Discover more efficient web scraping with a Proxyrack proxy

If you're web scraping without a proxy, then you're really missing out. To generate leads, beat geo-restrictions, and build an insightful database, you need a Proxyrack proxy. Let's see how Proxyrack can help you to discover more efficient scraping.

What is web scraping?

Simply put, web scraping is a process of extracting data from a website. The process involves collecting the relevant data and then exporting it into a useful format. The majority of scrapers output the data to an Excel spreadsheet or a CSV.

However, if you're using an advanced scraper, it can export the data to different formats like JSON - which can then be used for an API.

It's possible to carry out data extraction manually, but it’s very time-consuming and costly. That's why most businesses use a bot to do it for them. This automated tool mines valuable data and exports it to you.

What does web scraping do?

There are many ways scraping can be used to grow your business.

  1. Generating leads: Arguably one of the most popular and beneficial ways of using web scraping bots is for lead generation. By using these bots, you can mine high-value data from other sites in a fraction of the time it would take to manually trawl these sites.

    By deploying bots, you can precisely pinpoint and extract the contact details of your clients and potential customers. This translates to an unparalleled advantage for you - a direct doorway to reach out and engage with your target audience, as well as other businesses.

  2. Comparison sites: If you run a comparison site, web scraping is an essential part of your business. You’ll use this process to collect pricing and data from multiple sites on a daily basis. This data is then used to create comparisons between different providers of a certain service.

  3. Industry insights and statistics: Your web scraping project could be aimed at building a huge database that's relevant to your niche. You can then analyze this data to discover insights that are specific to your industry. What’s next? You can use these insights to grow your own business or even sell the data to other businesses within your industry.

    For example, say you're a shoe retailer. You could use web scraping to identify current trends in sneakers. You can then sell this information to other businesses selling shoes.

  4. Email scraping: Email scraping is an indispensable tool for building up your mailing lists. If you select the right sources, you can scrape email addresses from highly relevant sites. These lists can then be used for cold outreach, prospecting, and other marketing efforts.

Why do you need proxies for web scraping?

Both residential proxies and datacenter proxies are vital for web scraping; you’ll want your IP address to be hidden before you start the process. You also need to be able to access pools of IP addresses that can target any country you choose.

That's why Proxyrack is the ideal proxy provider for your business. We offer residential and datacenter proxies, as well as static and rotating proxies for web scraping.

Mobile proxies are also incredibly effective when used for web scraping. A mobile proxy utilizes the IP addresses of real cell phones which gives your scraping bots a very high level of anonymity.

Let's examine a few of the reasons you need to use proxies for web scraping.

1. Beat geo-restrictions

Using a datacenter or residential proxy from Proxyrack allows you to target over 140 countries where content is geo-restricted.

For example, if you're a US-based company that wants to view site content in India. Our proxy services give you access to IP addresses in India so you can collect the data you need.

2. Prevent bot blocking

Using our datacenter or residential proxies makes scraping and crawling for web data much more reliable. Assigning unique IP addresses to multiple bots makes it far less likely that your bots will be banned or blocked from a site.

3. Stop blanket IP bans

Many websites impose blanket IP bans to prevent their sites from getting overloaded with requests. A datacenter or residential proxy allows you to get around this. Proxy rotation means that you can slip through the net and escape the ban.

4. Make more requests

Datacenter and residential proxies mean your bots can make a high volume of requests to a website without the risk of getting banned.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I trial a web scraping proxy before I buy?

At Proxyrack, we're so confident in our proxies that you can try any of them out for up to 7 days before you buy. We also offer a money-back guarantee if you're dissatisfied with our proxies after you start paying for them. Check out our proxy trial offer.

Why choose Proxyrack for web scraping proxies?

Our residential rotating proxies, in particular, are the best on the market for web scraping. They allow you to target over 140 countries and unlike other proxy providers, we don't impose IP limits. Our proxies aren’t public, and you have the option to use usernames and passwords and whitelist certain IPs, so you have the freedom to control your privacy. Our tech support is second to none, so don’t worry if you’re a proxy newbie! We can help with any issues you run into, but our dashboard is intuitive and clean, even for beginners.

How many proxies are needed for scraping emails?

This depends on the scale of your project. The recommended maximum number of requests per IP hour is 500, so you’ll need to divide the number of requests per hour your bot will make by 500. Let's say your bot will be making 6,000 requests per hour to scrape emails. To avoid getting blocked, you would need to use at least 12 proxies as 6,000 requests divided by 500 requests per IP hour makes 12.

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