Where to Buy Residential Proxies

It seems a very long time since I first starting playing around with proxy servers, indeed it was about 1996 when I had the opportunity to start playing around with them. I worked in a technical college and we were donated a hugely expensive Sun Sparc which nobody had a clue what to do with (including me) with a connection to JANET. Fortunately as it was a college, in the summer everyone disappeared bar a few full time staff and I had days and weeks to play around with my new toy and I read a document written from CERN about proxies by Ari Luotonen. I started to learn about proxies and even bought Ari’s book when he released it a few years later – Web Proxy Servers.

Where to Buy Residential Proxies

The technology was pretty exciting and new, in fact the first proxies were developed in the CERN labs alongside the birth of HTTP and the world wide web. Proxies even became a source of employment, as the internet age developed and we moved to a world where everyone wanted and expected the internet at their workplace. These web proxies were essential in controlling and managing internet access to corporate networks. Of course, as web presences developed there was even more ‘proxy based’ support work with the requirements reverse proxies being installed on coporate networks and datacentres to protect the back end servers too.

However fast forward to 2019 and I probably spend more time using proxies than setting them up and fixing them. Frankly it’s easier to let other people deal with the headaches of securing, configuring and optimizing servers which are almost always hammered most of the time. So I have become a bit of an expert in the proxy service market place too, which can be extremely bewildering when you first venture into it. Anyway the point of this post is in response to a couple of questions I got mailed to me on this site – basically where to buy residential proxies ?

When you’re looking online for proxies for whatever task, most of their descriptions now refer not to the specific technology but rather the IP addresses that they are allocated. So for instance you’ll hear about US proxies or datacentre proxies which basically refer to their location and the classification of the IP addresses they are assigned. As many of these servers are used to hide the client’s location, where and what the IP address is has become extremely important. If I want to use one to watch UK television for example then it needs a British IP address assigned to it other wise it won’t work. You can read all about what it takes to be a BBC proxy in another post on this site. Similarly as well as location, there is another component – whether the proxy uses IP addresses which are classified as residential IPs or commercial ones. A residential IP address is normally assigned by an ISP to home internet connections, so is among the most trustworthy of IP addresses available online. Which is why marketers, researchers, and spammers all prize these addresses highly – they make you look like an innocent home user.

Where to Buy Residential Proxies

So if you’re looking to place multiple adverts on Craigslist, buy limited edition sneakers or simply trying to run a number of Instagram accounts to fund your lifestyle then residential addresses are the ones you probably need. Herein lies a little problem as the reason they are so trusted is because they’re normally only assigned by ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to ordinary users who sign up for broadband accounts with them. Therefore they’re very tricky to get hold of to exploit for commercial purposes but they’re definitely needed.

Just for illustration, for my security and privacy needs (as well as watching the BBC) I have used for many years the excellent Identity Cloaker. It’s fine for bypassing some blocks and great for online anonymity and security yet the vast majority of it’s IP addresses are from commercial ranges so for some purposes they won’t work. Lots of websites have determined that if you’re coming from a commercial IP range then there’s a high change you’re using a proxy server (particularly if there are multiple connections). So if you’re trying to run numerous online marketing tasks then you’re likely to get block or filtered very quickly.

Many businesses and marketers for example run multiple Instagram accounts in order to promote their businesses or products. It’s well known for being a great platform for doing promotional posts on. However if you run lots of accounts from commercial addresses you’re much likely to get flagged by Instagram as a commercial user and your accounts banned, restricted or even deleted. Yet if you run these from a proxy with a range of residential IP addresses then you’re much, much safer. The same can be said for hundreds of other platforms and E-commerce sites, residential IP addresses are great camouflage.

But as we mentioned earlier they are much, much harder to obtain. Fortunately though some of the more advanced companies have managed to establish decent networks of residential IP ranges to assign to their servers. These used to be very expensive but new technology like backconnect and rotating servers have brought the unit price down significantly.

Here’s are the companies I currently use to supply me with residential proxies. I like to use different companies as it helps rotate the addresses used with my various accounts.

Storm Proxies – these guys seriously know what they’re doing and have been around for many years. they have a fast 1GB network with thousands of proxies with all sorts of IP ranges including a large selection of residential addresses. You can also buy proxies optimised (usually means not used and blacklisted) for lots of different platforms for marketing on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and lots of others. Crucially they own the hardware that their proxies run on, whereas many firms simply rent or lease their servers. This improves support and gives them much more control on configuration of the services.

Rotating Proxies  – a new find for me and I’m quite pleased about them.  Recommended by a friend who runs a huge number of very profitable social media accounts, they have lots of different types of proxies include some great residential ones.  The ones I was recommended are the premium dedicated residential proxies. They’re all super fast and have unmetered bandwidth, so you don’t have to worry about building up bills.  They’re not as cheap as rotating and shared proxies but generally much safer because only you are using them,  Unfortunately they only have US IP addresses at the moment but hoping that might change.

