Top Tip : Buy Good Proxies to Make Real Cash

Writing a blog about proxies which has been around for many, many years does have certain advantages.  One of the most important is that you often become aware of some wonderful online money making ideas, very early on.  The reason?  Well simply because almost any online opportunity which needs to be scaled will usually involve operating multiple identities in order to scale.  You can’t really do that without proxies.

Take for example the buying and selling of concert and sporting tickets, or scalping as it’s often (angrily) referred to.  You know that you can resell that extra AC/DC or Bruce Springsteen ticket at a hefty profit online.  Yet you’re never going to become rich doing this, for one very simple reason – you’ve only got one spare and that’s only because your girlfriend dumped you!  But wait what if you could get your hands on 10, 20 or even a hundred of these tickets?  Multiply that nice little profit 100 times and you’ve got the basis of a full time online career.

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What’s more this career involves very little actual work and gives you loads of free time to enjoy your income.  Let me give you a rough idea of the daily tasks that the average, low level ticket scalpers will have to accomplish in order to make his income.

Research – this is going to be the most time consuming and possibly the most boring part of the job.  You need to be aware of all the opportunities, which are the hottest tickets?  When are they being released to the public? Where’s the best place to resell them – craigslist, eBay, fans forum or a ticket resale site?

Buying – probably the hardest part of the job?  You need to get hold of enough tickets to resell?  No tickets means no profit and the tickets that provide the biggest returns are obviously scarcer and harder to get hold of.  Anyone who has tried to buy a ticket for an event like this knows how difficult it can be.  You are not just after a couple either you want much more than this!  However the organizers of these events don’t like the resell market so will take extra care to limit purchases to a couple per person.  This is where proxies come in, without them you have no chance of buying any number.

Selling – the experienced operators know exactly where to sell these tickets for maximum profit, with minimum hassle.  The trick is to offload them quickly and easily making a decent (but reasonable) profit on each one.  A discrete, quick transaction is best not a high profile, aggressive online bidding war!  Repeat customers where you can sell directly too are perfect, which you don’t get by ripping people off.

This is of course just a simple example, although a perfectly legitimate one that does work.  The concept relies on buying something in short supply and reselling at a profit, nothing particularly clever.  Tickets for concerts is a pretty obvious one and indeed there’s lots of competition from people (and large firms) doing this.  However there are many variants on this idea and lots of completely different opportunities to make your living online too.   Once you start looking for these ideas, they are literally everywhere yet obviously original ideas tend to have much less competition.

Whatever the Angle – its Critical to Buy Good Proxies

Back to our little example, where most people fail in the ticket marketing niche (and anything similar) is actually buying enough tickets to make it worthwhile.   Many years ago it was perfectly feasible to take a couple of days off work, sit down by your computer and make multiple applications and grab yourself a few dozen tickets.  Unfortunately those days are long gone, most ticket e-commerce sites are packed with all sorts of technology designed to prevent multiple purchases.  This is the case for most websites where demand is high and supply limited.

So what’s to be done, how do you bypass these limitations and operate freely?  Well like most online money making activities the key is the ability to operate under multiple identities.  This doesn’t mean you have to act like an undercover spy with fake passports and disguises.  What you need to do is have complete control of your digital identity.  This is absolutely crucial and allows you to switch your IP address and connect to the websites multiple times and thus conduct as many separate transactions as you need.

The proxies serve two important functions –

  • Hides your real identity and location.
  • Provides alternative digital identities.

The name is actually very descriptive as they really do act as your proxy, with the right setup you can appear to be a wide variety of people accessing from completely different locations all without  moving from your computer.  So whatever function you need – be it buying stock from an e-commerce site, operating a bunch of Instagram or Twitter accounts or promoting your own website or blog – then it’s so much easier to do when you have multiple options.

residential rotating proxies

The key though is to make sure that these multiple identities are both trustworthy and respectable ! If you use free proxies then even in the unlikely event that the servers are secure and safe, then the IP addresses will be definitely blacklisted because people will have been using them to spam across the planet.   Same goes for loads of commercial proxy providers, it’s tempting to buy proxies cheap but you’ll usually end up with a bunch of them which are loaded up with abused IP ranges that many servers block instantly.

