In case you haven’t already figured it out, the Internet is an international place. Whether you’re an affiliate marketer or you’re looking to promote your own business, it pays to have a global perspective. How your website looks in Louisiana may not be the same as how it looks in Laos.
Offering a simple way for you to get this worldwide viewpoint is GeoSurf. The idea is that you can get the “local perspective” from many different local areas. Over the course of this review, we’ll see how it works, how well it works, and whether it’s worth your investment.
Why Not Use a Free Proxy?
I know that when I first heard about GeoSurf, that was the first question that popped in my mind. You may already know of a free proxy or two that will let you view your website from the perspective of another state or country.
Well, free proxies have the same kinds of problems as all kinds of other free services: they can be buggy, slow, and unreliable. GeoSurf claims that it has four key advantages over these free alternatives: reliability, privacy, credibility, and transparency.
Because it owns its own servers, GeoSurf guarantees 99% uptime. Also, it guarantees that your surfing data will be kept private. Free proxies sometimes make money by exploiting this data, selling it to third parties or profiting from it in some other way.
How Does GeoSurf Work?
It doesn’t really matter if a tool like this is powerful and robust if it’s impossibly hard to use. Thankfully, GeoSurf is pretty straightforward. Here is a demo video that they have provided.
As you can see, you get a simple toolbar that adds itself to your web browser. You select your target country from the drop-down menu and apply your decision. From then on out, all webpages will be displayed as if you were surfing from that country.
This is great for geo-targeted campaigns that you may be running, for example. It’s also very useful for affiliate marketers wanting to promote offers not available in their area. I know that many affiliate networks have plenty of US-only offers; whether you’re actually in London, Ontario or London, England, you can see what your target demographic is seeing.
What Countries Are Included?
There are many different reasons why you would want to see a website from the perspective of a visitor from another country. In order for GeoSurf to offer any kind of real value, it needs to offer a broad range of countries. In that respect, it succeeds.
The pull-down menu lists the countries in alphabetical order, so it’s pretty easy to find and choose your target location. Among the countries included in the GeoSurf toolbar are Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Russia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
One thing about this geo-target toolbar that is a small cause for concern is that it is currently only available for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. I’m a Chrome browser and I’m sure there are lots of people who use Safari exclusively.
Even if GeoSurf doesn’t produce a toolbar for these browsers, an in-browser web portal of some kind may prove useful.
How Much Does It Cost?
Yes, you can go with the free proxy route to achieve similar functionality, but GeoSurf offers its fair share of advantages too. The pricing scheme is reasonably competitive too.
Plans start at just $29 a month and there’s no reason why you couldn’t share this single account with multiple employees at your company. It is limited to just 200MB of bandwidth a month at this level, though, so you may want to be a little more selected with where you surf.
The $59/month Pro plan adds in the ability to preview sites through a simulated WAP browser, which is pretty useful for mobile advertising and mobile promotions. It also increases the monthly bandwidth allotment to 500MB.
You can recoup some of these costs through the affiliate program. GeoSurf operates through ClickBank and it pays a 50% commission for every sale generated. That’s a lifetime commission for however long your referral subscribes to the GeoSurf service.
There is a free five-day trial on any package size, but you will need to provide your credit card information to get the free trial.