Blazing SEO is a US-based proxy provider, established in 2015. It belongs to the Sprious group, which offers web scraping, data intelligence, and hosting services.
As the name indicates, Blazing SEO started shop targeting SEO agencies and other search engine marketers. Back in 2015, it had already laid out many of the building blocks that made the company successful. The IPs were on fast 1 Gbps lines; you could get them delivered and replaced nearly instantly; and they cost well below what people expected to pay for dedicated proxies – from $1.2 to as little as $0.65 per IP.
There was also the human factor. The owner, Neil, would personally frequent online forums. He’d answer questions and help people solve issues in an honest and no-nonsense manner. This inspired confidence and propped up the still new service.
Since then, Blazing SEO has scaled up significantly. It controls around 300,000 datacenter proxies in self-owned data centers throughout 9 ASNs. There are 30 locations to choose from compared to the initial four. And you can get some exotic proxy types like IPv6. But despite the provider growing so much, it still allows buying as few as 5 IPs. This keeps the service available to a wide range of customers, from hustlers to enterprises.
As I’ve mentioned, in early 2021 Blazing SEO started easing into ISP and residential proxies. The former product is already available, while the latter hasn’t left beta. And in August 2021, it started running mobile proxy plans. The company also rebranded, highlighting openness and repositioning itself to be more enterprise-friendly. This happens to many providers as they expand, so there’s little hypocrisy that a few years ago Blazing SEO cheerfully supported black-hat SEO software like XRumer on BlackHatWorld.
Nowadays, however, Blazing SEO seems to have stepped over that stone, betting big on clients that need a trustworthy provider of proxy infrastructure (or, in their own terms, a proxy partner). Ethical proxy handling is one point the company tries to drive home especially hard. Flexibility to accommodate various needs is another, considering that much of the infrastructure is handled in-house. You can watch Neil give several convincing pitches on YouTube.
But is that enough to make Blazing SEO your provider of choice? In this review, I’ll go through Blazing SEO’s services, pricing, performance, and more to help you decide. Let’s get started!
- Fast proxies
- Polished user experience
- 30 locations
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unpredictable IP distribution system
- Live chat not working
- Very broad pricing plans
- Proxy types: Datacenter (dedicated, shared, rotating), ISP, residential, mobile
- Locations: 30 countries
- Audience: Hustlers to enteprises
- Reselling: Yes
- Extras: API, proxy manager
- Support: 24/7 via email
- Payment: Credit card
- Trial: 5 proxies for 2 days
You can also watch our video review if you’re not too hot on text:
Blazing SEO Proxy Networks
Blazing SEO offers four kinds of proxy IPs: datacenter proxies, ISP proxies, rotating residential proxies, and mobile proxies. The datacenter proxies can be semi-dedicated (shared among 3 people), dedicated, or shared rotating. The residential and mobile proxies are still in beta testing.
Many features and several options to choose from.
According to Blazing SEO, it controls over 300,000 datacenter IPs. They’re spread around 20,000 C-class subnets, ensuring a diverse variety of addresses that’s less likely to get mass banned. Few providers can match this scale, aside from proxy giants like Oxylabs and Bright Data.
The IPs and subnets come from nine ASNs. Some websites (for example, Footsites) tend to ban a whole ASN after a point, so having several helps in these cases. Blazing SEO stresses that it has end-to-end control over the hardware. This should mean quicker troubleshooting and ability to fine-tune the service to your needs.
The datacenter proxies run on 1 Gbps lines. You shouldn’t expect to get the full bandwidth, as it’s likely shared by multiple IPs. But the connection speed is still fast. There are no limits on threads or traffic. Some other providers like MyPrivateProxy limit the number of threads to 100.
You can get dedicated IPs in 30 countries, with a large number of addresses in the US. The semi-dedicated proxies support 10 locations, and the rotating ones only four. In some countries (mainly the US), you can further specify a city.
If you choose the rotating plan, you’ll get access to a backconnect gateway server with different ports. It will grant you a proxy pool with 20 times the number of ports you buy: 2,000 IPs for 100 ports, and so on. After 10-100 minutes, the IP address behind the gateway server will change.
