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The process of data collection is vital in all kinds of industries. It helps businesses learn about the market, know their customers better and adapt to their needs. Data collection can be automated by scraping a set target. It’s extra useful for analyzing business competition, records, trends, and other data.

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Scrape Discogs Marketplace with Python: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Online marketplaces are beloved for offering a wide array of goods, often from things we don’t need to those we didn’t know we needed. Among them, Discogs stands out as a premier platform for music enthusiasts and collectors of vinyl, CD, cassette, and other types of records. In essence, Discogs for music records is what IMDb is for film. Whether you’re exploring music market trends, tracking the value of vinyl records, or gathering data for a personal pro...

How to Unlock Efficiency and Productivity with Ready-Made Web Scraping Tools + New Webinar!

In today’s digital era, businesses can access relevant public data to reach their goals. But here’s the catch – data collection is quite a hassle that takes up too much time and effort. That’s where web scraping, a method of automatically gathering publicly accessible website information, comes in. In this blog post, we’ll explore web scraping, its best practices, and ready-made tools to maximize efficiency and productivity. Make sure to stay until the end...

How to Scrape Google Maps: A Step-By-Step Tutorial 2024

Google Maps is a beautiful tool that allows anyone to travel the world with their eyes and see many fascinating things. If you’re a nomad, it’s your go-to companion in finding the next destination. But if you’re a data collection enthusiast, you should be excited about the potential data that Google Maps holds. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of scraping Google Maps and provide a comprehensive guide on how to do it using Python and our reside...

Parsing XML in Python – The Ultimate Guide 2024

Standards are a means to clear and define communication between people and things in the world. For example, the human language, USB sockets on computers, or the fact that you must add cereal before pouring milk. When it comes to computer applications and systems, one standard stands out above the rest as the most popular choice for developers – XML (eXtensible Markup Language). In this article, we’ll explore how you can parse data from XML files using Pyt...

How to Leverage ChatGPT for Effective Web Scraping

Artificial intelligence is transforming various fields, ushering in new possibilities for automation and efficiency. As one of the leading AI tools, ChatGPT can be especially helpful in the realm of data collection, where it serves as a powerful ally in extracting and parsing information. So, in this blog post, we provide a step-by-step guide to using ChatGPT for web scraping. Additionally, we explore the limitations of using ChatGPT for this purpose and o...

Best Bright Data Alternatives in 2024

Bright Data stands out as one of the top proxy and web scraper providers. However, despite the platform’s pros, such as quality and reliability, its cons, like affordability or policies, may be a major drawback for some users. The good news is that Bright Data isn’t the sole option available in the market. If you're looking for a provider that better suits your needs, we suggest exploring various options and finding the perfect solution for you.

OnlyFans Scraping: The Complete Guide 2024

In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the way content creators, influencers, and artists connect with their audience and monetize their talents. OnlyFans, a subscription-based social media platform, has emerged as a website that allows creators to share exclusive content directly with their dedicated followers for a subscription fee. OnlyFans scraping, which involves extracting publicly available data from the website, has sparked an inter...

SEO Automation: Best Practices in 2024

Back in the day, SEO (abbr. Search Engine Optimization) was about producing content and stuffing it with keywords. Today it is no more about Search Engine results only, but also includes everything that would effectively grow Organic Channel (Brand and Non-brand), Search Experience, and even Artificial Intelligence Optimization (abbr. AIO). In today’s world, SEO specialists require a whole range of interdisciplinary skills and tools to earn that sweet spot...

Navigating Anti-Bot Systems: Pro Tips For 2024

With the rapid improvements in artificial intelligence technologies, it seems that 2024 will present some new challenges for web scraping enthusiasts and professionals. Over the years, anti-bot systems have become increasingly sophisticated, which makes extracting valuable data from websites a true challenge. As businesses intensify their efforts to protect against automated bots, traditional web scraping methods are being put to the test. The surge in ant...

