The easiest way to obtain Etsy product data is with web scraping.
The good news is that although it may sound daunting, Octoparse has dramatically simplified the process by building an Etsy product data template so that anybody, no matter their skill, can scrape data for analysis.
This article will demonstrate how to scrape Etsy data easily using an Octoparse web scraping template; it only takes a few minutes.
While Amazon targets the markets of the whole world, Etsy’s focus is specific: to sell handmade, vintage, custom, and unique gifts. With Amazon, you enter into a baffling array of goods, but entering Etsy means you are looking for something specific.
More than that, perhaps you want to join Etsy as a supplier, or you want to supply other suppliers with a product, or perhaps you need data to tell you what products sell best so you can sell on Etsy. Whatever the case, you can easily scrape Etsy data and within minutes conduct your data analysis.
Structured Etsy Data
This is a practical guide to help you get well-structured Etsy data easily, using Octoparse. When it is scraped, you will be able to export it into a local file in Excel, CSV, or your database if you get API access.
Before we explore the steps of extracting Etsy data, I want to show you two pre-built Etsy scrapers in Octoparse that you can use directly and what data you can get with them respectively:
- Product data by shop, and
- Listing data on Etsy
#01 Product Data by Shop (For Competitor Analysis)
Today, there is so much competition that it’s just about impossible to start or run a business without conducting data analysis.
Yes, we are always told that data is the new gold and how data analysis matters, but how can data help in eCommerce competition? First of all, the sample data of the Etsy scraper will give you an idea of what data you can get:
Running the pre-built Etsy scraper in Octoparse gets you the shop information (shop name, business, location, total sales) and all of its product data (product name, price, image URL, product URL).
With this data, a profound competition analysis will be approachable. For example, the data can be used to:
- Find the niche that differentiates you from other sellers
- Do price analysis and set the best price to sell
- Product images will give an idea to your product assortment/selection
#02 Listing Data on Etsy (For Product Research)
There is one predominant question that is always asked by new starters in eCommerce: How to select a product that sells? The most effective way is to find out the best-sellers in your niche and figure out what’s special about them.
Octoparse can help as it can provide the Etsy product data you need to understand the market. With the filter on Etsy product search, you will be able to scrape down all product data that fits your niche.
The Etsy scraper for Listings data has been built so that anyone can use it, even if they are not technical in the least. With the scraper and the following guide, you can easily get product data including product name, price, shop, ratings, review information, URL, etc.
Even more good news is that there are many more template scrapers available in Octoparse for eCommerce research, for example, Amazon, eBay, Walmart, etc. With this data in hand, you will be able to do in-depth market research across multiple marketplaces.
Now that you’ve seen what the Octoparse tool can give you, let’s get into how to get the data you need on Etsy:
Definitive How To Scrape Etsy Guide
It’s really simple to scrape Etsy, and once you have downloaded the software (Download Octoparse here) and start following the steps below, you’ll see just how easy it is.
This step will guide you on how to get the Etsy listings data.
Step #1: Choose the Etsy template
Once you’ve logged into the software, you’ll land on a page that looks like this:
- Simply enter “Etsy” into the search field and click “start”. And it will bring up two Etsy scrape templates.
- After clicking “start”, you can choose between the two templates.
- Select “Search listings Etsy”.
Step # 2: Enter the Etsy URL
- In this step, you need to provide the URL of the webpage on Etsy from which you wish to scrape data from. For example, I will enter the URL of “natural anti-aging cream” products.
- Now enter the task information, and then copy the page URL and paste it into the product listing page box (you could enter up to 1000 URLs in this box and Octoparse would scrape the data for all of them if you so choose).
Step #3: Run the scraper
- Now click “Save & Run” to start the scraper.
Wait for the info to load and then choose how you want to run the task.
Your options are:
- Run task on the device
- The run task in the cloud
- Schedule task
Step #4: Export the data
When the run is complete, export the data and that’s it. Easy peasy. We’ve simplified a technical task so that even if you are not technical in the least, you can easily scrape the data you need; no programming degree is necessary!
PS: Want to configure your scraper?
If you fancy yourself a bit of a programmer, you can configure your scraper instead of using our ready-to-go templates, and don’t worry, even if things get tough, we are always ready to help you.
You may find that you need more customized data, and then you will need to configure the scraper (called a “task” in Octoparse) according to your personal needs. Octoparse can scrape everything visible on a web page or anything in the source code of the page.
But to be honest, expect to spend some time learning advanced configuration as it may require some time for you to get familiar with the tool. The good news is that configuring your scraper in Octoparse is still way easier than writing a script yourself, plus you will have fun learning it.
But we don’t leave you in the dark… our support team has your back and we also have an entire community of users ready to jump in and help.
An Intro to The Powerful World of Big Data
Using a web scraper is just the introduction to tapping into the world of Big Data, where you can access any data necessary to make the best business decisions.
Octoparse is just the first step. After you become a little familiar with web scraping, the door of Big Data and analytics will open to you and you’ll have the ability to find out information that has the potential of saving you time and expense, but you’ll also have access to competitor data and information to help you create sure-fire products and services, and market your offerings successfully.
Web scraping can feel like a daunting task but now that you’ve seen firsthand how simple we’ve made it so that anyone can use it, why not give it a try? It only takes a few minutes. Get started.
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