Employing SEO practices is a tricky business. You need to get your name, and more importantly, your website’s links and domain out there as much as possible. Maybe you even create a number of different websites, just so that they can backlink to your main site and look better to the search engines, increasing their rank in the results. But the trick is that the search engines can’t know that website owners and webmasters are utilizing these practices, or they’ll penalize them and perhaps not display their site at all within the search engine results. That’s why when it comes to SEO web hosting, unique Class C IPs are of utmost importance.
What is a Class C IP?
Every website has a domain name, and that domain name points towards a certain IP address. That IP address identifies the server that your website is running from. This is so that each website online can have its own identity, and plays a huge part in security issues as well. However, those IP addresses can also identify your website to the search engines, and if you don’t have a unique Class C IP, they could penalize you for the SEO practices you’re using to help your site.
Each IP address is divided up into four different classes, represented by numbers and separated by periods. Each of these four different groups is given an alphabetical letter, assigning it a class. So for example if your IP address looks like this: 123.456.789.1234, the “123” would be Class A, “456” would be Class B, and so on. The problem comes when many different websites use the same server, because they then have identical IP addresses; and search engines can easily recognize them as being the same website, or the same group of websites. This can results in the penalties they administer.
The trick then, is to create unique Class C IPs for each. SEO web hosts can do this simply by changing the WhoIs information of a specific site, and using other practices. No matter how much SEO you do yourself on your own site, this is one of the services an SEO web host can provide you that you simply cannot do yourself. And it’s a very important one. Without it, all your other SEO practices could be rendered useless.
Things like domain names and IP addresses can seem confusing and overwhelming at first. However, when broken down they can be very easy to understand. It’s important that you take the time to make sure that you do understand them, because if you want to make the most of all your websites, you’ll need an SEO web host that knows how to give you unique Class Cs.
Websites with just a few backlinks that have the same Class Cs probably won’t run into the problem of being penalized by the search engines. However, when there are 20 to 30 different websites created for the sole purpose of creating backlinks, unique Class C IPs are extremely important. And you need to make sure your SEO web host can provide them.