How can you avoid an IP ban when scraping Amazon?


James Hunt


An IP ban is a block that a server sets up to reject any requests from a specific IP address (or a range of them). If you stumble upon one, chances are you probably violated the site’s terms of use. This action is often triggered automatically by abuse patterns, but the admin can also manually place it when they detect something’s not right. The goal of an IP ban is to prevent attacks and information theft. It can be implemented in:

  • Forums

  • Game servers

  • Email servers

  • Websites

  • Streaming services

  • Social media

  • eCommerce sites

  • Search engines

Websites have numerous ways to detect web crawlers and other web scraping tools. They closely monitor users’ IP addresses, browser parameters, user agents, and other factors that can give away if they’re engaging in normal user behavior or if they’re a bot. If a site finds any kind of suspicious behavior, you might receive CAPTCHAs. If you don’t take the hint, you could eventually get blocked by the site.

Use the right proxy

‌A site will block an IP address without hesitation if it detects numerous requests coming from it. But how can you avoid sending all of your requests through the same IP address? That’s where proxies come in. They act as intermediaries between you (the client) and the site you’re trying to scrape (the server) and allow you to mask your actual IP address as you send your requests and avoid submitting them through the same one.‌

In short, using a reliable proxy will help you:

  • Decrease IP blocks.

  • Ensure anonymity.

  • Bypass geo-targeted blocks.

  • Have an additional security layer.

You can pick between residential and datacenter IP proxies, depending on your intentions. Keep in mind, however, that using a single IP set up in your proxy is still likely to get you blocked. That’s why you must route your requests through a series of random IP addresses that come from a pool.‌

Your best bet is to purchase Roxlabs rotating residential IPs. Since residential IPs are IP addresses designated by an Internet Service Provider to a physical location, they look more natural to the sites you’re trying to scrape. What’s more, rotating means they frequently change, so you don’t have to worry about your requests being traced to the same IP.

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