Search Engines and Web Scraping
Google, Bing and all other search engines only want humans conducting searches and accessing their data.
As a default defence mechanism, they block automated querying because bad actors carrying out nefarious online activities often use large-scale attacks led by bots. These could overwhelm their servers, leading to downtime for their real customers and loss of revenue.
However, as you already know, there are perfectly legitimate reasons to send automated queries and scrape the web.
As a white hat professional, you’ve likely seen your software’s automated queries blocked because Google has mistaken your scraping for a black hat botnet.
Whether you’re conducting competitive research, evaluating local search results, or scraping the web for data, there is nothing more frustrating than being blocked by Google.