The biggest and the greatest advantage of the internet is that you can access it from anywhere across the globe. If you have a blog you can access and upload new posts from any place on the globe your business is open 24/7. That’s the biggest advantage and the biggest challenge.
Why is it a big challenge?
When you have an internet business, you need to have a global perspective of your site and audience. How your website looks in London, Ontario may not be the same in London, UK . Especially when you have targeted content or advertisements set up for customers in different geographies.
Don’t get me wrong here I am a big fan of geographic targeting as a publisher. It has made it possible to deliver targeted content or advertisements to their potential customers present in different geographies.
That solves a big problem by getting rid of the requirement of setting up different urls for different geographies.
But here are some of the challenges
– You will not be able to see global ads as they appear in real time on your website.
– Checking the ranking of websites in a country other than your place of living: I live in Canada but a number of my niche sites are targeted at US traffic. It is common knowledge that Google delivers different result in Canada compared to US.
How do I track where does Google put my url in the US Search engine Ranked Pages ?
– Finding out pay per click bids or any other form of competition: I will like to see which other websites are bidding for my target keywords. Again there is no way for me to do simply because I live in a different country.
– Filter out low paying adsense advertisements: One of the most repeated advices to increase the adsense income is to filter out the low paying advertisements.
I can do that only if I can view the advertisements that are being shown to my visitors.
Why not use a FREE proxy ?
FREE proxies have been the used by bloggers, internet marketers and online ad agencies to solve some of the above challenges, they will let you view your website from the perspective of different countries or states. But FREE proxies come with serious problems just like any other FREE service.
They are too slow, too many pop ups and ads, confusing interface, slow and very unreliable. It can be dangerous to access password protected websites through proxy sites. I would not recommend you to log into your wordpress admin from a proxy site to upload a post or and an image.
A recently came across a tool called Geosurf, a simple solution to get rid of the above complications.
What is Geosurf ?
Geosurf allows you to make other websites believe that you are in a different location. It has all the advantages over proxy sites, it’s reliable, maintains privacy of your visits, its credible and transparent. The usability of the tool is far superior to any FREE proxy. You can see the tool in action in the demo video below.
How does Geosurf work ?
The tool can be installed as a browser toolbar. It is available for IE and Firefox. Lack of chrome support is a bit of a disappointment but the tool is worth a change of browser.
Anyways using Firefox is great for use of several other awesome plugins as well. Using the toolbar is as easy as selecting the target country from a drop down.
The toolbar supports most of the country that I could think of. Some of the countries included in the geosurf toolbar are Brazil, Russia, Hong Kong, UAE, UK, Japan, Mexico, India and Germany. That’s another advantage over using the free proxy method as there are not many proxy sites that target geographies other than US very well.
The pricing is reasonable and affordable, prices start from $29 per month for a single country support and goes upto $89 per month for a 5 country support. You can opt in for a FREE 5 day free trial to test the tool.
Geosurf also runs an affiliate program via clickbank, you can become a Geo Surf affiliate and make 50 % commission for every sale you generate via your blog or website. Clickbank pays you the commission every 15 days.