-resolution proxy is required for control of your online assets such as testing your website for usability or protecting your brand from copyright infringement. These location-specific IPs provide the ability to verify a site is being displayed in the right language and provide accurate information in terms of pricing and relevance. Free proxies are normally derived from a server in a specific country and therefore offer country resolution but any other targeting options will require a higher resolution IP. By purchasing your proxies you can choose a specific city, carrier or even ASN allowing for the most accurate and thorough control of your online presence.
Shopping for proxies is similar to a music application in the sense that you get more product offerings and settings when you’re willing to pay for them. If quality, accuracy, getting around blockades, tracking competition, or controlling your online presence is important to you, you will want to consider purchasing your proxies. Speak with a proxy expert today and learn how easy it is to access any data online, whenever you need it.