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Read Wall Street Journal Articles Without Paying a Dime (Legally)

How many times have you clicked on a link to a Wall Street Journal article, only to run smack into their for-pay wall? It’s infuriating, you only get to read a few sentences… but you can read the whole article, legally, for free.

If you aren’t quite sure what we’re talking about, I’m referring to this screen that shows up when you view an WSJ article directly:

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Note: We aren’t trying to get you to steal any content – if you really like WSJ you should subscribe.

How to Read the Article For Free

The solution is simple… if you read the article via Google News, you will be taken directly to the real thing. So all you really have to do is right-click on the title of the article…

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And you should immediately see the article at the top of the list under the Google News section… but this even seems to work when you click the regular Google result for the article.

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And once you’ve clicked the link, you’ll be taken straight to the real article.

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Again, if you really like the Wall Street Journal and want to read it on a daily basis, you need to subscribe. If you just want to read a single article here or there, this is a great, free way to do so.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/16/09

Comments (8)

  1. Nakodari

    Oh Geek this makes perfect sense!

    I wrote something similar here, it’s not too similar, but it tells you the way to access forums and websites without registering. It uses Google bot user agent method, http://bit.ly/dznBj

  2. Wanda Brown

    How does Walmart and other large chains inventory their stores to get an accurate inventory when they have so many stores and purchase almost every thing a different price every day? Appears that there is a lot of leeway.

  3. Dino

    Interesting. I was not seeing the ” SUBSCRIBER CONTENT PREVIEW. . . ” like you show above, until I cleared out my Host file. Turns out that this link is a “ad.doubleclick.net” link that my Host file normally blocks. Everything still worked as you show. Now, back to my updated Host file.

  4. Ham Radio

    Thank you. Great idea!

  5. Donald Campbell

    I also tried it for a Financial Times of London article today, and it works the same way.

  6. Buddhika

    WSJ provide articles free for their mobile site. You can change user agent to popular cell phone model and read that articles from desktop free.

  7. Lillie

    THIS IS SO HELPFUL AND SAVED ME 30 BUCKS SINCE I WAS REQUIRED TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE WSJ FOR ONE OF MY CLASSES. THX SO MUCH

  8. gruzoperevozki

    Интересно написано, но мне кажеться я уже это где то видел…)))

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