How to Host a Private Blog Network – Review of the Best Options

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Are you trying to determine what the best hosting options are for a PBN? There is no easy answer it will cost you money and if you try and save a lot of money with cheap hosts it can be a massive headache.

The pain with hosting a PBN is one reason why customers enjoy my Done For You Service where I build and manage a clients PBN to take the headache of PBN Hosting off their plates entirely.

So what am I looking for in a PBN host?

  1. Each site must be on a unique or shared class A IP with a lot of other “real” sites.
  2. The servers must be geographically spread out. All PBN sites hosted in the same data-center would be an easy footprint for Google to spot.
  3. The host must not send me a “to much bandwidth” email after 10 visitors and try to force me to upgrade to a more expensive package. This can be very frustrating when my team has set up sites only to have to move them because the hosting company tries to force me to upgrade even though I know my sites are not pulling much bandwidth.
  4. The uptime and speed of the host must be acceptable. I don’t expect extremely high numbers here but to expect average up time. Several hosts (fatCow in particular) I have had problems with uptime.
  5. Ease of use of the host must be such that my VA can easily build the PBN site (sorry IXWebHosting but you take too much work to set up WordPress!)

Do It Yourself PBN or SEO Hosting Options

If you are looking to handle the creation of a PBN by yourself here is a summary of the hosting options. A detailed review of each option is listed below.

Once you review the options if you think it makes sense to have my team find domains, build and then host a PBN for you apply here.

  1. Best – Reliable Shared Hosting Providers
  2. Second Best – Next generation SEO hosts
    • Example – HostHub
    • Cost for 25 site PBN = $88/month
  3. OK Option – Single Host with Multiple IPs
  4. OK Option – Cheap Shared Hosts (dollar hosts)
    • See Complete List Below
    • Cost for 25 site PBN = $25/month
  5. OK Option – CloudFlare CDN Rotating IPs (Cheapest Solution)
    • CloudFlare with MediaTemple Hosting
    • Cost fro 25 site PBN = $7.99
  6. Worst Option – SEO Hosts
    • SEOHosting (but easiest)
    • Cost for 25 site PBN = $150/month

Detailed Review of Each Private Blog Network Hosting Solution

ONE – Best Option – Reliable and Popular Shared Hosting Providers

This is the option I use for my service and personal PBN. The central goal of a PBN site is to be as “real” as possible including real content, links and hosted on a server with other mom & pop websites.

On any of the popular shared hosting providers there are hundreds of other websites from small businesses to mom blogs. This avoids the “bad neighbourhood” of IP numbers that has brought down so called “SEO Hosts” in the past.

List of some of the hosts I use…

(some of the links below are affiliate links)

Host Link
Webhostingbuzz Sign Up Here
HostMonster Sign Up Here
Eleven2 Sign UP Here
IPage Sign Up Here
HostPapa Sign Up Here
DreamHost Sign Up Here
HostNine Sign Up Here
MediaTemple Sign Up Here
Arvixe Sign Up Here
HostGator Sign Up Here
iPower Sign Up Here
WebHostinPad Sign Up Here

TWO – Next Best Option – Next Generation SEO Host

I have started using a host called (not an affiliate link) to test it out and so far it is solid and lately the best option I have been using is HostHub.

The concept is basically the same as the option listed above. By combining multiple shared hosting accounts

The downside is that although they promise all different Class A Hosting Accounts in reality that is not what we get.

You can see the backend of my account below showing that I have several sites all on the same Class A host, although different Class C IPs.

next generation SEO

(Red Arrows Same Class A but Different Class C)

Overall I believe if you are going to host the sites yourself this is a great option that combines suitable protection with an economical price.

THREE – OK Option – Single Host with Multiple IPs

Although I don’t recommend this as a hosting option if you are looking for the most economical way to test out a PBN than a HostNine reseller program is probably the best way to go.

With the HostNine each time you add a new site to your reseller account you can get a new IP.

I use this method but it is not my recommended option.


Note – IXWebHosting used to be recommended on this site but if you are going to host more than 10 sites and get much traffic they are a massive pain! I had to several times argue with their customer support about the bandwith draw my sites were pulling. Very time consuming for my VA to install wordpress on IX Web Hosting as well.