The semi-dedicated and dedicated proxies come in a list and don’t rotate. You can set up rotation with Blazing SEO’s new Proxy Pilot tool, but it’s still in beta. More on this later.
You’re allowed to replace each IP once a month free of charge. This really helps if you get a proxy banned or it doesn’t work with your target website.
All three main protocols are supported, including SOCKS5. You can authorize the proxy server both with credentials and by whitelisting an IP.
ISP Proxies (Static Residential Proxies)
Pretty limited for now but otherwise promising.
Blazing SEO started selling ISP proxies very recently, so the service is still new. In July 2021, it included around 3,000 IPs in three different ASNs.
For now, the ISP proxies are based in the US only. Blazing SEO claims that they come from major internet service providers. For our tests, we received 100 Verizon IPs, so the claim is at least partially true.
Like the datacenter proxies, these addresses use 1 Gbps lines and don’t impose thread limits. They’re also marketed as having unlimited bandwidth, but the small print says you shouldn’t go over 200 GBs with one IP.
The format here is IP list, so no rotation for you. Once again, look into Proxy Pilot if you need it.
All three protocols and both authentication methods are supported.
Rotating Residential Proxies
To be reviewed.
Still in beta, so there’s little concrete information about them so far.
To be reviewed.
This service was introduced very recently (August 2021), so we still haven’t had the chance to review it.
Blazing SEO Pricing
Accessible for all kinds of customers but the pricing plans are very broad.
Blazing SEO uses a time-based subscription model. You can buy access to proxies for one, three, six, or twelve months. The longer you commit, the less you pay. A year’s subscription carries a 15% discount compared to a month’s commitment.
The price is also impacted by how many proxies you get. There are four plans that cover ranges of IPs; as with duration, each plan offers a larger discount:
- Starter (5-99 IPs),
- Personal (100-999 IPs, 5% cheaper),
- Corporate (1,000-4,999 IPs, 10% cheaper), and
- Enterprise (>5,000 IPs, 20% or more cheaper).
The third factor that impacts the price is IP location. Proxies in the US are generally cheaper than other countries, likely because Blazing SEO finds them easier to source.
What about the actual prices?
The dedicated proxies start from $2-3.50 per address for the Starter plan. The larger plans push the price down to $0.65/IP. They’re pretty affordable if you fall into the lower range of a plan, for example, 105 IPs. But the plans are so broad that at 900 IPs you’ll still be paying the same price. At this point, other providers catch up and surpass Blazing SEO.
It’s also interesting that the dedicated proxies actually used to cost less than they do now. A few years ago, you could get 5 proxies for $6, which translates to merely $1.2/IP. It looks like Blazing SEO’s investments in infrastructure and company growth took a toll on the price.
The semi-dedicated proxies start from $0.80-1.20 per IP and reach $0.34/IP at the Enterprise tier.
The rotating proxies start from $3-4.50 per port and eventually reach $2.10/port. It’s hard to compare them, as other providers tend to offer their rotating datacenter proxies by traffic (e.g. Smartproxy and Bright Data) or give access to the full pool and limit the number of parallel connections (Storm Proxies).
Finally, the ISP proxies start from $5 per IP address and reach $3.74/IP at scale. That’s significantly more expensive than any other Blazing SEO’s product, but they’re harder to get and perform markedly better.
Overall, Blazing SEO is no longer among the cheapest providers, as it once used to be. Its pricing is starting to push into the premium territory. Still, the plans remain affordable, especially if you’re able to game their ranges.
You can pay for the services with a credit card. There’s a 2-day free trial that allows testing 5 IPs.
Blazing SEO Performance Tests
We had the chance to test Blazing SEO’s dedicated datacenter proxies and ISP proxies. Here’s what we found.
Great performance but you might need to replace the IPs several times for certain targets.
We received a mix of 100 dedicated proxies in random US locations.
We first checked the proxies in an IP database. It identified 41 addresses as hosting IPs. This is expected of datacenter proxies and actually not bad – they can be mistaken for business IP addresses. More than a half of the IPs were already tagged as proxies, which might affect the success rate and cause IP blocks. Finally, six IPs were identified as neither hosting nor proxy addresses, which is great for datacenter proxies.
|IP API||United States (99)|
|Maxmind||United States (100)||No city specified (31)|
|IPinfo||United States (97)|
We further checked which locations the IPs were associated with. This is important because if you buy IPs in one country, and an IP database recognizes them in another, you might not be able to access your target.