Smartproxy Web Scraping Webinar: Save Your Team’s Time and Costs

Does web scraping take too much of your and your team's time? Struggling to balance efficiency with cost-effectiveness? Well, we’ve got great news for all you tech enthusiasts! Smartproxy hosted an exclusive webinar: “Web Scraping Efficiently: Save Your Team’s Time and Costs”. By registering via the link above, you can replay the webinar for free. From seamless tool integration to savvy scraping practices, join us and improve your team’s approach by boosti...

Scraping the Web with Selenium and Python: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Since the late 2000s, web scraping has become essential for extracting public data, giving a competitive edge to those who use it. A common challenge is scraping pages with delayed data loading due to dynamic content, which traditional tools often struggle with. Fortunately, Selenium Python web scraping can effectively handle this issue. In this blog post, you'll learn how to scrape dynamic web data with delayed JavaScript rendering using Python and the Se...

Amazon Product Data Scraping with Datacenter Proxies

This comprehensive guide will explore the powerful capabilities of Smartproxy's datacenter proxies for scraping Amazon product data. Whether you're an eCommerce professional, researcher, or developer seeking to extract those juicy insights from Amazon's marketplace, you'll discover how Smartproxy's datacenter proxies can be a cost-effective solution to enhance your workflow, improve results and conquer any typical obstacles encountered while web scraping.

Solving the Facebook Error: Session Expired

Facebook is like a dinosaur that’s yet to go extinct. Founded in 2004, it’s still part of 1.9 billion people’s daily lives worldwide. And do you know what disrupts daily life like nothing else? Technical glitches. One such frustrating issue that Facebook users sometimes encounter is the Session Expired error. In this blog post, let’s shed light on this Facebook error: what does it mean, what causes it, and what are some practical solutions to resolve it, w...

How to Scrape Google Search Data

It’s hard to imagine a successful business that doesn’t gather or use any form of data in 2023. And, when it comes to data sources, Google search engine result pages are a goldmine. But gathering Google search results isn’t that simple – you’ll encounter technical challenges and hurdles along the way. Luckily, some powerful tools and methods can automate search result extraction. Fret not – we’ll review different methods to scrape Google search results, di...

How to Scrape Google Without Getting Blocked

Nowadays, web scraping is essential for any business interested in gaining a competitive edge. It allows quick and efficient data extraction from a variety of sources and acts as an integral step toward advanced business and marketing strategies. If done responsibly, web scraping rarely leads to any issues. But if you don’t follow web scraping best practices, you become more likely to get blocked. Thus, we’re here to share with you practical ways to avoid ...

What Is SERP Analysis And How To Do It?

Every day, millions of people turn to search engines to find solutions to their problems and answer their questions. From “How to bake cookies” to “beautiful prom dresses,” this beast tamed inside the name of Google has answers to all of the queries you could enter. With Google being the most popular search engine, SEO gurus focus heavily on ranking high there – rightfully so.  However, keyword research is no longer just finding a popular search query and ...

Gathering Amazon Data | Best Tools and Practices

At Smartproxy, we’re always cookin’ up new ways to make scraping a breeze. Starting from eCommerce Scraping API to our most recent creation — Web scraping API. And don’t let anyone tell you that proxies and scraping are as complicated as rocket science. It could actually be a rather simple (and sometimes even fun) process! But let’s be real, even the top guns extracting data from eCommerce giants like Amazon might get those pesky CAPTCHAs or worse — IP ban...

How a Residential Proxy Network Helps to Scrape Amazon

The American company Amazon and its founder (the second richest and possibly the first most disliked person in the world) don’t need long introductions. Today Amazon is a giant in e-commerce, cloud storage, digital streaming, artificial intelligence, logistics, etc. We’ll focus on the e-commerce side of Amazon. Simply put, it’s the world’s leading online retailer. According to certain statistics, 90% of shoppers compare the price and quality of a product o...

How to Scrape YouTube Search Results With Web Scraping API

OK, OK. You prolly know it already, but let us remind ya. YouTube is a site that allows users to upload, watch, and interact with videos. Since 2005, it has become the MVP platform for various things – starting from storing fav clips or songs and ending with marketing for companies to promote their products. Hundreds of hours of content are uploaded to YouTube every minute. It means it’s impossible to scrape the search results manually, well, unless you're...

