In the digital era we live in, information has become a valuable currency. In an increasingly connected world, data plays a crucial role in decision-making, research, analysis, and business strategy development. However, with the vast amount of information available on the internet, manual data collection is a challenging and time-consuming task. This is where data crawling technology comes into play, offering an automated and efficient solution for extracting information from web pages.
What is web crawling and how does it work?
Web crawling is the automated process by which a software bot, also known as a crawler or spider, navigates through web pages and extracts relevant information. This bot usually starts from a starting page or a list of URLs and then follows links to reach other pages. As it explores the pages, the bot extracts and stores desired data, such as text, images, links, tables, or any other specified content.
Uses of data crawling:
- Market research and analysis: Web crawling can be used to monitor competitor prices and product availability to adjust your sales strategies accordingly.
- Price and market trend monitoring: Crawlers can collect data about product prices on competitor websites, providing valuable information for business decision-making.
- Product information retrieval (titles, codes, manufacturers, descriptions, attributes, images) for rapid and cost-effective population of online stores.
Before initiating data retrieval from the online environment, it is essential to verify the target sites since not all websites permit crawling. The costs of data collection through this method depend on the complexity and quantity of the collected information, as well as the desired frequency. Initial data collection involves creating specific crawling scripts for each target site, which makes it more time-consuming and costly than subsequent collections.
The results of data collection can be provided to the client in Excel format, as a relational database, or as a product feed, depending on the purpose of the collection. For a concrete offer, we invite you to contact us and provide more details about your project.