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    What Should I Look for with Proxy Hosting?

    I am looking into starting a proxy site, but have not done this before.


    1. What should I be looking for with a hosting service? What special server configurations are important?

    2. Which scripts are the most popular or most commonly used?

    3. Are there any potential major pitfalls that I need to be aware of? I am sure there are some.

    4. Which countries abuse proxies the most? I see some articles about blocking traffic from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Nigeria. Are there any other countries that need to be blocked?
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    1. A proxy host is the best to have, normal hosting doesn't usually allow proxies. There are quite a few but Vectro's xproxyhost is the best value for price and bandwidth. The server config is something the host can worry about unless you have your own vps/dedi setup, but a fast server with lots of ram helps.

    2. Glype is the best script to use, it has plugins to make sites work properly (YouTube, Facebook etc.) and there's a wide variety of themes to choose from but some are better than others for earnings. The underground theme usually does well, it's not pretty but has good ctr. Phproxy script is still used but doesn't work well for popular sites and is no longer supported. There are others too but nothing beats Glype imho.

    3. Pitfalls, mmm, there's the abuse issue of course like spammers using it to send emails and post on forums, or bots that use it for similar, and sooner or later filtering software will block it reducing traffic.

    4. You've covered the worst countries although Russia will cause problems sometimes, it's worth blocking them too. Personally I block countries with little ad revenue as well, which is most non western countries, it makes the hosting resources go a lot further so you're not giving away the service for free to those that make nothing for you in return. The actual blocking can be done with the proxy host, most have the mod_geoip installed so it's just a few lines in the .htaccess file. If you have your own vps/dedi then the easiest way I've found is edit the script index file but you can install the mod_geoip if your technically minded and understand unix/linux (I don't).

    If you just want to try it then start small at first and build on it and learn as you go. It won't replace your day job anytime soon but it'll make some money usually. An adsense account helps, other networks are pathetic compared to big G but only on the home/index page. You don't have to have ads on the proxy page and the choice is limited so you can put your own affiliate ad banners or your own sites until you get the traffic to apply to adversal unless you already have an account with them.

    It's not hard to do though. Getting traffic is probably the hardest part, submitting to listing sites helps to get started as does email blasts but for longer term then seo works best but takes longer. Using .info domains is the cheapest way to start and they will work alright although .coms are better for 'branding' and long term income. To make any decent money though it's a numbers game, just keep making more, and more, until you have a network. Traffic will come and go, there's an initial surge after promoting then it'll drop off, then sometimes picks up again for no apparent reason.

    If you want to do it for the absolute cheapest then get a .info domain or even a free .tk and use freeproxyhosting.net to get started. You'll lose little then and you can practice for next to nothing. The free domains aren't so widely accepted into lists though and are looked on as spammy so not the best imo, it's worth the few bucks for a 'proper' domain.

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    That is exactly what I was looking for.

    Any additional insight from others would be appreciated.
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    I would recommend xproxy hosting by Vectro which I also have for the handful of proxies I still own. However, generally speaking, the proxy niche is an entry niche which is saturated, and earnings are little. Why does a pro want to enter the proxy biz where Baron, hide my ass and Will Spencer are the big guys?

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    You raise a good question. At this point I am investigating several areas for possible expansion. A proxy site is one area that I am checking out. There should be at least one or two good opportunities left on the web.
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    Phproxy script is still used but doesn't work well for popular sites and is no longer supported. There are others too but nothing beats Glype imho.
    one link :
    Beta 0.3 Plugins! Youtube works | PhProxyImproved

    expect 0.3 stable in 20-30 days.

    PhpProxyimproved.com Proxy Script

    is hosted on xproxyhost.com on its 3$ package (i think?) as you can see the speed is good, and prices are vary good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProxyHelp.org View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by UncleP View Post
    Phproxy script is still used but doesn't work well for popular sites and is no longer supported. There are others too but nothing beats Glype imho.
    one link :
    Beta 0.3 Plugins! Youtube works | PhProxyImproved

    expect 0.3 stable in 20-30 days.

    PhpProxyimproved.com Proxy Script

    is hosted on xproxyhost.com on its 3$ package (i think?) as you can see the speed is good, and prices are vary good.
    Then I stand corrected. Keep up the good work
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