July is looking like a big month for pay walls, with The Times and Sunday Times erecting on Friday even bigger barriers than Gannett installed Thursday on three of its newspapers sites.
Steve Outing minces no words in his critique of Rupert Murdoch’s strategy for his London papers (“uber-dumb,” declares his headline), but what I appreciate more is Outing’s hands-on reporting about The Times’ pay wall and the WordPress plug-in introduced by The Guardian.
Outing tested the hardness of the Times’ pay wall and found it very hard, indeed. So much so that only the homepage is visible to non-subscribers. Even Times headlines have disappeared from Google, and content appearing on the paper’s interior sections — Money, Sport, Life, etc. — is all but dead to the rest of us.
Outing’s reporting prompted me to check Google’s treatment of headlines from the three Gannett papers that installed pay walls Thursday. Read more