Very few marketers know beforehand the costs of setting up and running a social media operation with automated accounts and SSL proxy package. Furthermore, some of them take poor decisions and develop a setup not suited to their needs. And down the road will encounter difficulties. Or worse, risk getting their accounts blocked. Therefore, we set this cost breakdown for all marketers interested in using a SSL proxy package and setting a social media operation.
WHY USE SSL PROXY PACKAGES FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
For those unaware of why you should consider using SSL proxy to connect your accounts to social media, the main argument is that by using SSL proxy IPs, you can manage not one or two accounts, but almost an unlimited number of accounts. All of them at your disposal, all of them leveraging your main account, all of them increasing your conversions. All of them increasing your content distribution and reach. Setting a social media operation with the help of SSL proxy has no limits in its use and capabilities.
THE COSTS OF USING SSL PROXY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
There are two approaches to tackle the setup of an operation. Before you buy a package of SSL proxy, you should consider the reasons and goals you look to achieve with your setup. Therefore, the first model of setting this operation is the minimal resources. With this model, you look to minimize your costs. The reason to minimize costs is either a tight budget or you are looking to test a new strategy.
The second method is setting a scaled operation. This can be achieved if you want to make a strong impact from the beginning. Or you already have experience on social media and want to scale your already existing operation.
Whatever the reasons and the method of setting your operation, you should consider the following costs, the costs of a package of SSL proxy IPs, the cost of an automation tool and finally the cost of a virtual private server, a VPS.
However, the only cost mandatory, if you want to use multiple accounts, is the cost of SSL proxy. The other services can either be performed manually (instead of buying an automation tool) or setting your operation from a free VPS (is free, but has limited resources). Therefore, let’s see what costs and with how little budget you can start a social media operation.
COST: SSL PROXY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
The main item on your social media buying list should be SSL proxies. They are necessary if you are looking to implement multiple accounts. You need to buy SSL proxies even before you buy the other components of the setup, because once you bought your proxies, you can start creating accounts manually.
Once you have the IPs of your SSL proxy package, implement them in your browser and start connecting to your desired social network and start creating your accounts. The recommended account per IP ratio is one account for each IP of the SSL proxy package.
We advise you set your proxies through Mozilla Firefox. Because, when it comes to privacy, this is the most reliable browser. In addition, by setting customs privacy settings, you can just close your Firefox window and the history, cookies and any other data will be deleted. Thus, each activity passing though each SSL proxy will be contained and independent from one another.
For Instagram, we recommend buying the SSL proxy instagram package, a starting one will be the 5 Instagram proxies from SSLPrivateProxy, costing $22.40.
COST: SOCIAL MEDIA TOOL
Once you start scaling your operation, you will need to connect your accounts simultaneously, schedule posts and use follow – unfollow strategies for extended periods of time. Therefore, using you mobile phone, or simply connecting your accounts manually will not be enough. Therefore, you should consider investing in an automation tool.
The two most used automation tools are MassPlanner and FollowLiker. Both of them allow you to connect your accounts through SSL proxies and both of them perform the tasks a regular user will do normally on social media.
There are no technical differences between MassPlanner and FollowLiker. But only one worth considering, which is their cost structure. MassPlanner is using a monthly subscription model. Whereas FollowLiker can be purchased and used after one time payment.
For minimal costs, you could go for the FollowLiker, the Instagram edition, costing $97.99, one time purchase. Or MassPlanner, which offers an Instagram edition as well, but it is subscription based and costs $16.95 per month.
However, both of them are desktop based software, therefore, you will need either to run your personal PC 24/7 or using a VPS and let it run continuously. If you choose a VPS, there are several options. It all depends on your needs.
COST: VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVER
The are two ways through which you can tackle the VPS issue. The first is by choosing a free VPS, as the one offered by Amazon Web Services, the EC2 cloud computing. And the second option is paying for a VPS allocated especially for marketing.
If you want to choose the option of setting a VPS through Amazon free tier, you will incur zero costs for this setup, but the resources at your disposal will be minimal. However, this setup is ideal if you want to start and experiment with 1 to 5 accounts. Anything more than this, will slow your VPS considerably.
On the other hand, if you want to automate more than five accounts, you have to consider paying for a custom allocated VPS. Online, you will find several VPS services dedicated to marketing or social media tools. Their prices range from $10 a month up to $40 or even a few hundreds. It all depends on your requirements.
A good VPS for setting 10 accounts will require a minimum of 2GB RAM, Windows system and minimum 40 GB storage. For this requirements, you can find VPS costing between $10 to $30. It depends on the provider and its specs.
TO WRAP UP
If you run the math, the costs of setting a social media operation for five Instagram accounts is composed of a SSL proxy package of 5 Instagram proxies, costing $22.40, a free Amazon Web Services VPS EC2 and buying MassPlanner Instagram edition, $16.95. Therefore, your minimum cost will be 39.95. Meaning $8 per account.
In addition, any scaling of this operation will decrease the cost per account. Thus, making your operation more profitable. Buy SSL proxies and start developing a social media operation.