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Latin American Search Engines

Which are the most popular Lain America search engines?



3:30 pm on Mar 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have been asked to promote my company’s website in Latin America. The website has a .com domain address. The counties I have been asked to concentrate on are Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Chile. Does anybody out there know the main search engines used in these counties? What languages they are in? Do you think I should employ a third party company to handle the submissions? If so does anyone know of any promotion companies?
Many Thanks


3:39 pm on Mar 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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See your stickymail


3:54 pm on Mar 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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If you want to get into the most popular then go for YupiMSN, Terra, FAST, and Google. Google, especially, since they have recently opened various .XX country versions

If you list well in these then you should be in good shape with traffic from LA.

Another good thing to do, if you have the time, would be to go through all the search directories listed in Dmoz.org

Top: World: Español: Países: Enter Country Name Here:

It's hard to know what is really popular in each country unless you have someone that is in the area or actually lives there. So that in mind, it wouldn't hurt to try to get listed in any directory you can find for that country(s).

However, you will encounter some problems in each country since many directories ONLY allow country-specific domains. But usually those are business-type directories that are targeted for local markets.


6:50 pm on Mar 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Don't know how up-to-date this list is:



6:53 pm on Mar 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Lycos's TERRA network.


10:51 pm on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Have you tried mundohispano.com?


1:22 am on Apr 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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[google.com.mx...] has links to two other search engine databases. I don't know who has the most traffic. The top ten databases for Mexico I am aware of are:

1) mxchannel or mexicochannel.net, 2) buscopio.com 3) buscador.com.mx 4) dobleu.com 5) lamira.com 6) mexicoweb.com.mx 7) radar.com.mx 8) mexicoglobal.com 9) terra.com 10) google.com.mx

Yes, i know latin america is bigger than just mexico but i have to start creating my list somewhere ;)

keyplyr yes that list is out of date. IMHO.


11:52 am on Apr 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks a lot for all your advice!



7:40 am on Apr 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Couple of questions.

To get into the Latin Amer. Google and
Inktomi do you submit pages to the Latin SE
versions or will the U.S. SE versions work
assuming the pages are in Spanish?

Who do you submit to to get into Terra? Is
it Lycos. And will the US Lycos be OK.

Is it better to have a new .com domain in
Spanish with only Spanish pages for the Latin
SE that except .coms?

Thanks for any help.


2:00 pm on Apr 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi Dogstar and welcome to WebmasterWorld!

To answer your first question about Google and Inktomi, all you have to do is submit your Spanish pages to the main US-versions. They will be displayed on any search that made for Spanish-language pages. However, they will not be displayed on Country-specific search queries unless you actually have a site hosted there and/or with the appropriate extension.

For Terra..

Get your site into Lycos, Inktomi, and the Open Directory. Each of these provides part of the search backbone for various Terra sites.

In order to get listed in the category sections you should submit to Terra.es. You can try the other country-specific Terra sites but I think that they will only accepted country-specific/related domains. I have not looked into every version of Terra.xx so I can't give you all the facts.

On the .com

It would probably make things a lot easier to have a separate domain set up for the translated pages. You will be able to organize your sites better and the web surfers/search engines will have an easier time navigating them as well.

Here is an excellent post that covers some topics on translations and additional domains.



5:53 am on Apr 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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