Hosting a private blog network comprised of multiple individual sites requires special considerations. With PBN hosting, you want it to be affordable and not too slow to load. Many newbie niche site builders opt for the cheapest web hosts for their mini-PBN empire but aren’t always happy with the results. There are also some extra risks that they run when they try to pinch the pennies too much.
PBN Hosting: What Type of Hosts Are There?
Here we look at some of the different hosting options for PBN sites.
Inexpensive Shared Hosting
There are smaller hosting companies that offer shared hosting accounts for just $1-3 per month. While they may charge this as a single yearly fee, the equivalent monthly cost is minimal. Niche site builders like these prices because the expired domains cost so much to buy at auction that any cost savings they can make in other areas are appreciated. However, there are server performance and bandwidth considerations to consider too. Hosting isn’t cheap to run. PBN sites can go offline and lose their ranking ability.
The approach site owners take is to register an account with a different web host for each PBN site. This is because while the IP address assigned to the site will be shared with many other websites, none of those will be their sites if they host each one at a different web host. This is, of course, unless the host rents server space in the same data centre and IP addresses are shared, which is worth verifying first. If one PBN site gets de-indexed by Google, then the IP address could be considered a bad neighbourhood affecting other PBN sites using the same IP address.
Better Quality Shared Hosting
The next option is shared hosting with a better-known hosting company. The likes of GoDaddy, Name.com, HostGator and others come to mind. They cost more – $3-25 per month – but have powerful servers, better network management, and multiple connections to the internet backbone.
One of the big upsides with buying individual accounts with major shared hosting providers is that you’re among other quality sites on the server. Companies and site owners that don’t mind paying up to get better hosting have their sites there. This cuts the wheat from the chaff. There’s better overall performance, more reliable uptime, and the IP address covers many small but recognizable websites for real businesses. It’s a good hosting neighbourhood to be in.
A mid-tier host like Siteground is another option. Their shared hosting plans are designed for busier sites. They don’t overload their servers – they run noticeably quicker with a GTMetrix speed test than lesser hosting brands. Siteground places fewer sites on each server monitors performance closely and has a suggested limit of 25,000 monthly visits per GrowBig account (allows multiple domains to be hosted; there’s also a Startup basic account for minnows). Their support is excellent, and their WordPress install comes with a special Siteground caching plugin and other extras to make sites run faster.
Niche site owners who want to build out their own PBN sites are best doing so on quality hosting. It avoids many of the problems associated with cheaper hosts and ensures the network stays online, so it doesn’t lose its ranking power.