Many websites and most of the online forums require the user to have been registered and logged-in in order to read the individual posts completely. But many of us get irritated to register just to read a post in a forum which we might not even visit another time. So what is the work around?
Method 1 – BugMeNot
BugMeNot is a free online service where people share their login information of thousands of websites and online forums. All you have to do is, visit BugMeNot and search for the website / forum you want. You will get multiple login details, most of the times they will be valid. If the website you are looking for is not in the list or if none of the login information available is correct then read further for a more fool-proof method.
Method 2 – User Agent Switcher
Almost all the websites which mandates the user to register in order to view the hidden “exclusive” content blocks the Unregistered users, but NOT the Google Bot! Google Bot has the privilege to freely browse through the website without any restriction! We will just be exploiting this special privilege if Google Bot to our advantage
We will be using a Firefox add-on called User-Agent Switcher.
1. Install this plugin and then go to Tools > User Agent Switcher > Options and then again to Options.
2. Select User Agent from the left sidebar and click Add. Now in the description field type, add:
and in user agent field type:
3. Select Google Bot as your User Script by going to Tools > User Agent Switcher.
4. That’s it! Now browse any website or forum without registering!
Please note: This method might not work with those websites/forums related to PRON / adult related / hacking related etc, since most of them won’t be indexed by Google.
Also, it will not work with private torrent websites which makes the torrents accessible to Users alone and not the bots.