You read an interesting article in your favorite publication, but it comes down to the middle paywall. If you are currently unable to pay the subscription fee or have a payment problem, the strategies below will allow you to bypass payment barriers and read free subscription-based content.
Before we go any further, we should point out that not all paywalls are the same. Thus, one method may not be able to bypass the payment walls of all websites. It is also important to note that this post is informative; we do not support cross-payment. Before start lets first discuss what is paywalls and type of paywall ?.
What is Paywall?
Paywalls are a method of restricting content to paying members only. They typically appear in websites or apps, interrupting the content and prompting viewers to subscribe or log in to an existing account. Content paywalls can take a variety of forms, but the main purpose is to convert free viewers into paying subscribers.
Most paywalls can be broken down into a few basic categories: Hard, metered, and freemium. For help building native apps with paywalls, get in touch with us here. Or for definitions and best practices, see our guide below.
Types of Paywall?
Creating content takes a lot of effort and resources. Publishers need to earn extra money to create high quality content. This is why many online publishers use paywalls to increase revenue. Users who pay a certain amount can access locked or paid content. There are three main types of paywalls:
Hard paywalls are the simplest. In this case, the wall will immediately appear, allowing only subscribers to access the content. New users must register to pay or be kicked.
Pros and Cons:
Hard paywall is a simple system that forces users to register or leave. On the other hand, this approach reduces “free uploaders” who want to find ways to get content free of charge. If your content is important or not available elsewhere, this can lead to a much higher result. However, research shows that hard payment walls could prevent new registrations.
In most cases, users want to preview the content they find before purchasing. This is where our next plan can work.
Examples of Hard Paywalls:
The Wall Street Journal is a good example of a hard paywall. On the WSJ site and app, subscribers need to sign in immediately to view articles in full. There is no way around the paywall.
To build your own apps with hard paywalls, contact us at MAZ here.
Metered Paywalls (also known as Soft Paywalls) allow preview of limited content before users are forced to sign up or opt out. The exact size of the payment wall varies from company to company. Time-based rating allows users to access content for a limited time (for example, a free trial). View-based rating allows users to view a certain number of videos / articles before displaying a wall.
Pros and Cons:
Metal paywalls are a customized solution. They are slightly different for each company you run. This gives you an advantage as you can customize the layout of the paywall to suit your customers’ needs. And while writing metal paywalls for your site or app can be very difficult, you don’t have to worry about it when you build your mobile or OTT apps with MAZ (read more here).
On the other hand, this approach can hurt your conversion rates if you’re not careful. Companies using metered payment systems understand their customers successfully. They use the data to understand when they are most likely to sign up and when they are not. If you install a metered paywall in a random area with no proof of operation, you may be hurting your effectiveness.
Examples of Metered Paywalls:
The New York Times is one of the foremost founders of the metered paywall. Their paywalls are not only measurable, but also powerful. NYT may receive certain information about its students and when it is possible to register. They use this information to automatically adjust when and where their payment walls appear, increasing their conversion rates. That’s why we call these flexible paywalls.
OTT streaming services such as Netflix and Disney + are also excellent examples. Disney + offers a free time-based trial for new users, while Netflix offers the first few episodes of the series for free. In this way, new viewers can be caught up in their shows / movies before signing up.
The freemium model makes money for both subscribers and non-subscribers. In fact, non-subscribers can access all or most of the content for free through advertisements. They can then pay for the subscription, remove ads and potentially access additional content.
This way, the freemium paywall is under a solid “wall” and lots of suggestions. Freemium models
Pros and Cons:
Freemium models help your business make money in many ways. By selling ads, you can still make money for viewers who do not want to sign up. But for your highly engaged fans, providing a subscription program gives them better user experience to earn a steady income.
However, ads can create a bad impression on free users. Also, offering a wide range of free options may discourage others from signing up (why pay for something you can get for free?) Depending on how you look at it, freemium can be considered the best of both worlds or the worst of both. The difference may be due to your audience and the use of your business.
Examples of Freemium Paywalls:
Hulu offers a segmented pricing model with a very low standard that combines commercials with premium ad-free and live TV options. While this isn’t freemium because it’s not a free option, it still offers some interesting details about Hulu’s business model. There are many interesting ways to place ads through paid paywalls.
Best 3 way to read paid article in free
Try the Incognito Mode Hack
As mentioned earlier, not all paywalls are the same. If the website uses a soft paywall, you may be able to read content based on subscriptions in incognito or in private browsing. This makes the website think you are a new visitor, giving you access to free content before the paywall is loaded.
This process is much better than removing cookies from a website. This is because most web browsers do not send cookies available to the website you are visiting in incognito mode. Although the website temporarily stores new cookies on your device during private browsing, they are deleted when you close the incognito window.
Use Paywall Removal Extensions
There are third-party browser extensions that allow you to read newspaper articles based on free subscriptions. We tried a few of these plugins and found that most of them didn’t work. They are not hosted on the Chrome Webstore, so you have to check them out from third-party platforms.
We worked hard and found that this “Bypass Paywalls” extension for Chrome and Firefox works well. This plugin allows you to read articles based on subscriptions from hundreds of publications such as The New York Times, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, etc. Also, it’s free – but you have to manually download the plugin to your browser.
- The extension is hosted on GitHub, so head to the GitHub page and download the extension’s ZIP file.
- Extract the file to any location on your PC.
- Launch Chrome and paste chrome://extensions in the address bar and press Enter.
- Toggle on Developer mode.
- Click Load unpacked.
- Navigate to the folder you extracted in step #2, select the extension folder, and click the Select Folder button.
- In the “Supported Sites” tab, check the Select all/none option to select all preloaded websites.
- Scroll to the bottom of the window and select Save.
Use 12ft ladder site
12ft is a website that allows you to bypass payment billing online. Created by Thomas Miller. The name is based on the phrase “Show me a 10-foot wall and I’ll show you a 12-foot ladder.” It exceeds the payment walls by pretending to be a search engine when it asks for a web page. Websites with paywalls often provide access to search engines to ensure that their pages are indexed by search engines.