Scraping ICANN Whois Domain Data Safely

In today’s article, we will be showing you how scraping ICANN Whois domain data can work safely.


Understanding ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an acronym for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It is a nonprofit and multi-stakeholder organization based in the United States of America that was founded in 1998 in the state of California.

It is responsible for overseeing and maintaining a number of databases pertaining to the internet’s numerical spaces and namespaces. That is, it is a designated location for the storage of website numbers and names.


Scraping ICANN Whois Domain Data In A Nutshell

Web scraping is the process of extracting data from websites. It can be accomplished by businesses or individuals through the use of web bots (code-free automated web scrapers), several sessions, manually copying and pasting information, building a script, or initiating any transaction.

Whois domain data is the contact information for domain owners, such as their name, phone number, email address, and physical address (websites). ICANN is an excellent source of Whois domain information. This data can be scraped and utilized to cold-call new domains offering commercial services, compile a Whois database, and locate businesses in your specialized market.

To obtain information on a certain domain on ICANN, navigate the website and enter the domain name. If the information you seek is private, either a generic corporation that holds the data will be listed, or nothing will be listed.

If the information is public, you will discover a real person’s name and address. However, scraping Whois domain data requires tools such as ScrapeBox and Atomic Whois Explorer, as ICANN prohibits scraping the data.


How To Scrape ICANN Whois Domain Data Safely

When scraping Whois domain data from ICANN safely, online scrapers (web bots) are utilized, as they function automatically to extract the data that has been programmed to extract. However, web bots are easily discovered and stopped by the ICANN server.

When requests are made from an IP address, they are routed to the ICANN website’s server, and when multiple requests are made during scraping, the website’s defenses are activated by the undesired behavior, and your IP address is subsequently blocked.

Proxy servers become necessary when the goal is not to have your IP address restricted or blocked. Proxies are used to circumvent bans and swiftly scrape enormous volumes of data. Proxies provide a large number of dynamic IP addresses.

By rotating your IP addresses, you can reduce bandwidth and prevent multiple requests from being sent from the same IP address at the same time.

Proxies are useful whether you scrape in large quantities or small amounts. They contribute to the expansion of capacity and anonymity. They act as intermediaries and workhorses, ensuring that users do not get caught scraping and do not have to spend long hours doing so.

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