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St Patrick’s Day Special: Finding Dublin’s Best Pint of Guinness With Web Scraping

St Patrick’s Day Special: Finding Dublin’s Best Pint of Guinness With Web Scraping

At Scrapinghub we are known for our ability to help companies make mission critical business decisions through the use of web scraped data.

But for anyone who enjoys a freshly poured pint of stout, there is one mission critical question that creates a debate like no other…

“Who serves the best pint of Guinness?”

A Sneak Peek Inside Crawlera: The World’s Smartest Web Scraping Proxy Network

“How does Scrapinghub Crawlera work?” is the most common question we get asked from customers who after struggling for months (or years) with constant proxy issues, only to have them disappear completely when they switch to Crawlera. 

Today we’re going to give you a behind the scenes look at Crawlera so you can see for yourself why it is the world’s smartest web scraping proxy network and the...

Why We Created Crawlera? The World’s Smartest Web Scraping Proxy Network

Let’s face it, managing your proxy pool can be an absolute pain and the biggest bottleneck to the reliability of your web scraping! 

Nothing annoys developers more than crawlers failing because their proxies are continuously being banned.

Scraping the Steam Game Store with Scrapy

This is a guest post from the folks over at Intoli, one of the awesome companies providing Scrapy commercial support and longtime Scrapy fans.

How to Increase Sales with Online Reputation Management

One negative review can cost your business up to 22% of its prospects. This was one of the sobering findings in a study highlighted on Moz last year. With over half of shoppers rating reviews as important in their buying decision, no company large or small can afford to ignore stats like these - let alone the reviews themselves. In what follows I'll let you in on how web scraping can help you...

How to Build your own Price Monitoring Tool

Computers are great at repetitive tasks. They don't get distracted, bored, or tired. Automation is how you should be approaching tedious tasks that are absolutely essential to becoming a successful business or when carrying out mundane responsibilities. Price monitoring, for example, is a practice that every company should be doing, and is a task that readily lends itself to automation.

An Introduction to XPath: How to Get Started

XPath is a powerful language that is often used for scraping the web. It allows you to select nodes or compute values from an XML or HTML document and is actually one of the languages that you can use to extract web data using Scrapy. The other is CSS and while CSS selectors are a popular choice, XPath can actually allow you to do more.

How to Crawl the Web Politely with Scrapy

The first rule of web crawling is you do not harm the website. The second rule of web crawling is you do NOT harm the website. We’re supporters of the democratization of web data, but not at the expense of the website’s owners.

Incremental Crawls with Scrapy and DeltaFetch

Welcome to Scrapy Tips from the Pros! In this monthly column, we share a few tricks and hacks to help speed up your web scraping activities. As the lead Scrapy maintainers, we’ve run into every obstacle you can imagine so don’t worry, you’re in great hands. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any suggestions for future topics.

Improving Access to Peruvian Congress Bills with Scrapy

Many governments worldwide have laws enforcing them to publish their expenses, contracts, decisions, and so forth, on the web. This is so the general public can monitor what their representatives are doing on their behalf.