Obviously this greatly depends on what you’re doing with them, using blacklisted IPs addresses to manage your precious Instagram accounts won’t end well.  While E-commerce servers will routinely be checking for any addresses flagged to prevent fraudulent transactions too. If you’re just doing market research, or using some automated SEO tool to promote your blog then using some cheap IPV4 proxies may be just fine.

For most other activities, you need fast, well configured ninja proxy servers with decent IP addresses.

Residential Rotating Proxies Can Offer Quantity and Quality

One of the major detection steps that caused real problems for proxy providers is when sites starting to distinguish between the classification of IP addresses.  Previously the only things that were checked was location and whether the IP address was on any blacklists.   However when Netflix started to block access from commercial IP address ranges, the big web companies noticed how effective this was at detecting the use of proxies and VPNs.   Almost overnight millions of people who used VPNs to access Netflix or change their Netflix region, were instantly blocked from the site.

Essentially what they did was to only allow access to IP addresses which were registered to residential addresses i.e home users.  Anyone else was restricted from accessing the site, it did mean that you couldn’t watch Netflix from work anymore but that was considered a small price to pay.  All the VPN and proxy services used commercial addresses because they simply didn’t have access to residential addresses.  Nowadays it’s a common check that servers perform to look up whether the inbound connection originates from a residential IP address.

It was a major shakeup to the proxy industry, virtually every online business opportunity needed to use the same IP addresses that home users used.  However they were very hard and expensive to obtain, you could pay a lot and still get access but any sort of scale was extremely expensive.  Sure a few hundred dollars a month allowed you to buy residential proxy servers but they had to be dedicated too and very carefully managed.   Slowly the providers obtained more access to residential addresses however the cost didn’t fall much as they were still scarce.

The significant change was the development of rotating or backconnect servers which could automatically manage pools of residential IP addresses.  These could ensure that there was no concurrent access (multiple users on an address at the same time) while sharing the addresses among a larger number of subscribers.  Although this didn’t mean cheap residential proxies it did reduce the cost significantly so they became much more affordable.

Buying Proxies for Specific Tasks

If you look at the different sections in one of my favorite companies  RotatingProxies.com, you’ll see that not only are the services split up into type but they are also grouped into the specific tasks.  For people who just need proxies for a specific task then this is definitely the best method of selecting which service to use, here’s some of the sample types –

Buy Good Proxies

Why are these proxies so different?  Simply because they are specifically designed for the task that you need.  The problem is that the specific requirements for each task,  change all the time and it’s very difficult to keep track of the specific requirements.  Just take a look at anywhere Instagram marketers hang out and you’ll see they’re forever getting blocked, shadow banned and even deleted when managing multiple accounts.  The idea is that these servers are custom designed for each platform and have IP addresses specially curated for use with them.  So you can buy Ticket proxies for Ticketmaster and eBay proxies for eBay and so on.

Some platforms require residential IP addresses, others look for concurrent connections and check blacklists, some will simply block addresses from different countries.  Certain activities like the SEO software category are not so restrictive and you can often just buy cheap proxy servers with standard IP ranges.  In fact I commonly will use VPN client software for tasks like this where it’s not so important about sharing IP addresses or having one from a residential range and it’s a much cheaper alternative.  My suggestion is to try out Identity Cloaker and switch it to rotate IP addresses automatically every few minutes.  Another option for those seriously short of cash is to buy a proxy checker to use free services but don’t on any account connect directly to these proxies or browse through them.

It’s so very tempting to cut corners in your online businesses especially when starting out.  However if you think you need proxies, and nearly all of us do, to make money online then don’t risk failing by using the wrong type.  Don’t focus on price as there’s only one way to lower costs dramatically and that’s by overloading, overselling or using ‘bad IP addresses’ any one of these will probably result in the failure of your online activities.  Find a decent proxy company and talk to them, tell them what you need and they’ll advise.  These businesses only thrive with long term successful clients, so they need you to succeed as well – they can and will help.

 

 

Don’t Use a VPN Router for UK TV !

Sometimes the simplest solutions are often the best.  Lots of British Expats spend an awful lot of time trying to replace the things from the UK that they miss. However happy people are in their new location, there’s always going to be an element of homesickness at some points.  For me I can never quite get used to Christmas in the sun or  foreign chocolate which never quite tastes the same.   Yet the real biggie for many of us is UK television, it’s difficult to replace as I reckon it’s  best in the world especially for English speakers.

