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The Paradox of Hispanic SEO

May 14th, 2015 by Lee Vann No Comments


Despite the rise of social media, content marketing, mobile marketing and other digital marketing tactics, SEO is still critical. In fact, a study published in Search Engine Land found that 51% of all visitors to both B2B and B2C websites are driven by organic search.

As more and more brands launch owned websites to address the booming Hispanic digital market, the wise ones will invest in optimizing their websites for the Hispanic audience. Read on to learn about the opportunities and the paradox of Hispanic SEO.

Hispanic SEO and Language

First, it is important to know that Hispanics use search engines in large numbers to search for products and services. A recent report by Google indicates that 86% of Digital Hispanics use search to gather information about a purchase. What’s more, 79% search at least daily and 68% of those who search, search on their mobile devices.

So in what language do they search? The same Google report states that a full two-thirds of Digital Hispanics (across all language preferences) have used Spanish to look for information using a search engine in the past month. Digging deeper, Google reports that the fastest growing Spanish language search categories include retail, telecom, health, skincare, food, auto and beauty.

This data is clear. Marketers looking to target online Hispanics should execute Spanish language search engine optimization.

Are you ready to dive into Hispanic SEO? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Hispanic SEO Competition and Volume

Play around with English and Spanish keywords in the Google Adwords Keyword Planner tool and you will quickly see that for the most part, Spanish keywords have less competition and less volume when compared to equivalent English keywords. Because search volumes are relatively low in Spanish, marketers must optimize their sites for a large number of Spanish keywords, including long tail keywords, to generate significant traffic volume. The good news is that because competition is low, ranking for a large number of Spanish keywords is relatively easy.

You should also be aware of the paradox of Hispanic SEO.

Hispanic SEO and International Traffic

The Internet knows no borders and this is especially evident with Hispanic SEO. Well-optimized Spanish language U.S. Hispanic websites will inevitably receive a large amount of traffic from outside the U.S. This happens because search engines will index these Spanish sites and serve them in response to Spanish language searches regardless of the country of such search.

To illustrate this point, below are some U.S. Hispanic sites and their percentage of international traffic according to similarweb.com:

  • Univision.com – 64% International traffic
  • Telemundo.com – 62% International traffic
  • QueRicaVida.com – 62% International traffic
  • ComidaKraft.com – 60% International traffic

For marketers with U.S. Hispanic focused budgets, the steady flow of international traffic might be concerning. What do I think? Don’t worry about it.

If you are getting international Spanish language traffic, it means your site is well optimized for search engines. That in turn means you will be getting qualified U.S. Hispanic visitors, which is the point in the first place. Getting visitors to your website from Latin America can be good. U.S. Hispanics are deeply connected to their countries of origin through family and friends, many of whom visit and may potentially immigrate to the U.S.

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