Reasons You Need Residential IPs

Reasons You Need Residential IPs

As we’ve explained in our other article here, a residential proxy is an IP address provided by an ISP, which means it comes from a resident home internet user. But why do businesses and select individuals need them for particular purposes? Are they that important, and could they be done without it? Below are the 3 major use-cases for Residential IP’s that virtually all consumers of these proxies use them for. 


Residential proxies, just like regular VPN’s, allow the user access to content in other countries that would otherwise be geo-restricted (blocked) for that user by the website. Most websites can be easily accessed with these services, however some have required a residential IP address to enter the website, blocking most VPNs and proxies since they use data center IP addresses. Residential IP’s are harder to obtain for users since they are provided by an ISP, limiting its size availability. Given this, residential proxies are valuable resources to access restricted website content abroad, and Spider has IP addresses located all across the world!

Web scraping

Probably the most popular type of use-case for a residential proxy is web scraping, which is essentially impossible to execute without residential proxies since the targeted websites require these types of IP connections almost always. When collecting data online, many websites will block IP addresses that seem to be extracting their server’s information ( information sent or tasks completed), but with residential proxies these IP’s won't get blocked since the security system of the website believes it to be a home internet user, which means they could potentially be customers. The examples of data collection are endless: travel agencies like Priceline use them to collect all the available travel fare information (dates, times); price comparison companies like Popcart or Bizrate that scrape e-commerce websites from fashion sites like Nike to online retailers like Amazon; one last example are bots, automated software's that act as a surrogate user to conduct popular online activities, such as getting  high demand shoes or concert tickets that require new residential IP addresses for every connection made. 

Ad verification 

The third and final most popular application of residential proxies is to verify advertisements by private companies. The residential IP tests ads to see if they are properly functioning as well as to localize them from the home user perspective. Since the advertisements are situated on various websites and software applications, companies need to constantly check them to see if they are performing as intended, which requires residential proxies since many of the websites/applications will ban non-resident users. Verifying entire advertisement networks as well requires dynamic residential IPs. 

With Spider residential proxies, you have access to real, ethical, and verified residential IP’s from all across the world to access any website or application with the highest successful connectivity rates. So whether its for accessing geo-restricted platforms/content, web scraping, or ad verification, Spider has the premier Residential IP’s needed for these use-cases (along with any other), with access to hundreds of millions of premium residential proxies. 

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