This post is so simple and basic, a lot of you can stop reading right now. Some people (myself included) are not experts at scraping things. In fact, I am a complete noob when it comes to XPath, importXML or basically any type of coding whatsoever. Luckily, I work in an ever-gracious industry. Free SEO tools, spreadsheets, bookmarklets and extensions galore! Sometimes, something as easy as exporting search results, can be seen as a challenge before a simple tool is discovered.
One of the more useful, but often ignored SEO tools is the Scrape Similar Plug-in for Chrome. It can be a major timesaver. One of my favorite uses for this plug-in is to scrape the URLs of commenters on any given blog post.
A good start is to play around with the Scrape Similar plug-in. Take a look at the XPath reference. Study it each time you use it. Eventually, it may lead to being able to scrape things without someone else’s plug-in doing the heavy lifting. Something that will be beneficial on a page where Scrape Similar doesn’t work as intended.
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