Skip navigation

I’m a pretty law abiding sort of guy, but I do find my behaviour becomes a little bit more flexible when I’m online.  I’m not talking about overt criminality or anything like that, more taking use of available resources that perhaps I shouldn’t.   My temptation is normally due to two distinct factors –

  • Love TV Shows and Movies
  • I’m lucky enough to travel a lot

How should these two factors combine is basically this – I am always waiting for the latest series of a variety of TV shows – Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and a myriad of others. Unfortunately when you’re travelling you can miss out on these releases as they’re often scheduled at different times. A show might be released on one date in the US and then a few weeks later in Europe, so if I’m travelling all my friends have seen in way before me – and yes they usually can’t resist commenting.

Streaming UK TV

You’d think that it wouldn’t matter because of the Internet but no, I am an avid HBO subscriber but am completely unable to access my subscription when outside the USA. It’s kind of stupid really that the online facility is blocked from me at the one time I actually wish to use it.

Now I can mess around with IP changers and stuff like that, but am always frustrated that I just can’t watch it quickly without problems which is why I am tempted by torrents. This is a way of sharing files between a shared community. Basically someone uploads a file and shares it on their computer then as people download they become part of the swarm and share it too. The result is that you can download movies and music very quickly indeed by using these ‘torrents’.

The problem is that you’re still breaking copyright and even if you have a legitimate right to access in one country doesn’t mean you have in another. It’s a crazy situation but unfortunately so it’s due to us having a licensing situation which kind of ignores the digital world we live in. Worst still when you download a file like this, it’s extremely simple to track down who downloaded it. It’s worth reading this article on anonymous torrenting for some background on the technicalities.

Basically you’re wide open to DCMA litigation, people get caught and fined all the time. In reality if you use a third party access point i.e. one that is not registered to your home address you should be alright. This is because although your IP address is recorded it won’t be associated with you directly if you are downloading from a coffee shop or hotel.

So when travelling it should be safer, although this doesn’t help with the very real problems of sharing your hard disk out to a bunch of strangers. All in all I don’t think torrents are worth the effort but I wish the media companies would sort out their licensing so people who travel aren’t penalized like this.

Managed to get a great deal on flights last month so I could visit some friends from student days who were now living in Europe.   It meant that two important aspects of my holiday were covered, cheap travel and somewhere to stay which in minimizes my costs.   My philosophy for travel has always been fairly similar,  I’d rather maximize the time I am away rather than the luxury I spend it in so keeping costs down mean I get to stay away for longer and see more places.   I got to see two fantastic places – Budapest in Hungary and the rest of the time in the United Kingdom which both were very good value for a US traveller.


Budapest is a great place packed full of history and fantastic buildings.  Unfortunately many of these huge grand houses in the center of Budapest have lain empty for years, but various people have discovered a novel use for them – they’ve turned them into bars.  These ‘ruin pubs’ as they are known are simply impromptu bars set up the remains of old buildings.  That in LA wouldn’t be so appealing but in Budapest there are loads of fantastic 19th and early 20th century buildings sitting empty and they make wonderful atmospheric places to drink and chat to friends.   Beer is great quality and very cheap so you can imagine there’s a great party atmosphere come the weekend.

To be honest I’d have been set up in Budapest for a few months, yet the shallow movie obsessed me hit one problem.  I had read earlier in the year that Netflix had been released in Hungary in January and so presumed that my lack of Hungarian language skills wouldn’t isolate me from my TV.   It was true, I could access my Netflix account it was automatically routed though to teh Hungarian version.  This is where it went wrong, you see Netflix isn’t the same in every country.

Sure you can use your Netflix account in any country where it’s supported but you will only get the local version.  Because Netflix has to license on a per country basis some of the smaller markets have much smaller catalogues.   The Hungarian version is nowhere near as good as the US version and it’s missing thousands of movies and TV shows which are not licensed for Hungarian broadcast.  It’s ok but to be honest not entirely worth the subscription which unfairly is as much as the US pay.   Previously you could have bypassed this problem by switching to a VPN server but unfortunately this summer came The Great Netflix VPN Ban which has stopped this being an easy options.

Anyway it’s a small price to pay and I know you’re probably thinking get out and see the country you’re visiting instead of watching movies on a laptop.   Of course you’re right.  The situation did improve when I went to London because whilst UK Netflix is still not as good as the US version it’s probably second in quality and volume.   It’s more than enough for me and the prospect of staying in a lot because of high British prices was mitigated by sterling crashing against the dollar (thanks Brexit thing!).


Apparently you can Bypass the Netflix VPN block now by using something called a residential VPN service – Read this


It is of course, the ultimate problem for the webmaster, traffic is everything and without it your website serves no real purpose.  There are ways to bring your website to peoples attention, but it won’t happen without work and leveraging other sources.  One of the most accessible ways to bring traffic to your site is to use the social networks that millions use everyday.

Netflix Blocks VPNs

Social bookmarking has spread far and wide across the Internet these days and has become one of the growing trends. Thanks to Web 2.0, the Internet has completely evolved. The sheer amount of information and how it is exchanged on the web is completely different than it was just 6 years ago. A big part of this is social bookmarking; knowing why this is can help benefit your business, social bookmarking played a big part in changing how information spreads online.

But how does social bookmarking correlate to Internet marketing?

How will this benefit your business and help you move to the next level?

The real truth revolves around the fact that these websites have become trusted sites which update their content literally each minute. Because the search engines adore updated and helpful information, they award good ranking to social bookmarking sites. The fact they rank so highly is reason enough to see the potential contained in these sites. Enabling you to expand your visitor base via word of mouth advertising, their links to your site when correctly put up are able to spread virally to alternate sites. In this article we will be looking into the many benefits of social bookmarking and how it can prove helpful to you.

You can easily command a niche market with social bookmarking. This develops you into a brand, as you keep up a constant theme, true to your content, and share it with the social bookmarking websites. It attaches your name to a particular niche, and people start seeing you as an expert, which in turn makes your marketing efforts easier. Aside from this fact, you will have more credibility as you put up more and more information on the identical theme to the social networking sites. But you need to keep in mind that the information you bookmark has to be of quality and beneficial to the people reading. If you don’t have worthwhile content, your plan will fail and your brand will be corrupted.

Something a lot of Internet marketers take advantage of is the high level backlinks created when you use social bookmarking sites. The personal pages or the profile pages that you create on these social bookmarking sites can grow popular and get a page rank of 3 or 4 easily. This high rank means search engines will look at your site regularly and will index your new content while seeing where your links lead. Of course, the links would then lead to your site. Backlinks from high page ranks can cost lots of money; using social bookmarking sites gives you them for free. All that is required of you is to do it correctly, and then you will be waiting for a good ranking of your websites.

All in all, if you’re looking out to expand your online business and take it to the next level, then you need to start using social bookmarking. This does not mean you should focus completely on social bookmarking; there are plenty of other methods you should consider alongside using this one. Using other techniques alongside taking advantage of social bookmarking is a recipe for success.

Further Reading:

For information on using VPNs to hide your location and IP address, useful for accessing the social bookmarking sites and bypassing Netflix blocks, please read this post.