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THINK
AHEAD
SCRAPE.IT PRESENTS
A WHITEPAPER TO HELP YOU RETHINK
WEB SCRAPING
© Scrape.it 2015
https://scrape.it
support@sc...
Choose An Outcome
Your company needs data from API-less websites
to give you valuable insight and actionable
business deci...
Costs of Short Term Strategy
Manual Labor: Error prone, time bottleneck, unproductive and does not scale.
Outsourced Labor...
There are many web data harvesting tools in the market today but they are unable to
solve these 3 major challenges that
St...
This is an overview of our response to address the current challenges of web harvesting
and tomorrow's web.
Low Overhead: ...
Full range of customizations to suit your web data harvesting requirements:
# of Seats: The number of computers you can in...
Book a demo by filling out the form at https://scrape.it.
Email: support@scrape.it
Find Out More
© Scrape.it 2015. Website...
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Rethink Web Harvesting and Scraping

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Rethink Web Harvesting and Scraping

  1. 1. THINK AHEAD SCRAPE.IT PRESENTS A WHITEPAPER TO HELP YOU RETHINK WEB SCRAPING © Scrape.it 2015 https://scrape.it support@scrape.it © Scrape.it 2015. Website: https://scrape.it Email: support@scrape.it
  2. 2. Choose An Outcome Your company needs data from API-less websites to give you valuable insight and actionable business decisions. How you go about acquiring that data can be divided into two time sensitive categories here: short term or long term This whitepaper will identify and explain drastically different outcomes when you choose between short term strategy that comes with hidden costs which are not so apparent until time passes and how a long term strategy addresses these concerns. Long term web harvesting strategy accounts for all costs that results in positive ROI into the future. Short term web scraping strategy has hidden costs that results in negative ROI with doubts about the future. © Scrape.it 2015. Website: https://scrape.it Email: support@scrape.it
  3. 3. Costs of Short Term Strategy Manual Labor: Error prone, time bottleneck, unproductive and does not scale. Outsourced Labor: Communication bottleneck, training costs, linear costs with scale. Developers: Technical debt, developer bottleneck, costly to maintain, deploy & scale. Data as a Service: Vulnerable to the same hidden costs of Outsourced Labor. Web Data Harvesting Tool: Operating costs, limited capability, limited scalability. Conclusion: Labor intensive solutions such as Data as a Service, all suffer from the naturally limiting capabilities of human labor-slow, error prone, communication difficulties. Development incurs growing cost as a result of taking on more technical debt and deployment issues. Web Data Harvesting Tool is the most ideal solution but still suffers in the short term from operating costs, limited capability and limited scalability. These are short term web harvesting strategies that have been traditionally used in the past. They range from manual to outsourced labor, hiring developers and using tools. © Scrape.it 2015. Website: https://scrape.it Email: support@scrape.it
  4. 4. There are many web data harvesting tools in the market today but they are unable to solve these 3 major challenges that Steep Overhead: You aren't explicitly writing code but you realize that there is a steep learning curve from having to 'program' visually that lengthens your time to market and raises the cost of changes in your web harvesting needs. Limited Capabilities: You realize you can't extract data from javascript and AJAX websites because your crawler is unable to emulate a real browser. You become locked in with a vendor to make any small changes without paying a fee. Limited Scalability: Limited capability from being unable to render javascript made it easy to detect your crawler, and attempts to increase data extraction speed from a single IP address leads to a double whammy. Future is uncertain. Current Market Challenges Conclusion: The benefits of a web scraping tool is offset by hidden costs that arise in the long run. We need a long term approach that will fully address above pain points to maximize the return on investment in a web scraping tool. © Scrape.it 2015. Website: https://scrape.it Email: support@scrape.it
  5. 5. This is an overview of our response to address the current challenges of web harvesting and tomorrow's web. Low Overhead: Less steps means time saved on creating or editing a crawler for a website. Follow the wizard to create a crawler in minutes. A short live demo session is often enough to being extracting data on your own. It allows you to automate even the most complex web automation needs. Complete Capability: Imagine a robot that mimics human browsing actions on a real browser to harvest data for you. That is exactly what our servers do except faster and more accurate. You can choose to deploy it onsite as well. Infinite Scalability: Build a cluster of servers to harvest more data quickly. This network of servers allows you to extract data completely by randomizing IP addresses. Architecture For Success Conclusion: Scrape.it carries low overhead as it is accessible to a wide range of audience from less technical to highly technical employees. Our cluster of servers that can mimic human web browsing adds significant scalability and support for almost any website that can be viewed in your web browser. © Scrape.it 2015. Website: https://scrape.it Email: support@scrape.it
  6. 6. Full range of customizations to suit your web data harvesting requirements: # of Seats: The number of computers you can install the browser extension on. This includes continued updates and fixes to the Scrape.it client which is used to create crawlers. Create unlimited number of crawlers. # of Servers: A server runs your crawlers which renders websites using a real web browser. It performs human-tasks like clicking, filling forms, logging in, and extracting data but at superhuman speeds. A cluster of servers can significantly increase your data extraction speed rate. No per page billing, Unmetered. IP Rotation Rate: Each server has a unique IP address. A cluster of servers can create the desired IP rotation effect. When crawling, you will randomly get a changing IP address. This rate of IP address change can be scaled. Managed Campaigns: Fully managed data harvesting campaigns and support. Data & Development: Integrations, API development, data wrangling etc. Training: For many users, a free single live demo call is enough to immediately begin extracting data using Scrape.it. We can provide extra help. Customizable Solution © Scrape.it 2015. Website: https://scrape.it Email: support@scrape.it
  7. 7. Book a demo by filling out the form at https://scrape.it. Email: support@scrape.it Find Out More © Scrape.it 2015. Website: https://scrape.it Email: support@scrape.it

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