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Tips and tricks for web scraping and data extraction

A guide to the most interesting software and add ons to start learning about web data extraction
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What Will I Learn?
Extract data from a lot of websites
Scrape data from hard websites
Extracting user comments from Amazon, Youtube, IMDB, Facebook and Disqus
Anonymize your search
Extracting data from Twitter
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  • A PC, an ADSL. If Mac or Linux users a virtual machine (a lot of software are only for Windows)

Attention please, the course will be completely reviewed in the next weeks! If you want to buy it, please, come back or be patient! Thanks :)

This course has been designed to provide the basics of web scraping and data extraction. You will find a lot of techniques for the data mining, from the single page extraction, to the most complex techniques like the creation of a crawler for the research.

Some sections are also focused to software tailored for extracting:

- images

- geolocated data

- SEO data

- users comments

You will also discover how to anonymize your extractions to prevent a block or a temporary ban.

No programming knowledge is required, all the software are really easy to use.

You will find many examples of data mining in the field of marketing and SEO and all the advice about the best software to "tame" difficult sites.

PS: some tutorial are about paid softwares. I have no agreement with the software house producing it, I just use them in my work. When it's possible I will use free software.

The course is now updated to the new Importio API.

Who is the target audience?
  • People that love challenges
  • Students that want to learn more about scraping
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 32 Lectures Collapse All 32 Lectures 01:56:45
1 Lecture 04:49

An introduction lecture to the website scraping.

Preview 04:49
The easiest tools to extract a single page from web
4 Lectures 07:32

Some tools to screen scrape a single page: awesomescreenshot

Preview 02:33

Some tools to screen scrape a single page: url2png

Preview 00:51

Some tools to screen scrape a single page: printfriendly

Preview 01:27

Let's start with a plugin for data extraction: Convextra. It works with browsers like Chrome and Firefox

Preview 02:41
How to extract data by
7 Lectures 33:04

First steps on Import


How to install one of the best web scrapers: Importio

How to install

How to create an extractor for mining website through Import

Magic tool

Setting an extractor manually with Import

Setting an extractor

Create a crawler for mining and crawl a product page

How to create a crawler

Scraping a website with Import through the connector

How to create a connector

How to extract data from multiple links

Bulk link on Import
How to import data on Google Drive and extract tables
2 Lectures 14:06

Extract some data with Google Spreadsheet


Google Drive: IMPORTXML
How to extract data from Twitter
5 Lectures 15:46

How to register a twitter app

How to create a Twitter App

The scraping tool to extract data from Twitter

How to extract Tweets with TAGS

In this lesson, we will learn how extracting tweets from TAGS and Google Sheets

Extract tweets with Twitter Quick Extractor

Software for tweets extraction

Bonus lecture - 1
1 page

Ho to mine tweeters automatically

How to extract Tweeters
Scraping for SEO and Marketing
3 Lectures 18:30

Scrape box for keyword analysis

Scrapebox for keyword extraction and analysis

Extract data from Yellow pages - with Datatool

Extract data from Yellow pages - with Import
Sezione 8: Other tools
4 Lectures 12:41



File download with Downthemall
Tools to automate some data extraction
5 Lectures 08:14
Some tools to automate data extraction

Extracting data from Ebay

From Etsy

Geolocated images from Instagram

From a RSS feed
1 Lecture 01:03
About the Instructor
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Marketing Strategist and Data Analyst

I'm a computer geek, data mining and research passionate, with a Ph.D in communication and complex systems and years of experience in teaching in Universities in Italy, France and Morocco, and online, of course!

I work as consultant in the field of data mining and machine learning and I like writing about new technologies and data mining.

I spent the last 9 years working as freelance and researcher in the field of social media analysis, benchmark analysis and web scraping for database building, in particular in the field of buzz analysis and sentiment analysis for universities, startups and web agencies across UK, France, US and Italy.

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