In this article, we will tell you how to scrape cannabis from WeedMaps using ScrapeStorm’s “Smart mode“.
Introduction to the scraping tool
ScrapeStorm (www.scrapestorm.com) is a new generation of Web Scraping Tool based on artificial intelligence technology. It is the first scraper to support both Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
Introduction to the scraping object
Weedmaps is an online legal marijuana community that allows users to review and discuss cannabis strains and local dispensaries. The website is similar to Yelp and contains a database with over 3,000 medical marijuana dispensaries and over 950 strains of cannabis.
Official Website: https://weedmaps.com/
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Function point directory
Preview of the scraped result
Export to Excel2007:
1. Download and install ScrapeStorm, then register and log in
(1) Open the ScrapeStorm official website, download and install the latest version.
(2) Click Register/Login to register a new account and then log in to ScrapeStorm.
2. Create a task
(1) Copy the URL of WeedMaps
Click here to learn more about how to enter the URL correctly.
(2) Create a new smart mode task
You can create a new scraping task directly on the software, or you can create a task by importing rules.
Click here to learn how to import and export scraping rules.
3. Configure the scraping rules
(1) Set the fields
Intelligent mode automatically recognizes the fields on the page. You can right-click the field to rename the name, add or delete fields, modify data, and so on.
Click here to learn how to how to configure the extracted field.
Add or remove fields as needed, and rename the fields. The results of the field settings are as follows:
(2) Manually set the page
Some pages need to be scrolled to load more. In this case, you need to manually set the page to “Scroll to Load”.
Click here to learn how to manually select the page.
4. Set up and start the scraping task
(1) Running and Anti-block settings
Click “Setting”, set waiting time based on web page open speed. You can check “Block Images” and “Block Ads”. The anti-block settings follow the system default settings. Then click “Save”.
Click here to learn more about how to configure the scraping task.
P.S. “Block Images” will reduce the load time and speed up the scraping process. And this operation does not affect the scraping and downloading of images.
(2) Start scraping data
Premium Plan and above users can use “Scheduled job” and “Sync to Database”. If you want to download images, you can check “Download images while running”. Then click “Start”.
Click here to learn about scheduled job.
Click here to learn about sync to database.
Click here to learn about download images.
(3) Wait a moment, you will see the data being scraped.
5. Export and view the data
(1) Click “Export” to download your data.
(2) Choose the format to export according to your needs.
Click here to learn more about how to view the extraction results and clear the extracted data.
Click here to learn more about how to export the result of extraction.