As you may know, Amazon does not allow scraping on its website.
If you attempt to do so, you keep getting bombarded with codes and captchas.
However, there is a way to bypass all these security measures put in place by Amazon which is the use of Amazon proxies and bots.
In this article, we will look at the various ways you can use these bots and proxies to do your data collection and analysis.
Reasons for Amazon Scraping
There are several reasons why you may want to scrap a site like Amazon which include pulling reviews to aggregate for your own sites, you may also want to get pricing so as to be able to offer competitive prices for the product you’re selling on your own site.
Other reasons include; gathering intelligence on your competitors and finding out what their clients are commenting about them.
Amazon Proxies: What are They?
The reason why it’s difficult to scrape on Amazon is because you need to make numerous requests to access the data you need.
When these requests are made from the same IP address, the Amazon security apparatus responds as if it’s under attack.
When the site identifies a computer as the source of these numerous requests, it will ban you as it will think you are tempting to do something malicious.
This is where Amazon proxies come in.
Proxies help you to hide your IP address and when used correctly the possibility of being banned is almost non-existent.
Amazon Scraping Tools
In addition to hiding your IP address, you need a proper tool to do the scraping.
These tools are great because they help save you a lot of time you could have spent digging for the data yourself manually.
The tools are divided into two categories; Amazon’s API and third-party tools.
Experts recommended using third-party tools because they have the ability to dig and retrieve all kinds of data compared to the API which is limited obviously because the company may not want full access to its data.
When you choose a tool, ensure that it delivers the results you desire because these tools can be quite expensive and unscrupulous developers have flooded the market with useless tools.
A tool can also be used as a bot.
It can go into the system and dig for the data you want while you use your time to engage in other matters, thank God for artificial intelligence.
I understand this sounds attractive but it is not advisable.
This is because Amazon has put in place technologies for detecting robotic behaviour.
When it discovers behaviour that is not human-like, it bans the IP address using it.
To ensure that your tool doesn’t behave like a bot, there are few things you can do which include the following:
- Rotating your proxies. There are services online that can give you rotating proxies which change every few minutes or hours depending on your requirements.
- Speed reduction. To make it look as human as possible, you need to minimise the number of queries that you send. Also, do not let it run 24/7 because it will be detected as humans need time to sleep.
Always be sure to use the right proxies for Amazon scraping purposes.
And with proper settings on your bot, you should be able to perform Amazon scraping effectively and speedily,
This would allow you to regularly scrape Amazon seller prices, comments, product description changes and more.