What is a VPN and how is it Useful to an Affiliate?
A VPN or Virtual Private Network, is a program which routes data, through special servers enabling you to be anonymous in location
If like me you live in the Uk and use Google to find websites, Google will find things that are RELEVANT to a UK resident. Google Ads will likewise show Ads for Uk users.
As an affiliate, promoting goods which are aimed at a US audience, this is not helpful; I would want to see Ads, as a US RESIDENT sees them. I want to see the SERPs pages that any US based person sees, so I know what site I have to beat, with my Ad or webpage, to eventually get the top spot ranking.
This is easy with a VPN.
IP Address And Your Geographical Address
Google and every other website are able to see ( approximately) where I am, based on my IP address. If you Google “what is my IP” you will get a response like I did, here in the UK…..
So if you want to stop snoopers gathering information on you, hide your IP address.
How Does a VPN work?
The VPN operator can reroute your data through “tunnels” in various countries and may also encrypt the data. This hides your origin and makes hacking it virtually impossible. To the destination browser, you will appear to be in the country of your choice. Most VPN services have servers in major countries and continents like:
- South America
- South Africa
- Australia & South Asia
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- Far East
VPNs Give Protection to your data traffic
Ddos attacks, or overwhelming a server with bots, so that it is unable to carry your normal traffic, is prevented by the nature of a VPN setup.
The operator may also add encryption to your data, making it more secure.
Will the rerouting slow down my Internet Speed?
Yes. But with a good server, this is minimal, enabling you to carry on as normal, even with high speed requirement functions like online action gaming. Always test your new server before committing and with all decent high speed VPNs you should see no real drop in speed.
How is the VPN set up?
With the best setup, your router is able to do all the necessary functions, but this may need new equipment, so in almost all cases, the VPN is uploaded and installed on your computer, just like any other software product.
What if I need two or more computers to have VPN access
Either look into a new router, flashed with your VPN software or look for a service that allows multiple computers ( and other devices ) to be connected simultaneously
Can I use my computer in multiple locations?
Yes. The software is on your computer and works where ever you are. Be sure to be vigilant of hackers in public locations like cafes of course!