We have all been there before. You need the right data from a website for your next content marketing project. You have found your source websites, the data is just there waiting for you to grab it and then the challenge emerges. You have 500 pages and wonder how to extract all this data at once.
It doesn’t help if you have the data if you can’t grab it. Without proper data scraping software, you won’t get it.
If you are like me, you had to learn Python so Scrapy can get the job done for you. Alternatively, you have to learn XPath for Excel, which is also something that takes quite a bit of time.
And since time is our most precious commodity, there is software available that doesn’t require learning a line of code to complete this task.
I have tried the following software as they all provide a free account and quite a good number of features to get the job done for a small to medium data set.
Definition of data scraping
The definition of data scraping is:
“…a technique in which a computer program extracts data from human-readable output coming from another program.”
Essentially, you can crawl entire websites, extract pieces of information from several pages and download this information into a structured Excel file. This is what I have done recently to build a sharable piece of research.
Data scraping can be used in many projects, including the following:
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