Does Shared Hosting Affect Search Engine Ranking?

Shared hosting is the most common and popular hosting type for small and mid level websites. If you are new to Webhosting industry, here is an extensive guide which talks about shared hosting. One of the biggest fear of web masters who knows SEO and hosting their site on shared hosting is poor search engine ranking. This conception comes with the fact; on a shared hosting your website is hosted along with 100 others website. You will be sharing the same I.P. with other sites and many of these sites could be illegal and spam sites like hacking, Viagra and adult dating sites.

In this article I will share my viewpoint and expert comments on shared hosting affecting search engine ranking, and solution for the same. None the less, don’t forget to watch the video by Matt Cutts (He is web spam head of Google team) where he shared his opinion on does shared hosting affect search engine ranking.

One of the most common myth about shared hosting is if any illegal or spammy website is hosted on the same shared hosting as you and using the same IP, Google might penalize you because you are hosted on the same IP address. This thing has been talked quite a lot of times and most of the SEO webmaster added that if your website is hosted on Shared hosting and you are sharing IP with other websites which may have porn or illegal content, it won’t affect your ranking.

More over search engine ranking of your website depends upon more than 200 factors and Matt Cutts mention in his video that shared hosting and shared IP are not measurement of your search engine ranking. Even though if you ever feel that or have this misconception, I would suggest you to get a dedicated I.P. which will save you from other downside of sharing the same I.P. For example, if one of the site in your shared hosting is spamming other sites using spam methods like Trackback or any other, chances are spam blocker scripts or services like Akismet will treat the I.P. as spam, and so your website will also be treated the same. One way to ensure you are not a victim of this problem is by checking your site for possibly blacklisting. You can use this free service to check if your website is blacklisted anywhere. Below is the screenshot result for my website:

blacklisted website

Now check out what Google Spam head has to talk about using shared I.P for your website hosting

Conclusion : Does shared hosting affect SEO or not?

To sum it up; shared hosting doesn’t affect your website ranking in any case. Though there are other potential problems like spam or blacklisted I.P can happen due to shared I.P or one of the rogue website hosted on your shared server. Well this is like one in thousand case and something I hardly recommend you to bother about. Though if you are running a business website, it’s advisable to opt for dedicated I.P. If you are on Hostgator hosting, you can opt for Hostgator business plan to get dedicated I.P and if you are on Bluehost, you can login to your cPanel and add dedicated I.P. to your hosting package which will cost only $3.99/month.

Do you also used to believe that shared hosting affect your search engine ranking?

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3 comments… add one

  • Tanveer September 22, 2010, 5:59 pm

    I still believe that shared hosting affects our search engine ranking.

    • Wordpress Webhosting discount October 7, 2010, 4:21 pm

      Any particular reason for that Tanveer? Any experience you would like to share with us?

  • S.Pradeep Kumar November 26, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Wow, now that was quite encouraging!! Thanks Harsh & Matt. :)

    P.S. I love the ‘Subscribe to My Newsletter’ thing, can you tell the plugin name? :)


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