February 14th, 2014, 01:58 PM
Direction needed - advanced search data request
I wonder if it would be possible for someone to point me in the right direction - or even to the correct forum category to post this!
I have been asked to do a research project to find eCommerce websites in London (by post code area) that use PayPal to accept payments - so ultimately looking for a list of domains.
My first thought was to use a Google advanced search, incuding "paypal" and at least one of "E1 OR E1W OR E2 OR E3 OR E4" starting with some eastern postcodes, whilst excluding paypal/ebay.com.
E.g. - https://www.google.co.uk/search?as_q=paypal+checkout&as_epq=&as_oq=E1+OR+E1W+OR+E2+OR+E3+OR+E4&as_eq=-paypal.com+-paypal.co.uk+-+ebay.com+-+ebay.co.uk&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&tbs=&as_filety pe=&as_rights=
Whilst this does work, it does seem pretty inefficient and the same domains can crop up in the results time and time again - and due to google's query character restriction, I can't start adding the domains to my exclude list.
So - what is the best way to do this? Is there any way I can automate this? Or perhaps a search engine with less limitations I don'r know about?
Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated!!!
Happy valentines day - I will get a life in a few hours and stop working
February 18th, 2014, 08:38 AM
You could go straight to the chamber of commerce and ask them. In the US at least, there's a government (or pseudo-government) office in every municipality which tracks all businesses and their general statistics. Perhaps they've jumped into this century and are tracking paypal or website details.
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