I am hosting my websites on a shared hosting and a shared IP address, this is completely normal for shared web hosting. I did a reverse IP lookup for my domain name, i.e. Bitdoz.com and was surprised to see 577 other websites sharing the same IP address. I didn’t expect a number that large. But the number of sites wasn’t the main concern, the real problem was with the spam websites hosted on the same IP address. There were 4 possible websites spreading out the web spam. So, I had to find out if it was affecting my website or not.
So, Does Shared Web Hosting Affect Search Engine Ranking?
So, first of all I Googled it, found some posts about it, but couldn’t find a solid verdict. Then I came across the following video from 2010, where Matt Cutts answers the same question.
After watching the video, I was still confused a little bit about my case. Some websites on IP address same as mine, were using domains and keywords on their sites which might be considered as web spam. So, I found some more posts related to this and came to the following conclusion. If you are also facing the same problem, the following points might help you.
Should I Get a Dedicated IP Address?
Generally, you will not need a dedicated IP address for your website. As Matt Cutts said in the video that, few spammy websites will not affect your website in any way. Google understands the problems with shared web hostings, so sharing the same IP address with few spammy websites doesn’t mean that you should get a dedicated IP address.
In case, there are thousands of spam websites and only a few reputed websites on same IP as yours. You might want to follow the steps below.
What to do If There are Large Number of Websites Hosted on Same IP?
In shared web hosting, you don’t get to choose the sites hosted on same IP as yours. So, it is possible that there are more than a few spam websites hosted on the same IP address. Well, there are few things you can do.
- If you are hosting your website with a reputed web host, they should have terms and conditions for website content. If they have a policy against spam, Contact them to move your website to a different IP address or you can ask them to remove those spammy websites. Remember, they will only take action against those websites, if they violate the terms of web host.
- If the above method doesn’t work or the web host doesn’t have a policy against spam, get a dedicated IP address, it costs just 10-50$ per year depending on the web host you use.
- If your web host allows spam websites on its shared hosting and you can not afford dedicated IP address on same host, change your web host. Because, it might cost you in future, in terms of SEO.
Well, neither I got a dedicated IP address for my blog, nor I changed my web host. After finding the video by Matt Cutts, I realized that those spammy websites on my IP were not sharing spammy content, also my web host Stablehost is strict against spam. They just had some keywords in their sites, which were causing the false positive spam alert. So, before getting a dedicated IP address or changing your web host, make sure to read this post before making a decision.