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GeoSurf Review: Premium Proxy Tool To Go Global Locally

by DiTesco

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OK, before you start asking what “go global locally” means, let me clarify that really quick. It means that you can “surf” the web “as if” you were in a specific location, in real time. This allows you to view content just as a local user sees it, that simple. For example I am in Brazil and I want to be able to surf just like a French would do.

The next obvious question would be why I want to do that? There could be a lot of reasons, some of which are, to be able to monitor an ad campaign that are geo-targeted (making sure that your ads are properly deployed in countries you choose), look at what my competition is doing, see what ads shows up on your site from a different location, etc.

One of the things that the internet has provided for many of us bloggers and small business owners is the opportunity to reach a “Global” audience. However in many occasions, Geotargeting is important as users in each specific location tend to see different results, content, etc.. Some may not even be available to you depending on where you are. I am sure you have once seen the message “sorry, the page you requested is not available in your country”. The solution to this issue would be to use a proxy, where you can browse the web just like a local user does.

What is a Proxy Tool?

A proxy tool (or service) is one that supposedly allows you to view content from different locations. Notice that I mentioned “supposedly”, because in reality, while there are many free proxy services out there than you can use, some are very unreliable (security breach, slow loading, show annoying ads, etc.), does not allow you to choose the location you’re in, and most serve just to anonymously hide your IP by rotating them. Some users find this useful as they can bypass local firewalls depending on the country there are located in (care should be used when doing this), but that really does not serve much good, specially if you are using it for business purposes. Anyway, If you want to know more, Wikipedia has lots of stuff to say about proxy servers.

What is GeoSurf?

GeoSurf is a premium proxy toolbar that allows you to browse the web and see content as it is seen from more than 110+ locations. If you are planning or running an ad campaign that targets multiple geographical areas, this tool can let you do some research, testing and monitoring in all the locations that are served by GeoSurf.

For example, one practical use of this tool is to see what kind of ads are showing on your site on a given location. Being able to see what type of ads are showing can allow you to “filter” some of them, and perhaps even exclude them from showing on your site. Again, there could be a lot of reasons why you want to do that, and one of them is to prevent your competitors from showing on your site. Cool!

Main Features:

Ease of Use – Undoubtedly, one of the interesting features about GeoSurf is its ease of use. Installing the toolbar is simple as 1-2-3, and it is available for major browsers like Chrome, Firefox and IE. Once installed, you log in, select the location you wish to “virtually be at” and start surfing as if you where there. This is achieved with just one click. No annoying ads, very fast and secure. Which brings me to the next feature.


Security and privacy – GeoSurf operates their own server throughout many data centers distributed around the globe. They boasts a high level of reliability and security, so much so, that they legally bind their agreements with their to ensure that search history or any other data will never be released or used for any purpose.

Net Clarity – One of the most interesting features of GeoSurf is the new “Net Clarity”. What this does is that it show you “important data” about advertisements from a chosen website. This can be used by media buyers, ad networks or publishers. With this feature you can analyze what campaigns are running on a specific website, who are running this campaigns, the mediator (if any) and yes, the landing pages of these campaigns. Don’t know about you, but having this kind of information can definitely help a great deal when making marketing decisions. It is also great when you want to make decisions about the best affiliate networks to work with.

Here’s an example. Looking at Yahoo.com in the USA.

Who’s advertising

Yahoo Advertisements

Number of Campaigns

Advertiser Campaigns

And clicking on more tabs will reveal other interesting information, that you can analyze to see what your competitors are doing, among other things.

Mobile and Browser Emulator – This is a great feature that lets you see any website “as if” you were on a specific mobile device. You can also test how a site renders on all popular web browsers. Sure, there are many emulators out there that are free, but where can you find one that includes virtually all the popular devices in one interface? Just choose the device, click and see how your website or any other looks like from a mobile device. Neat little feature that helps a lot, considering the ever growing importance of having your site mobile compatible, for improved UI and UX.

mobile and browser emulators


GeoSurf is a premium tool and as such has a price tag that may be not be suitable for some of you. Running their own servers from around the world, including the cost associated with providing this service can be quite high so, if you are not on media buying, see no reason to conduct geo-targeting campaigns, and want to analyze how your ads and other campaigns are doing, then this tool may not be for you. If however, you feel that this type of service may be of value to you, then it is definitely worth giving it a try.

