Competitive monitoring is a Midesk capability that helps you monitor and extract data from various sources on the internet. It's facilitated via so-called "monitoring jobs". A Monitoring Job is a type of special website / API crawler that extracts various types of data and notifies on significant changes. This automates your repetitive work and saves your time!
Click on Baselines › Competitive Monitoring to navigate to the overview page from where you can get a good overview about running monitoring jobs, latest values extracted from your target websites/APIs. It's also a place where you can create a new monitoring job.
Please look Quick Start for Monitoring Job to start monitoring your competition right now!
You are able to manage each Monitoring Job. By clicking the symbols:
run jobs manually,
copy the monitored URL,
delete the job
Filter your monitoring jobs. Search for name, URL, data type, ….
Start with a blank job or duplicate a Monitoring job:
Duplicate a Monitoring Job from an existing job and make changes you need. Use the symbol with (+)
Notifications are available for letting you know when there are changes on your monitored website. Notifications can come via mail to your registered email address. Midesk visualizes exactly what changed on your monitored website. It compares old to new. Midesk saves the old webpage data, so you can immediately see what changed.
All sent notifications are saved in the News Hub. An article is generated automatically by Midesk and you find it under "Saved News" › "Notifications". So we do not spam your email address and nothing gets lost.
„If Change > … %“ is useful for monitored numbers.
Take „Report every change“ if you want to know when there is any update on your monitored website.
There are two types of crawlers: a „normal“ Crawler and a Midesk Proxy Crawler:
Use the Midesk Proxy Crawler if Midesk is caught by a captcha or other anti-crawling measures. This method uses a random proxy server around the world to disguise the Crawler