How to Scrape Data from an eCommerce Website
Scraping data from a website is a common practice when you need to extract a large amount of data. But scraping eCommerce websites has certain peculiarities. Products might have a number of specific fields like UPC code, SKU, etc. There might be product variations (like options available in the drop-down) that are actually separate products that must be extracted accordingly.
Below you will find an instruction on how to scrape data from a website through an eScraper data extraction service.
Steps to scrape data from a website with eScraper
- Provide a website link
- List the data that you want to extract
- Specify your target platform (where you want to import the data to)
- Get a sample free file and a quote for the full data extraction
- Get the entire data ready for import
- Update product information on a schedule
1. Pinpoint a source website
To scrape data from a stand-alone website, copy its URL and paste it into the free scrape form.
If you want to scrape data from a store hosted on Amazon, eBay, or Facebook, copy the URL of this specific store or seller. In case a website’s content is available by a login, provide еру website’s link and login details.
2. List the data that you want to extract
Most probably, you’ll want to extract the following data:
- Categories with subcategories
- Product names
- Product description and short description
- Product variations
- Images of categories, products, and variations
- Reviews with ratings
- Website data in other languages
- Product codes (SKU, UPS, EAN), etc.
Specify if the website you want to scrape has any peculiarities that must be taken into account. For example, there can be variations with their own SKUs, descriptions, and images.
3. Specify your target platform (where you want to import data to)
We can put the extracted data as is and provide it in a simple CSV or Excel file. Also, you can request a file to be compatible with your target platform. For instance, you can order a file for WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento, or Prestashop platform. You’ll get data in the format ready to be imported directly through the store back office. Watch the video below to see how it works:
4. Get a sample free file and a quote for the full data extraction
A sample file with 100 rows will be sent to your email within 24 business hours. You will have an opportunity to review it, import it to your target platform to check how the data looks. If you spot that some data is missing, we’ll ask you to take a screenshot of this data on the source website. If you want to split or merge some columns, tell us what exactly data must be edited.
Also, along with the test file, you’ll receive a quote for the entire data. How the price is calculated? The price is based on the number of lines in the result file. Thus, if a product has 7 variations, there will be 8 lines in the file: 1 parent product and 7 variations. Having received a quote, you’ll be able to pick an appropriate pricing plan.
5. Get the entire data ready for import
When you’re completely satisfied with the file structure, you can proceed with the payment and get the entire data. If you ordered the file in a certain format for import, you’ll be able to upload it directly without any adjustments.
6. Update product information on a schedule
If you need to get the latest data from the website scraped before or update product listings in the future (price, quantity, availability) you can order the update service. Subsequent scraping of the same website would cost less than initial scraping.