The first vertical-based technical evaluation of the proxy market

We live in an increasingly data-hungry world. Proxies are crucial for many businesses that collect, analyze, and deal in information. Yet, perhaps due to their association with hackers and social media manipulation, there are very few reliable resources on proxy networks. For the first time in the market’s history, we are releasing a report that evaluates the largest proxy providers in six key verticals. Based on the feedback of 191 industry experts and extensive performance tests, it aims to give you an objective tool for comparing proxy services.

Nice work! I guess it’s the most comprehensive IP report in the market.

Sorin Diaconu

Georanker

It’s a really objective tool for comparing proxy services; every company should take a look at the research before deciding which to buy.

Valerie Tkachenko

Netpeak Software

This data is immensely helpful! Normally we’d have to spend time emailing each provider to set up a proper test account, write our tests, conduct them and then examine the data. Multiply this across a variety of providers and that adds up to a lot of time spent on proxy testing that could have been put towards our actual business. This report will save us so much time in the future. And for a business, time saved is money saved.

Elizabeth Oster

SerpApi

Why read this report:

  • You’ll learn how 191 industry experts use proxies and what they value most.
  • You’ll find data from 6 verticals that rely on proxies every day: data scraping, data aggregation, market research, ad verification, SEO, app dev & localization.
  • You’ll know the strengths and limitations of 9 leading proxy providers – based on facts and reliable data rather than marketing promises.
  • You’ll be able to easily compare the providers using a standardized score.

This research includes data from the period of 2020.

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Key takeaways

Here are our main findings at a glance:

Data scraping

  • 36 experts participated in the study.
  • Data scraping is a broad category that targets various public data sources and requires versatility.
  • Success rate is the most important criterion, followed by scalability, diversity, and price.
  • Oxylabs is the best provider for scraping; Luminati came second and Smartproxy third.

Data aggregation

  • 31 professionals gave feedback.
  • Data aggregators scrape the same targets over and over. Some need to handle millions of requests and provide data extremely quickly.
  • Success rate is the most important criterion. Then come reliability, scalability, and diversity.
  • Oxylabs has the best proxies for data scraping. Luminati and Smartproxy closely follow.

SEO

  • 32 experts participated in the study.
  • SEO and SEM specialists use proxies to access precise data for localized search queries.
  • Locations is the most important criterion. Price, success rate, and anonymity come after.
  • Oxylabs and Smartproxy tied with the same score. Packetstream is the third best.

Market research

  • 31 companies and professionals took part.
  • Researchers use proxies to gather public data. Unlike scrapers of aggregators, they rely less on speed and more on the proxy price.
  • Reliability is the most important criterion. It’s followed by price, anonymity, and speed in decreasing importance.
  • Smartproxy is the best provider for market research. Packetstream came second, and Oxylabs third.

Ad verification

  • 33 digital advertising companies and professionals gave feedback.
  • Ad publishers test how their ads are served in websites around the world. They also anonymously check for ad fraud.
  • Locations is by far most important criterion. The others are diversity, speed, and price.
  • Smartproxy offers the best proxies for ad verification. Oxylabs and Packetstream took the second and third places.

App development & localization

  • 28 experts shared their knowledge.
  • App developers, testers, and localization professionals use proxies to simulate traffic and global connection requests.
  • Locations is the most important criterion. Price, success rate, and anonymity trail behind.
  • Smartproxy is the best provider for app development & localization. Packetstream and Oxylabs come after.

What’s your #1 takeaway lesson from this research? Do you agree with our findings? Either way, feel free to leave a comment below.