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GETTING STARTED

How Do I Get A Quote?

To get a quote on a job you need doing, simply use the quote form on the left of the home page and fill in all fields and it will send it to us and we will get back to you. Please try and include as much detail as possible for a more accurate and faster quote. If you would prefer to email us directly, you can do so at info@adwatchman.com

How Can We Discuss This Project First?

Of course we can discuss a project by different means, please contact us with your email or if you prefer Skype information and we can talk back and forth on requirements and any questions you have. If you would prefer to email us directly, you can do so at info@adwatchman.com

What If I need An Ongoing Job?

Not a problem, many of our customers have ongoing web searching needs and we would be happy to help for as long as needed.

What If My Question Is Not Answered Here?

Contact us directly here with any questions you have and we will answer them promptly. If you would prefer to email us directly, you can do so at info@adwatchman.com

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WEB SCRAPING/EXTRACTION

How does the software work?

Our web searching software runs in Java and is started from a script in either Windows, Linux (or any Unix based platform) or Mac. It prints out much of what it is doing in a command window console as it is capturing information from web pages.

Can you get information from any site?

Most sites can be searched, sometimes information cannot be obtained, with Flash based sites information cannot be obtained as the content is not in HTML. Send us the site and which pages you want information obtained from and we will look into it and let you know if it can be done.

Do I need to install the software?

No, the software runs from a script and uses Java. If you don't have Java installed then you would need to install Java. You can download Java for which operating system you have here. If you need help with installing Java or running the script, then we will walk you through it or even use Teamviewer to show you how if need be.

What platforms (e.g. Windows, Linux, etc...) can the software run on?

As the software and all code is written in Java, it is able to run on any platform including Windows, Linux (or any Unix based platform) or Mac.

What if the website being searched changes its format or content?

Depending on the changes, the software may still work, or it may need some tweaks or more major changes. This is usually determined by how much of a format change the site or pages being searched underwent. We do charge for this work as it is work for us and not because of any problem on our side but something that is out of our control and requires time and work to deal with.

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DATA MINING/STORAGE
  • What formats can you save the data in?
  • What databases can you store the data in?
  • Can you store the data and have it show in my website?
  • Can the data be auto-emailed to me or elsewhere instead of or as well as stored?
  • What formats can you save the data in?

    Data can be saved in almost any format available, including in Excel, CSV, XML, RSS or even just a plain text file. If you are unsure how you would like the results, CSV is a very popular simple choice where the data is simple and clear and can be seen in Excel or any spreadsheet program.

    What databases can you store the data in?

    Overwhelmingly most customers want data stored in MySQL which is typically what is done, but we can store data in most SQL based systems, often we have worked with PostgresSQL as well.

    Can you store the data and have it show in my website?

    If your website shows data from a database, then when the data is stored in your database, it will show on your site. We do not take data and translate it to static HTML code.

    Can the data be auto-emailed to me or elsewhere instead of or as well as stored?

    Definitely, it could be emailed out as an attachment or in plain text.

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    PAYMENT

    What forms of payment are accepted?

    Currently we just accept payment via Paypal and Certified Check or Money Order. Once payment is required, we will send you the Paypal email address to pay to. Or address for mailing cheque or money order.

    How is payment done throughout the project?

    For each milestone agreed on, partial payment will be requested upon receiving a section of work completed.

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    POLICIES

    Are you liable for the data extraction and/or storage?

    AdWatchman.com does not accept any liability for data extraction and/or storage. Our job is to get you the data you request, what you do with that data is your business and responsibility.

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