A large number of the users are on Shared Hosting Packages as they don’t have that much traffic and performance issues, so a shared hosting package is cheap and good for work but have you ever wondered how many other sites are being hosted on the same server? Well that is something you can’t know unless you are the host yourself but you can surely know how many sites are being hosted on a single IP Address on that server. I just saw that ChotoCheetah [Image Source] shared a service named myIPneighbors.com which allows you to view other sites which are being hosted on the same IP address.
I already know of a service Reverse IP Domain Check – YouGetSignal.com which I use to know the sites hosted on the same IP address.
How such a tool works?
Such tools are called Reverse Domain IP Checkup Tools. When a domain is entered for a query then the IP address of that domain is retrieved and then that IP address is used to get the names of all the sites which are sharing that IP address on the server.
Can I know all the sites on a server?
I don’t know if such a tool even exists. As it is clear from the diagram, a server may be hosting multiple sites under different IP addresses. Such tools only allows to check for domains sharing IP addresses. If you know of any such tool which can allow us to view all the domains on the whole server, then please share with us in the comments.
Advantages of such a tool?
Many people generally inflate authorities of sites by various links towards it and generally they host all those sites on the same IP address or IP address range. One method that search engines use to detect this type of behavior is to see if these inter-linking web sites are hosted on the same IP address or IP address range. If the web sites are in the same IP address range, it is highly likely that they are operated by the same individual. Search engines devalue links from web sites pointing to other web sites hosted on the same IP address range. Also your site might get penalized because of a site hosting explicit content on the same IP address too.
You can use this to your advantage to see what other sites do. For example if any of the site is a high traffic site or a proxy server then it might bottleneck the performance of other sites including yours. So its better to switch to a more reliable host or Virtual Private Server (VPS) as per your need.
Was you aware of such Reverse IP Domain checkup tools? Do tell us if you would like to find us something which would make your life even mnore easier. Have your say in the comments.
Thanks for the tip. I have always wondered how many sites are hosted on my shared hosting package.
Here is another tool: http://www.myiptest.com/staticpages/index.php/Reverse-IP-Lookup-IP-Neighbors.html
Well I prefer myIPneighbors. It’s very good.
Thanks for your comment!