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Why choosing the wrong proxy server could cost you your job!

Alright, let’s get something straight.

Think you’re getting a good deal when you’re using that “free” proxy server? (Note: that was sarcasm) Let me tell you something. For a proxy to provide unblocked internet access, a server needs a ton of bandwith to send information back and forth to the user. The thing is that bandwith costs a lot of money (and I mean A LOT)—and they need A LOT of bandwith. Plus, they need to hire maintenance, security, operations, and so forth. So why would they be spending all this money to create a FREE service? Because it’s not free. Read more


Using a Colombia Proxy

To properly geotarget web content and advertising on your site to users from Colombia, it is important to get their perspective.  Do you know what Colombian users are looking for?  Do you speak their language?  Have you seen how other sites specialize their offers and messages for user from Colombia?

To properly get in the Colombian user’s proverbial shoes, web professionals must arm themselves with a high-quality Colombia proxy.

When you have access to a gateway proxy that is physically located in Colombia, it is easy to connect first to that computer, and then, through that computer, connect to desired web sites.  By connecting through the proxy, you emulate the experience of a real user who is physically located in Colombia.  Instead of using your own IP address to target advertising to you, websites will use the IP of the proxy and you will therefore be served Colombian ads and content.

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Surf by Costa Rica Proxy

Ever wondered how the internet appears to users from Costa Rica?

The truth is, the internet displays differently to users from each location.  An internet user from China sees completely different ads and content than a user from New York or Costa Rica.  Some of the differences may be:

  1. Search Engine Rankings – When users from different locations search Google or Yahoo for the same search terms, they see different results.  For example, a user from Costa Rica who searches for “online casino” will get different top listings than a user from France who searches for “online casino.”
  2. Sponsored Results – The advertising on search engines is also geotargeted by location.  The sponsored results seen in Costa Rica are different from the sponsored results in Australia or Mexico.
  3. Website Content – Some sites even geotarget their content based on location.  News sites like CNN, for example, will show Costa Ricans relevant news for their area and show different relevant news to users from Chicago.
  4. Online Advertising – Ads seen on websites and in applications also vary by location. When surfing a travel site like expedia, for example, Costa Rican users may be shown ads for vacation spots that are closer to them while users from Japan will see their top destinations in ads.

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Private Proxy Server Questions & Answers

Many sophisticated online advertisers and publishers are coming across private proxy servers and need some insight about what they are and how to use them. Below are the most common questions about private proxy servers and their answers. If you have further questions about private proxy servers, ask GeoSurf!

Q: What is a private proxy server?

A: Simply put, it is a computer which is physically situated in another geographic location. For example, if your office is in New York, you could have a private proxy in Brazil or Australia or San Francisco.

Q: Why do people in the online advertising world use private proxy servers?

A: Online advertising is often geotargeted, that is, different ads or web content are shown to users from different locations. A proxy is the best way to emulate the experience of a local user from a different location. By connecting through the proxy, users in New York can interact with the internet like users in Spain or Chicago or Japan do. This is useful for QA and testing purposes – to make sure all geotargeting is displayed and functioning properly. Also, users can do some research on new locations. And, it becomes very simple to see what competitors are advertising in different locations.

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Need to Buy an Ireland Proxy?

If your website offers value for visitors from Ireland, studies show you could be much more successful if you geotarget your content and advertising to Irish users.  Depending on the format of your site, you could show news/weather/time from Ireland, offer articles that interest them, videos that are trending in Ireland, special offers for items purchased by Irish web surfers, and much more.

But once you target things to the Irish user, you will need a way to check that everything is displayed properly and funnels are flowing correctly.  Since you probably want to target other areas too, you will need a premium proxy switcher to get the work done.

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Mobile Emulator: Secure, Fast, and Reliable

Emulate the user experience from 40+ mobile devices and browsers

Easily surf from 90+ global locations   |   Gain instant media intelligence

GeoSurf™ Mobile Emulator simulates mobile web results of iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Blackberries, and many other models in web browsers for
checking mobile ads and applications.  You can also view your website or advertising campaigns as they are viewed from many different internet browsers.

The Mobile and Browser Emulator is a part of the GeoSurf Toolbar, which is available for Firefox and Internet Explorer to allow quick and easy access to our network of premium proxy servers in more than 90 locations around the world. When you buy the mobile emulator and proxy service from GeoSurf, you easily get the local perspective of mobile internet users around the world.

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Malaysia Proxy: Geotargeting Media to Local Users

Do you target your website content or advertising to users from Malaysia? 


If not, you should!

Malaysia has 16,902,600 Internet users and studies show that users who view relevant content and advertising are much more likely to engage, click, and buy!


If you already do geotarget to Malaysian users, you already know that.  If you already customize the content and/or advertising shown to users who surf from Malaysian IP addresses, you know it is critical to be able to QA and validate your geotargeting.  For this, you need a good Malaysia Proxy.  By monitoring your geotargeting through a premium Malaysia proxy, you will easily experience the internet like a user in Malaysia.  This way, you can check that your content is shown in the  Malaysian language, prices are displayed in Ringgit (RM) (MYR), and that all funnels are flowing properly.

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Choosing between GeoSurf and Overplay ( VPN and Proxy Services

When comparing two services like GeoSurf and Overplay, please consider the following:

Proxy Countries:  While Overplay offers proxy locations in 48 countries, GeoSurf’s selection is much broader at 80+ locations!  Only GeoSurf will provide you proxy service in Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, or Vietnam.

Proxies in US Demographic Market Areas:  Many of our customers target their advertising within the US, that is, they serve different ads and content to users from New York than to users from San Francisco.  Overplay does not offer these locations.  GeoSurf provides DMA-level proxies in the following locations: Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Charlotte (NC), Chicago (IL), Columbus (OH), Dallas (TX), Denver (CO), Durham (NC), Houston (TX), Kansas City (MO), Las Vegas (NV), Los Angeles (CA), Mclean (VA), Miami (FL), Minneapolis (MN), New Orleans (LA), New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Phoenix (AZ), Portland (OR), Sacramento (CA), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA), and St Louis (MO).

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Uruguay Proxy for Geotargeted Advertising

Tough it is relatively a small South American country (as shown on the map above), Uruguay is home to over three million people.  About a third of the population, over a million people, are active internet users.  If a million potential customers from Uruguay interest your company, then you must start geotargeting to this location.

Geotargeting has been proven to result in higher ROI of advertising budgets.  Users simply respond better when languages, currencies, offers, and content is directed toward them.  Whether it is through an ad network, on social media like LinkedIn or Facebook, or on search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing, your geotargeting options should always be used to maximize your returns.

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