Manage Your Business Reputation with SERP Scraping API

A widely available internet leaves the door open for people to find information about everything. For example, everyone can check a business's online presence before trusting it. So, everything that could be found online about your brand helps your potential audience evaluate if you’re legit. Statistics only prove that – 9 out of 10 online shoppers admit that reviews influence their buying decisions. It stands to reason – checking unbiased opinions helps a...

Scrape Like a Pro with Smartproxy Scraping Tools

Public data scraping is becoming a hot topic, and our talented devs cannot just sit back and relax. So, they took on a challenge and presented FOUR(!) powerful tools designed to harvest all sorts of web data.  How does getting real-time data from any corner of the world at a 100% success rate sound for you? If we got your attention, let's say you've already found your partner in the scraping game. Now you only need to pick your fighter (ekhm, Scraping API)...

How to Collect Big Data?

It probably wouldn't be too bold to state that data-driven decisions rule the world. Gathering big data can open up crucial insights to improve your business strategy and activities. A massive amount of data is out there, and its growth is nowhere near the finish line. It's expected there will be 63 zettabytes of data floating on the internet by 2025. We’re talking about 21 zeros here – an unfathomable amount of data.  The good news is that this enormous l...

How Can Businesses Benefit from Alternative Data Collection?

Data is the new oil, which helps drive businesses and make better-informed decisions. For a long time, companies relied on traditional data (usually gathered internally or from official sources) to predict overall market trends, analyze competitors, and understand customer behavior.  However, alternative data has become the new cool, which can aid almost any business, investors, financial institutions, or just simple people like you and me. And with proper...

Python Tutorial – Scraping Google Featured Snippet [VIDEO]

What do you usually do when a specific question or product pops into your mind, and you need a quick answer? You probably type it on Google and select one of the top results. Looking at this from a business perspective, you probably want to know how Google algorithms picked those top-ranking pages since being one of them attracts more traffic. The result pages of the largest search engine in the world are an excellent source for competitors’ and market res...

What’s A Honeypot, And Why Should You Avoid It When Collecting Data Online?

The world of cybersecurity is evolving daily. With every great technological advancement comes a need to control and protect it from abuse. One of the main countermeasures against cybercriminals is none other than honeypots. Since its first use in the early 90s, honeypots have proven to be extremely helpful in catching hackers and improving overall security.  They’re great, but when we talk about collecting massive amounts of publicly available data, honey...

Python Tutorial: How To Scrape Images From Websites

So, you’ve found yourself in need of some images, but looking for them individually doesn’t seem all that exciting? Especially if you are doing it for a machine learning project. Fret not; web scraping comes in to save the day as it allows you to collect massive amounts of data in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it manually.  There are quite a few tutorials out there, but in this one, we’ll show you how to get the images you need from a stat...

How to Choose the Best Language for Web Scraping

Psst! Come closer to hear a secret: collecting publicly accessible data can skyrocket your business to the next level. If you unlock and gather valuable info, you can easily monitor brand reputation, compare prices, test links, analyze competitors, and much more. While the benefits sound legit, collecting data manually can quickly become a pain in the neck. But what if we told you that it’s possible to enjoy all the advantages without any need to sweat? Wi...

Take Your Web Scraping To The Next Level – Scraping Dynamic Content With Python

The internet has changed quite a bit, hasn't it? Today, almost every popular website you go to is tailored to your specific needs. The goal is to make the user experience as good as possible. It sounds amazing for the end-user, but for someone who’s trying to web scrape dynamic content, it can prove to be quite the challenge. That doesn’t mean it’s not doable!  In this blog post, we’ll go through a step-by-step guide on how to web scrape dynamic content wi...

