How Do you Collect Data From the Internet?

By: William He

Businesses always have their unique needs: Company A may be an online bookstore, Company B may be a directory website, and Company C may be anything. However, they all almost always need to collect and save various information from the Internet as part of their daily activities. Most firms today use the traditional 'copy and paste' method to capture and save content from targeted web sites. As a result, employees spend countless hours copying, pasting, and re-formatting text, images, and other data from thousands of web pages- which can result in numerous errors and wasting significant amounts of time and money.

This no longer needs to be the case. Some companies have realized the need to solve this problem and offer an efficient and trouble-free alternative. One such company is Ficstar Software, a Toronto-based provider of web-data mining and extraction solutions.

Ficstar Web Grabber can extract data from nearly every web site - including e-Commerce sites, member list directories, search engines, and others. This powerful solution has been utilized to successfully collect content from sites such as Yahoo, Google, Amazon, and Monster.

For the owner of the online bookstore, there is Ficstar Web Grabber E-commerce. It allows customers to easily capture complete, up-to-date product details from anywhere on the Internet, while increasing efficiency and preventing errors by eliminating the need to manually find and copy online product information, such as product names, categories, prices, descriptions, inventory levels, images, etc.

For the owner of the directory website, there is Ficstar Web Grabber Contacts. This is a powerful, intuitive tool that enables customers to quickly and easily collect results from online business directories, member listings, and other web pages containing contact details. It allows businesses to identify members of their target audience, collect their contact information, locate various professionals, or easily build online business directories.

And for the owners of companies who consider their data mining and extraction needs to be unique, there is the Custom-Designed Web Grabber. This solution is based on Ficstar's understanding that different websites are programmed in different languages and built upon different internet technologies. Therefore, the company customizes its Web Grabber solution for each customer by modifying the software to meet the specific requirements of their target web sites, thus providing customers with the exact solution they need.

The E-commerce, Contacts, and the customized solution are just a few of the various software tools which Ficstar has to offer to its customers. Besides web data extraction, the company also offers support, maintenance and update, as well as consulting and training services. Its entire product and service range is targeted at the modern business, tired of wasting valuable resources and eager to embrace new opportunities.

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