Doing Internet Business in China

China will be the largest English speaking country in the world by 2015. (India is currently #1). Which means almost everyone under 30 in China can read and speak English. They might be a little shy about trying, but it’s been mandatory in school for the past decade, along with Mandarin and math.

Just a heads up… using a proxy service is illegal in China. If you get caught using a proxy, or an illegal internet cafe, you could be in big trouble. I’m not taking sides here. I’m just trying to spell out how it is for people who live there.

Paypal and Clickbank work fine, but sharing services like Facebook, Twitter, and ALL video sharing sites like YouTube are completely blocked. So if you have these sharing services on your websites, or blogs, they won’t show up in Google search results. (I know because I spent six weeks there testing everything out.)

If you want make sales to the massive Chinese market, remove all the social sharing widgets and stream your videos from Amazon S3. Then your website will show up in search results and open in their web browser when clicked. That’s all it takes to open yourself up to millions of new customers.

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