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Scraping Yellow Pages for An Up-to-Date Database

Scraping Yellow Pages for An Up-to-Date Database

Yellow pages directories are one of the most popular online directories that give great visibility for your online business and facilitate the process of finding new customers, as well as, boost sales engagements and generate leads. If you are looking for a business or a company your first instinct must be conducting a Google search instead of consulting online directories, if so, then why are yellow pages so popular if no one ever uses them? The thing is that Google uses yellow pages to “verify” businesses for local search. Your local listing on Google Maps, Yahoo and Bing Local is used to indicate that you are who you claim to be. Now, it makes a lot of sense that companies pay to be listed in yellow pages. And because of that, it is not uncommon for web harvesters to be asked to crawl those pages and provide organized and useful information to clients. But, first things first: let’s define what data scraping is and what it can achieve. As previously underlined, data or web scraping is a software technique designed to extract information from the Internet. This method locates and collects targeted, usually unstructured, data stored in HTML and transforms it into a manageable form. Data scraping simplifies the process of acquiring information at scale and allows you to take only what you need, without spending hours on checking each web page manually. In other words, from Google Chrome extension to various applications, data scraping will be of use in any field, as comprehensive data collection is required in all kinds of research. In this age of information explosion, it is extremely...
2 Proven Benefits of Data Scraping for Amateur Journalists

2 Proven Benefits of Data Scraping for Amateur Journalists

One of the most interesting areas to develop recently in journalism is data journalism – that is using data to tell stories. Weather it is large data or graphs or info graphs, using it can add life and credibility to your journalistic pieces. Journalism is an extremely data-driven industry. You could be doing a research on school food quality or animal rights protection, or trying to unfold the truth about corruption among tax inspectors. Regardless of the topic, any journalist meets the same obstacle – trouble with access to information. How to get the data? This is the question that every amateur journalist asks to himself/herself at the start of a project. We present 2 options to do so:         Spend many man hours browsing the internet and hand copy-pasting the data needed followed by another chunk of valuable time making sense of the data obtained and trying to save it in a desired format         Get the data in the format you need with a web scraper Now you get the picture on why fewer and fewer people choose the first method and turn to data harvesting services or use online tools to do it themselves. Which brings us to our first proven benefit. 1. Being able to save valuable time People in general are in constant struggle to save time, to do things more proactively but faster and when there is an opportunity to do something 10 times more effectively you are going to take it no matter what. When it comes to journalism this couldn’t be any more relevant. The industry is hectic, things, stories change their validity at a...
2 Solid Reasons to Use Data Scraping for Your Educational Purposes

2 Solid Reasons to Use Data Scraping for Your Educational Purposes

Don’t tell me you never had the fantasy of just having every material   that you could use for your studies ready and waiting for you! I know I had. But when I was at college the idea was just a dream that I never thought would come true. Now it is very real and available for everyone out there, especially for ever-busy students. In the current world of information technology where new products and services pop out every week the necessity to be up-to-date with the Big Data becomes as urgent as ever and many people are relying on the Internet for crucial information on almost every important decision in their lives. As such, data scraping services have become very important to many people and institutions as a way of obtaining information for reasons they see fit: as a matter of fact, web scraping advances your research in three crucial ways: it covers as much data as possible, does it quickly and hands it to you in an organized format. But in case you skipped “scraping 101”, let’s go through its essence and functionality once again. Web scraping is the process of taking unstructured information from web pages and turning it into structured information that can be used in a subsequent stage of analysis: this is the shortest way to put it and it’s as simple as it gets. However, in order to be able to use this technique to benefit in your educational research you will need to learn quite a lot to understand the language the web pages are written in and take some steps in programming...
2 Ways Data Scraping Is Transforming the Real Estate Industry

2 Ways Data Scraping Is Transforming the Real Estate Industry

Online presence is increasingly becoming one of the most important things for any business nowadays. The reason for it is that business markets everywhere are ultra-competitive and if you want your company to succeed in the ocean of companies providing same or similar services you need to have better and more efficient online presence which is capable of presenting competitive prices, better service and more reliable information on the specific industry. In this and many other ways real estate business is one of the most competitive businesses out there. And it makes a lot of sense really: every region has a considerable number of real estate companies all competing for the valuable place in the market. If your objective is to secure the biggest and juiciest part for your company, you’re going to have to provide the 2 necessary “Q”s: Quality and Quantity of information. First of all, what information do you need in order to have your real estate company function properly?         Real estate listing         Buildings details         Buyer and seller profiles         Details on reputable real estate agents Having all these will ensure you have good quality and quantity of information and help you create your own database in your company’s website. In addition to that, it will also enable your company to make more informed decisions and set your business on the right track. The other question is “how can you obtain the abovementioned relevant information for your company”? The easy way will be to start extracting data from the net yourself or to hire a third-party service that will lift the heavy burden from your shoulders. It...
3 Tips on Wisely Using Data Scraping for Travel Agencies

3 Tips on Wisely Using Data Scraping for Travel Agencies

As we have already covered previously, web scraping, in general, 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 last for hours and even days, and provides easy access to the data found. Considering how much valuable data there is in travel/airline industry and how profitable it can be to just use an existing database without having to get in the trouble of creating it yourself – data scraping is a godsend tool for travel agencies. Today, everyone is aware of the existence of data scraping in the travel industry but very few people actually know details like how, exactly, web scraping happens? To what extent is it effective? What areas can you cover without risking to breach legal rules? The travel industry is the third most likely business sector to be scrapped, after online directories and classified advertisers. Travel listings scraped from different travel sites can be aggregated for many uses. Since web data scraping has become so popular recently, the benefits and challenges of the practice are more and more relevant to everyone in the industry. The most interesting thing is that over 30% of people who visit travel industry websites are web scrapers. What’s so special about travel agencies and why are they a subject to such growing interest? What steps can you take in order to benefit...