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How to Scrape Data From Any URL at Scale Using Clay

Scraping data from your target websites can be done in a few simple steps with Clay. Dive into our guide to streamline your lead gathering process and enhance your prospecting efficiently.
Updated March 6, 2024
scrape data from URLs using Clay
scrape data from URLs using Clay
Difficulty: Easy. Might help to know the basics of this tool/topic
Time Required: ~10 minutes

Company websites are packed with valuable information for professionals looking for ideal prospects. They often use it to:

  • collect emails for targeted outreach campaigns
  • extract phone numbers for direct sales calls or customer relations
  • collect meta descriptions to understand a website's core content or SEO strategy

But here’s a big challenge. How do you collect these details without trawling each of your target websites? Is there a way to scrape data from URLs without coding knowledge?

While you might find a lot of scraping tools online to gather data, these tools do not often treat the retrieved data. This alone can be time-consuming work.

Thankfully, Clay offers a quick solution. This powerful tool is not just for automated prospecting. It can scrape data from URLs, too. And unlike most scraping tools, it can streamline the entire process with just a few clicks.

Let’s explore how Clay can help you scrape data from your prospect’s website URLs and enhance the data you collect.  

scrape data from URLs using Clay

Steps to Scrape Data from any URL Using Clay

1) Start With a List

Let’s assume that you already have a list of companies you’re interested in. 

Set up a new table in Clay. You can manually enter the list (as I did below) or import a CSV file. 

Ensure your list has the companies' website URLs, as we'll use these for scraping.

add a list on Clay table

If you only have the list of company names, no worries. Check our guide on how to get website URLs from a list of companies using Clay.

Once ready, move to the next step.

2) Add Enrichment to Your List

Now, we'll expand our list with more details. Right-click on the table, select 'Add Enrichment', then pick the ‘Scrape Website’ plugin from the pop-up.

add enrichment
scrape website using Clay

3) Set the Input and Output Fields

Feed the 'Scrape Website' tool with the URL you want to scrape. Use the dropdown menu, select the Website column. 

add website URL as input

Then, decide on the output. For our guide, we'll pick ‘meta description’ and ‘phone number.’ 

add output fields to scrape website

Once you’re done, click ‘Continue to Add Fields.’

4) Add More Data as Columns

You'll see more column options next. I’ll choose the international number for this example. Once you've made your picks, hit save and run.

add data as column

5) Check Your Results

After the application finishes running, you should see new columns added to your table. 

scrape data from URLs using Clay

In our example, we've got ‘Description’ and ‘International Numbers’. Depending on your needs, you can always adjust the scraped data by editing the ‘Scrape Website’ column. It’s that easy.

What’s Next?

Great job! You’ve just learned how to scrape data from URLs using Clay.

For sales professionals, this method can uncover valuable leads. With your data organized in one table, reaching out is the next logical step. 

If you're considering outreach, see our guide on how to write personalized cold emails with Clay based on a prospect's city

Got thoughts or questions on Clay? Drop a comment below!

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Written by Christy Cañete
Christy Cañete is a software engineer who's passionate about front-end web design. Not only can she code, but she writes too! She loves breaking down technical topics into super easy tutorials. If you're looking to learn without the jargon, she's your go-to.
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