Now I’ve used a few others, but currently for residential addresses these seem to work best at least for my activities.  There is one other company which you should be aware of, if only because they have by far the largest network of residential IP addresses.  They’re called Luminati and have an enormous residential IP address network which dwarfs anybody else.   I have used them in the past and it’s a very decent network with some of the best speeds for residential addresses.   However these are not cheap residential proxies.  They’re actually quite expensive but you can lower the costs by using their filtering options at the proxy dashboard which an adviser will help you with.

The reason that their network is so huge is that they’ve built it by creating an enormous P2P network.  Residential users sign up for their free VPN service called Hola and in exchange allow the part use of their connection and computer.   These millions of users are providing the residential addresses used by Luminati’s commercial network.  I’m not entirely comfortable witht hsi method and would certainly never use Hola  myself, but to be fair they have improved the visibility of their terms and conditions.  Mind you I’d bet that a large percentage of users probably have no idea that they’re sharing their computer and connection in exchange for the free VPN.  It does work though and means that you can grab residential IP addresses from virtually anywhere in the world from their 186 million users !!! I have to say if I was using other peoples money and marketing for a big client, I’d probably use them as they are the most business legitimate proxy company.

Sinister Saudi Tracking App – Absher

It’s quite incredible to believe that in 2019 that there exists an application who’s primary purpose for Saudi men is to monitor and track women’s movements.  It’s provided by the Saudi government and it’s called Absher.

Now for anyone from a Western style democracy this would seem obscene, inhuman and unbelievable, yet it’s very real and currently even available on the Google Play Store to install on your smartphone.  First though there’s a couple of background facts that you need to be aware of  –

  • Saudi Law stipulates that every woman must have a male guardian.
  • Much of this guardian system has been computerized and put online.
  • Guardians are allowed to specify which airports women can travel from (or not)
  • System send text message alerts to guardians when women use their passports.
  • This is not a new system it has existed for years.

It’s incredible, amazing, the digital 21st century meets the medieval ages courtesy of the Saudi Arabian State.  What’s more it seems that this is application has even been given mainstream approval by appearing in places like the Google Play Store and Apple App store too.

Looks quite friendly and innocuous, doesn’t it?  Absher has many meanings in Arabic which don’t really tell the real story – ‘your request is granted’, ‘good tidings’ and ‘at your service’.   However these phrases are only really true if you’re male, for this application and digital service effectively enslaves women under the guardianship laws.

Imagine sitting behind this application is a database of Saudi Arabian women, with details and settings which are controlled by their male guardians.  Now much of the Absher system is very ordinary and wouldn’t look out of place in London or New York.  You can pay government fines, register the birth of a baby or renew your driving license (if you’re male obviously!).

Yet you really can use Absher to specify which (if any airport) a women can use to fly out of the country.  Permission can be given or revoked with a couple of button clicks, so for example you could block local airports.   If your digitally tracked female attempts to use one of these airports their ‘male guardians’ would notified by an SMS message to their phone.

The control over women is just restricted to which airports they can use either.  The guardian can specify how many journeys the woman can take, where they can travel to and for how long.  It’s supposedly there for safety yet obviously it is capable of much more.   Many women attempting to escape from the confines of Saudi Arabia are caught using this system.  As soon as any women attempts to use a passport they are effectively alerting any male guardian of their location and intentions.

The state argue that Absher app is available for women to use too, however this doesn’t include the travel permission pages.  Any woman who wants to escape what in some cases is little more than legal slavery has to find a solution to evade Abshar.  Many young women steal guardians phones and reset passwords, they can then give themselves permission to leave.  Obviously this has to be done quickly before hte guardian realizes and resets those permissions.

Digital technology does offer some balance though to this grim story of modern day repression.  It comes from the internet and social media which is full of stories of women escaping Saudi Arabia and starting new lives.  There are lots of forums and groups where women and girls share tips and advice about making their own escape plans.   Women are becoming aware that there are options and that other countries will offer them asylum if the escape the Kingdom itself. News and documentaries are spreading word of their plight too including some programmes still on the BBC iPlayer which are available by proxy.  The pictures of happy, escaped Saudi women living normal lives in other countries are in themselves inspirational.

 

How Can We Start Digital Marketing ?

When people talk about the benefits of digital marketing and the prospects for success, I’m always inclined to think of some of the people I know who have completely transformed their lives.  Now I know if you start researching things like digital marketing or making money online that you’ll find a whole host of promotional stories.

You know the type, we’ve all read them –

“I was homeless and in debt but after starting the megarich program I became fabulously wealthy in just a few weeks.  Not only that I discovered that I only had to work ten minutes a day and the cheques kept rolling in.”

Now hopefully, nobody will believe this stuff but unfortunately many do.  It doesn’t take much to convince some people with these stories, after all we’re all desperate to believe it anyway.  If you’re desperate, optimistic, fed up or simply a little bit gullible it’s extremely tempting to risk a few bucks to buy into this dream.  In many ways it’s no worse than buying a few lottery tickets.  However it’s important to to remember these are sales pages and although there may be a small kernel of truth to the story, most of it will be hyperbole and exaggeration.

How Can We Start Digital Marketing

Yet promotional stuff like this is almost certainly the reason that most people fail in their efforts to change their lives and fail in digital marketing.  Which is a huge shame as there is huge potential there for most people to change their lives completely online.

