So I started using CloudFlare some time ago to speed up my websites. It works by caching your website in strategically placed servers across the world. This has a profound impact on site loading times. If someone on the opposite side of the planet wants to access my website, CloudFlare will serve them the data from one of their nearby servers. So why would CloudFlare be a better alternative to SEO hosting? Because Cloudflare serves thousands of websites from their IP addresses, effectively hiding your webhosting IP address. At first, this caused a few problems with Google's crawl rates, but as shown in this next link, CloudFlare fixed the problem by speakign directly to Google. http://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-and-seo So this begged the question, does CloudFlare pass source webhosting IP information to search engines? I emailed them and got this reply. "From: Jeremy Subject: Do you pass the real webhosting IP to search engines? Hello Matt, Thank you for contacting CloudFlare. We have registered our IPs with Google and Bing as a CDN provider to prevent a negative impact to your page rank. Major crawlers do not penalize for IP changes if they are from a CDN since those IPs change very frequently. No, we do not pass the source IP of your origin server to crawlers. There is no standardized way to do so. Crawlers only know the IP that your domain resolves to, which would be CloudFlare IPs if the service is active. Let us know if you have any other questions." So what does this mean? It means we can use CloudFlare to hide the IP address of our webhosting. Saving us the headache and money of setting up proper SEO hosting (which many are starting to believe does not even work as stated!) Let me know what you guys think.