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How to Automate Web Scraping Using AI

Easy steps on how to automate web scraping using AI

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Highlights:

  • To use the tool in this guide, you need a Windows Pro, Windows Enterprise, or Windows 11 device and a work or school account.
  • This automation tool can save you a lot of time and energy, making routine web scraping easier.

Web Scraping using Power Automate for Desktop (PAD)

Download Power Automate for Desktop (PAD)

  1. If you run a Windows 11 device, you automatically have the Power Automate app. If you use a Windows Pro, you will need to install it manually.
  2. Secondly, to install the app, go to Office.com and sign into your school or work account.
    sign into your account
  3. Thirdly, click on the Apps icon on the left pane, and select Power Automate from the list of options.
    power automate
  4. Next, click on the Create option on the left pane, click on the Install drop-down menu on the right, and select Power Automate for desktop.
    download
  5. You should then complete the process to install and launch the application.
    install app
  6. Sign into Microsoft Power Automate.
    sign in
  7. Once you do this, you will be on the app’s landing page.
  8. Select New flow at the top, give it a name, then click on the Create button.
    create new flow
  9. Once you do this, you will be taken to the design pane. This space is divided into three parts. The Actions pane on the left, the workspace in the middle, and the Variable pane on the right side.
    power automate workspace

Automatically Open a Webpage

  1. Locate the Browser automation drop-down, click on it, and depending on what browser you use, click and drag it to the main workspace in the middle.
    drag and drop chrome
  2. Once you do this, a pop-up will appear, input the URL to the site you want to open automatically and click on Save.
    open url
  3. Once you do this, your flow will be created. Click on the Save icon to save the changes you made. You can run the flow by clicking on the Play icon to see if it works and stop it at any time. You can also debug your flow by running action by action.
    run the flow

Automate Task to Get URL for All Posts in an Excel Spreadsheet

  1. You will need the recorder option to accomplish this.
    recorder
  2. Once you click on the recorder icon, the recorder dialogue box will appear, then click Record.
    recorder dialogue box
  3. Go back to the site you linked earlier, then right-click on the first post, click on Extract element value, then select Text.
    select text
  4. Right-click on the post once more, click on Extract element value, then select Href.
    select the link
  5. Repeat this process for the next post on the site, and you will notice that the Power Automate tool picks up this pattern and applies it to the rest of the posts on the page (Look out for a green box on the posts).
    green box
  6. However, we do not want the automation to end on the first page; rather, we want it to go to the very end of the page. To do this, right-click on the Next Icon, and select Set this element as pager.
    set as pager
  7. Once you do this, the automation will be applied to every post on the page.
  8. Click on Finish to complete the recording.
  9. You will be directed to the main workspace again. double-click on OutputData (the new variable that was created).
    new variable
  10. Once you do this, navigate to the Store data mode section, click on Variable, and change it to an Excel spreadsheet. Then click on Save.
    change location
  11. Next, save your file by going to the Excel section on the left pane, look for Save Excel, and drag it to the main workspace.
    save excel file
  12. Once this is done, a prompt will appear, click on Save document and click on Save document as.
    save document as
  13. Click the empty box in the Document path option, and choose the file path where you want to save the Excel spreadsheet.
    file path
  14. Save the file in your preferred location, and give it a name, then click Open.
    automated links
  15. Click on Save to complete the process.
    save
  16. Once that is done, Run the flow and allow the tool to do its job.
    run the flow
  17. Complete the process, and you will then receive a list of all the posts on your page with the links.Excel sheet
  18. Finally, you have successfully automated getting the names and links of your blog posts. Imagine how much time you could save with over a thousand blogs.

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