There are many scenarios where fresh and updated data is necessary at all times for the smooth running of a business. Whenever a website has to rely upon a third party source for displaying content in any form to its users, there is a risk of having broken links. When a user clicks on something displayed on your site, it should always lead them to what they expect. When this doesn’t happen, it could cost your business a never returning customer.
Live crawl can be a life-saver in such situations. Sometimes, you don’t require all the data from a particular source, yet want to fetch the specified data upon a user’s request. This is where you can use live crawl. Live crawl can be extremely useful if you own something like a classifieds site where users enter search queries for their desired items. In this case, you could use live crawl to fetch data from your pre-defined sources in real time as the user searches for something.
How we do Live Crawls
Live crawl is not very different from our regular web crawling services. The only difference here is that the frequency of crawling is real-time. The list of source websites and your desired schema is fed into the crawler in advance so that it can perform real time crawls. Every time users make a search query on your website, it hits our dedicated API that returns specific results for the entered query.
When to you use Live Crawls
If your data sources are highly dynamic in nature and you require the data to be shown to your users instead of using it for analytics purposes, live crawl is the way to go. This is mostly the case with content aggregators like Job sites, Classifieds sites, Affiliate sites and Re-commerce websites. If your business belongs to this category, live crawl could save you some unnecessary headache of dealing with redundant data.
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