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5 Important Questions to Ask Before Starting Email Scraping

5 Important Questions to Ask Before Starting 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 lot of patience, time and resources; and the lure of accelerating this process can prove extremely attractive. That is probably why so many people prefer to take shorter and cheaper solution – scraping email addresses from the websites that they need. So what are some of the known methods many scrapers use to harvest email addresses? First of all not only do many scrapers harvest the data, they also buy and even trade completed email address books that they obtained through scraping; get publicly available email addresses from various sources by using harvesting bots or harvesters; use sophisticated methods like dictionary attacks that guesses email addresses based on visible usernames as well as trick people into revealing their email addresses voluntarily in exchange for a product, newsletter or gift. The above mentioned techniques come in handy when spammers harvest and use email addresses with messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages. Some people might have the notion that scraping email addresses is quite a fast and convenient way to build a contact list. On the other hand- how do you know that you are the...
4 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing a Web Scraping Company

4 Questions You Must Ask 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’....