You might be amazed to see the number of proxy and VPN services available online. I mean, sure they’re great for staying private but when you see the range and types of proxies available you might suspect that they are used for other purposes too. Well they are, proxies are actually indispensable for a huge variety of different online tasks many of them involving making money.
Before you consider their possible uses, it’s right to assess the capabilities of proxy servers. Not only do they provide a level of privacy and anonymity, they also offer the facility to create and operate multiple digital identities. Any action or task that can potentially restricted or throttled can potentially be circumvented using proxies. So if you identify limited availability or access in any online situation then a decent proxy setup can probably help you profit from it.
Of course, proxies also have a certain reputation regarding the legitimacy of their uses. Much of it is justified, certainly proxies are extensively used by all sorts of cyber criminals primarily for the anonymity aspect. However there’s lots of perfectly legitimate money making opportunities even if some of them are considered a little on the shady side.
Here’s some of the more popular areas, but for everyone there’s a myriad of opportunities similar or linked to these. Use your imagination, keep your eyes open and you’ll probably think of lots more.
Social Media Platforms – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Basically all these platforms rely heavily on IP addresses to monitor and track any abuse of their systems. Using proxies allow you to circumvent these detection systems and operate and promote freely using different IP addresses. Indeed none of the automated promotional software will work at all without decent proxies to function. There’s no doubt that these methods take some skill and knowledge as well as just using proxies but the potential earnings are very substantial. Proxies help you create the opportunities increase popularity, followers and likes etc these can then be monetized in a variety of different ways.
Another slightly dodgy technique involves using proxies to target tickets for popular events. This is a huge industry and several multi million pound businesses have been created just utilizing this model. It’s of course frowned on by many who view ticket scalpers as pushing up the prices and reducing availability for ‘true’ music, sports fans. Whatever your opinion of this, you can of course reduce this model to it’s basic economic fundamentals – the principle of scarcity.
It only works on very popular events, however there are plenty of these. Using software like these Ticketbots you can use proxies to bypass the per customer limits and buy lots of these tickets from the various ticketing firms. For any event actually in demand it’s usually a trivial task to sell them at a substantial profit on the resell market. There are even lots of different sites which help you do this, quickly, easily and without risk. As for the moral aspect, well that’s for the individual to contemplate. There’s no doubt that you can make many thousands doing this form your home PC with the right software and of course decent Ticket or Ticketmaster proxies.
If you’re a little worried about the moral outrage and indignation from the suppliers side then it might be worth reading this short article. It describes a court case where it’s alleged that one of the biggest companies – Ticketmaster is actively participating in this resale market despite it’s protestations. I’m afraid the indignation of individual sports and music fans at having to pay huge prices though is probably justified!
Sneakers/ Get Your Kicks
In essence this is a very similar concept to the Ticketing method. You buy up scarce sneakers or sports items and then resell them at a profit after release. Surprisingly this is also a huge market and one that can span the globe. Again there is lots of software called sneaker Bots designed to bypass each companies sales restrictions. Like the tickets most of the very popular items are released and sell out very quickly, a Bot can help manage the purchase process and manage multiple identities and locations. Another name for these Bots are ‘add to cart’ or ATC Bots, the proxies which enable them are ever bit as specialized too.
Even casual ‘sneakerheads’ who buy and sell only the most in demand items can make $1000 a month with very little effort. Those who have perfected all the techniques and software will make many multiples of this. Again there is an element of knowledge required both technical and what products to target, yet there’s lots of online communities who discuss and detail these methods too. The sneaker proxy is again at the heart of this process as each individual connection must be from a valid and legitimate IP address. If you load up a BOT with free proxies or cheap ones run from a Russian datacenter you will not succeed and worse will get accounts/payment cards blacklisted on the sites too.
So there it is, just a few options to turn those proxies into a money making operation. There are many more if you start researching. Look at terms like data aggregation for other inspiration or tools like Scrapebox which have hundreds of uses when combined with decent fast proxies.
You’ll read much on this site about the importance of using residential proxies, those with genuine residential IP addresses. Now there’s no doubt that they provide the greatest level of privacy and anonymity but many tasks still can be accomplished using cheaper datacenter proxies too, the key is to research your targets before investing. One of the easiest ways to do this is to actually speak to the various proxy service providers, most of the decent ones are very helpful in this regard.