Hi, there is a list of contact details (business name, owner name, email address) for an industry I serve available online publicly. The listing has 20 contacts per page and the rest are opened via pagination. There are between 4 and 5 thousand, I want to take the list and add it to a spreadsheet to upload to an email marketing platform. Would I need to manually copy and paste every one or is there some automated way of doing it?
The fastest way to accomplish this is probably to use Fiverr.com and hire someone to scrape the email addresses and send them to you in a spreadsheet. Or post an ad on Craigslist with a description of what you want and you will get a ton of responses. On Fiverr perform a search for "scrape emails from a website" and you shouldn't pay more than $5-$10 for the work. For DIY, you can use something like Import.io or Parsehub. The general term for this type of task is "website scraping." From a business perspective, I think it's better to pay someone else to do it because it costs nothing and will be faster than doing it yourself. Lots of websites block web scraping these days but people who sell scraping as a service will know how to get around that type of barrier.