In this article we explore proxy rotation. How does it affect web scraping success and blocking rates and how can we smartly distribute our traffic through a pool of proxies for the best results.
Most web scrapers need proxies to scrape without being blocked. However, proxies can be expensive and out of reach for many small web scrapers. One alternative to proxies is to use personal VPN services as proxy clients.
Some VPN services directly support SOCKS or HTTP proxies while others that don't can be converted as proxies through additional tools like wireproxy.
So, what to look for in a VPN service if you want to use it as a proxy client?
Using VPNs proxies is a good budget option but it can be a very complex setup and IP quality can be lacking for many popular web scraping targets.
For more on proxies in web scraping see our introduction guide to proxies in web scraping