Choosing the wrong proxies for your needs can be risky. Either you are looking for geo-spoofing or automating social media, you have to choose not the best proxy provider, but the one suited to your needs.
Bellow are the five steps necessary in choosing the proxy provider that will best suit your needs.
1. HOW WOULD YOU USE YOUR PRIVATE PROXIES
The first step in choosing your proxy provider is deciding on what and how are you going to use their proxies.
Your private proxies needs could vary, but some of the most common uses are:
Browsing and geo-spoofing
Posting classified ads in a different geographical area
One-time only use for special events
For privacy – for this we recommend choosing a VPN instead
Automating social media marketing
Implementing proxies with bots
Once you have decided how you are going to use your private proxies, the next step is choosing the type of proxies.
2. THEY RIGHT TYPE OF PRIVATE PROXIES
There are two main categories of proxies: SOCKS proxies and HTTPS proxies. Here we are not referring to SOCKS proxies, but to HTTPS proxies and the way they are used.
HTTPS proxies can be split in 3 main cathegories:
Shared private proxies
Dedicated private proxies
Virgin private proxies
Shared proxies are allocated by the provider between two or more of its clients. While dedicated private proxies are allocated to only one client. And virgin private proxies are special use proxies that have never been used for certain on-line services.
WHY USE VIRGIN PROXIES
Some on-line platforms, as social media, sneakers websites or ticketing websites are very restrictive. If they notice abnormal traffic coming from a particular IP, they will ban that IP incredibly fast.
Certain proxy providers have specialized in offering virgin proxies for particular platforms.
If you are looking to run an on-line operation that requires connecting to a restrictive website or platform, we recommend choosing a provider that offers virgin private proxies.
For less demanding tasks, such as geo-spoofing, one time browsing or web scraping on various websites, you can choose cheap shared proxies or cheap dedicated proxies.
3. CHOOSE THE BEST PROXY PROVIDER FOR YOU
Once you have decided the use and the type of proxy you need, it is type to browse providers.
If you need cheap proxies, then you can choose the cheapest provider. Actually, you can even hunt for coupons or promotions.
But if you need special dedicated proxies, look for providers that mention the service where you are going to use their proxies. For example, if you want to use proxies for social media automation, look for Instagram proxies or Pinterest proxies. In this way, you will know that those proxies have to be virgin and should work on the underlying platform.
4. ALWAYS CONTACT THE PROXY PROVIDER
Once you have short-listed the number of providers to just a few, contact them and advise them on how you are going to use their proxies, voice your needs and ask them questions.
Asked the provider if those proxies are shared or dedicated, if they have been used before for that particular service, ie if they are virgin proxies. Also, if is of importance to you, ask them what locations will your proxies have.
By contacting them you do yourself a favor and possibly eliminate some stress and risk down the road.
5. TEST YOUR PROXIES BEFORE IMPLEMENTING
Always test your proxies. If you get more than 10 proxies, test two of them and see if they are working. Test their location.
If you are looking to use them for social media, test them with an expendable account. Do not connect your best account with the fresh proxies without testing them.
TO WRAP UP
Choosing a proxy provider blindly can be risky and can cost you money and also you risk getting your accounts banned.
The first step in choosing your proxy provider is to understand your needs. Following you have to choose the type of proxies and if they are cheap shared proxies or virgin proxies.
The final two steps are to contact the provider and to test your proxies.
There is no one great provider. There are many providers catering for many different needs. Depending on your needs you can short list the number of proxy providers to two or three.