International Alternates of Your Site
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Overview: Easily build international traffic to your
site by creating multiple versions of your website
in various languages quickly and easily using the Babelfish.
According to Network Solutions spokesman Brian O'Shaughnessy,
"nearly 70% of the online Internet population do not speak
English as their primary language" (Source: ITWorld.com).
With only 30% of the Internet population using English as their
primary English, why only address the English population? With
a little help from Altavista's Babelfish tool, you can easily
make duplicate versions of your content with the touch of a button.
For example, Babelfish can convert English to any of these languages
Tailored to Local Search Engines
Given the increasing size of international markets, its becoming
essential to offer alternate versions of your website to remain
competitive on the Internet.
The greatest advantage which is probably available from using
international languages on your web pages is actually provided
by the search engine effect. Not only will your pages be indexed
in search engines, but you will also qualify to be indexed under local
countries search engines (ie: language specific versions of Excite, Yahoo,
etc.). For example, if you offer a Spanish version of your content, you
can submit your site to the Spanish versions of the top search engines
and probably get a high ranking in comparison with the English
equivalent market. Considering that most international markets
are not saturated, getting ranked high in search engines is not a
difficult task as opposed to the English versions. Different search
engines may have different policies for international sites and may
require you to visit their site directly to submit.
Try Out The Babelfish
The Babelfish is a tool provided by Altavista at no charge which
offers the ability to convert up to 5k of text at a time (for larger
documents, try splitting your content into blocks and sending them
in pieces). This works out to about 800 words or two pages of
double-spaced writing. To try out Babelfish, simply copy and paste some
of the text you would like converted into the box below, or type in
your website address (URL) and Babelfish will fetch your web page and
convert it for you: (Note: a new window will open for you).