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Would there be any negative effects from uploading German content (job advertisement) to a page template that's tagged up as being in English?

We will not be able to edit the meta tags to signal that this page isn't in English.

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    Meta tags are helpful, but they are no way a 'MUST' have. Just like Google translate, the Googlebot can detect which language the content is written in. – Simon Hayter Aug 20 '15 at 15:27
  • There isnt a meta tag for language which you could specify that Google would understand in any event. Google can recognise more than one language on a page. Answer on this question might be useful : webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/5043/… – user29671 Aug 20 '15 at 20:14
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There should not be any negative effects if the majority of the content is in English.

According to Google:

Google uses only the visible content of your page to determine its language. We don’t use any code-level language information such as lang attributes. You can help Google determine the language correctly by using a single language for content and navigation on each page, and by avoiding side-by-side translations.

As a result, I would make sure that all content other than the advertisement is in English.

  • You quote Google as saying mixed language confuses them and you draw the conclusion that mixing languages is OK for SEO? – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 2 '18 at 23:00
  • @StephenOstermiller Everything below the line was more of a semantic tip than about SEO. It shouldn't hurt SEO as far as I'm aware. I have removed it to eliminate confusion. – Grant Miller Apr 2 '18 at 23:46

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