When to Use Sticky Rotating Sessions

Sticky Rotating Sessions

With several types of proxies available and numerous use cases for each kind of proxy, it can be confusing to figure out what you need. Typically, rotating residential proxies are the most highly recommended type to use for many projects. However, it is important to know when to use sticky rotating sessions instead.

Let’s go over the difference between session types, when you want a sticky rotating session, and when you should stick to rotating IPs.

What Makes a Session Sticky

If you look around online, there are several terms thrown around for the different configuration styles. In short, it boils down to three main types: static, sticky, and rotating. And I don’t mean what you get when you rub your feet on the carpet, get gum in your hair, or spin a top.

Sticky rotating sessions, which could alternately be called temporary static sessions, are when you keep the same IP address for a predetermined length of time. For example, KocerRoxy’s optional sticky sessions are fixed at 10-minute intervals.

The most common configuration type is rotating, wherein the IP changes after every little ol’ request you send.

Conversely, a static IP means you keep that one IP address the entire time, just like you normally do when you don’t have a proxy running.

When Sticky Sessions Are Better

Because you are using a persistent IP address during a sticky session, you and your bots can interact with sites that require a login to access. 

Any website with anti-bot countermeasures will immediately become suspicious of accounts whose IP addresses randomly bounce around all over the place every time they do anything. No quantity of illicit substances can explain how you traveled from New York to California in .3 seconds.

This will trigger CAPTCHAs and other account verification steps until they eventually block the account for questionable behavior.

While being logged in can be necessary for some niche web scraping projects, that isn’t usually the case. Typically, one of the main applications for sticky sessions is when you’re shopping online, aka e-commerce.

E-commerce

Several online retailers like Amazon will ask for account verification when you sign in on a new device for the first time. This serves to protect your account from theft, but it also gets in the way of bots trying to do automated purchases.

Additionally, some sites will implement limited sales per account and IP address for select products. This is what necessitates going through multiple accounts across different sessions, rather than doing all of your purchases through a single account on one static IP address.

Tailored shopping bots for Shopify and other e-commerce sites can handle the complicated parts. However, you often need to provide the proxies yourself. 

Social Media Management

Social media giants like Facebook and Instagram have become core components of many people’s daily lives. Because of this, they take their security very seriously.

Just like with e-commerce, you’ll need to deal with account validations when using different devices. This includes different user agents, even when it’s the same bot making all of those requests.

Some platforms won’t let you have more than one account from the same IP address, too. They’ll also treat suspicious bot-like activities as one-way express tickets to perma-bans.

If you’re regularly managing the same social media accounts, the ideal configuration would be a static IP address unique to every account that you can always reliably call upon. However, buying multiple static IP addresses can get very pricey.

Using a long enough sticky session will allow you to deal with the necessary account validation and whatever management you need to do. Then, once that session is over, you can safely move on to your next account.

When Rotating Sessions Are Better

While some of these following situations can benefit from sticky sessions, in most instances it is better to rotate IPs at every request. 

These use cases involve sending a ton of requests back-to-back. Running sticky sessions would mean the target website could notice the Zerg rush of requests all coming from one location and promptly eradicate it. Er, block it.

Additionally, sometimes it’s a good thing to see things with differing geo-targeted proxy IPs. Rapidly rotating addresses within a large pool give you more robust datasets than just one location would provide.

Web Scraping, Crawling, and Data Aggregation

Using rotating IPs with configurations for outsmarting anti-scraping techniques let you dig around for the data you need without getting banned partway through. This applies to both poking sites directly and combing through SERPs.

SEO Monitoring

Google will tailor your results based on your digital fingerprint. In order to get accurate results, you need to check your Google SEO with proxies

A sticky session that goes on too long will start building up a fingerprint. It may then start skewing your results.

Website Link Testing

You know best as to what anti-bot measures you’re running on your own site.

If you’re crawling your site to look for broken links, your proxy needs are based entirely on your anti-bot measures. Might accidentally ban your own bot? Yeah, you’ll want to rotate your IP on every request to stop that from happening.

If the links you’re checking out are for affiliate link testing purposes, using a proxy becomes a bit more important. Just like Google tailors its results for you, your affiliate partners might be giving you different info than the general public sees. 

Also, their website might auto-block your spider-bot that is crawling around on their site. Even if all it’s doing is making sure everything’s kosher.

Conclusion

Of course, this is just covering the general scenarios. The rule of thumb to remember; as long as you need a persistent login for consecutive requests, consider using sticky rotating sessions. Otherwise, rotating with every request will provide higher anti-anti-bot protection.

This should have answered any questions you had about when to use sticky rotating sessions. For any of the above-mentioned scenarios, KocerRoxy has you covered with high-quality economic service. A few quick clicks on their easy-to-use dashboard lets you change between rotating or 10-minute sticky sessions as needed.

By Geminel

Geminel is a multi-format author, but is even moreso a giant nerd. With how many times they’ve fallen into several-hour-long research sprees just to accurately present a one-line joke, they realized they should probably use this power for good. To see their creative work, visit their personal site at: Team Gem

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