For those people that are aware of the existence of different types of proxies the it is going to be important to point out the positives and negatives associated with each types. However, in this instance we are going to focus primarily on dedicated proxies in order to really look at what you can do with them and also whether or not they are actually going to provide you with real value for money.
Now, we are not talking about any proxy costing you an absolute fortune as that is certainly not the case, but at the same time if you are looking at buying in bulk then you clearly want to be sure that you are spending your money on the right things from the outset.
So, keeping that in mind what are the particular pros and cons associated with dedicated proxies? Are they actually value for money or are you going to find out that they are more costly than you expected?
A Brief Explanation of Dedicated Proxies.
So, let’s begin by looking at what we actually mean by dedicated proxies just in case there is any kind of confusion as to what they involve.
There is a key difference between dedicated proxies and shared proxies in that shared proxies are out there in the public domain and can be used by a number of people at the same time. This is going to lead to all kinds of potential issues and there is every chance that you will just encounter a number of other problems that you will then have to deal with.
The difference with a dedicated proxy is that it is actually just going to belong to you and nobody else. Only you have access to that particular IP address and anything that happens from it is entirely going to be up to your own actions as you really are just the one person that can use it at any point.
In other words, a dedicated proxy is indeed just dedicated to your own use. The proxy is bought by you and you are then free to do whatever you want with it from the moment that you get access. Now, clearly the fact that it is just going to be accessed by you will be a fantastic thing for a number of reasons but at this moment in time we are looking at whether or not it is going to be value for money and whether you should go ahead and buy them in bulk just to save even more cash as a result.
The Advantages of Using Dedicated Proxies
So now we have to look at the advantage of using dedicated proxies as that will allow us to better understand if we are getting that all important value for money. Now, there are various reasons as to why you should go ahead and choose these kinds of proxies and we will look at them individually.
1. They are clean.
When we say that these proxies are clean what we really mean is that they have never been used before so the proxies themselves (and by this we mean the IP address) is not going to be on any kind of blacklist or banned from any website.
This means that you are effectively starting with a clean slate and obviously that is going to be something that is a real advantage to you simply because you are free to use it without having to worry about websites being blocked already. This should, by rights, make life so much easier and it does allow you to get on with your marketing far quicker than you ever thought possible.
2. They are not for anybody else.
We have already mentioned this elsewhere but it is worth adding it in once again. You should not really give these proxies to anybody else, so they are pretty much for your eyes only. This tied in with the simple fact that they are clean should give you an even bigger advantage over your competitors just as long as you are able to use them in the correct manner to begin with.
3. They are the only solutions for creating accounts.
If you plan on creating multiple accounts on websites then the safest way of doing it (and some would say the only way) is by using dedicated proxies. Once again if you go ahead and use shared proxies then you would have to be aware of the fact that it is entirely possible that somebody else has already used it to create various accounts and that the life span of that proxy is about to come to an end.
However, if you use a dedicated proxy then you have no such problem so if you are putting a considerable amount of effort into building these accounts then buying these proxies is really the only option that you should ever choose.
4. Scraping is easier as well.
Another major reason why you may wish to use proxies in the first place is because you plan on doing some scraping of websites in order to gather together a lot of information. Now, if you go ahead and use your own IP address then you are going to end up getting banned and unable to then gain access to those websites ever again simply because scraping them involves you using software that sends out a huge number of requests in next to no time.
As soon as this happens the websites immediately think that they are under attack and clearly they need to take action against it so they ban the IP that is responsible.
Because of this, you have to use proxies in order to protect your real IP from being banned so it really is going to make a difference. However, if you go ahead and use shared proxies then they may have already been used for that purpose and they are going to end up getting you into trouble and banned before you even know what is going on.
5. You can manage accounts.
If you have indeed gone ahead and created numerous accounts on social networking websites then you are going to have to manage them and the important thing is to try to make sure that the IP address that has been used has remained the same from the very beginning. If you are unable to do this due to using shared proxies then there is going to be some questions being asked of you by the site itself and you can start to see how that makes life harder.
By using a dedicated proxy you are going to be able to stick to that single IP address for the account a lot easier than you would otherwise be able to do and that has to be a major bonus for you. Managing accounts is then simply a case of switching between proxies when you buy in bulk so that each one corresponds to the account in question rather than digging a bigger hole for yourself.
As you can see, there are a number of clear advantages of using dedicated proxies and considering that they are indeed so versatile it does mean that it seems pretty much like a bargain when it comes to buying them and putting them to good use. However, a number of things do have some disadvantages attached to them and we have to explore those as well in the interest of fairness.
The Disadvantages of Dedicated Proxies and the Cost.
When it comes to the cost then the problem is often linked to the number of proxies that you have to go ahead and purchase to really make things worthwhile.
For example, if you are serious about creating multiple accounts then you are looking at multiple proxies as well so that they match up and that is just going to add to the bill. You should know that there are some people that need to purchase more than 50 proxies at a time and they still get banned so have to be replaced so there can be some ongoing costs that you need to be aware of.
This cost does not apply when you just use a shared proxy that is out there in the public domain, but of course you then have a number of other issues to contend with and you may then ultimately decide that the cost to you is one that is worth spending.
Also, you have to be careful as to where the proxies point to and some suppliers may charge you extra for premium areas where there tends to never be a problem when it comes to using them. For this we mean that the apparent location of the IP is somewhere in countries such as the United States or the United Kingdom rather than India or Nigeria where the user can run into additional problems when it comes to putting the proxy into operation.
They may only be a couple of disadvantages, but they are still worth mentioning just so you can see both sides of the coin and can then make a better decision as to what you should do next.
Are They Worth the Cost?
Finally, we need to consider if dedicated proxies are indeed worth the cost and of course we are not even talking about that much money individually as a number of suppliers are going to charge somewhere in the region of $2 per proxy.
Now, this is hardly going to break the bank for most people, but once again when you are looking at buying in bulk then it does not take long for the cost to rise quite considerably. However, it is clear that the benefits of them are certainly outweighing the potential negatives and what you can gain from using them is pretty much always going to be worth more than the costs.
The thing that you have to remember is that they are not the cheapest proxies out there simply because they are created to be used by just one single person. That means that the supplier has to go through all of the technical side of things just the once whereas when they can sell the same proxy to a number of people then they are going to make more cash in the long term.
In other words, you are paying for the exclusivity side of things although you should never see that as being a bad thing as it is only a positive when you stop and look at what you are then able to do with the proxy.
So, as you can see there are some positives and negatives associated with using dedicated proxies so it is perhaps fair to say that it is actually worth the money especially when you consider that we are not talking about a huge amount of money to buy them whether it be individually or in bulk. The most important part is that you spend time thinking in advance about what you are planning on using the proxies for before you buy them so that way you know if you are doing the right thing.
The only other thing that we would stress is the very real need for you to spend time making sure that the supplier is actually able to deliver on what you want and that the price you are paying is fair for the quality of the dedicated proxy. You want it to be as fast as possible, as powerful as possible, and the best location that is going to cause you the least amount of problems in the process.
Dedicated proxies are for you and you alone and it is difficult to see how they can be beaten both in actual value for money as well as flexibility in what they can do. If you are in any doubt, then buy a few for a test and see how you get on as you will often find that they can really deliver on things and more.