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What is scraping?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by LostInTheSauce, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. LostInTheSauce

    LostInTheSauce Newbie

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    Hey all,

    I've been seeing a lot of talk about 'scraping' on the forums.. But what exactly is it? From my understanding, it seems as if you're scraping data from a source .. for (x) purpose. I get what you do with the data—lead gen, etc. But.. can someone give me a more elaborate explanation as to what scraping is? Are there any legal/ethical issues that can come up with scraping ? I guess I will get my answer to the very last question with a more extensive definition of scraping. Looking forward to hearing back from the community on this. :)

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    Let's say you have a bunch of URLs (eg. 1000 soundcloud profiles) and you have a tool that's searches all those websites for email addresses. That would be scraping.
    In this case, you might want to sell a music-related service and you would send out emails to all addresses found.

    Basically harvesting a specific source for a specific type of data.
     
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  3. LostInTheSauce

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    Ahh. I see. So since all of this information is accessible by everyone, there is no legal implications, correct? Or does that depend on the tool being used/the website being scraped? Thank you for your definition. :)
     
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    Correct, most services does not like to be scraped, but it is impossible to stop and impossible to tell who is scraping.