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 gain traffic. Manually scraping content by copying and pasting is possible, but it’s a laborious chore. Hence scrapers deploy sophisticated bots to perform this highly repetitive task.
Types of online businesses targeted by content scrapers:
- Online media
- Blogs, review sites
- Online classifieds, job portals, and property websites
- Educational platforms
- Financial services