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Both proxies and a vpn will serve different purposes based on what you need them to do.
Deciding whether proxies are best or using a VPN with your SEO software will be dependant upon which tool you are using and what it is that you are trying to achieve. For any online submissions with link building tools such as SEnukeXCr and Ultimate Demon, using a VPN will produce the best results in terms of higher success rates and a better masking of your online submissions.
As the VPN rotates its IP address on a schedule which you can control, each of your submissions with these tools will appear to have been made from someone in a different part of the world to your actual physical location. A good VPN will have a choice of locations from all over the world and will also provide hundreds of different IP’s. The IP addresses used in VPN’s are far stronger than those provided by a public proxy provider. By strength I refer to how many submissions you can make with a single IP address before it is blocked by a search engine. Public proxies will get blocked far more quickly, as everyone has access to them and frequently abuse them!
The VPN by Hide My Ass is the best VPN client on the market and the only one worth using. It changes your IP address on a schedule giving you a wide choice of ip addresses and servers from all over the world.
Hiding your actual IP and masking it with a variety of other IP addresses will make your link building efforts look more natural as site owners will see submissions taking place from many different locations.
Proxies are best used in tools which query the Google server repeatedly and frequently.
Proxies are best used with tools such as Scrapebox, Backlink Monitor and Rank Reporter. These tools query Google’s server quite frequently which can get a single IP banned very quickly. Being able to rotate through hundreds of different proxies, allows these tools to function properly and run their queries much faster. A VPN used with these tools will not be able to change the IP address quickly enough and will get your IP blocked after a few hundred requests to Google.
Private proxies provide the best alternative to using public proxies which are harvested from public proxy sites. As the name suggests, private proxies are “private”, so you will be the only one using them. The speeds available can go as high as 1gbps although the more affordable ones are still very fast at 100mbps.
The only downside is their ongoing monthly cost. They are quite expensive and paying for the privilege of using even 20 dedicated private proxies can cost you as much as $40 per month! An affordable alternative are semi-private (shared) proxies which are shared amongst a small number of users. They still offer great speeds at a lower monthly cost.
Buy Proxies - A fast shared/dedicated private proxy provider with no restrictions on use. Great for tools which can generate abuse complaints such as GSA SER SenukeXcr and Xrumer.
Proxifier - A desktop software which allows you to add your own private proxies and set any tool to use a random proxy with each new connection.
Using the above 2 services together will allow you to have your own vpn whilst using a custom list of bullet proof proxies which have no restrictions and ignore abuse complaints!
One disadvantage to the Vpn from HMA is their abuse policy. They do not tolerate abuse complaints which means it can not be used for posting with certain tools, such as xrumer and scrapebox. Your account will be suspended.
You can get the best of both worlds by using the following 2 together. Dedicated/shared proxies loaded into Proxifier.