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Build your blog fast with Web Scraping

Thursday, August 10, 2017

 

Speaking of building a blog fast, we think of content curation. “Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest” (from Wikipedia). Put simply, it is the act of sorting through large amounts of content on the web and presenting the best posts in a meaningful and organized way. 

A new-developing blog can grow very fast with the right strategy. One of the best strategies is content curation, because it does not create, it shares, which saves lots of your time and still attracts audiences to your blog. How to find the right content for your blog is not easy. Reading through all these contents on the Internet would not be a good idea. There is a better way I want to share with you.

 

With two steps, you will be able to find the best content for your blog.

 

Step 1. Find websites relevant to your blog.

Almost every website has a theme. Once you've set up your own blog’s theme, you can go look for websites that are relevant to your blog and do well in the market. Mark down these websites on your memo list.

 

Step 2. Use Web Scraper Octoparse to extract information for you

It’s time to discover the right content for your blog. For a new-developing blog, the content should be popular in the first place, and then relevant. This means you should consider more about the content’s popularity than its relevance to your blog, only a few keywords connection will be fine.

Therefore, when using Octoparse to do the extraction, the only thing you need to focus on is the article’s view, rate, and etc. There is a set of data that I scraped from www.scoop.it with Octoparse, let’s see what we can do with these data. (Find out how to use Octoparse in Tutorials)

 

The data shown above is what I exported from Octoparse. It shows the articles' total views, today's views, and titles. The first two kinds of information are related to the popularity of these articles.

We can rearrange the data in Excel, choose either total views or today’s views to figure out which article is the hottest, and pick out the top five. Take a glance at the articles that you’ve chosen, and see if the contents were right for your blog. After that, you can post the articles selected on your blog, and remember not to forget about referring the articles’ original resources. 

Of course, that’s not the end of the efforts you need to put in to build a blog. You need to keep updating it and maintain a high quality of posts. This article just talks about one of the common ways to build a blog. 

 

This is a video on how to scrape news from Reuters.com.Hope it can give you some inspirations.

 

 

In case you'd like to start scraping for your blog now, I've prepared some typical web scraping tutorials for your reference:

Web Scraping Case Study | Scraping Articles from News24

How to Scrape WordPress Posts

Scrape Articles from CNN Money

 

 

Author: the Octoparse team

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More Resources

 

Top 20 Web Scraping Tools to Scrape the Websites Quickly

Top 30 Big Data Tools for Data Analysis

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How to Build a Web Crawler - A Guide for Beginners

Video: Create Your First Scraper with Octoparse 7.X

 

 

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