How To Bypass The Australian's Paywall

Earlier this week, The Australian added a paywall to its site which means you can't read most articles without a paid subscription. While there's a three-month trial, it's relatively easy to work around the paywall if you want to just get to a single article.

Austech Forums points out that you can use a similar technique to that seen with other overseas sites: grab the headline and search for it on Google News, and you'll get an unprotected version. Most news sites want people to be able to find their articles via Google, so an unprotected version is available via this method.

The Australian sets a cookie which limits how often you can view articles using that approach. As Austech also notes, you can edit your cookies and remove those relating to the Australian to reset the counter, though we'd argue that if you need to do that with any regularity you should look into buying a subscription anyway. Hit the Austech link for a more detailed walkthrough.

Sidestep the Australian's paywall [Austech Forums]


Comments

    I have now set my Google News feed to remove any articles from 'The Australian'

    i.e., http://imgur.com/eFJbx

    what about just using google cached pages? then you can read all the articles for as long as this method works lol

    If you rely on The Australian as a serious news source, you are kidding yourself anyway lol.

    I think it would be better to just avoid the site rather than trying to beat the paywall.

    I wonder how long this will last before they revert back.

    also seems to work with accessing AFR stories

      Henry 99 commented I wonder how long before they revert back. You may not be aware that the AFR started this same process quite a few years back...they haven't looked back and despite pressure and growing online viewing of news they haven't budged.

    Or, you could just use Library Press Display http://library.pressdisplay.com/ via you library's website.

    So this must work because they allow crawlers into the article, but detect you aren't a crawler, so send you to the sign-up page?

    If that's the case, it's a breach of Google's terms and the site will get penalised in search rankings. It's a cheap and ineffective SEO tactic.

      Nah, this works because Murdoch & co. don't want to let go of "organic" discovery readers - people who aren't regular readers of the Oz. It's the same for the WSJ.

    Install Modify headers on firefox and add Referer with value http://www.google.com. much easier

      Thanks Raj. That did the trick :)

    Who wants to read the Australian's overtly biased news coverage?

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