If you are new to the private proxies world, you will notice a few aspects never encountered before. The buying process of private proxies is relatively straight forward. Moreover, you do not need to have a vast technical knowledge to buy private proxies for your projects. We have created a simple eight steps buying process through which you can understand which aspects are important in deciding which proxies you should buy.
1. CHOOSE THE PRIVATE PROXY PROVIDER
The first thing you will need to do is to choose the provider of your proxies. While this sounds easy, it can be a daunting task. There are many proxy providers. And some of them specialized in providing a special kind of proxies.
For example, there are providers like us, SSLPrivateProxy, offering special use private proxies and virgin proxies. And there are other providers offering mainly cheap shared proxies for SEO. Regardless of what providers are offering, choose the one suited to your needs.
2. PRIVATE PROXIES VS SPECIAL USE PROXIES
The second step is choosing what kind of proxies you need. Here, we are referring to either choosing private proxies for general purposes or opting for special use proxies.
When deciding on which kind of proxies you need, you must consider if you will use these proxies for only one platform or if you’ll rotate your proxies and use them for several websites or platform.
For example, if you need proxies for commenting and posting on forums, then you can buy any private proxies you find fit. However, if you plan on using your proxies to connect only Instagram accounts, then you must consider buying special use proxies, such as Instagram proxies.
3. NUMBER OF PRIVATE PROXIES
The next step in buying your proxies is getting enough of them. This is a simple decision when buying special use proxies. For example, for Instagram, you can buy a private proxy for each account you will plan to develop.
However, when trying to buy private proxies where you do not have a peg to quantify your project’s need, there is only one way to consider how many proxies you need. First, you must consider for how many online platforms you will use your proxies. Second, you multiply that number with five or ten. Thus, you will have enough proxies for your project.
4. DEDICATED OR SHARED IPs
Similar to the above point, after you decide how many proxies you need, you must choose which type of proxies to buy. For some projects, such as web scrapers you can buy the cheapest shared proxies available. While for social media marketing, or coping sneakers online, you will need special use proxies. These special use proxies are private virgin proxies.
Therefore, you should always consider how many proxies and what type of proxies you need.
5. WHAT ABOUT ANONYMITY?
Some readers will ask about anonymity and if it should be considered when buying private proxies. The simple answer is NO.
While anonymity is an important aspect offered by private proxies, you do not need to consider it when buying proxies. Basically, all private proxies offer a high level of anonymity. Thus, you do not need to think about it when buying your proxies.
Another way to put it is to compare a private proxy’s purpose and a VPN. For example, when you buy a private proxy you only want to spoof your location. Whereas, when buying a VPN, you are interested in privacy and anonymity. Thus, you should never consider anonymity for the former. But only of the later.
6. PRIVATE PROXIES’ LOCATION – THE REAL ESTATE
Most private proxies are sold from United States data centers. Therefore, most private proxy packages will assign proxies spread around the US. Thus, if you plan on using your proxies only to mask your IP, you should not consider the private proxy’s location as a buying factor.
However, for certain platforms, it is important to choose private proxies based on their location. For example, for classified ads proxies, you must choose their location. Moreover, these proxy packages, upon purchase, are the only ones asking you to choose the proxies’ location.
7. MONTHLY RANDOMIZATION OR IP REFRESH
This aspect is crucial if you are planning on using your proxies intensively. Most proxy packages offer the feature of monthly randomization. Thus, they allow you to ask for an IP refresh every 30 days.
Thus, if you buy 10 proxies, over a one year period, you will use 120 IPs for your 10 proxies.
Even if you need static IPs and do not need to change them, always check if the private proxy package you intend to buy offers such feature.
8. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
During the buying period, you will be offered the option to provide additional information which will help the provider in allocating working proxies for your project.
Most buyers do not consider filling this option. But it is recommended to provide as much information as possible regarding your private proxy use. This way, you will make sure the provider is will offer working proxies for your project.
TO WRAP UP
The buying process of private proxies is straight forward. But future users of these proxies must take into consideration certain factors before pushing the BUY buton.