Get Free Answers from Experts-Exchange

This tutorial will show you how to get free access to the paid support website Experts-Exchange. I will show you how to accomplish this using Firefox and the UserAgent switcher plug-in. I will give you a few examples of how to get free answers from this paid site. This solution has been known for a while, but as far as I know no one has writing a good step by step tutorial on how to implement it. I took it upon myself to do that. This may also work for other paid sites.

When Experts-Exchange first started it was great. It was a free support forum. After the owners of Experts-Exchange got a nice catalog of free community support answers, they decided to make it a paid service. The website now charges a monthly fee for access to the answers. I guess the money they are making from the tons of advertisements on the site just isn’t enough. If you are going to make a paid site, make it ad free.

One of the big debates about the way Experts-Exchange operates is about its search results. When you search for a simple query in Google such as “linksys vpn router port redirection” you will get a result displaying the Experts-Exchange answer. The weird part is that if you look at the Google results, it will display part of the actual answer to your question.
Get Free Answers from Experts-Exchange

Now if you click through the link you will see that all of the answers are blurred out.
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The site blurs the answers out so that you have to pay to see them. If you look at the search results, however, it shows the Googlebot the answers. I believe Experts-Exchange does this so that they will rank higher in the search engines. Some people believe that Experts-Exchange violates Google’s rules because it is obviously show a different page to the search engine than it shows to the viewer. This is also known as cloaking content.

There are a couple of ways to get around this protection. I will show you the easiest on first. This trick will work in all browsers.

Once you find you answer in the Google search results, click on the cache link located below the result.
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The page that opens will be a Googlebot cached page. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see the answers. This is because experts exchange allows the Googlebot to see the answers so they will rank higher.
Get Free Answers from Experts-Exchange

This is a great way to view the answers if you find them through Google.

If you really want to have full access to the Experts-Exchange website I will show you a good solution. This solution will require that you are using Mozilla Firefox web browers. If you don’t use it:
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Once you have Firefox installed you will need to download the UserAgent switcher plug-in from the Mozilla Website (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59).
Click on the Install Now Button.
Get Free Answers from Experts-Exchange

When the box pops up click on Install Now.
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When the installation finished click the Restart Firefox button.
Get Free Answers from Experts-Exchange

Once Firefox restarts, you will have access to the User Agent Switcher from the tools menu in Firefox. We will have to add a new user agent so the website will think that our browser is actually the Googlebot.

Get Free Answers from Experts-Exchange

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  • MP

    Nice! I don’t use Expert’s Exchange often enough to subscribe, but every once in a while it comes in handy except for the fact that you can’t view the answers to more than one question per day without subscribing. Thanks!

  • Adam

    I found out a few weeks ago that If I click the normal google link and scroll WAY DOWN to the very bottom of the page past the blurred answers and adds, the full solutions are posted to the public on the same page. I don’t have the agent switcher installed.

  • I was told that they will let you view the answer 1 time per day. I don’t know if this is true or not. If it is then they probably just set a cookie. Blocking cookies from the site may work just as well.

  • chris watson

    All you have to do is click on the “cached” link under the search result and you can scroll down to see the entire conversation on their site. Just go cached like I do and save a load of time and effort.

  • nico5038

    Just use http://www.TheScripts.com instead. Many EE experts did move to that site after getting fed up with the blurring, badly handled flames, broken links and low quality “answers”.

    Nic;o)

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  • I wonder if this is posible as this has been posted on 2007 year.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Actually, you don’t even need to use this technique. If you use Firefox I think you can just scroll to the bottom of the page to view the answer, they are in plain site. There will be a section that says you must register to see answers. Scroll down below that and you will see the answers.

  • Thanks for this tutorial – it was actually the comments section that got me what I needed. You guys remember when they didn’t have the hyphen in their name and everybody thought they were “ExpertSexChange.com?”

  • Zeisan

    these don’t work anymore. any new hacks?

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