Top 5 Web Scraping Applications [VIDEO]

The internet is more than just the information superhighway. It’s also a vast ocean of all sorts of data. Regardless of your industry and needs, this ocean is full of details that can help you gain an advantage over competitors or dig out some helpful info. Market research, lead generation, keyword analysis, business insights – it all sounds nice, but how can you actually use them for your needs? To answer that, we’ve collected the best-performing web scra...

Alternative Google SERP Scraping Techniques - Terminal and cURL [VIDEO]

Google has become a gateway to easily-accessible information. And one of the best ways to make use of Google’s limitless knowledge is web scraping. We’ve just released a detailed blog post about scraping Google SERPs with Python, where we cover lots of useful info, including the technical part. So before you dive into this tutorial – check it out. But what if Python is not exactly your forte? This blog post will show you how to scrape SERPs using a simpl...

How To Scrape Google Search Results, Or Rising To The Google Challenge [VIDEO]

Whenever you want to find an answer to a tricky question or dig out some advice, who (or what) do you approach first? Let’s be honest, it’s Google. Market research, competitor analysis, latest news, exclusive deals on designer clothing – whichever you’re after, 9 times out of 10, you’ll google it. Being the richest encyclopedia in the world, Google is also the most protective of all search engines, so extracting data from it can be pretty hellish. On the b...

How To Choose The Right Selector For Web Scraping: XPath vs CSS

If you're fresh-new to web scraping, you may not be familiar with selectors yet. Let us introduce ya – selectors are objects that find and return web items on a page. These pieces are an essential part of a scraper, as they affect your tests' outcome, efficiency, and speed. Yep, understanding the idea of a selector isn't that complicated. Finding the right selector itself might be. To be honest, even the two languages that define them, XPath and CSS, have ...

Anti-Scraping Techniques And How To Outsmart Them

Businesses collect scads of data for a variety of reasons: email address gathering, competitor analysis, social media management – you name it. Scraping the web using Python libraries like Scrapy, Requests, and Selenium or, occasionally, the Node.js Puppeteer library has become the norm. But what do you do when you bump into the iron shield of anti-scraping tools while gathering data with Python or Node.js? If not too many ideas flash across your mind, thi...

Quick web scraping project ideas for fun and profit

Web scraping has various uses and can be a huge time saver. It’s helped to start and run many businesses with best llc services, collect data for research, or simply automate boring menial work. But if you’re looking to get into web scraping, you’ll often find it presented as some abstract rocket science. Market research, alternative data, business insights? Sounds nice – but how the heck do I apply that for my needs?  Our friends at Smartproxy asked us (t...

Choose your fighter: Smartproxy vs. Bright Data

Welcome to the proxy showdown! On one corner, we have Bright Data (formerly known as Luminati), a veteran in the game since 2014 that has earned a loyal following. In the other corner, we have Smartproxy, a newer player in the field but one that’s quickly making a name for itself. So, which provider should you choose? To see what’s what and make it easy for you to pick the provider that speaks your language, let’s look at Proxyway’s Proxy Market Research ...

How an Amazon Proxy Helps Scrapers and Analysts

Amazon is a dominant retail force. Many smaller businesses either work under Amazon’s brand or try to compete with it. Your business cannot go up against Amazon in terms of pricing data that you have access to. Marketing agencies can use Amazon price scraping methods to gather data on relevant Amazon products. Nevertheless, this approach is risky, because it goes against Amazon’s terms of service. The online retail giant’s system is also very vigilant to o...

Looking for a Selenium proxy?

Selenium is the perfect web development and testing tool. It lets you use every major browser and access any site or service you want to test. This versatility makes Selenium indispensable for more than just testing. For example, you can use Selenium with Python to scrape websites. Of course, you will need a proxy service to not get blocked. This is why we are doing this short introduction about how a Selenium proxy network can help you.

Are there unscrapable websites?

Web scraping is a well-known technique for extracting data from various websites. The presumption is that you can scrape any data if it is publicly available. So are there any unscrapable websites? I have to share the good news with you – technically, all of them are scrapable if you know how to do it. The thing is that some are harder to crack than others. Certain webmasters can be very anxious and overly protective of their content. They try to guard it...

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