When using proxies for business use-cases (market research, competitive intelligence etc), we often encounter two types of proxies: shared proxies and exclusive proxies:

When you buy exclusive proxies you get a pool of IPs that are reserved only for you (at least for the domains you target). Those are yours to keep for as long as you pay for them or until you release/refresh your IP.

When you buy shared proxies, there’s a chance that someone else used that IP or even using it at the same time as you are. If you both attempt to access the same target domain – this can limit your success

Getting the most out of shared proxies

It may sound to you that exclusive IPs are better than shared IPs, but actually neither is better – if you know how they work and how to get the most out of them, they both can be valuable.

So let’s talk about the different aspects of shared proxies and how to use them for your benefit:

Shared IPs are cheaper than exclusive ones

This means that whenever you can use shared rather than exclusive, you better do that. It’s your default option.

They’re not a part of a reserved pool, but they are a part of a very big pool that’s offered to all the customers

If you get your exclusive IPs banned you’ll have to wait at least a few hours until you can use them again – or even more if they got blacklisted.

If you get a shared IP banned or blacklisted though, there are many more to go before you run out of IPs. That of course depends on the proxy provider, so you should find one who offers a large amount of IPs within it’s shared proxy IP pool.

The IP that you’ve been given may already got blacklisted on your destination site because of the one who used it before you

When this happens, check the following points:

  • How often does this happen?
    Consider that it may happen more with some destinations and less with others
  • Is there a cost to refreshing the IP?
    If not or it’s very low, then you can just go on refreshing your IP until you get the results you need