Scraping, harvesting, or extracting is a process of getting all the information from some public site. It automates manual exporting of the data.
The scraping and extracting of public data is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that automated scraping of publicly accessible data does not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Although, You should seek the counsel of an attorney on your specific matter to comply with the laws in your jurisdiction.
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We’re extracting only publicly available data, and the scraper works as a browser for data scientist, developers, and marketers. The mechanism to guarantee PII-free data is to select what columns you want to return.
Payments & Subscriptions
Free Tier is the amount of usage you can use for free each month. For example, some product X has a Free Tier with 500 requests per month. This means any usage of the product below 500 requests during a month will be for free.
When a subscription will be finalized you will receive an invoice for the usage of the services during the subscription period. In case you’re not able to make a payment within 3 days the system will try to charge you automatically.
Once you have some usage you can see the upcoming invoice on the Profile Page. Once you have the amount due, you can generate the invoice manually by clicking “Generate Invoice” or it will be generated automatically within 30 days.
Once you add credits to your account (prepaid option) you will receive the receipt for the transaction by email. Invoices with the usages of specific services will be generated after each billing period (30 days). Alternatively, once you have the amount due, you can generate the invoice manually by clicking “Generate Invoice” on the Profile Page.
What if I add $10 credits to my account (prepaid option) and create a task that should cost $20. Can I pay later and access the task results?
Yes. Outscraper will charge your account balance for $10 and issue an additional invoice with the amount due.
Google Maps Scraper
Sometimes Google adds other categories to your searches. For example, when you search for restaurants you might see bars, coffee shops, or even hotels. This might lead to irrelevant data, especially when you are using some minor categories like swimming pools. Outscraper provides you with two tools that you can use to eliminate those categories.
- exact match” checkbox. The parameter specifies whether to return only the categories you selected or everything that Google shows. Make sure you are using the right categories by opening similar places on google and checking the category. Use the “
- Filter results by applying Filters to the subtypes column. Such filters can eliminate all the irrelevant data and return you only what you need. To avoid empty results, make sure you are familiar with the values of the fields before using the Filters.
There are some cases when predefined locations or/and categories aren’t enough. Use “Custom locations” or/and “Custom categories” options to insert the categories or/and locations you need.
There is a limitation from Google Maps that shows only up to 400-500 places per one query search. This may be a problem when there are more companies in one category. For example, for query “restaurants, Brooklyn”. To overcome this we suggest splitting the location into sub-locations. For example, by using postal codes: ”restaurants, Brooklyn 11203”, ”restaurants, Brooklyn 11211”, ”restaurants, Brooklyn 11215”, … Or using queries with sub-categories: “Asian restaurants, Brooklyn”, “Italian restaurants, Brooklyn”, “Mexican restaurants, Brooklyn”, …
Check “Use queries” switcher and enter the queries.
To force Google to search for particular companies only, enclose the term between quotation marks ” “. The ” “ operator is typically used around stop words (words that Google would otherwise ignore) or when you want Google to return only those pages that match your search terms exactly.
After clicking the button “Extract data…” you will see the task estimate and the queries. It’s recommended to click and open a few queries to check how it looks on Google Maps site.
There are two things you should follow to control the expected number of results. 1. Organizations per query limit – the limit of organizations to take from one query. 2. Number of queries – the amount of search queries you’re going to make. There are 6 queries the bot will make to extract the data from 2 categories and 3 locations. Therefore, the resulting amount will be no more than 480 organizations (limit of 80 * 6 queries).
You can remove duplicates in one task by selecting the “Drop duplicates” checkbox.
Yes, you can drop duplicates by using “Drop duplicates” checkbox (advanced parameters). Alternatively, you can drop it by yourself by using “google_id” or “place_id” fields as unique identifiers for a place.
The exact number of results will be known only after the extraction. You can use “Total places limit” to limit the final amount of results scraped.
Yes. You can use the following link as a query “https://firstname.lastname@example.org,2.1718413,17z” where you can specify a query (real+estate+agency), the coordinates (41.4034,2.1718413) and zoom level (17z). You can find these values while visiting Google Maps. Alternatively, you can use the “coordinates” parameter if you are using API.
You will pay only for the results you extracted no matter how many queries.
No. There is no public information about emails connected with the listing on Google Maps. Outscraper uses external souses to find those emails.
Yes. You can use filters from the advanced parameters with the following operator.