Google can figure out different languages without the hreflang attribute

If your website is available in multiple languages, it is usually a good idea to use the hreflang attribute to show Google the different language versions of your website. Unfortunately, incorrectly implemented hreflang attributes can lead to ranking problems.

Google’s John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that Google is usually able to figure out different languages without the hreflang attribute on the web pages:

Google does not use hreflang as an authority signal

In another tweet, John Mueller said that the hreflang attribute is just a basic technical element, and they Google does not use it as an authority signal:

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Tom Cassy

Tom Cassy is the CEO of SEOprofiler. He blogs about search engine optimization and website marketing topics at “”.