• http://dynamical.biz/blog/ Ani Lopez

    Hi Andy, great post but let me point something to those not so familiar with regional languages.

    Dialect: a variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group of the language’s speakers. Catalan, Basque, Galician are not dialects of Spanish language, they are languages by themselves

    You rightly quote the word ‘dialects’ for obvious reasons but I would like people not to misinterpret it

    Google is offered in
    – Euskara (Basque) http://www.google.com/search?hl=eu&q=Iñaki+Perurena
    – Gallego (Galician) http://www.google.com/search?hl=gl&q=variedade+de+crustáceos
    – Català (Catalan) http://www.google.com/search?hl=ca&q=pa+amb+tomàquet
    for those who want to dig more in SERPs for those languages

  • http://searchengineland.com Andy Atkins-Krüger

    Ani thanks for your comment. You have highlighted the fact that I have not made absolutely clear that what I mean is that it is very difficult to define what a “dialect” is — and so I am saying it is better to treat all the major dialects as languages. In the case of Spain, I am definitely NOT saying that these “languages” are related to Spanish though both Galician and Catalan are Latin languages with connections to Portuguese (Galician) and to French and Spanish (Catalan). Basque, of course, having very different roots.

    You also make the point that there are Google’s for Basque, Galician and Catalan — please bear in mind these exist only for organic search — there’s no advertising platform. Google has roughly 42 languages (including variations of Spanish) in Adwords — but operates organic search across a great many more languages.