So it’s not surprising that there are many discussions on how to access these TV stations from your new location.  Anyone who has lived abroad or traveled a lot will know that although all the UK TV stations broadcast everything online, if you’re physically outside the United Kingdom then it doesn’t work.  All the major British channels check on your location when you connect, if your IP address is registered outside the United Kingdom then you won’t be able to watch.

You’ll get something like the following screen – either an error message or a notification that you’re outside the UK.

VPN Router for UK TV

Trying to Connect to UK TV Abroad

There are solutions of course and many millions do enjoy the best of British TV from all over the world. They’re not that hard to find,  after all the internet is jam packed full of workarounds, cheats and hacks.  However many of these can be needlessly complicated and expensive.   The simplest solutions are all based on accessing the various TV stations websites online  – e.g BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub etc, but even then there’s quite a few methods and many simply don’t work in 2019.

To access the online channels, you need to convince the website that you’re actually in the United Kingdom.  Each site determines your location by looking up where your IP address is registered, if it’s not in the UK then nothing will work.   Unfortunately it’s not actually possible to change your IP address however you can hide and obscure it.  The main methods are to use VPNs and proxies to ‘bounce’ your internet connection through, so instead of seeing your real IP address the website sees the address of the intermediate computer.

As long as the proxy/VPN server is

  • In the United Kingdom
  • Configured so it can’t be detected.
  • Not Blocked by the website
  • Doesn’t have too many user

– then it should work perfectly, the website will think you’re in the UK and you’ll have full access to every UK only website.  Sounds easy? Well it is really but there are some complications.  However there’s really no need to pay big bucks for a preconfigured VPN router, because there’s easier options.

One of the major difficulties though is that we now watch TV on all sorts of different devices, not just computers.  Anything with a screen and network access from Smartphones to Games consoles can be used.  Getting these devices to connect to a VPN or proxy server can be difficult and sometimes almost impossible.

Fortunately it is possible to solve this problem and actually enable a fake UK IP address for all your devices in one place.

Using a VPN Router for UK TV

As mentioned, there are many complicated methods to enable VPNs on your different devices.  You can even set up your internet router to establish a VPN to a UK server too.  The advantage of this is that all your traffic is routed through this UK including all the traffic from devices connected to this router.  So theoretically you can enable UK TV access on all your devices without having to enable anything on them directly.

This does involve owning a specific type of router though and I can guarantee it’s not the crappy, under powered one your ISP gave you either.  Remember it’s a client side outbound VPN connection you need to the UK server.  Many routers which advertise VPN functionality actually mean they’ll handle inbound VPN connections from the client only.   Which is great for accessing your router securely but useless for David Attenborough on BBC iPlayer!

If  you have the right router, some technical knowledge and a little perseverance it is perfectly possible to use a VPN router for UK TV.  It might even be the best solution particularly if you only use the router for specific devices and just to watch the BBC for example.    But remember when you enable a VPN on your router all your traffic will go through that tunnel which is connected to a server in the UK.  This includes your email, messaging, simple browsing absolutely everything all redirected to the UK.   It can be a nuisance as well, because useful geolocation like Google finding you local results instead of those in the UK will also be affected.

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It’s called Smart DNS and for many people who just want to watch UK or US TV stations makes more sense than a complicated openvpn router.  There’s actually no direct VPN involved but you simply change your DNS settings to point at a specially configured DNS server.  Just input them into your router’s internet setup page like the page on my Linksys VPN router below.

router with vpn and firewall

So instead of going to a standard DNS server, which will normally be automatically allocated for you when you connect to your ISP you use a Smart DNS one. This works in exactly  the same way as a standard DNS server resolving IP address and domain names apart from one crucial difference.  Whenever it sees a request for a geo-blocked web site like the BBC it will route the initial connection through a server in the appropriate country.

One quick change and everything on your network will be unlocked!

So for the BBC your connection will be temporarily routed through the UK, for US sites it will go through a server in the USA and so on.  Basically  the Smart DNS server contains a list of sites to unlock automatically and when required will hide your location.

This has loads of advantages but one of the major ones is that unlike a full VPN the rest of your connection is unaffected.  What’s more only a small amount of your traffic is routed through the external servers, just enough to hide your location, so the rest of your browsing will work as normal.  It’s like having a dedicated VPN router which automatically works but only when you really need it.

What’s the Catch – Sounds Great !!

