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Renegade:
I'm sure a lot of people have noticed this, but if you visit a pay site you'll hit the paywall. However, if you hit the site through a Google search, you're good to go. Here's an example:

Search term: Queen ‘horrified’ that Scotland might go it alone

Link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/
queen-horrified-that-scotland-might-go-it-alone/story-fnb64oi6-1227050425460

Google redirector: https://www.google.com.au/url?
sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2F
www.theaustralian.com.au%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fqueen-horrified-that-scotland-might-go-it-alone%2F
story-fnb64oi6-1227050425460&ei=KtQNVPOFCoj18QWEpoHYBA&usg=AFQjCNFugi1j-
g6v6hQHYGgSbEPBP_KDZQ&sig2=jWjXoevRlFQSMwvhnZba8w

Now, it's nice to get the whole article, but is this boosting Google when you use a Google redirector link for other people?

Has anyone tried this on other search engines?

Stephen66515:
Should I have hit a paywall for either of those links?  Because I get the full article regardless which I click.

rgdot:
That was (is?) the case for many sites. The old experts-exchange.com being one prime example. Via google they leave it open so to be indexed.

Edvard:
I loved experts-exchange, especially after I figured out you could just scroll down to the answer under the 'pay-up' banner.  :Thmbsup:

Now, not so much.  :-\

Renegade:
Via google they leave it open so to be indexed.
-rgdot (September 08, 2014, 11:33 AM)
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I rather doubt this. Google web crawlers are likely run entirely differently on different IP addresses and wouldn't be sending the same HTTP header information.

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