Our Guide to extracting business data from yellowpages.com using our USA Yellow Pages Extractor
Before scraping yellowpages.com with Ivy's B2B Leads Miner, make sure to read this guide to avoid any problems and ensure that your scraping efforts are running smoothly. A single licence will allow you to run the software on 1 PC. The mac IDs (hardware IDs) will be tied to your licence upon activation. You cannot transfer your licence between different machines. We therefore recommend that you activate your licence for this software on permanent machines.
To run the software, click on "Manager.exe". This is a special app that will control the permanent running of the Yellow Pages Scraper. In the event of a software crash, the manager app will restart your copy of the software.
Step 1: Configure Your Proxies
In order to run the software successfully, you will need to buy some private or rotating proxies. USA Yellow Pages will ban your IP address from accessing yellowpages.com if you run your extractor without any proxies. You can buy many cheap private proxies online or you could even use a freelance site to find proxy providers. We recommend Sweaty Quid UK Freelancer site for quality proxies. A good source of rotating proxies is Storm Proxies. There, you can buy many quality proxies. Inside their dashboard, you will be able to add your PC's or VPS's IP address before proxies start working properly.
This is how their dashboard will look like.
Now that you have purchased your proxies, simply add them to your list of proxies. Please note that you can add them in the following formats:
For the first option, usually, you will have to authenticate your local IP address. For the second option, you are usually not required to authenticate your local IP address. You can test your proxies using our internal proxy checker tool.
Step 2: Select USA Yellow Pages (yellowpages.com) and Enter Your Cities
To configure your search settings, select USA to scrape and extract business data from the yellowpages.com business directory. The software has pre-filled state abbreviations. However, if you would like to target say specific cities, you can add that. Simply clear the list and enter your cities or zip codes for more targeted business data.
Step 3: Enter Your Keyword(s) for Searching YellowPages.com
Here, you simply need to enter the keywords for scraping and extracting data from United States Yellow Pages business directory. The software will search every city/state on the left for each keyword.
Step 4: Configure the Software Settings
Let us give you a quick walk through through all the configuration settings. Check the "user proxies" field. If you have a fast internet connection or are running the software on a VPS or a dedicated server, check the "fast mode" option. The scraper will extract more business records in fast mode than it would otherwise. The "invisible mode" section will hide the browser within which the scraping is taking place. It is recommended that you check this option if you do not want for the browser to be running in the background. You can use an integrated web browser instead of an http request. This should be your fallback option in case the default http request mode is not working properly for you. The extract emails that match the domain name option is recommended if you only want to scrape business emails. This is particularly useful for legal compliance and privacy laws.
Step 5: Run the Yellow Pages Extractor
Inside the preview pane, you will be able to see the extracted business records in a live mode. You will also see the keyword that is being used for scraping as well as the total number of results scraped.
Step 6: Export of the Scraped Business Data
The software will automatically export your results to a designated folder. The folder will be named after your keyword. Inside the folder, you will find spreadsheets (.csv files) for each city/area. This is especially useful if you would like to target your leads according to areas. Otherwise, the software also generates one file for each keyword containing business data for all areas. This is useful if you do not want to segment your B2B leads according to local areas. You will find this file inside the yellowpages folder and not the subfolder.
Step 7: Opening Your File
Go to Excel and click on the "data" tab. Select the option "from text/csv" on the top left hand side. Navigate to the file that you want to open and click on open.
Yellow Pages Scraping Software Settings and Tips for Improving your Success Rate
CONNECT YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT TO YOUR YELLOW PAGES SCRAPING SOFTWARE
The Yellow Pages Scraping Software is now able to connect to Facebook business pages in order to grab any additional or missing business data that is not available on a company's Yellow Pages business listing or website. To connect your Facebook account, go to settings and enter your facebook account in this format:
We also recommend that you login into your Facebook account using the BROWSER inside the software. You can find the BROWSER button at the top of the main GUI. The software will access your Facebook account at a single thread and using delays to emulate real human behaviour just as if you were to access your Facebook yourself.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT RUN A VPN WITH A TIMED OUT IP CHANGE OR AT ALL FOR THIS MATTER. YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT NEEDS TO BE ACCESSED FROM YOUR LOCAL IP ADDRESS. IF YOU START CHANGING YOUR LOCAL IP ADDRESS, YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT CAN GET RESTRICTED. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU USE PRIVATE DEDICATED OR EVEN SHARED PROXIES AS THEY WORK THE BEST FOR SCRAPING YELLOW PAGES.
Latest Update to USA Yellow Pages Extractor - Spring 2020 (Version 1.0.8 released)
In this version, we have added an option to add your Facebook account. When scraping both yellowpages.com (USA) and Yell.com (UK), the software will try to harvest all the available business data directly from the Yellow Pages business listing page. In the event that certain business data is not available on the business listing page/company website, the Yellow Pages Data Extractor will go to the Facebook page of that business and try to grab all the missing data. Facebook requires you to be logged in in order to view business pages. You will need to add a Facebook account to your copy of the Yellow Pages Scraping Software to increase your success rate. The scraper will access your Facebook account from your local IP address on a single thread with human delays. DO NOT RUN A VPN IN THE BACKGROUND WHILST USING A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT BECAUSE THIS WILL GET YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT RESTRICTED. We recommend that you use plenty of private dedicated or even shared proxies.
5 November 2018
Following the latest update, we have introduced a new feature that will allow you to, in addition to exporting .csv files of scraped data, you will also be able to export all emails in a separate .txt file. It is a very useful feature that will save you time from having to extract emails individual .csv files.
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