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Search Providers Look Beyond Gates of Gated Content

The Deep Web is not uncharted territory. Subscribers were paying for electronic content even before the World Wide Web was invented. But now, content owners see search engines like Grokker, Yahoo and Mamma.com as new channels for revenue. Yahoo already includes content from The Wall Street Journal Online and Consumer Reports in its searches, and Mamma.com supplies health-care information.

Grokker aims to hook consumers with free, premium content and hopes they'll stay on after the toll gates come down. But content owners must part with their subscription-based models and embrace new modes of access that offer pay-as-you-go services subsidized with online advertisements. More important, consumers will have to change their "information wants to be free" attitude if they want to see that gated content.