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Extract data from hundreds of Google Maps locations and businesses. Get Google Maps data including reviews, images, contact info, opening hours, location, popular times, prices & more. Export scraped data, run the scraper via API, schedule and monitor runs, or integrate with other tools.

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Re: not getting complete results

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Beachlion opened this issue
a month ago

Hi, this is not an issue but a follow up to my last two issues. I tried the other actor, but it also gives me around 350 results (much quicker and cheaper though). If the result was 90%, I would be happy. But when the result is 50%, it means I cannot use it and have to find other ways. Are you saying I can expect results closer to 90% if I search for other place types? Like cafe for example? Even though you are scraping the website, it seems strange that about 50% of the kindergartens in Oslo are not found? Even with zoom level 18?

By the way, don't consider this as complaining - I just want to understand this and would be very happy if you helped me find a solution rather than accepting "the fail".

I just want to be able to scrape Google maps and get a reliable result :)

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Hi, the issue might also be in the location...can you confirm that all of 700 kindergartens are located in this area? The scraper discards all places that are outside of that area.

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Hi, we're currently working on improving the search capabilities of the the actor and I ran some tests with your input and results look much better. I'm sharing 3 runs with you:

  • [run 1] - searches for "kindergarten", "daycare", "nursery school" and "preschool", gives us 831 results
  • [run 2] - searches only for "kindergarten", gives us 696 results
  • [run 3] - searches only for "kindergarten" category (discards places that don't have "kindergarten" category), gives us 632 results

Could you, please, take a look at the results and let us know whether they are acceptable to you?

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Beachlion

24 days ago

I've looked slightly at the results, and it seems they are certainly acceptable. Good job! May I ask why the results weren't as good previously and what you needed to do to improve the results?

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We're experimenting with "search this area" feature - when you activate it (by clicking the button), Google will show you only places in your map view, including places that show up only with higher zoom with normal search (like the place that you shared with us). So thanks to that feature we're able to find places that the Google Maps "hides" from us.

This is still an experiment, we'll need to do more testing, but I hope to release it in a couple of weeks. We'll keep you posted.

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Beachlion

24 days ago

Sounds good. Feel free to let me know if you'd like me to perform a few test runs in my area if you'd like to get users to test and look at the results :)

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Beachlion

10 days ago

How are things going with development? I'm eager to try the new version :)

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Hi, thanks for reaching out. We're still in a process of testing. However, if you wish, you can try the new version by changing the Build from latest to beta under Run options. Thanks again :)

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Hi, we've just released new version with the improved search, so you can switch back to latest.

I'm gonna close the issue now but feel free to reopen it in case there are any issues.

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  • Created in Nov 2018
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