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What is maximum length of meta description

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization (SEO)' started by neeraj_77, May 31, 2012.

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  1. neeraj_77

    neeraj_77 New Member

    Hi Friends,

    Please anyone can suggest me the maximum length of meta description of any web page. Ant what is the deprivation of lengthy meta description.

  2. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    Should not be more than 160 characters
  3. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown New Member

    160 and you can test it by searching on Google or other search engine and then copy the meta description and past it in MS word to count the actual length they have used to represent Meta.
  4. ozsubasi

    ozsubasi New Member

    Shabbir is correct, it is 160 as far as Google is concerned, because that is the maximum number they can display in search results.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012
  5. Alex.Gabriel

    Alex.Gabriel New Member

    I have found this on google support pages.
    <meta name="Description" content="Author: A.N. Author, 
    Illustrator: P. Picture, Category: Books, Price: $17.99, 
    Length: 784 pages">
    If what i have understand google needs meta description to be "clearly tagged and separated" .
    So i don't think that lenght matters but quality .
  6. ozsubasi

    ozsubasi New Member

    A description can be any length, but the point is that Google will only display a maximum of 160 characters in the search results. Meta descriptions do not affect ranking, but they do affect whether or not a user decides to click on a result, and they can only see as much as Google shows them. Therefore a concise description that can be fully displayed is more likely to attract a user.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012
  7. anoopvkwebtech

    anoopvkwebtech New Member

    I think 160 charcter.......................................
  8. ozsubasi

    ozsubasi New Member

    The question has been answered, and there is no value gained by repeating the answer.
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