Scrapers steal information from almost any site that has sellable and usable information. Usually the websites with more information and users are the bigger the targets. Sites like, monster.com and Indeed.com, are high priority targets for scrapers. They have a substantial amount of useful information for jobseekers as well as a high amount of traffic.
Scrapers mainly target anything that has public information on it. Jobsites and the like primarily provide information that is public available and can be easily copied on a competing site. The scrapers will not only steal the data but slow down the systems with the bots high amount of traffic. After the site slows down, many customers will be tempted to use the competitors because they have the same job postings as well as other jobsites postings.
Scraping is becoming more and more popular nowadays and will be getting even more popular in the future. The term job scraping has even been coined as term about specifically scraping job sites. Other companies have made businesses out of stealing information from job sites. For example Madgex is a company that uses their bots to scrape jobsites and compile them for their customer’s site. This is just one of many scrapers using your information for a profit and provides a real threat to your website.
Stop job scraping before it is too late!
All is not lost! Scrapers can be stopped. By using blocking mechanisms you can deter certain IPs from scraping your site. Only with 24/7 site traffic monitoring and analysis can a site really stop scrapers. ScrapeSentry provides a solution to the issue by monitoring traffic and applying blocks to even the most persistent scrapers.