Mario Herrera Perez

Spanish search engines and why marketers should target the country


Slowly but steadily recovering from years of severe economic turmoil, Spain looks destined to appear more frequently on the radar of international marketers.

The Southern European country, which continues to trail comparable EU5 markets like France, the UK and Germany for internet penetration, admittedly has some way to go to become a digital powerhouse on the global stage. Nevertheless, ongoing innovation within the digital realm bodes well in terms of gaining the status and recognition that Spain’s population size and historical importance warrant.

This blog post will teach you more about the size of the Spanish opportunity and the most popular Spanish search engines.


The size of the Spanish market

With almost 38 million internet users, equivalent to 82% of the population, Spain comes in at 19th place when looking at internet population size worldwide.

With such a large and growing online population, Spain is understandably an attractive target market for many businesses considering expanding internationally.

The most popular Spanish search engines

Google is by far the most popular of the Spanish search engines, accounting for 96% of all searches in the country. Bing comes in at second place, with a 3% share of the search market, followed by Yahoo in third place at 1%.

Looking at the devices that Spanish internet users use when searching online, desktop and mobile are almost neck and neck. Desktop accounts for 49% of the market, with mobile coming in close behind at 46%. With mobile’s share of the market growing steadily, it is important to have a mobile-friendly website if you are targeting Spain.

Mario Herrera Perez

Mario Herrera Perez

Business Solutions Manager at Webcertain
Mario is a Business Solutions Manager at Webcertain with 10 years of marketing experience. His hands-on experience in international PPC allows him to help clients succeed internationally. He has managed medium to global-size campaigns on major search engines including Google, Yandex, Baidu, Naver, Yahoo! Japan, Facebook and LinkedIn. Mario is also a Yandex.Expert-certified professional and he regularly shares his knowledge on how international businesses can optimise their campaigns on Yandex. Mario is originally from Spain and speaks Spanish, English, and Italian.
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