Before we move on to the use of web scraping tools let’s first know what actually web scraping means.
According to Wikipedia web scraping is defined as:
“Web scraping (web harvesting or web data extraction) is data scraping used for extracting data from websites. Web scraping software may access the World Wide Web directly using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol or through a web browser. While web scraping can be done manually by a software user, the term typically refers to automated processes implemented using a bot or web crawler. It is a form of copying, in which specific data is gathered and copied from the web, typically into a central local database or spreadsheet, for later retrieval or analysis.”
Hope the above definition was clear to you. Now let’s move on to the content.
The web scraping tools are developed specifically for the purpose of extracting data and information from websites. And to be very frank without web scraping Internet wouldn’t exist. And this is so because the major search engines depend on these web scraper so that they can grab the content to include them in their own index. And these tools are making search engines feasible.
These tools are also called as website data extraction tools or website harvesting tools. We can consider web scraping as a new technique to enter data which doesn’t require copy-pasting or any kind of repetitive typing.
These software search for all latest data automatically and store them for easy use. For an example, you can collect all the information about any product from Amazon with the help of scraping tools.
Now let’s see where one can use the web scraping tools.
Cases where web scraping tool is used
These tools are used for infinite purposes but here in this blog post, I would like to discuss some common cases where it is used generally.
1. Assemble data for the market research
The web scraping tools allow you to keep those data side by side for which your industry or company is looking forward in the next 6 months. And this is providing its service as the powerful market research tools. These scraping tools can retrieve data from various market analysis firms and analytics providers. And then it is stabilized at one spot for easy analysis and references.
2. Extract contact information
These web scraping tools are also used to extract contact information such as phone numbers and emails from different websites. Thus one is able to have all the list of manufacturers, suppliers and other people who are having the same business interest. Not only this you are also able to get their respective addresses.
3. Use StackOverflow to download solutions
These scraping tools are also able to save any data for the offline storage or reading which are collected from different sites. These sites include Q & A websites, StackOverflow and much more. So with this, there is no need to depend on the active internet connections as one can go through the downloading process and use them without any active internet connection.
4. Search for candidates or jobs
Well, if anyone is looking for more job seekers who are searching for any particular job or candidates to accompany their team then these tools can be helpful for them. It can be collect data effortlessly according to the required filters.
5. Record prices of various markets
If you love to shop online then you would definitely require this web scraping tools as it helps you to track prices of products actively that too from different online stores and markets.
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