How Can I Start Digital Marketing

Well first of all it’s best to remember that pretty much all the skills and knowledge are actually available online.  However the difficulty is that finding, using and making money from this knowledge is much, much harder. If you find someone you trust who can it explain, help and mentor you then your chances of success are much higher.

One of the main problems is that there’s so much, choice and potential it’s very difficult to actually get started. The phrase digital marketing in itself is quite confusing as it covers pretty much everything.  This makes it difficult to start and easy to waste time in procrastinating.  yet you won’t get started by reading endless posts or by drifting and watching the BBC or YouTube.

In reality though the majority of people start in a few ways – creating websites, videos or social accounts and making money from them either through advertising revenue or selling stuff.  I would estimate this covers 90% of people I know who make great livings from the internet.  Much of it can be deemed as digital marketing, yet if you met some of the most successful you’d never believe that they were ‘successful marketers’.

So let’s take probably the most popular initial option – building a blog or website and promoting some sort of product.  It can be literally all set up in a few minutes if you know what you’re doing, but if you have to learn from scratch it can take months or even longer.   Believing the wrong people or following the wrong advice can add to this learning curve and can lead to frustration and people giving up right at the beginning of the process.

However there are simple guides and people willing to help without wanting to sell you overpriced rubbish at every turn.  Here’s a marketer I trust demonstrating how easy it is to actually build your first web site –

That’s great, practical information on how to get started and it’s completely free. You can follow the video and create your very first affiliate site and start your journey in an afternoon.  It should be available every where but if you get blocked try using region free DNS servers to access it. What’s more apart from paying for some basics it doesn’t even cost very much at all to get started either.

However many people can take ages getting to that point and will often spend a small fortune on over hyped products in the process.  It’s really not necessary, and although there are products and information which can make your progress quicker you should be especially cautious before buying them.

Who Can Become a Successful Digital Marketer

This is actually fairly easy to answer because it’s virtually everyone.  In practice that’s not entirely true but as far as financial, intellectual or practical barriers there are very few.  The reason that the vast majority of people do fail is because it does take hard work, persistence and a somewhat resilient personality.  If you can become successful in self employed roles in the physical world though there’s little to stop you succeeding in the digital marketplace too.

We shouldn’t underestimate the numbers who do fail though as it’s certainly a huge proportion.  I’ve seen many estimates and of course it’s difficult to measure but I’d be surprised if it fell below 90% failure rate.  The majority of people who fail though are those who simply gave up before they succeeded.  It’s a statement that’s especially true in digital marketing as the potential is there for everyone.

Important points to remember though, are firstly it does take lots of time.  The days where you could start up and make a fortune in a week or so are long gone.  Although some video bloggers and people marketing on social networks can make money very quickly.   However although you can potentially create and promote hundreds of social network accounts very quickly using something like Jarvee  – the skills and knowledge needed can take a long time to develop.

Secondly it’s the work ethic, and this shouldn’t be underestimated.  I normally focus on affiliate sites which promote technology products.   Currently I’d expect to work on a site for at least a year before I’d expect it to generate a reasonable income.  That’s a huge amount of unpaid work that had to be done before a return is realized.  Of course, it’s much easier if you know that your work will eventually be rewarded but it’s tough first time to keep going which is why most don’t.

We’ve all come across fabulous websites which look completely abandoned.  That’s because of the huge effort involved in maintaining, updating will eventually take it’s toll especially when they’re not generating any income.  A successful website which does generate income however is much easier to throw time and resources into!

Start with an Interest

Whether you choose to develop a web site, social accounts or create a killer YouTube channel then there’s one thing you should definitely consider.  Make sure that the topic or product you promote is something you’re interested in because otherwise you’ll be unlikely to succeed.

If you have a real interest in a subject then creating content will be much, much easier.  Some of the most successful websites and channels on the internet where started as hobby/interest sites.  I can think of many niches which are dominated by sites which were started this way with no budget just the enthusiasm of the creator.

You can decide that you’re going to be aggressive and create twenty Instagram channels to sell a certain product.  Or perhaps that you’re going to make a fortune reselling concert tickets using proxies on Ticketmaster.  However whatever format you choose, you’re going to have to become an expert in that specific area. This is whole lot easier if you have an interest in it too, whichi can see you through those early non-profit making weeks!

The beauty of the digital economy is that to some extent it’s pretty much open to anyone.  You don’t need a degree, you don’t need lots of cash and it doesn’t really matter where you’re from or what your background is.  Admittedly if you’re really poor with technology things might take you a little longer although many really successful marketers online are truly hopeless with technology  (but they just pay people to fix stuff).  Also there are certain challenges if you’re based in certain countries where it’s harder to get access to payment processors like PayPal.

Yet these are just all minor hurdles which you can be certain people have crossed successfully before.  So if you’re considering a career or want to change from the traditional 9-5 model that traps so many of us – then try out digital marketing. It’s not that hard to get started and it certainly doesn’t require huge financial investment.   You can succeed and join those of us who choose where to work and what time we get up in the morning!!