FOUR – OK Option – Cheap Shared Hosts (dollar hosts)

This option is attractive but I DO NOT recommend it. Unless you enjoy rebuilding sites and monitoring up time the dollar hosts are a recipe for disaster.

Anytime I have heard good things about a dollar host and tried them out it has been a huge failure because of the amount of time my VA’s had to spend rebuilding sites.

The up time, customer support and speed are all generally bad with cheap hosting and for me the amount of waster effort was not worth the few dollars it saved.

Another incredible frustration I have experienced is that for some reason many of these hosts don’t seem to have an auto-renew feature so every month you would need to go in and renew.

I no longer use any dollar hosts!

If you do want to test out the dollar hosting option I have had my VA compile a list of 30+ Dollar Hosts including a promo code so you can get the hosting even cheaper.

(None are affiliate links)

Host URL Promo Code Price/Month(USD)
HostSo Click Here n/a 1
mytruehost Click here n/a 1
linkalone Click Here FB20 1.99
HostBig Click Here webhostingtop 1
hostripples Click Here DEDI HALF OFF 1 Click Here Welcome 0.83 Click Here PFD 0.75 Click Here 70OFF 0.79 Click Here WELCOME 0.99 Click Here 35off 2.49 Click Here HPOFF 1 Click Here LoveEthernetServers50 2.99 Click Here UNMANAGED25LIFE 1 Click Here TurnkeyInternet 3.16 Click Here facebook 2.3
jollyworshosting Click Here VPSRESELLER252013 1.25 Click Here FB608252014 1.29 Click Here n/a n/a Click Here n/a 4.95 Click Here L3UQJS8YGJ 1.25 Click here n/a 5.99 Click Here n/a 1.25 Click Here QGCB1J5DHN 2.99 Click Here 25HM 0.85 Click Here hosting 0.5 Click Here NO promotions listed yet 1 Click Here n/a n/a
onedollarwebhosting Click Here n/a 1 Click Here n/a 1 Click Here n/a 2 Click Here n/a 2

FIVE – OK Option – CloudFlare CDN Rotating IPs (Cheapest Solution)

One concept for hosting a PBN some people are discussing is to use a CDN (content delivery network) such as cloudflare and then only one host which integrates well with CloudFlare like MediaTemple.

The theory behind this is that each time a site setup through CloudFlare gets called it is delivered from the closest/most efficient data center meaning a potentially different IP each time someone visits the site.

If there is a new IP almost everytime someone or a search engine bot visits a site then it means there would be no IP footprint…right?

Well, the fact is that the IP will be different but they will all be associated with the Cloudflare CDN network and the nameservers of the sites will also be associated with CloudFlare. This leaves the sites open to a large footprint.

If you were looking to spend as little money as possible building out a PBN then this is certainly better than simply placing all your PBN sites on the same host but

cloud flare

Note – I do highly recommend CloudFlare for peoples money site as there are a lot of benefits!

A great host if you are going to use the benefits of a CDN is MediaTemple.

SIX – Worst Option – SEO Hosts

I don’t need to spend too much time on option six. SEOHosting is both expensive and puts your PBN at risk.

Since almost all clients of SEOHosting are using it for PBNs or other non-google Terms of Service uses it puts your site on the same A Class IP as many other nefarious sites.

The result of all these bad neighbours is a bad neighbourhood of sites that Google can zero in on and wipe out as they have done in the past.

Summary of Do It Yourself PBN or SEO Hosting Options

Once you review the options if you think it makes sense to have my team find domains, build and then host a PBN for you apply here.

  1. Best – Reliable Shared Hosting Providers
  2. Second Best – Next generation SEO hosts
    • Example – HostHub
    • Cost for 25 site PBN = $88/month
  3. OK Option – Single Host with Multiple IPs
  4. OK Option – Cheap Shared Hosts (dollar hosts)
    • See Complete List Below
    • Cost for 25 site PBN = $25/month
  5. OK Option – CloudFlare CDN Rotating IPs (Cheapest Solution)
    • CloudFlare with MediaTemple Hosting
    • Cost fro 25 site PBN = $7.99
  6. Worst Option – SEO Hosts
    • SEOHosting
    • Cost for 25 site PBN = $150/month

 UPDATE – Feb 23 – The Done For You PBN Service is now open! Let my team find, build and host a niche specific PBN for you built to my high standards!

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