As you can see from the examples above, Geosurf can be a good companion for a lot of things imaginable. Being able to browse the web anywhere in the world locally could really help, albeit depending on your needs and objectives. It is also a great alternative to GeoEdge.

That’s it! Have you tried this or any similar proxy tool before? What use have you applied it with?

this post sponsored by geosurf.com

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+DiTesco is a Business and Inbound Marketing Consultant, and founder of iBlogzone.com. iBlogzone's main objective is to help startups and small business owners achieve success in their online ventures. | More About Me and my Consulting Services.

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March 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Thank you lots, I have been looking for simple issue like this to use for research in finding out how other people are targeting their certain area in the U.S.

Once again thanks for the heads up!

2 Sandra Barker March 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This tool is incredible. Based on the information stated, its function can really be helpful for all the users who are in areas with limited access to new campaigns or information. Although, the price is high, it is really worth it. Thank you for the information. And I’m looking forward for more updates from you. I really learned a lot from this post.


Holger Nielsen

March 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Nice post DiTesco, but after testing both GeoSurf and GeoEdge I would clearly recommend the later. While the price is quite similar GeoEdge’s service is much more reliable and with a faster connection time.



March 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

This is a lovely tool and i’d like to also give it a try. there are some networks i need to bypass. Thanks



March 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

Before this i use normal method like free proxy but i agree with you that it is very annoying, i never know about geosurf. Maybe i should give it try. Currently im just using “ultrasurf” software, very easy to bypass anything



March 29, 2013 at 8:41 am

GeoSurf Toolbar is very useful.It is straight-forward and easy to use.Currently, there are GeoSurf™ gateways in 84 Countries and 26 US Designated Market Areas, GeoSurf Plus feature enables users to explore the eco-system of display advertising.

7 Ken (EEI) March 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm

GeoSurf is definitely a tool that we Can use to help us better optimize our pages to compete locally against several of our biggest competitors. Unfortunately, I hope the creators of GeoSurf plan to dramatically expand the number of US designated market areas because three of our competitors are in areas not accessible with GeoSurf.


Connor Harley

March 30, 2013 at 1:47 am

I haven’t heard of this one before and this is quite useful to me. Thanks for this very detailed information.


Priya N

March 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

I use HMA but when I change the country, it become very slow. The speed dropped to less than 50%. How about GeoSurf? Its costlier than HMA. What are the differences in these 2 software?
Thanks for sharing about this nice tool.

10 DiTesco March 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm

HI. I am not familiar with HMA but GeoSurf is a great tool and does the job nicely. As far as I have seen, the speed is probably slower in just a fraction of a second. Nothing really noticeable.

11 Becca April 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

This tool is completely new for me. But it really seems to be very useful and convenient! Thanks a lot for sharing this post, now I have strong desire to find out more about this tool.



April 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

This is what I called review with complete reference you have nicely compiled every thing and sum it up in your blog. As some time we are have problem with my tool I can not write name here could be an advertisement but I think geosurf is better than mine one.



April 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

Geosurf is really good but like you already mentioned it comes with a price tag. It would be wrong to even expect it to be available for free, but the price is not affordable to small time businesses. Those who can afford it will definitely be benefited by it.

14 Sofiya April 29, 2013 at 4:35 am

Well written review. I’ve one question, does they also offer private proxies to use in other third party softwares and also they’re included in pricing plans? Because it looks to me just web surfing site with proxies support.



May 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

Wow seems like an awesome toolbar i like its features, but i have a doubt can we use the toolbar with all browsers.. I mean is supported by all browsers?

16 DiTesco May 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

Yes. It supports all browsers

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