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Half of US readers bypass paywalls: The Media Roundup

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Paywall dodgers: Half of U.S. consumers attempt to get around publishers’ paywalls

Okay, hands up who’s ever opened an article in incognito mode to get around a metered paywall? Or who has given up on a website entirely rather than give over details to a pay or registration wall? Over half of U.S. consumers have done the same, according to a survey of consumers conducted by Toolkits and National Research Group.

That’s a high number, but probably not a surprise. What did shock me was that 69% of people said they avoid clicking links to websites that use paywalls or registration walls.

Will these people have ever subscribed anyway? How do you start convincing them the content is worth it if they start avoiding you? The decisions publishers have to make around paywalled content are incredibly complex, and this piece does a great job of setting out some of those factors which have to be balanced.

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