For many online activities particularly those crucial money making operations, scale is important. Although making a few dollars from reselling a pair of in demand sneakers is great, it’s not going to pay all your bills. The key to many methods to making money on the internet is to increase volume and you can’t do that with a single digital identity.
Take for example a method using an social media site like Instagram. You may have found that you can advertise your product and promote it using pictures and posts, making a few sales each time you do so. Unfortunately when you try and do this multiple times you’re going to get filtered, blocked or even banned. Most of these websites try and discourage commercial activity unless your paying them directly to advertise of course. So the secret is to spread out the activities using multiple accounts and to do this you need multiple identities.
If you’ve ever tried to open a bunch of social media accounts from the same location, you’ll know it doesn’t work. The first one or two might but then your accounts will get rejected. The same if you try posting to different accounts from the same address, they’ll get flagged and blacklisted at a minimum or more likely deleted completely. If you’ve ever see the pain of someone losing a valuable and popular Instagram account, you’ll know how traumatic that can be.
The solution to running multiple accounts, posting multiple ads or basically to scale anything up is to run multiple identities. Proxies used to be the normal solution to this problem and to some extent they still are. However the complexities are growing and the days of just grabbing a free online proxy to hide your identity are long gone at least as far as most modern websites go. There are many problems with this method but the most blatant one is that you won;t be the only one doing this.
For example if you search online and find a free proxy which you want to use for posting your Instagram profile, there will almost certainly be loads of people doing this already. To access any website while possibly hundreds of people are doing this concurrently is very bad news for those profiles. The profiles will at the very minimum be flagged for suspicious activity and could very well be deleted very soon after.
The same goes for accessing any sort of website, multiple connections from a single IP address is easy to detect and will always mean trouble. Of course the risk is there with paid proxies too, the problem is that IP addresses are expensive and it costs a lot to have them dedicated primarily to you. A dedicated proxy server with reserved IP addresses is great but it comes at a cost. If you need loads of addresses then you’re talking serious money.
There is also a need for proxies with specific purposes, whether for certain sites or particular roles. For some speed will be important and there are some providers who offer specialised video proxy servers with high bandwidth and throughput.
To remedy this issue and make sure that the costs don’t spiral out of control, there’s a new concept called rotating or backconnect proxies. These work in a very similar way to traditional proxies but with a slight difference. Instead of having a handful of different IP addresses assigned to the proxy itself, after every connection request it connects using an IP from a central database. There can be literally thousands of IP addresses in this database all reserved for each proxy and these will be rotated equally.
This means there’s no risk of concurrent connections from the same address and they can be equally shared among a lot more users yet still remain ‘unique’ to each specific connection. The practically advantage is that the cost is hugely reduced. Compare this with something like this UK VPN service free trial system which offers a few addresses. However there is little guarantee that you won’t be sharing those same addresses with hundreds of other users at the same time.