Scraping is the process of extracting data or information from websites and publishing it elsewhere. In most cases, this is an illegal activity if it is being done without the consent of the author or the original source. Typically, content scrapers steal the entire content from websites or mobile applications and publish it to their credit. Manually scraping content by copying and pasting is possible, but it’s laborious and mundane to be done by a human. So, scrapers write sophisticated programs or bot to perform this highly repetitive task.
Following are the types of online businesses targeted by content scrapers:
- Online Media
- Blogs, Review Sites
- Fresh listings on classified directories, job portals, and property websites
- Educational content
- Financial information sites