For the most part, the IPs were reported in the US, as expected. However, we saw two anomalies:
- Several addresses appeared in Spain and Canada.
- Maxmind identified 31 IPs as having no city. This means they’re placed somewhere in Kansas, together with other datacenter IPs that lack geolocation info.
These errors are hard to avoid. Luckily, Blazing SEO offers free replacements for unsuitable IPs.
|Target||Success rate||Avg. response time (s)|
Our target test shows that the proxies were pretty fast, as expected from datacenter IPs. Their success rate was also high, with two major exceptions: Google and Amazon. This lets me assume that the proxies had already been used and blocked by these targets. TripAdvisor could’ve done better as well, but it’s not an easy target even for residential IPs.
We didn’t ask for tailored proxies, but Blazing SEO doesn’t actually have them. When you buy a plan, the system automatically chooses proxies from various subnets based on your location preferences. You can then replace the ones that don’t work until you find a subnet that manages to complete the job. So, it’s pretty much a trial-and-error approach.
|Concurrency||Success rate||Avg. response time (s)|
The proxies had no issues completing our stress test. It means they’re hosted on powerful hardware that should sustain pretty hardcore web scraping.
|Download speed||No proxies||Proxies|
We tested 10 random proxies from different subnets. They had plenty of speed for streaming anything in any definition.
Time for the static residential proxy benchmarks. Once again, we received 100 IP addresses in the US, spanning three subnets.
|Subnet 1||Subnet 2||Subnet 3|
|ISP||Verizon Internet Services||Verizon Internet Services||Verizon Internet Services|
All of the IPs were registered under Verizon, as promised. One of the ranges appeared as commercial instead of residential, but that didn’t cause any issues. None of the IP addresses showed up on common IP blacklists, nor were there DNS leaks.
|Subnet 1||Subnet 2||Subnet 3|
|Country||United States||United States||United States|
|City (IP API)||Warrendale, PA||Palo Alto, CA||Johnston, RI|
|City (Maxmind)||New York, NY||Lyndhurst, NJ||Chantilly, VA|
|City (IPinfo)||Warrendale, PA||Palo Alto, CA||New York, NY|
These proxies were supposed to be registered in New York. In reality, different IP databases saw them in different locations, some on the other end of the country. At least they all came from the US.
|Target||Success rate||Avg. response time (s)|
Overall, both the success rate and speed were impeccable. Out of the few errors, most of them were “no response”, which means that the proxy connection dropped or the site closed it before it could complete.
|Concurrency||Success rate||Avg. response time (s)|
The proxies had no issue running hundreds of requests per second.
|Download speed||No proxies||Proxies|
The ISP proxies were several times slower than Blazing SEO’s datacenter addresses. Still, there was enough bandwidth for YouTube, as well as watching livestreams.
Polished user experience that puts a lot of power into your hands.
To register with Blazing SEO, you have to complete a lengthy form. The registration is paired with purchase, so even if you opt for a trial, you’ll need to select a package, location, and amount of IPs to buy.
After filling in the form, you’ll be able to access the dashboard. The IPs should arrive automatically within 30 minutes after purchase, if they’re in stock.
Blazing SEO’s dashboard includes everything needed to work with proxies. You can buy a plan, authorize and manage the proxy servers, view invoices, and contact support. You won’t find any usage metrics, but with no bandwidth limits, they’re pretty irrelevant.
To set up the proxy server, you first need to authorize access. One way to do it is via an IP address, another via a username and password. The SOCKS5 protocol and rotating proxies support IP authentication only.
After you’ve authenticated, you can simply copy proxies from a list of addresses on the dashboard. It’s nice that you can see the location associated with each address. You can export the list if needed, but the output format will no longer display the location of the IPs. There’s also a homemade tool for filtering out bad IPs – a convenient touch.
If the proxy server supports it, the dashboard allows choosing a particular city within the country it’s located. I had the option to do this with the US dedicated proxies but not the ISP addresses.
