If you want to pull data from different web pages, social media sites, and personal blogs, you would have to learn some programming languages such as C++ and Python. Recently, we have seen various well-versed content theft cases on the Internet, and most of these cases involved content scraping tools and automated commands. For Windows and Linux users, numerous web scraping tools have been developed that ease their work to an extent. Some people, however, prefer scraping content manually, but it is a bit time-taking.
Here we have discussed 3 easy steps to scrape web content in less than 60 seconds.
All a malicious user should do is:
1. Access an online tool:
You may try any famous online web scraping program such as Extracty, Import.io, and Portia by Scrapinghub. Import.io has claimed to scrape over 4 million web pages on the Internet. It can provide efficient and meaningful data and is useful for all businesses, from startups to large enterprises and famous brands. Moreover, this tool is great for independent educators, charitable organizations, journalists, and programmers. Import.io is known to deliver the SaaS product that enables us to convert web content into readable and well-structured information. Its machine learning technology makes import.io the prior choice of both coders and non-coders.
On the other hand, Extracty transforms web content into useful data without any need of codes. It lets you process thousands of URLs concurrently or on the schedule. You can get access to hundreds to thousands of rows of data using Extracty. This web scraping program makes your work easier and faster and runs entirely on a cloud system.
Portia by Scrapinghub is yet another outstanding web scraping tool that makes your work easy and extracts data in your desirable formats. Portia lets us collect information from different websites and doesn't need any programming knowledge. You can create the template by clicking on the elements or pages you would like to extract, and Portia will create its spider that will not only extract your data but also will crawl your web content.
2. Enter the competitor's URL:
Once you have selected a desired web scraping service, the next step is to enter your competitor's URL and start running your scraper. Some of these tools will scrape your entire website within a couple of seconds, while the others will partially extract content for you.
3. Export your scraped data:
Once the desired data is obtained, the final step is to export your scraped data. There are some ways you can export the extracted data. The web scrapers create information in the forms of tables, lists, and patterns, making it easy for the users to download or export the desired files. Two most supportive formats are CSV and JSON. Almost all content scraping services support these formats. It is possible for us to run our scraper and store the data by setting the filename and selecting the desired format. We can also use the Item Pipeline option of import.io, Extracty and Portia to set the outputs in the pipeline and get structured CSV and JSON files while the scraping is being done.