Ecommerce websites are a goldmine of product data. Whether you are planning to build a price comparison website, trying to outrun your competitors with pricing intelligence or looking to do some market research, data from Ecommerce sites can provide it all. If you have a list of SKUs (Stock keeping unit) that you want to scrape from Ecommerce sites, you are at the right place. Our dedicated web scraping solutions can help you extract product details for your SKUs. Here is a brief overview of how it works.
The crawler setup
Once our team gets your requirement details like the list of SKUs, source website URLs, data points and frequency of crawl, we start building a custom web crawler tailored to this requirement. Data points associated with product details include product names, price, colour, reviews and ratings, seller name, product id, images and much more. Setting up the crawler is by far the most complicated task in web crawling and it takes anywhere between 1 to 2 days. Once the crawler setup is complete, the data starts flowing in which we save to a dump file. This initial data is not ready for consumption just yet. Since this data might contain noise (unwanted html elements and text that got scraped with data), it needs to go through a cleansing procedure. We do this by running the data through a cleansing system that takes care of this. After this, the data is formatted to make it machine readable. The output data is perfectly compatible with analytics systems and databases after this point. We provide the data in multiple formats like JSON, XML and CSV. Data can be delivered via the PromptCloud API and pushed to Amazon S3, FTP or dropbox depending upon your preferences.
Monitoring and maintenance
Since the web is ever changing, it’s practically not feasible to develop a crawler that will work forever. Websites on the internet keep updating their structure and design that might make the crawlers stop working. To counter this problem, we have a dedicated setup that monitors all our target websites for changes. If changes are detected, it will send out alerts that help us promptly update our crawler programs.
With PromptCloud, you get the data that you want without having to be involved in any of the technically complicated processes going on behind the scenes. Our DaaS platform is the perfect fit for any company that wants to focus on the core business without having to worry about recurring web data acquisition.