Does using the same webhost for many domains hurt your SEO?

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Hello everyone,
We want to build a brand new web site and start our SEO efforts for that new site completely from scratch.
Question: Do you think using the same web host (We have a plan where we can host unlimited domains) will hurt us? (Meaning the old sites on the same hosting plan might hurt us in any way)?
Thanks for your input!
#domains #hurt #seo #webhost
  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    No.

    But the myth continues for those who sell hosting.

    The only thing you would have to worry about, is
    diversifying hosts only because things may happen.
    (not in your case as you won't be doing that)

    But, in response to these concerns, I have never
    heard of any reputable host having anything bad
    happen to it or the sites they host. So, go
    with a reputable host and you have no problems.

    Big sites do it all the time. From wikipedia to
    gasbuddy and everything in between.

    Big myth that just keeps going and going and
    going. All my sites are on the same host, same
    server. I am on a first name basis with the owner
    and operator. That's golden. I see no reason to
    change. Never had any problems, never foresee
    any either. All linked up in a linking empire.

    The internet runs on shared hosting. People just
    don't realize this, or fail to acknowledge it.

    If you really want the killer of these myths, the
    one to kill 'em all is subdomains. They are treated
    as a complete separate domain. Now, how many
    sites use subdomains? True, you could put them
    on a separate server, but do you realize how many
    servers some sites would need?

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author bquiz22
      Thank you Paul for this very informative post. We really appreciate it. Your example of the subdomains is really a great point and makes total sense.

      That's great news too because it would be quite a hassle to get new hosts for every single domain name (we have a lot of them....)

      Thanks again!
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    • Profile picture of the author deezn
      Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

      No.

      But the myth continues for those who sell hosting.

      The only thing you would have to worry about, is
      diversifying hosts only because things may happen.
      (not in your case as you won't be doing that)

      But, in response to these concerns, I have never
      heard of any reputable host having anything bad
      happen to it or the sites they host. So, go
      with a reputable host and you have no problems.

      Big sites do it all the time. From wikipedia to
      gasbuddy and everything in between.

      Big myth that just keeps going and going and
      going. All my sites are on the same host, same
      server. I am on a first name basis with the owner
      and operator. That's golden. I see no reason to
      change. Never had any problems, never foresee
      any either. All linked up in a linking empire.

      The internet runs on shared hosting. People just
      don't realize this, or fail to acknowledge it.

      If you really want the killer of these myths, the
      one to kill 'em all is subdomains. They are treated
      as a complete separate domain. Now, how many
      sites use subdomains? True, you could put them
      on a separate server, but do you realize how many
      servers some sites would need?

      Paul
      If I build 40 sites as part of a private network will it be ok on the same account? All 40 linked somehow to my main money site?
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      • Profile picture of the author micksss
        Originally Posted by deeznuts View Post

        If I build 40 sites as part of a private network will it be ok on the same account? All 40 linked somehow to my main money site?
        You've described the only problem I know of with hosting many websites all on one account. If you interlink between sites all on the same IP too much that has been known to cause problems with SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leo Wadsworth
    One other point -- if you load too many different sites into one shared hosting plan, it can have a negative impact on the responsiveness of the websites. Having a slow website IS a part of what Google looks at when evaluating a site. You can check your site speed with WebPagetest - Website Performance and Optimization Test.

    It doesn't need to be a different hosting company, necessarily, but I'd recommend getting a new plan for each three or so small websites.

    You can also move to the next step up - a dedicated host - where you can monitor the speed yourself using something like WebPagetest - Website Performance and Optimization Test and only add capacity as really needed. Unfortunately, a dedicated host is a good deal more expensive than a shared hosting account.
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Agree with what Paul says.

    If you look at your typical Bluehost account, you'll be shared the same IP address with a few hundred other sites.

    The only potential SEO reason for splitting your hosting, is if you are going to be linking your sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author ownergolan
    You shouldn't interlink. That is. The rest is bullwhip to make you buy more hosting accounts :]
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  • Profile picture of the author BashrO
    you need to prevent using the same c block when linking between two websites, you can check if your hosting supplier offers adding ip (again, with different cBlock).
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    • Profile picture of the author bquiz22
      To our surprise our webhost (startlogic) also replied with the same answer (didn't try to upsell us to start another account) That's interesting and lands them another bonus point from us....
      Thanks again for the valuable input!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lady Carole
    Just like anything else in business, It makes sense to diversify. I had 17 of my websites on one of my hosting accounts hacked at the same time. That made a lot of money websites be down at the same time. Other separate hosting accounts were not affected at all. To my way of thinking, that is a good reason to have several hosting accounts with my domains spread out across them. You can have several accounts with the same host, if you like them.
    Best wishes,
    Carole
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    • Profile picture of the author bquiz22
      Originally Posted by Lady Carole View Post

      Just like anything else in business, It makes sense to diversify. I had 17 of my websites on one of my hosting accounts hacked at the same time. That made a lot of money websites be down at the same time. Other separate hosting accounts were not affected at all. To my way of thinking, that is a good reason to have several hosting accounts with my domains spread out across them. You can have several accounts with the same host, if you like them.
      Best wishes,
      Carole
      That's a great point and well taken. You never think of things like that when things are going well. (Like backing up your stuff) That is a great reason to diversify. And hosting accounts are really cheap!
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    Paulgl is completely right AGAIN!

    Think about it people. How can hosting all your sites on the same hosting provider effect SEO??? It doesn't make any sense.

    I have many sites on Bluehost.com. I've never had a problem. The only time you need to consider diversifying your hosting is if you are worried about business continuity and you want to mitigate risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    And I very much doubt Google Bot can read your back end/hosting details anyway. I find it hard to believe that Google can harvest domain information i.e. the number of sites hosted on one hosting account. If you're that paranoid about it then signup to Whois Privacy.

    Google reads what it can and that is up to YOU...
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    • Profile picture of the author uqmoore
      Originally Posted by smodha View Post

      And I very much doubt Google Bot can read your back end/hosting details anyway. I find it hard to believe that Google can harvest domain information i.e. the number of sites hosted on one hosting account. If you're that paranoid about it then signup to Whois Privacy.

      Google reads what it can and that is up to YOU...
      Google can tell if your backlinks come from the same IP as the money site. I suspect Google considers if the backlink IPs are sequential, like this:
      xxx.xxx.xxx.1
      xxx.xxx.xxx.2
      xxx.xxx.xxx.3

      I'm guessing google also looks at the diversity of name servers. Thus, if you have 1,000 backlinks but only 4 referring IPs addresses (or one referring name server), my guess is that those backlinks won't count as much. Can someone confirm?
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