Another interesting feature – particularly because you can do it on your own – is upgrading or downgrading a plan. Simply enter the number of IPs you want to add or discard, and the system will make the changes for you. No need to contact support. Just note that you can only beef up your existing plan this way: it doesn’t seem possible to add German IPs if you have a US-based package.
If an IP doesn’t work the way you want it, you can replace it. Simply hit a button, and within 30 minutes, a new one will appear in the old one’s place. Or, enter a list of proxies into the text field to substitute them en masse. A replacement is available once every 30 days.
Finally, there’s a tab called Proxy Settings/API. There, you can do four things:
- Substitute an IP if it goes down. This ensures 100% uptime, but personally I’d be a little weary to give up my hand-picked proxies to an automated system
- Rotate the static proxies after 30 days.
- Export the data about your account (including the billing info).
- Access the API. It allows authorizing, viewing assigned IPs by country or category, replacing and adding/removing proxies – all programmatically.
Overall, Blazing SEO puts a lot of power into your hands. The user experience feels well crafted, and there’s help on every corner if you ever find yourself at a loss.
I’ve referenced this tool several times, so let me briefly describe it. Note that Proxy Pilot is still in beta, so it’s pliant to change.
Proxy Pilot aims to perform two functions:
- It rotates static proxy lists.
- It outfits the proxy server with advanced proxy management logic, such as automatic retries, cooldowns, and ban detection. This turns “dumb” IPs into an intelligent service like Zyte’s Smart Proxy Manager or Oxylabs’ Next-Gen Residentials.
For now, Proxy Pilot comes free of charge. So, if it works well, it can create a lot of value for Blazing SEO’s proxies, making them very cost-efficient. Or, at least reduce some web scraping induced headaches.
The issue with Proxy Pilot in its current form is that it needs to decrypt passing traffic like a man-in-the-middle-attack. This sounds intimidating and requires a level of trust that not everyone would be willing to give to a proxy provider. On the bright side, opening up to Blazing SEO will get you really detailed usage statistics.
Great documentation but the hands-on support needs improvements.
To keep you informed about its services, Blazing SEO has an arsenal of guides in text and video formats. They’re peppered throughout the dashboard in strategic positions; but you can also access the guides in one place, by visiting Blazing SEO’s knowledge base. The informational content does a great job answering common questions you might encounter.
If you find yourself with technical issues – or just wanting some human contact – Blazing SEO offers 24/7 customer support. You can contact it via email, ticketing system, or live chat. During my writing of this review, the live chat functionality didn’t work.
I tried reaching out via the ticketing system. It took me roughly two hours to receive a reply, which came at around 3AM for the customer success agent. Our conversation went back and forth several times; and while the answers were direct and competent, each further response took a similar time (2 hours) to arrive, even after the agents changed shifts. I suppose they didn’t treat my questions as urgent technical issues – which they weren’t.
Overall, Blazing SEO’s documentation is great, but the customer service needs improvements – at least a working live chat.
Gone are the days when Neil sat in forums answering questions about a freshly-baked proxy service. Blazing SEO has grown into a bustling company with over 30 people.
If you need dedicated datacenter proxies, Blazing SEO can give you several strong reasons to choose it over the competition: perhaps not always the price, but definitely its flexibility and hands-on approach. 20,000 subnets are nothing to scoff at, even if the system that distributes them requires some trial and error.
The marketing front (ethics and all the light metaphors) looks very compelling as well, whether you’re a part-time web scraper or an enterprise looking to scale its data collection efforts.
Once you pick out what you need, the proxies perform great. There were some issues with IP databases, but Blazing SEO is aware and trying to solve them. We were especially impressed with the ISP addresses, though their availability might be limited until the service scales.
On the user experience side, the provider gives a lot of control to customers and makes sure to help every step of their journey with extensive documentation. The customer support lacks a live chat, but I was told it was temporary.
Overall, Blazing SEO is a strong datacenter proxy provider, whether you need five or five thousand IPs. Its new ISP proxies show great promise as well, especially if they’ll continue to come from major consumer ISPs. As for the beta products (rotating residential proxies, Proxy Pilot), it’s still too early to tell.