when translating into spanish keep in mind that if you don't want to be associated with any country in particular, you must use "neutral" spanish. Spanish is pretty different in Spain compared with Argentina (where I live). For example, CNNenEspanol broadcasts in a very neutral spanish, it sounds impersonal, but everybody who speak spanish understand the news.
Most of the sites that I develop are in three languages. The most important thing you need to remember is that the person doing your translating is a native speaker of that language. Many times perfessional translators will give you dictionary translations but they are not words commonly used. This is even more important when thinking in terms of SEO.
>>when translating into Spanish, keep in mind that if you don't want to be associated with any country in particular, you must use "neutral" Spanish.<<
Spanish is one of the languages (audience all of spanish speaking world) on of all my sites and I don't worry all that much about being neutral. Unless you throw a bunch of slang in your text the content usually is fine.
Just make sure your translator is a native speaker of the language you want to translate into, they have done at least some translating before and speak english pretty well. Hope that helps.
I once got an email from a company offering to translate one of my sites into several languages. They sent along sample pages to impress me. The first one I checked was the spanish page. I almost fell out of my chair laughing. It was ridiculous. They had obviously used translation software, and apparently nobody at the company had any idea what the foreign language pages really said. Best to get real people for the job, and maybe have it reviewed by more than one native speaker. Be careful of companies posing as translators. They might be using software instead of people. ray
I've just started looking for the same kind of thing as I need the ability to have my sites seen in multiple languages. Could someone please sticky me with a some recommendations of places to go as well? I've been looking and have had the same concerns that you address here with the translation programs and want someone live to do it. Thanks!