Having to scrape search results is a situation, that we find ourselves in quite frequently, when working in the IT branch. We have all tried these tiny helpers and nifty micro tools, such as browser plugins or javascript snippets, that looked like they would solve the problem. BUT: They are all confronting us with one of the following two problems:

  1. They are simply inconvenient, as they require manual work for every result page
  2. They stop working after returning the search results of the first 3-5 search requests, because the service got blocked by the search engine

Why is it so hard to scrape search results?

The reason why it is harder than expected to find a working solution is fairly simple:

Search engines usually do not want you to scrape its search result pages programmatically.

Search Engines has put a lot of systems in place to detect, whether your search is run by a real human or an automated software script. Even when trying to mimic human behaviour by adding a long waiting period between your queued search requests, the search engine is very likely to confront your script or tool with a captcha it can not solve and thus stop the script.

Solutions that actually work

The solution to the previously described problem is the combination of a large proxy network and captcha solvers.

Zenserp.com is offering this infrastructure as a SERP API, with which you can reliably retrieve the TOP 100 search result pages for a specific search phrase.

Besides zenserp.com, here is a list of more providers, offering a similar service:

  • https://serpapi.com
  • https://seo-api.com
  • https://serpwow.com
  • https://serpgetter.com
  • https://georanker.com
  • https://serps.com

Click here to create a free Test-Account (50 search requests / month). Zenserp.com enables you to scrape search results hassle-free and without limiting your request volume. Scraping serps has never been easier.