Indeed is an employment website that's filled with numerous job listings. Employers can post job vacancies and potential employees can find and apply for those job listings. Previous employees can also post anonymous reviews on their previous companies to give potential employers an idea on what it's like working for these companies.
As one of the most popular employment websites in the world, Indeed has a lot of valuable job data that can be used for various purposes. Manually extracting all of that data though would take a lot of time and effort. To scrape quickly and efficiently, you need to use a scraper bot and let it do the job for you. It will do the job much faster than you or any other human possibly can.
The problem with using a scraper bot though is that most websites have strict restrictions against the use of bots on their site and would immediately ban any account that's detected using one. To prevent your account and IP address from being banned, you need to pair your scraper bot with an Indeed proxy.
An Indeed proxy will handle all of your web requests for you so anytime you visit a website, it will only be able to see the IP address of the proxy server and not your own IP address. By using residential proxies and continuously rotating IPs, your bot would have a different IP address each time it sends a request to the web server and completely deceives it into thinking that those requests are from genuine users.
Let’s set up an Indeed proxy server.
Note: Make sure that the web browser you’re using for Indeed is set to automatically copy your computer’s proxy settings. Google Chrome automatically does this, so it’s recommended to use it.
To set up proxies in Windows, simply search for “Proxy Settings” in your windows search bar and open the search result.
You are then given two options to choose from: Automatic proxy setup or Manual proxy setup. If you want windows to automatically detect your proxy settings, choose the first option. Choose the second option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.
If you chose the first option, then:
- Turn on Automatically detect Settings
- Turn on Use setup script
- Enter the script address
- Click Save
If you chose the second option, then:
- Turn on Use a proxy server
- Input both server address and port number
- If you have any addresses you would like to visit without a proxy, enter them here
- Turn on Don’t use the proxy server for local addresses check box if you want to access a local server without a proxy
- Click Save
To start configuring your proxy settings in MacOS, simply:
Step 1. Click on the Apple Icon.
Step 2. On the drop down menu, click on “System Preferences”.
Step 3. Click on “Network”
Step 4. Click on “Advanced”
Note: Make sure to connect to your wi-fi first.
Step 5. Click on “Proxies”
This should then redirect you to MacOS proxy settings. MacOS is more straightforward compared to windows. You only have one option which is to manually configure your proxy server.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Select which proxy IP protocol you want to configure. This depends on which protocols your proxy service provider offers.
- Turn on Secure Web Proxy
- Input the Proxy Server Address and Port Number
- Click OK to save the configurations
Note: You may be prompted for your Mac user password to save your settings.
Image Alt Text: Configuring MacOS Proxy Settings
To set up an Indeed proxy server for your mobile device, simply change your phone’s proxy settings. The mobile web browser you’re using for Indeed will automatically copy your phone’s proxy settings whenever you use it. This is applicable for both Android and IOS.
Here’s a thorough guide for Android and another one for iPhone.
Congratulations! You have now finished configuring your Indeed proxy server. Note that the first time you visit it, there will be a pop up asking for your login credentials.