For watching TV and bypassing blocks it works really well but there are catches which you should be aware of.  Probably the most important is that although this provides the same functionality it’s not exactly a VPN router for UK TV.

There’s no layer of encryption for example so your internet connection is not protected.  There’s also a requirement that your exact IP address has to be registered with the Smart DNS company to work.  So every time it changes you need to reregister the address with your provider, it’s not so bad on a home connection but not really feasible for using on a mobile which will switch addresses frequently.   This is not a problem when the mobile is using your Wifi at home though as the IP address in this case would not change.

 

Watch the Latest BBC One Planet Abroad

There’s probably few television programmes which can have such a global impact as the BBC’s Natural history documentaries. There’s certainly few to rival their quality, which is hardly surprising considering the immense time, effort and money it takes to produce these shows.

BBC One Planet Abroad

So excitement is starting to build as the latest programme is scheduled to be broadcast this weekend Sunday 27th October, 2019 which is called – Seven Worlds, One Planet.  It’s the latest documentary following the success earlier this year of the BBC Earth the Planets series by Professor Brian Cox.  We should not be too impatient though as these documentaries are world class and take time to produce.

Obviously you’d imagine that it takes a lot of effort to bring spectacular shows like these to our screens but some of the figures are simply staggering.

  • The seven part series took four years to shoot.
  • Each show covers a different continent
  • Employed over 1500 people.
  • Filming took place in 41 separate countries.
  • Latest technology utilized including extensive drone footage.

If you like nature programmes this one looks unmissable, it’s called Seven Worlds One Planet and just check out this trailer !

Looks pretty awesome doesn’t it !

The show will also be available on BBC iPlayer after each broadcast and should stay on the archive for twelve months. I believe the show should be able for streaming and downloading for twelve months as this mirrors the new standard for iPlayer. This is only available for people connecting from the United Kingdom though, unless you read the following section.

How to Watch BBC One Planet Abroad

It’s become somewhat of a hobby of mine since I moved partly out of the United Kingdom about twelve years ago.  How to retain access to all the UK television programmes which are normally available online when you’re in the UK.  During this time the use of geo-blocking and targeting technologies has expanded by a huge amount.  A decade ago the BBC made some half hearted efforts to restrict access but these were easily circumvented by using all manner of free IP address hiding proxies freely available over the internet.  Basically they’d still block any non-UK IP addresses but it was very, very simple to bypass these blocks.  There was no attempt at detecting the proxies, or analysing connections or identifying concurrent use of IP address ranges.

Unfortunately this has all changed over the last few years and now it take a little more knowledge to find the solution to these blocks.   It’s still relatively simple but there is lots of misleading information and false promises especially by cheap VPN companies trying to sell their services.  It’s definitely worth it though and don’t worry millions of people still use these methods to enjoy the hue amount of UK television available online.

The method is relatively unchanged, to watch the BBC outside the United Kingdom you have to hide your real IP address.  This is done by routing your internet connection through an intermediate server which is based in the UK.   Simple proxies no longer work as they can be detected automatically, nowadays you have to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network).  This operates in primarily the same way, except the VPN server cannot be detected automatically.

Here’s one at work –

It’s referred to as a proxy in the video, but in fact is using an encrypted VPN connection to hide your location. It’s really still quite a simple process, the crucial factors are the servers which are used. These are what the BBC and other media sites detect, they identify the servers and the IP addresses assigned to them. This is the main reason why a large proportion of VPN services don’t allow access to the BBC. It requires the companies limiting the number of users on each server, rotation of the IP addresses and keeping all these hidden and low profile.

Not many VPN companies do this as it does take a lot of effort and expertise. Firstly it can be expensive, limiting the number of users on each server increase the costs significantly. This is primarily the reason why most servers get blocked by the BBC and other media sites as the huge concurrent use is the easiest way to detect the use of VPN connections. The budget VPN companies slash prices by throwing as many users onto each server as possible.

The good news is that the professional VPN companies who do ensure their servers aren’t overloaded only cost a little more. What’s more they will be significantly faster too, which is ideal for streaming video.  I use Identity Cloaker because it works reliably with the BBC and the servers are very fast but there are others that work well.  The important point to remember is that the method still works perfectly well and has done for over decade.   You just have to find a provider who ensures that that the servers aren’t overloaded or blocked by the BBC.

Reference:

One Planet Seven Worlds Release Date : October 27th, 2019