Tokopedia is an Indonesian-based, e-commerce platform provider for both merchants and buyers. Their marketplace helps sellers reach a wider range of potential buyers as Tokopedia covers most of Indonesia’s districts. Similar to other marketplaces like Amazon or Alibaba, buyers are given a wide variety of products to choose from clothes and bags to computers and laptops. Official stores from well-known brands are even available in Tokopedia.
As a popular and profitable marketplace, there is a great deal of valuable data and information there that marketers want. However, manually web scraping individual webpages would take a lot of time and effort without the help of a bot scraper. A bot will do the scraping for you at a much faster rate compared to you manually doing it. The problem with using a bot though is the fact that most websites have a strict policy against the use of bots. When a website, including Tokopedia, recognizes that you’re using a bot then it would immediately ban and block your IP address. You can never access the website again, making your bot useless.
The best way to bypass these restrictions is to use a Tokopedia proxy. A Tokopedia proxy will act as a gateway between your device and the internet so any website you visit will only be able to see the IP address of the proxy server you’re using and your own IP address will be hidden and can never be seen. Through rotating proxies, you can even change this IP address at a set interval.
By continuously rotating IPs from the proxy pool of your proxy service, your bot will have a different IP address each time it sends a request to Tokopedia or any other website. This deceives Tokopedia into thinking that each of those requests comes from different users from various locations. Tokopedia will not be able to realize that you’re using a bot and therefore, will not ban you or your bot.
Tokopedia proxies are also useful in many other cases. It’s helpful for both buyers and sellers if they want to protect their information and privacy from hackers or spies. Tokopedia proxies will give those users total anonymity when browsing the online marketplace especially if they’re connecting to a public WiFi network
Let’s set up a Tokopedia proxy server.
Note: A reminder to make sure that the web browser you’re using for Tokopedia is set to automatically copy your system’s proxy settings. It’s recommended to use Google Chrome because it automatically does this.