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Create MySQL Database for PHP Web Spider Extracted Emails Addresses (4)

store extracted email to database

In this final part of PHP/cURL email extractor, I will show you how to store extracted data into MySQL database. You can store email addresses and contact information collected not just from one website, but also from various websites into the same database.

You might want to store email collected based on your purpose. For example, if you have a real estate website and a internet shopping website, then information collected should be stored into two different categories (tables in MySQL database).

First, you need to activate XAMPP on your PC, both Apache and MySQL. At browser URL, go to "http://localhost/phpmyadmin/". Go to top menu bar and select "Database". To create a new database for our tutorial, enter "email_collection" and press "Create" button, as shown in the picture below.

You can download the source file for PHP cURL Email Extractor from here.

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PHP Email Extractor Script with cURL and Regular Expression (2)

targeted email extractor

In this post, we need to make a small modification to previous PHP script for targeted email extraction.

First, we need to revisit the source file of the targeted web page, we can see that there are repeated blocks of agent contacts, with name, email and phone number. Total of 10 blocks per page. 

The plan is to use the script to "cut out" each block and stores into array, then extract name, email and phone number from each block.

As you can see, each block starts with <div class="negotiators-wrapper"> tag and ends with </div></div>. Note that both </div> tags are separated by carriage return and new line feed in this example. 

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The Beginning...

In 2010, I downloaded and installed an open source internet mall (ECMALL from China) as part of my learning for internet marketing. ECMALL enabled multiple users to open web store and sell products. It also supported transactions via Paypal. It was and still is a popular open source internet mall in China and other countries.

The installation process was easy with the instructions given. With no much knowledge in PHP, I changed the language files and created an English version of ECMALL. However, after released for two months, there was not even a single person came to sign up as seller! The website was still very new and with little content, no one was able to find it through search engine. I need to decide closing down the website or find a way to attract buyers and sellers.

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