Proxies are the key to running GSA SER effectively. Used wisely, you can rank many websites to the first page of Google from simply getting your SEO and link-building strategy right. We know many people that do this day-in day-out, but while every SEO’s strategy may differ, and not all websites react the same to link-building as each other, one thing is a constant for marketers that use GSA SER, and that is: proxies.

Proxies are a middleman from your computer or server to the ‘Internet’. This proxy acts as a different location by way of supplying an IP, or Internet Protocol, address. When we talk about using GSA Search Engine Ranker and proxies, we’re saying that it enables you to use the tool to set up new accounts and log into websites to place a backlink from whatever Engine (the type of platform the website is built on, such as WordPress, PHPbb and many more) you choose to link from.

As Google ranks websites based on the type, quality, velocity and volume of links, and many more factors, GSA SER can be used to speed up the process. Utilizing proxies will help gain backlinks made from a different IP. If you were to use the same IP, it’s the same as trying to add backlinks manually and that looks to Google that you’re simply trying to build links yourself, whereas with proxies it looks like that other people are linking to your website, which is exponentially better.

Common Mistakes Using GSA SER

Newbies, early users of SER and excitable Internet marketers often find themselves with a penalized domain from using GSA SER. As there are two types of proxies, public and private, some new users of SER might want to use public proxies as they’re free but need regular scrapes to find and burn out quickly. For the avid user of SER they’re next to useless unless you use other tools to scrape millions of proxies and replace the dud ones often.

So, public proxies are out. Private proxies are the ones to have. And, there are two different types of private proxies; either semi-dedicated or dedicated. Semi-dedicated are private proxies but shared with usually up to 3 other customers. This makes them cheaper but as they’re shared, you don’t know what the other customers are using them for. They could be seriously using them and that will make them burn out quickly, and get flagged by Google and temporarily banned or worse, completely banned. This can be down to a number of reasons; you or the other customers might be using too many threads at the same time, or using them for scraping huge lists.

Dedicated private proxies are all yours. You’re the only customer. You can still get these banned or temporarily blocked from using them too much, but as you have control over that, simply throttle back the amount of threads, lower the number of scraping connections and you should find that you can run just below the ‘ban’ number but high enough to get great results. This takes a little time to test, check, test and check, but if you want SER to work to its fullest then dedicated private proxies are the ones to go for. If you’re a little strapped for cash then semi-dedicated are second best, and if you are just starting out then use a few connections and scrape for public proxies.

Another common problem with GSA SER is that people use it like a machine gun without thinking of the consequences. Used correctly, you can get huge amount of links without getting a ban or penalty. Used incorrectly, you can wipe your site off the face of the digital planet. Remember, it’s just a tool. You’re in charge of it. You have to implement your strategy – make one manually then automate it with SER and scale up with multiple licenses of SER.

SER scrapes huge lists of websites, identifies which ones it could post to, and submits links either contextual or non-contextual. You can set the variables and parameters yourself, which suit either your own link-building strategy, such as a limit on the outbound links of the sites, a limit of the search engines or country-specific TLDs that you want to link on, and hundreds of other ways. As you can imagine, this leaves a huge amount of room for error, so it needs careful setting up. Whatever your strategy is, using proxies in SER is vital for gaining a successful amount of registered backlinks pointing at your money site.

Do I Really Need Proxies for SER?


That’s the end of that question.

OK, maybe a bit more detail. When using SER you’re basically gaining backlinks from thousands of websites. For this, you need to have unique content, which is expensive, but there is an in-built spinner or you can use 3rd party spinners, content packs, spun articles in spintax format, and that helps the content be seen by Google and not be duplicate; Google does not like duplicate content, it either discounts it or can give the offending site a penalty. Either way, spending time and money on SER and not using spun content or unique articles is a waste.

Similarly, the use of proxies means that you can gain backlinks from all over the world in different geographical areas according to the IPs that you rent. However, only you know that it’s all coming from your computer or server that you use for SER. Being able to automate the process and ‘hide’ behind a good amount of IPs means that you can generally see better results than without.

High Quality Proxies

As mentioned, using public proxies is wrought with problems. They suffer from high latency as many people use them at the same time; they die without warning; some have adverts and pop-ups or pop-unders that cause problems for SER to post on sites successfully as there is an advert in the way, and can struggle with submissions.

All of those reasons make using SER difficult, slow and gains few results. This is why you need high quality GSA SER proxies to make the most of the tool.

