Easily grab data from web pages

The tools you need to easily grab any content or data from any web page and organize it in a spreadsheet. Content scraping doesn't have to be sketchy or used just for blackhat techniques. It can be a really legitimate way to easily find contact information for website owners when you're doing research.

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    Scraper - a Google Chrome Extension

    Your first, and probably easiest option is to go with a Google Chrome plugin that's already created for you. It's called scraper and the extension is for getting data out of web pages and into spreadsheets. Simple enough. <br><br>Head to the page, download it, and reboot your Chrome browser. <br>To use it: highlight a part of the webpage you'd like to scrape, right-click and choose "Scrape similar...". Anything that's similar to what you highlighted will be rendered in a table ready for export, compatible with Google Doc. <br><br><br>

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    Create your own program with Google Docs to grab data

    If you don't want to use a plugin, and you want something custom and a little more robust, follow the instructions for creating your own program for data mining. Most of the hard work is done for you. You just need to put it together as you see fit. <br><br>As a disclaimer, you probably don't want to do this unless you're at least a little familiar with writing code. This is, however, pretty basic, and comes with outstanding instructions. So, if you follow them, you should be fine. <br><br><br>

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    How to Use the Scrape Similar Chrome Plugin

    This tutorial shows how you can use the Google Chrome extension, Scrape Similar and Google Advanced Search queries to find infographic submission sites to build links. It's a great example of how to quickly find content related to what you're looking for. Literally this could save you hours of work. <br><br>The Scrape Similar chrome plugin is free and probably one of the handiest plugins I've ever come across. <br>

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    Using Tools & APIs To Track Your Social Media Strategy

    This explains your options for scraping content and dating mining a little more in depth. It's more on the social media side, but you can still use the same Google Docs scripts. <br><br>Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the good info! The top few paragraphs just explain some software solutions. <br>

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    Exactly how to data mine with Google Docs

    This is a link to an AppSumo product. So, to see it, you may need to be logged in. <br><br>It's a step-by-step guides created by Tom Critchlow from Distilled. He's the one that wrote the data mining script. Basically, this is is a series of videos (it's free!) that will show you exactly what the script can do and how to easily set it up. It's worth the time to go through these (and, of course, to sign up for AppSumo. <br>

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