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Smart Ways of Image Scraping for Web Harvesters

February 27, 2017 by Datahen |

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Gone are those days when a picture was worth a thousand words. Now a picture is worth a few hundreds of likes, thumbs up, tweets and shares. And the more- the better. People generally are extremely protective about finding their images used online without a permission.

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4 Factors to Remember Before Scraping News Websites

February 27, 2017 by Datahen |

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In our increasingly digital age, more and more businesses are conducted online. Oftentimes, a company’s website is the main conduit through which consumers keep contact with the company. This is especially true for news websites, as it’s an area that was digitized the most in the past years. The decline in print sales and advertising has put a significant pressure on news groups and companies to try and find new sources of income. The initial spike of incoming revenues from digital...

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The Ins and Outs of Social Media Data Scraping

February 27, 2017 by Datahen |

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It is no news to many companies looking to increase their leads and customers, find documents they need for research, or even monitor competition in their field, that data scraping is one of the most effective ways to get otherwise tricky, voluminous, or sometimes hidden data into your hands for whatever purposes, be it personal or business. Using certain scraping companies, it is as easy as entering a few data queries and in a matter of hours or days, BOOM, you have all of the pertinent...

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Web Scraping for Monitoring E-commerce Websites

January 27, 2017 by Datahen |

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Some call it theft, others call it legitimately gathering business intelligence - and everyone is doing it.

In the age of Big Data; companies realize its value in the e-commerce business. Data points like pricing, product IDs, images, product specifications, brand and many more are extremely useful for a variety of purposes, but at the same time-hard to get. Product data feeds from e-commerce sites are used to gain a competitive advantage over other suppliers. It is one of the most reliable...

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Top 10 Free Data Scraping Tools

January 27, 2017 by Datahen |

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Scraping or getting information from a website is a technique employed by a number of companies and organizations that wish to collect a large volume of data on a certain subject. Learning the mechanics of web scraping tools is quite a complicated process. Data is usually harvested from a specific website using browser plugins, HTTP, python scripts or other custom built methods like a crawler or a bot.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Starting Email Scraping

January 19, 2017 by Datahen |

email scraping

In today’s email marketing world one of your most important and valuable assets is your mailing list. When you have a valid list of subscribers who are determined to buy your products and learn about your business, growing, expanding and prospering becomes easy. Once that list is established, adding to it should be a relatively simple matter. However, creating an entire mailing list from start to end is much more challenging. Why is it so hard? Simply put, it’s because doing so requires a...

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4 Questions to Consider Before Choosing a Web Scraping Company

November 10, 2016 by Datahen |

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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.  

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Web Scraping Tools vs Web Scraping Services

November 10, 2016 by Datahen |

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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?

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Legal and Ethical Aspects of Data Scraping

October 19, 2016 by Datahen |

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If you do a Google search for “data scraping ethics” you get almost 270K results returned. The topic itself is rife with debate on both sides, for and against data scraping practices.

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7 Cases When Data Scraping Will Let You Get Data 100 Times Faster

October 17, 2016 by Datahen |

How-Tos

Imagine that you need to know what time it is, but you do not have a watch and there is no clock on the wall. You have an appointment at 13:00.

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