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12ft.io: bypassing paywalls
I use 12ft.io all the time to read news, it’s a nice tool to read well known newspapers with a bloody paywall. As the 12ft page states:
Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder.
It uses a very clever trick to bypass it:
The idea is pretty simple, news sites want Google to index their content so it shows up in search results. So they don’t show a paywall to the Google crawler. We benefit from this because the Google crawler will cache a copy of the site every time it crawls it.
All we do is show you that cached, unpaywalled version of the page.