What are Apify freelancers?
Apify freelancers are members of the Apify community who can deliver web scraping and automation solutions on the Apify platform. You can find them on the Apify Discord via the @ tag with the role Freelancer.
Why should I order my web scraping project from a freelancer?
As the Apify community has grown, it has attracted some highly skilled web scraping and automation developers. These developers are often very happy to help other Apify users to solve their problems in return for reasonable and fair payment. These developers have successfully completed several web scraping projects on the Apify platform.
It sounds interesting, but I’m not ready to post my web scraping project yet. Can I read about some of the projects you’ve worked on?
How should I describe my web scraping project?
In as much detail as possible (we even have a guide on how to prepare a good project request). You should describe each step of the process as if you were explaining it to someone who would manually perform each part. This way the developers will be able to give you a detailed proposal and an accurate quote. But if you leave something out, don’t worry; you’ll be in communication with the developer throughout the process and can clarify things later.
What happens after I submit a project?
Developers will usually contact you with proposals on how they would solve your problem along with a quote and time of delivery. You can evaluate them and choose the one that’s best for you. On average, each web scraping project receives at least three proposals.
Do I have to pay if I post a project?
You should arrange payment with your chosen developer. To help you identify experienced developers, look out for a “Freelancer” tag on Discord. Ask developers to share their Apify profile with you where you can check their experience, the tools they have developed on the Apify platform, and their previous projects.
Can I earn money on the Apify platform from my completed project?
If you'd like to recoup your costs, you can also consider opting in your web scraper into our "Paid Actor Monetization" program. This enables you to publish your web scraper on Apify Store and earn passive income. If you are interested, you can sign up your web scraper or web automation tool here.
How are Apify freelancers different from Upwork, Fiverr or Freelancers.com?
While freelance platforms like Upwork or Fiverr may look like an oasis of thousands of available and highly skilled web scraping engineers, in reality, choosing the right web scraping developer involves a lot of gray zones at almost every turn, putting at risk deadlines, data quality, and resource allocations. None of these freelance platforms specialize in web scraping or web automation, they are generic platforms where scams are abundant. To help you navigate through this process, we prepared a handy guide on how to to hire web scraping developers.
I’m looking for a large-scale solution with an SLA and ongoing maintenance. Should I post my project on Apify Discord?
Apify for Enterprise is a better fit for your project. Apify experts can deliver a complete end-to-end solution for all your web scraping, data extraction, and automation needs.
How much do freelancers usually charge?
Prices usually range from $300-$2,000 depending on your use case and its complexity.
Will the solution be accessible to others?
No. The actor will only be available to you, and you will own the source code. It will never be made public. You can share your solution on Apify Store if you want to let others user it.
How do I estimate the running costs?
Crawling the web requires a certain amount of resources. The delivered solutions require modern and scalable hardware, access to a reliable large-bandwidth network, and a large number of hard-to-detect IP addresses. The Apify platform was built with all that in mind. It integrates all the features needed to scrape the web in a user-friendly package.
Most modern websites have some sort of anti-bot mitigation system in place which means that you will need access to proxy servers in order to obfuscate the origin of the queries (for example, by rotating IP addresses). Proxy servers are a costly infrastructure to maintain, so they do not come free (you get a month's trial of 30 datacenter proxies on your free account). Proxy servers come as standard on all of our subscription plans.
In addition, our plans come with a number of Compute Units (server memory * time). actors that run on the platform will consume server memory and time. You can choose your plans based on your expected consumption.
What happens if the website introduces new protections?
If the website changes, you will need to contact the developer to ask for the solution to be updated. You will usually need to pay more for this, but it should be less than the original cost of the solution.
Okay, I'm ready, what's next?
Head over to the Apify Discord and find a developer!