Before you start, you might have a few questions:
Is it legal to scrape Google?
Google does not take legal action against scraping, likely for self-protective reasons. Google does test the User-Agent (The browser type) and automatically rejects User-Agents that seem to originate from possible automated bots.
Why do we want to scrape Google search results?
Analyzing Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) provides insight into the top search results for a specific keyword or topic. You can use this information to determine how to rank your website in search results better.
All that said don’t be an idiot and get your IP blocked by Google. Please, respect Google’s crawl limits (noted in the tutorial)
This tutorial will teach you how to scrape a Google SERP using Screaming Frog.
Configure Screaming Frog
Set Screaming Frog to List Mode
Uncheck all items in Configuration > Spider > Crawl
Add XPath Selectors in Screaming Frog
Set your Custom Extraction using the settings below.
Then add the XPath Name, Selector, Code, + “Extract Text”
#Page Titles //h3[@class="LC20lb DKV0Md"] #URLs //div[@class="r"]/a/@href #Meta Descriptions //div[@class="s"]/div/span[@class="st"]
Set your User-Agent
Under Configuration > User-Agent, set a user-friendly agent.
Chrome, Firefox, Safari shouldn’t give you any issues.
Don’t crawl too fast. In Configuration > Speed, set the Max Threads to 1.0, checked the Limit URL/s, and set the Max URL/s to 0.8.
Enter your Crawl
The last step, now you need to enter your search query. Under Upload > Enter Manually
#Google Query https://www.google.com/search?q=your+keyword+phrase #Number https://www.google.com/search?q=your+keyword+phrase&num=50 #Location https://www.google.com/search?q=your+keyword+phrase&num=50&near=chicago,+il
The results will show up horizontally
To pull “People also ask”, I recommend using Ahrefs or AlsoAsked.com to get accurate results.
Transpose feature in Excel
Since the organic results are horizontal, you can Export the results into a CSV. In Excel, you will want to use the Transpose feature. In Excel, select the desired cells you would like to change and copy (CMD+C on a Mac). Then choose Paste Options > Transpose.
Settings saved in Pastebin
You can learn more about web scraping in our custom extraction article.
Published on: 2021-03-10
Updated on: 2021-03-29