HOW TO SCRAPE GOOGLE MAPS TRAFFIC WITH OUTSCRAPER?
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Creating an Account
When signing up, you only need to enter the email address you want to use for your account. If desired, it is also possible to sign up using your Google, Facebook or LinkedIn accounts.
Confirm Your Email
You will be sent an email from Outscraper’s website to confirm your email address. Click the link in the email to complete the registration process.
CREATING TASKS AND PARAMETERS
Start with selecting Google Services>Traffic service from the left panel and open the Google Maps Traffic Scraper service.
There are only 5 essential parameters that should be defined to create a task.
Determine Start and End Points
Start - Stop Locations
Google Maps Traffic Scraper needs a start and end point to work. You can use any expression that works in Google Maps to specify these start and end points. Coordinates can be used, textual descriptions can also be used.
Here’s an example of textual description for start-stop locations:
And an example of coordinates usage for start-stop locations:
As is seen traffic data can be extracted between two points, both as a textual expression and by entering the coordinates. You can crawl multiple points for the same parameters in the same task.
Google-like Plain Queries
You can use anything that will work on Google Maps site also in here. The most important aspect of using this feature is that it provides convenience when creating task with too many start-stop points. You can scrape all points by typing Queries, Coordinates or Places under each other in one task.
It is necessary to determine the time frame in which you will scrape your start – stop locations. The point you should pay attention to is that the time zone is UTC. If you are going to make an analysis according to your own time zone, you should definitely keep this in mind. Check your own time zone and UTC here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/timezone/utc
You can scrape historical Google Maps Traffic data up to 2005 as it varies from region to region.
Time Interval (Min)
One request equals to the data for a specific route and specific time. For example if you set time interval as 5 minutes, the bot will make 12 requests to extract data from “Intersection of 19th Ave and Santiago St” to “Intersection of 19th Ave and Irving St” with 5 minutes interval during a hour.
You can choose between XLSX, CSV or Parquet file types, whichever is appropriate for your project.
Task tags make tracking easy.
We recommend that you check all parameters one last time before confirming your task.
Confirm Your Task
A pop-up will appear when you press the scrape traffic button. You will be shown a preview in this pop-up. Rough estimates of records and time estimation are shown.
If you click on the link shown for the preview, you can see the route directly on Google Maps.
The task will be started and sent by pressing the Confirm button.
Track Your Task's Progress
Download Your Result File
The task results of all services can be downloaded from this page. You can find and quickly download the task you have created.
All results are stored on servers for 30 days only. We recommend that you keep the Result files on your own disk for long periods of time.
Review Your Result File
The result files that you have downloaded as XLSX file type can be reviewed with a spreadsheet viewer.
Pricing Page And Cost Calculator
There is no monthly subscription fee in Outscraper. You only pay for what you use.
Please visit our pricing page for pricing details on our Google Maps Traffic scraping service.
Pricing Page: https://outscraper.com/pricing
There are 3 different tiers for pricing. These are Free Tier, Medium Tier and Business Tier. Pricing for these tiers can be checked on the pricing page.
Dashboard's Service Pricing Tool
After registration, the “Service pricing” tool can help you with pricing on the Google Maps Traffic Scraper service page on the Outscraper App Dashboard.
Service pricing tool will be opened on the right.
Enjoy a certain amount of free tier credits each month in Outscraper. These credits are renewed monthly as shown on the pricing page.
You can check how many free credits you have for a particular service on the pricing page.
You can use the prepaid payment method by adding credit, or you can add your credit card and make your payment postpaid at the end of your billing period.
Please visit the billing Information page to determine your payment method.
Prepaid - Add Credit
Add credits to your account in order to start using Outscraper. The minimum limit is 10 USD. Add as many credits as you want and spend them whenever you want.
Credits can be added by credit card, cryptocurrency and PayPal.
Postpaid - Add Credit Card
In the prepaid method, you pay first and then use it, but in the postpaid method, you provide a credit card and you start using it. You will make the payment when your billing period is over.
Information about the billing period’s start and end dates can be found on the profile page. You can also track the amount of the upcoming invoice from there. If you wish you can generate the invoice manually once you have an amount due.