Extract thousands of Google Results into your Google Sheet

Scraping, i.e. the extraction of data from websites, is one of the most widely used techniques on the web. The uses are innumerable: Analysis of competitors, its SEO positioning, content generation, influencer tracking, etc.

Once the data is extracted, you have to process it, and there, nothing like our good old spreadsheet… In short, Scraper + Google Sheets is a marketers’ paradise!

One of the most coveted sites for scraping is of course our dear Google. Scraping Google allows to:

  • Know the position of your site with regard to several keywords
  • Understand your environment by analyzing the sites that rank best and follow the positions of competitors
  • Analyze the most effective content
  • Understand the keywords and sentence formulations that work best

So here is the ultimate guide to generating a table of more than 500 Google results in Google Sheets. You are then free to use the content according to your needs…

What you will learn…

  • the basic use of ImportFromWeb, the Google Sheets add-on that we built and that you will need to extract the information.
  • how to return multiple pieces of information from a Google query
  • how to return several pages of results with several keywords in a single table

Scrape the titles of a search

The basics of scraping include a URL and a path to the element of the page to be extracted

The Url

To our great happiness (and sometimes misfortune) Google often does things well! Hence, the URL of a search is easily modifiable to adapt it to our needs.

No need to analyze all the optional parameters here, which are also available here as we will focus on 3 parameters:

  • q=keyword+key, indicating the request
  • hl=fr, indicating the language of the results
  • num=100, the number of results to be returned. By default the value is 10

Come on, let’s try them on a keyword that will do our planet some good…


The path of the element with XPath

The second step is the description of our element! No need for a Master degree in engineering here, but you do need to have some basic knowledge of HTML.

XPath is a language for describing an element of an XML script. And the good news is that, HTML being derived from XML, XPaths also apply to our beloved web pages.

A simple example: //h1 indicates all the titles of the page, the double slash indicating that the path is relative, so not necessarily a direct child of the document root.

In our case, the XPath will be a little more complex:


To help you write your XPaths, install XPath Helper for Chrome. My article will help you get started with XPaths

//div[@class="g"] indicates all the wrapper elements for each result. That is, all “div” of class “g”

With XPath Helper:

And by adding //h3, we grab the title of each container

Are you still following me? Now, let’s compile this in our Google Sheets function

Install ImportFromWeb and open a new spreadsheet

Now, install the tool into your Google Sheets from the Google Workspace Marketplace following the step-by-step instructions indicated by the add-on. This is an easy process that just takes a minute and enables you to easily extract a high-volume of data from most websites.

Then, open a new spreadsheet (Pss … other secret by the way, in your Chrome address bar, just type sheets.new). From there, you can access the tool by clicking “Add-ons” > ImportFromWeb > “Activate Add-on” within the spreadsheet.

Let’s first install the IMPORTFROMWEB addon from the G Suite Marketplace

Input the Url and the Xpath

Then type


Wait an instant for the data to load …

Note: Google and many sites do not always make life easy for scraping tools.
The engine behind IMPORTFROMWEB will usually find a way to load the page in less than 20 seconds, but in some cases more time is needed.
If you see #PENDING_REQUESTS, open the add-on sidebar through the menu: Add-ons > IMPORTFROMWEB > Open sidebar, then push the “Actions” button at the bottom and finally click on “Refresh pending requests”

You should now see something like this:

Import the descriptions and result links

IMPORTFROMWEB has the particularity to accept ranges of cells in place of the selector, thus allowing to return more information on our search results.

Using the previous formula:

2// div[@class=”g”]/ /h3//div[@class=”g”]//h3/../@href@class//div[@=”g”]//div[@class=”slpf”]

The baseSelector option

IMPORTFROMWEB accepts a 3rd parameter. This is a range of cells containing options, which makes the function more powerful and flexible.

The list of options is available here.

In our example we will need baseSelector.

To complete our table, let’s assume that we want to return the note given to some results.

We could add the XPath to our range of selectors, like this:

Woe! Since not all the results have a score, the cells are no longer synchronized. For instance, the score in D4 does not correspond to the result in line 4.

The option baseSelector is our remedy!

2//h3//h3/../@href//span [@class=”st”]//div[child::g-review-stars]
4=IMPORTFROMWEB(A2, A3: D3, A3:B3)   

By modifying each XPath and passing //div[@class=”g”] to the baseSelector, we tell the function to search inside the elements described by the baseSelector.

Let’s see it in action…

As seen before, //div[@class="g"] actually describes the containers for each result.

Therefore, after executing the function, we have all the elements in place again:

Return the results of several keywords

As for the selectors, the URL parameter also accepts a range of cells.

Here’s how to get in a few clicks the first 100 results of multiple keywords!

Let’s slightly modify our spreadsheet to generate a list of URLs from Google Search

1bamboo toothbrush=ARRAYFORMULA(“https://www.google.com/search?q=”&SUBSTITUTE(A1:A5,” “,”+”)&”&hl=en&num=100″)
2bamboo toothbrush subscription 
3cheap bamboo toothbrush 
 Bamboo toothbrush review 
4Buy bamboo toothbrush 

Which should result as follows:

Let’s now reference the range of URLs in our function


And here is the result:

All results for each XPath are now concentrated in one cell! This is because IMPORTFROMWEB now processes a 3-dimensional table.

We will have to add another option: stackPages.

By switching stackPages to TRUE, we tell the function that google pages are one single sequence of results and therefore, they must be stacked in the same table.

As our sheet becomes slightly more complex, I have reorganized it for greater clarity. Here is the result:

From now on, we do not know what key word each line refers to.

Another option will help us here: showUrls.

With showUrls set to TRUE, a new column will appear reminding the URL of the page for each line.

Using a good old matrix search method (VLOOKUP, FILTER, INDEX & MATCH), we can return the keywords for each result. Check column A!

Here is the final result:

Get the working spreadsheet:

If you prefer, you can use our template to make the process easier, you just have to make a copy of the template, activate the add-on and input your queries in the yellow cells:

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