How to Start Up Your Own Proxies 1 - Hope Useful

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Learnings Number 1 - Your Own Proxy Site - Server

If you want to set up a proxy site, the first thing you will need is a server. Your proxy will sit on the server and your users will pick up the proxy from that server. There are two basic types 1) VPS (virtual private server) and 2) dedicated (only you are on the server).

VPS is where most people tend to start as its cheap and server admin is pretty well non existent. When you gain experience and more sites/traffic the usual thing is to move to a dedicated server. The downside of a VPS is you are sharing with many other proxy owners - so if one gets really busy, your site gets really slow.

Be very careful with checking for - does this provider allow proxies (some do not) what bandwidth are you allowed and what sort of reputation do they enjoy.

Check on the webmaster forums.
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Learnings Number 2 - Your Own Proxy Site - Software

Next thing you will need to do to get your proxy site up and running is some proxy software. There are many types, e.g. Glype, Phproxy, Zelune, CGI Proxy. If you have a look at this proxy list you will see the majority are Glype.

At time of writing 170,000 copies have been downloaded. I would suggest you start there especially if you cant modify code proficiently. Other advantages are there are many free templates (just use google), has a good discussions forum (help with installation etc) an excellent control panel, and an update path.

Its very easy to globally add say adsense code (in just one place) and comes with standard Terms of use, privacy policy etc. 28th January 2010
Facebook(.) com - I have had quite a bit of feedback around problems using Facebook with proxy from this proxy list.

I.e. users can get into Facebook but some of the features do not work. After some research can recommend using either the mobile version - address m(.) facebook(.) com - or the lite version of Facebook - lite(.) facebook (.)com -. Have had especially good feedback about the lite version.
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Learnings Number 3 - Your Own Proxy Site - Monetize (Earn money)


Now you have a proxy server and proxy software for your proxy site. Now you need to decide what ad networks will work for you best on your proxy site or proxy list site.

First there are some ad networks that will only allow their ads shown on the front page of your site. The logic of this is they can check the content of your front page and therefore know what content will show beside their ads. With the proxified page (the search page) they cant control or know the content as each search is different so they do not allow their ads to be shown there.

OK, front page - the normal and recommended is Google Adsense as it pays on time everytime and has relatively high CPM (cents per thousands)although technically they pay based on clicks. They have several different format of ads including 728X90 banners, Search (where your users search and you get paid per ads clicked)and very skinny text ads.

The banners can be image, text and image and just text. Generally image is considered more profitable. You MUST read the Adsense Terms of Service as they are very strict implemeting them. For your proxified page there are a range of choices in banner ads and pop unders. Many offer both such as Adbrite, Mediashakers and Xtend. Some like Adversal offer popunders only.

Try them and see which works best for you. Be careful with too many popunders as they can put users off and reduce your return visitors. There are many others but these are a good start and are highly likely to pay you!

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