You can easily read the entire blocked text, by using one of the methods that we will mention below, which enables you to have enough time to evaluate whether you really want to register to see the entire content of the site.
Provided you come across a blocked text, a news site that blocks a large part of its text or articles, in order to lure you into paying a subscription, there is no need to receive frustrated or think of paying.
It is a common practice to blur websites to text, which aims to keep content exclusive to site members and subscribers, who pay subscription fees. Not all sites require you to pay a subscription fee, in order to read the obliterated content.
Some sites just want you to leave your email, others may give you a free trial—often a month—while others allow you to browse a limited portion of content, before a paywall appears.
How to show blocked text on websites
The methods we will guide you through will not necessarily work for all websites, and we recommend that you use them only to assess provided the site is eligible for membership; Because some sites deserve to be subscribed to to get their information, and we are not here to encourage fraud and not support the press.
But, provided you don’t want to use your email, here are some tricks:
- Use Google Translate as a proxy to display the hidden text
Google Translate is a useful tool for removing blur from the text of web pages. You can use it to display the full, translated version of the web page, which contains the blurred text. Here’s how:
- Open the web page that contains the blurred text.
- Copy the page’s URL.
- Go to Google Translate and paste the link in the box to the left of the screen.
- Click on the link that will appear in the box on the right of the screen (and you can select the language in which you want to read the content, then click on the new link that will appear).
You will then be directed to a new tab, which contains an unabrased version of the web page.
- Browse snapshot from the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is a free tool that anyone can use to save web pages and search archives. The tool also crawls the web to archive cached pages.
That’s why you can use the tool to search for a saved version of the article, which contains a pushwall, and you may find an open version there, says make tech easier .
- Copy the URL of the page containing the blurred text.
- Head to the Internet Archive, and paste the link into the Wayback Machine’s search bar, to see whether the page is archived.
- Choose the version of the page you want to view. You can choose the ultimate archived version by time and date, so you can see the latest content updates. You’ll find blue circles marking available archived versions of the calendar.
You will then be directed to the archived version page of your choice, where you will be able to see the obliterated content.
- Open the page from Google search results
Some websites with paid content allow non-subscribing visitors to view the entire link content whether they click on it from Google search results; In order to increase web traffic on the site.
But using this method only allows you to view the content of the page that you clicked on, but you will run into a paywall if you dig deeper into the site. Here is how to use this method:
- Copy the address of the page containing the blocked text, and paste it into the Google search bar. (Move your mouse pointer over the page tab to see the title). And you can type the address manually whether you can’t copy it.
- Type the sites name at the beginning or end of the query, to receive more accurate search results.
- Click on the search result with a URL similar to the page you want to view.
- Display obliterated content with item inspection
- Right-click on the page you want to read, then select “Inspect”.
- At the top on the right, click on the Settings tab.
- Click on the page link again, to be able to read the blurred text.