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How to Increase Sales with Online Reputation Management

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 stay on top. What is online reputation…

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How to Build your own Price Monitoring Tool

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. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to create your very own price monitoring tool from scratch. While I’m…

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An Introduction to XPath: How to Get Started

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. With XPath, you can extract data based on text elements’ contents, and not only on…

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How to Crawl the Web Politely with Scrapy

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. In this post we’re sharing a few tips for our platform and Scrapy users who want polite and considerate web crawlers. Whether you call them spiders, crawlers, or robots, let’s work together to create a world of Baymaxs,…

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Incremental Crawls with Scrapy and DeltaFetch

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. Scrapy is designed to be extensible and loosely coupled with its components. You can easily extend Scrapy’s functionality…

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Improving Access to Peruvian Congress Bills with Scrapy

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. However, government data is usually only available in a hard-to-digest format. In this post, we’ll show how you can use web scraping to overcome this and make government data more actionable. Congress Bills in Peru For the sake of transparency, Peruvian Congress provides a website…

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Scraping Infinite Scrolling Pages

Scraping Infinite Scrolling Pages

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. In the era of single page apps and tons of AJAX requests per page, a lot of…

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How to Debug your Scrapy Spiders

How to Debug your Scrapy Spiders

Welcome to Scrapy Tips from the Pros! Every month we release a few tricks and hacks to help speed up your web scraping and data extraction activities. As the lead Scrapy maintainers, we have 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 suggestions for future topics. Your spider isn’t working and you have no idea why. One way to quickly spot potential…

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Scrapy Tips from the Pros: March 2016 Edition

Scrapy Tips from the Pros: March 2016 Edition

Welcome to the March Edition of Scrapy Tips from the Pros! Each month we’ll release a few tips and hacks that we’ve developed to help make your Scrapy workflow go more smoothly. This month we’ll cover how to use a cookiejar with the CookiesMiddleware to get around websites that won’t allow you to crawl multiple pages at the same time using the same cookie. We’ll also share a handy tip on how to use multiple fallback XPath/CSS expressions with item loaders to…

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Migrate your Kimono Projects to Portia

Migrate your Kimono Projects to Portia

Heads up, Kimono Labs users! Today, we are releasing a tool to help you migrate your Kimono projects to Portia. All you have to do is provide your Kimono credentials and let it convert your Kimono projects into Portia projects. You will then be able to run those projects on Scrapy Cloud or on your own Portia instance, since Portia is open source. Stay tuned for the Portia 2.0 beta release coming soon! Portia 2.0 comes with a brand new user interface…

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