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.
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.
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!!
So why would anyone need to use a proxy server to access Ticketmaster? After all what’s the point in hiding your location to someone who you’re presumably trying to buy tickets off, after all they have to send them to you don’t they! Well the reason might surprise you, shock you or perhaps even give you a great idea to give up your day job!!
Anything that’s in demand online has the potential to make someone some money. Tickets for popular concerts are always very difficult to obtain. Even if you’re super organised and sit at your computer with credit card in hand the moment they’re released is no guarantee. As anyone who’s tried this and ended up frustrated as the screen freezes or times out until you end up missing out can testify to.
The simple fact is that you may think you’re prepared to be first in the queue for the latest Ticketmaster release but there’s a whole bunch of people who will get in front of you. For a start you’re not competing just against people, because lots are using automated software to buy their tickets.
Special computer bots designed just for ordering and buying tickets as fast as possible are freely available on the internet. They are impossible to beat by just doing it manually, as their response time is so much quicker and they can be pre-configured with all the information to make a sale instantly.
What’s worse they are rarely used to just buy a couple of tickets, most of the times they are designed to pick up tens or even hundreds of tickets. Using multiple identities to grab all the best seats and usually the best prices too. You know what happens next, they appear on those other ticket sites at hugely inflated prices being sold to those who were probably in the same digital queue.
Of course, Ticketmaster and all the other ticketing companies don’t really like this. They spend lots of resources trying to detect and block the automated purchases but usually results in little more than lots of updates to the Ticket bots. The other focus is on blocking the multiple purchases usually focusing on detecting connection and IP address information. This is normally much more effective and anyone who relies solely on the Ticket software will get their IP address blacklisted quickly at this stage.
Which is why people need lots of IP addresses and hence proxies to buy lots of tickets.
Proxies for Ticketmaster
Now I should point out at this point out that not everyone who uses the automated software and these ticket proxies is trying to make lots of money and resell at inflated prices. Although there’s certainly a lot of these people and firms as you’ve probably seen, they’re normally referred to as Ticket Scalpers. Many people I know simply use the software and proxies to buy their own tickets for friends and families, often only reselling at cover price for people they know.
In some ways it’s the only way to guarantee being able to get these tickets without having to pay ridiculous amounts on the secondary market. There is some investment involved the Ticket Bots can be quite expensive, simply because they need to be updated so often. However the costs of proxies has come down significantly if you use the correct set up.
Firstly an ordinary proxy with a standard IP address is absolutely no use if you’re intending to buy multiple tickets from Ticketmaster. There are several pre-requisites that are essential to avoid detection:
They must not be blocked or already used recently with Ticketmaster
Must be quick in relation to the Ticket agencies website.
Residential IP address – these are much less likely
Reasonable price – if the costs are too high it’s easier to simply pay the higher costs directly.
This could get expensive, especially because residential IP providers tend to charge a lot for these addresses because they’re hard to get. So if you combine these with a dedicated proxy which is not used by anyone else then you’re talking a lot of money to even rent for a few weeks.
However the proxy market is well known for being adaptable and a series of providers have developed specialised packages for all sorts of purposes. This includes some companies who have developed proxies for Ticketmaster, a cheap supply of residential IP addresses which can be used directly to buy from the Ticketmaster site.
So it’s not that hard to do, the biggest initial cost is the Ticketmaster Bot at a few hundred dollars. The proxies can be hired on short term for however long you need them and are surprisingly inexpensive. It’s worth pointing out that you have to use residential proxies like these or the software won’t work. Ticketmaster block multiple connections from single IP addresses and if you try and use free or commercial proxies those accounts you create will get blacklisted and filtered very quickly.
It’s actually quite simple to set up and the advantage of using the software is you don’t have to even be there if you’re computer is switched on and connected. Of course there is a moral element to this, and these programs do create some shortage in the ticket markets especially when they#’re used on a commercial level.
It’s not actually correct to blame all the woes of the ticket market at the door of these programs and the providers of these monthly proxies. These bots only allow people to compete for the tickets which are released to the general public which is sometimes only about 10% of the total. The majority of tickets get siphoned off before this to agencies, sponsors, providers of corporate packages and other such groups. This is where the real issue is, and these form the majority of the tickets which you’ll find being resold for vast sums.
Anyway if you’re interested in buying concert tickets online or for any high demand event including football and soccer matches then there’s a bot available for you. Check out the Ticketbot site for a huge range of different automated ticket software including some for UK football tickets like Arsenal and Liverpool.
To make these work you’ll find below the best option to buy Ticketmaster proxies online.