Backconnect proxy: Explanation & comparison to other proxies

Scaling up your web scraping project is not an easy task. Adding proxies is one of the first actions you will need to take. You will need to manage a healthy proxy pool to avoid bans. There are a lot of proxy services/providers, each having a whole host of different types of proxies. In this blog post, you are going to learn how backconnect proxies work and when you should use them.

The web scraping proxy landscape

IP address

  • Datacenter
  • Residential
  • Mobile

A backconnect proxy network can be a set of any of these or even a combination of these.

Knowing what kind of address you need for your web scraping project is important. You can read more about IP address types in our web scraping proxy guide!

Proxy quality

  • Public/open: free proxies
  • Shared: multiple users use the same proxy, shared resources
  • Dedicated: only accessible to you

Public proxies are free and can be used by anyone. Hence, the quality is poor and you probably can’t use them to scale your web scraping. Dedicated proxies are the best for web scraping. Only you can access them and you have all the control over them.

Proxy management

  • Regular proxy: a single proxy that you can use to access a website, not managed
  • Backconnect proxy: a managed proxy network (or pool) with features helping you scrape websites

Now let’s see the difference between these two types.

How regular proxies work

Using regular proxies is not a scalable solution unless you implement your proxy management solution. Main challenges of proxy management: identify bans, rotate proxies, user agent management, add delays and geo-targeting.

How backconnect proxies work?

If you use a backconnect proxy for scraping, you don’t directly access proxies one-by-one. Instead, you access a pool of proxies and you will instantly get a proxy that can reach the target website with relative ease. As an example, let’s see how our backconnect proxy, Zyte Smart Proxy Manager (formerly Crawlera) works:

Using backconnect proxies with automatic ban detection, you can scale up your web scraping projects to millions of requests per day. As you don’t directly access the proxies, but through a network, your original IP address will be untraceable.

Features to look for when choosing a backconnect proxy provider:

  • Geographically distributed
  • Intelligent netloc specific proxy rotation logic
  • Browser profile management
  • Throttling algorithms
  • Built-In session management

Be respectful

Why would you choose Zyte Smart Proxy Manager as your backconnect proxy provider?

Performance

Cost

If you want to experience what Zyte Smart Proxy Manager is capable of, TRY IT FOR FREE!

Originally published at https://zyte.com/blog on December 10, 2019.

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