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Another interesting find is that Google.de is indexing .pdf files found on these pages, but not the actual page itself. Both the page and the .pdf file are in German, so it seems that Google.de is recognizing that the .pdf file is in German, but not the page. Any suggestions for what I should be doing to get this pages indexed in Google.de?
On some of these pages the Title Tag is in English (I am working to correct it so that they are in German). Would having the Title Tag in English have any impact on whether or not Google.de recognized them as German language pages?
For example, a site with a .com domain name and hosted in the US is probably not considered German even if the content is in German. If your .com is hosted in Germany, it may well be. Also, a .de domain hosted in the US may well be listed in the German results.
"Seiten aus Deutschland" means "pages from Germany". Those same pages do not rank. I see some .com domains though, so maybe it's enough to be hosted in Germany.
Also, do I have any chance to get with a .at domain with only english contend a good position at the Google.com? Any on with sucess of a .de or .at pages for the English speaking marked?
Of course, there is no problem with getting a country-level domain high in general .com searches in English.
Added: on the other subject, I would recommend going with the W3 recommendation for language, which is this format:
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As Stever says, no problem at all. However the other way around - getting English content ranking on Google.de on German searches is not possible.