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Web Scraping Tools vs Web Scraping Services

Web Scraping Tools vs Web Scraping Services

To web scrape, or have someone else web scrape for you? That is the question… Today there are plenty of web scraping tools available for anyone to use whenever they desire to scrape data from a website. In the same breath, there are web scraping services available for hire to do the legwork for you. But, this begs the question: if you can do it yourself why on earth would you pay someone else to do it for you? Well, think of it this way: you can take your car to your local garage for an oil change, or you can do it yourself. There are advantages to both: seemingly, in the first case the key perk is skimping on time, while in the second case the main pro is saving money. Time or money? (this is a never-ending dilemma in all of life’s situations, indeed). It’s up to you which option to pick. However, there are a few other variables to consider while considering to use a web scraping tool or service. But before that, let’s have a quick look at what web scraping is and which are the ways of its use. What is web scraping and when to use it? Otherwise dubbed as web harvesting and data extraction, web scraping is the process of collecting information from the internet without the use of repetitive typing or copy-pasting. Web scraping software or tools search for the required data manually or automatically, putting together the sought-after data and storing them on your local computer. Thus, it saves you from the tedious job of manual data search, which can...
4 Questions to Consider Before Choosing a Web Scraping Company

4 Questions to Consider Before Choosing a Web Scraping Company

We’re living in an era of overflowing and chaotic data. We seem to have more on our plates nowadays than ever before in all the domains of life. However, having access to more choices is a double-edged sword. Faced with myriad options, it’s now even harder to make a decision than it was in the ‘pre-Internet’ era. This equally holds true for the practice of web data extraction. Imagine this situation: an HR professional of a major organization needs to find information about potential job candidates for a vacancy, and this is not his/her only task on the agenda. Doing it manually will mean hours (or, even days) of monotonous work in front of the computer, and…missed deadlines for other assignments. A stressful situation, indeed. The good news is that there’s an effective solution – the company can hire a web scraping company to do the job and thus save time and efforts.   For the uninitiated, web scraping may sound one of those scary tech buzzwords. But, it’s more conceivable than you think. Web scraping, sometimes called data extraction or web harvesting, is simply the process of collecting data from websites and storing it on your local database or spreadsheets. Web scraping tools come in handy not only for recruitment purposes, but also in e-commerce, marketing, weather forecasting and many other industries. In one of our previous posts, we discussed the pros and cons of using web scraping tools by yourself and hiring a data extraction service instead. Of course, for more accurate results and time saving purposes, it’s preferable to reap the results of a professional ‘web harvester’....