Although Amazon has an advertising API for their products, it doesn’t include all data points that you might need from Amazon product pages. The optimal way to extract data from amazon product pages is to employ a web scraper for the job. With web scraping, you get exactly the same data that is served to a human visitor by Amazon.
Here are some benefits of using a web scraping service to crawl Amazon products:
- Extract product details that aren’t available in the Product Advertising API
- Monitor Price, Stock count, Rating etc.
- Scrape and analyze seller details
- Extract product reviews
- Scrape best-selling products
How crawling Amazon works
Web crawling is the process of employing automated bots to visit and extract data from websites automatically. To extract data from Amazon, the data points required and category of products have to be defined first. While crawling product pages on Amazon, the common data points that can be extracted are product title, price, seller name, variant, reviews and rating etc. Next step in the process is to write a crawler program to extract the data. Setting up the crawler is a technically demanding task and requires skilled labor. When depending on a web scraping service provider like PromptCloud, these technically complex aspects are fully taken care of.
The frequency of crawls can be defined at the time of crawler setup which will decide how often you get the data. The product data crawled from Amazon can be delivered in JSON, CSV or XML formats. The delivery methods are customizable too. The choices range from PromptCloud API, Amazon S3, Dropbox or your own FTP server.
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