WSJ.com is the most successful PAID news subscription site on the internet — although rumor has it that the recent acquisition of Dow Jone may unleash the Wall Street Journal online content to be free to everyone and change their business model.
However, until then, there’s a big fat barrier between you and the majority of articles and content on WSJ.com, but there’s a couple of ways to get to the restricted content . . .
Here’s some creative ways to read any article on WSJ.com:
- While this one surely won’t last long, there’s a relatively simple hack for the Wall Street Journal online, playing with the URL of any given protected article that will give you full view without any restriction. Clearly not they way to go, but of course, for some just because there’s this flaw, they’ll exploit it.
- Another way is to use your local library’s resources. Many public libraries have a common user id & password for patrons. My local library doesn’t subscribe to WSJ.com directly, but does subscribe to remotely-accessible databases which include full-text databases of all WSJ content, which basically means I can look up and read/print any article from the WSJ from home or anywhere in the world.
- Googling for libraries that publicly post their common login information usually provides to be fruitful. I won’t get into the details on how to google, and which verticle google searches you should look into, but they are out there for you to find if you take any bit of time to search.
- Lastly is to actually BUY an online subscription to the WSJ. Right now, there’s an incredible deal for $125 for BOTH the print version and the online WSJ.com subscription together for 60 weeks (that’s over 1 year). This is a ridiculously cheap price. If you already have the Wall Street Journal being delivered to you daily, you can find deals for $49 WSJ.com subscriptions.
Personally, this last option is the best route. My time is too valuable for me to spend a couple of minutes to set-up URL hacks for each article I want to read or try to find valid log-ins each time. At only $0.30/day, the $125 deal is worth it for me.
Any other ways to read those “subscription required” articles on WSJ? Leave a comment below and share how you read the Journal.