Real Estate Sites Primary Target for Web Scrapers

August 30, 2016

Real estate websites are the primary target of web scraping, according to a new report by Distil Networks.

Real estate websites are the primary target of web scraping, according to a new report by Distil Networks. The bot detection and mitigation company released a new study, entitled “The 2016 Economics of Web Scraping”, where it explains just what web scraping is, who is using it, against whom and with what purpose.  

The report says real estate sites are the number one victim, followed by digital publishing, travel, online directories, e-commerce, and marketplace and classifieds.  So what is this web scraping in the first place? Distil Networks describes it as a “computer software technique for extracting information from websites, and often includes transforming unstructured website data into a database for analysis or repurposing content into the web scraper’s own website and business operations.” 

So, data gathering, corporate espionage, that kind of stuff.  They’re usually done by bots, who can obviously do the work faster, and for longer periods of time. They’re also much cheaper than humans – web scraping services apparently cost $3.33 per hour (£2.54). 

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