Web crawling is the process of searching and indexing data from the web, usually done at a large scale. Initially, crawling was done only by the major search engines of the world. But this has changed with the advent of custom web crawling service companies such as PromptCloud.
The data that is collected in the web crawling stage is often in an unstructured form, usually in XML, CSV or JSON formats. Deriving insights from such ‘raw’ data is called data mining.
As web crawling is the first step in the overall data analytics process, it’s necessary to ensure the highest quality standards at this stage as the usability of data mining heavily depends on crawls.
A professional web scraping service can ensure that you have access to the highest quality data and don’t even have to spend considerable resources in trying to build such expertise in-house. Such a setup lets companies focus on the core areas of their businesses and develop a competitive advantage in areas that matter by building specialization.
The last piece in the data mining puzzle is extracting and structuring data crawled from multiple websites. The most important factor in extraction is that you need to deal with irregular mark ups and tackling web page errors. Another major challenge is crawling data spread in different languages and retaining the encoding formats as-is. Years of crawling experience have made us specialists in crawling web data from any web-based source in any language. We ensure 99.9% quality and reliability of the service to provide data that can be used for deriving actionable insights that fuel your business objectives.