They’re completely the opposite of public proxies. They are fast, have low latency, work well for scraping and submissions and don’t come with adverts or pop-ups/pop-unders. As you’re paying for them, if one should die, you can get it replaced free of charge. This allows you to run SER at its peak 24/7 rather than struggle.

Now you’re aware that you need private proxies, there is another aspect to take into consideration. The amount of proxies you need. You need to buy enough private proxies to handle the amount of links you want to make. The individual processes, or threads, allows SER to run faster and generate more links. For this, SER can have its amount of threads adjusted. You need to divide the amount of links you want to create against the amount of proxies.

There is no definite number of proxies per thread, but the hardcore SER users tend to say 10 threads per proxy. You definitely don’t want to create 100 links through one proxy as Google will ban that IP pretty quickly. But, making 5-10 links per proxy is more than doable. But, play it safe and work up to that from 2 threads per proxy.

Google Penalties

Before you get ahead of yourself with buying GSA SER and some dedicated private proxies, you need to remember that Google is clever. Yes, you can manipulate the way you build backlinks but care is needed, or Google’s algorithmic ‘animals’ can come and get you. The ‘animals’ are updates that are named after various animals, Panda and Penguin are the most recent. Penguin is the main one that you should be concerned with when using GSA SER.

The penguin update looks at the quality of links, the types of links, and the anchor text. Over-optimised anchor links, for example, all money anchors look unnatural and usually gain a penalty. This is where you have to be smart. Yes, you can make 500 links per minute (LPM) with the right setup and some fast proxies, but if you don’t use brand anchors, partial match, generic, naked URLs and non-’money’ anchors will keep you under the radar but still have a good effect on your rankings.

Set Up Your GSA SER Proxies Like This

Take a look at the images below and follow them as the best way to configure your proxies.

gsa private proxies

As you know, there are two types of proxies: private and public. Choose private once you buy your GSA private proxies.

dedicated private proxies

Then click on the configure button, and you will see if the proxies are genuinely private and that they are treated as such. You can toggle this from public to private, should GSA get it wrong and think that they are public or private incorrectly.

private proxies for gsa ser

Although you can add the proxies one by one, it’s so much easier, especially if you have 50 or 100+ private proxies, to import them from a file or the clipboard. You can see there are few ways to add them depending on the format your proxy provider gives them to you.

gsa private proxies

Once you have uploaded your proxies, you should test them. Even if the proxy provider you know is a good one, the proxies should still be checked as you never know even if they are good and GSA SER thinks that they are banned then it won’t use them. You can test them against Google Search, Google PR (which isn’t used any more), Bing, WhatismyIPaddress, an Anonymous Test URL or a custom test.

The tool will run through the proxies, testing them and give you either green for successful or red for failed proxies. You can then retest them, remove them (and have them replaced) or if they’re all green then you’re good to go.

Periodically, you should test the proxies to see if any are banned or fail, in case you’re using too many threads per proxy or they have just died. If you’re using shared private proxies, test them once every 1-2 days.

The Lowdown on Private Proxies for GSA SER

Whether you’ve been in the SEO industry for a long time or just starting out, using GSA SER is a great idea and it’s one of those tools like Scrapebox that should be in your arsenal. It needs time spent setting up, configuring, understanding how it works, how it should be used and as there are so many variables and ways to script your own engines and setups, you can utlize the power of it in so many ways. Most people leave it fairly generic and in its default setting, which is fine, but care is needed as it can rank or tank a site.

One thing is for certain is that public proxies just don’t cut it when it comes to using SER. You should get some semi- or private proxies to make the most of the tool. Setting them up isn’t difficult, but regular checks to see that they’re still alive and running should be done.

Shared proxies are good but dedicated private proxies are better as you are the only customer that has access to those IPs. If you abuse them, then you know you’ve been pushing each proxy too hard. Yes, you can get replacements but too many and the proxy provider might tell you to calm it down with the amount of threads you’re running to keep them from dying or being blocked.

Once you get to grips with your SEO strategy and how GSA SER works, then you will soon see that private proxies are vital to the success of the projects and campaigns you create. Take a look at the GSA forum and have a quick read about how many people, both seasoned users and newbies, use private proxies for GSA SER. Yes, some people can make public ones work for scraping and discard them automatically and reupload some new ones, but the success rate for scraping this way is severely diminished from having to load up new proxies all of the time. Private proxies are best.


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