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Starting to write articles for my site - Dutch or English?

freekdl
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Starting to write articles for my site - Dutch or English?

Hi,

I would like to start by saying hello to everyone, I just
joined today & I'm sure I will learn a lot here!

I have a question about the website I'm creating at the moment,
it's a review site about affiliate marketing, survey sites, adsense
books, etc...
I was planning to do the site in Dutch, but now that it's time to
start writing my content, I'm having major doubts about this.
The reason why it interested me was because of the fact
that I would have less competition. I've played with adwords in
the past weeks, and got very nice ctr's on some of my ads (2,5 -4)
while paying only 12 cents for keywords that probably cost dollars in
English.
The thing about it that turns me off now is, if I do it in Dutch, I will have less competition, but also I will be targeting a much smaller amount of people..

So what's your opinion on this?

Thanks for your time,
Freek
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chatyak86
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Hi and welcome!

If you want to do Dutch....... i say great do it! But you also have to do English whether you like it or not... English is the dominant ruler of the online world.

Adrian,
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freekdl
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Hi,

thanks for the quick reply.
I'm not trying to avoid English, I only wondered if it would be easier to
get ranked high in search engines and pay less with PPC when using another language.
Sorry if I was a little unclear in my previous post.

Freek
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chatyak86
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freekdl wrote:Hi,

thanks for the quick reply.
I'm not trying to avoid English, I only wondered if it would be easier to
get ranked high in search engines and pay less with PPC when using another language.
Sorry if I was a little unclear in my previous post.

Freek


Hmm.... I would say if your main goal is PPC then yes.... but ranking in natural SEO might be harder since a lot of people won't trade links with a foreign language site.

Adrian,
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sean06
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Freek, I don't really know how much traffic you'll get with a Dutch site. My experience in Holland was that everyone speaks fluent English anyway.

Go check out some of the search volume for Dutch keywords. Considering the amount of Dutch speaking people is around 17 million and that the English speaking world is probably 20 times larger than that, you can probably divide the number in overture by 20 or so.

On the other hand, if you just want to get a site up and making some cash as soon as possible, doing it Dutch could be good as there shouldn't be as much competition.

Do some research and have a think.
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crystal01
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There is a plug in that actually automatically translates English into other languages at the push of a button. However, I am led to believe that some of the articles the plug in spits out is gibberish. But perhaps that is something to think about, too, if you want to cater for multiple languages. Just a thought.
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