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CloudFlare the cheaper and better alternative to SEO hosting

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by gorang, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. gorang

    gorang Elite Member

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    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.
     
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  2. cdenet

    cdenet Registered Member

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    The REALLY big deal about this is that you can tune a cheap webserver to host 100 wordpress blogs in a link-wheel/pyramid/polymorphous thing and hide all the IP addresses. This just occurred me this morning as I was struggling with how to really scale a homemade link strategy.
     
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    Someone should test this out
     
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    First off, +rep and +thanks..

    That's the type of thinking outside of the box that I dig. I use another CDN besides CloudFlare, as its a bit cheaper and I read better reviews.

    I'm gonna think through this a little further, but if this is the case then this is fucking awesome. It'd be great as you can manage everything under a single "roof" as well rather than dealing with low quality SEO hosts or cheap shared hosting.
     
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  5. Mr.GQ

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    Just signed up. :) ill keep you guys informed on how I like it
     
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    So if you guys are thinking to make a private network all on cloudflare, doesn't it look bad the sites from where you are getting the links all have cloudflare namservers... ??
     
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    How many different Ips does cloudflare have?
     
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    moonlighsunligh Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yes DNS should be different. but i think it is worth for like 10 sites in a network.
     
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    I've been using CloudFlares services for over a year now, I havn't noticed much difference in page loading times on my end (though i have had feedback from people in the US that the site loads slowly) but I have noticed a ton of bandwidth being saved from malicious bots and machines trying to access my site.
     
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    Any alternative like yottaa.com?
     
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  11. gorang

    gorang Elite Member

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    Not heard of those guys before. Are they any good? How do they differ?