Keeping your character count for the page title (aka: META Title) around 60 characters has been touted as a best-in-class or recommended tactic for many years. It is also the focus of nearly every SEO audit tool — but exceeding 60-characters will not ding your SEO, in fact, the opposite might actually happen… here’s why.
The META Title (blue link on search results pages) has a fixed width looking something like the red box below. Because of this hard-stop limit, only 65ish characters display. Different characters occupy more space than others a “W” vs. “i” for example which is why this is a wishy-washy number.
So, if you have more characters than say, 60, they likely will not display — only search engines will see them. As you may imagine, these could impact your visibility and rank on them.
GEEK NOTE: Search engines see the measure in pixels — not characters — with each pixel the equivalent of 1/96" and the 60-character META limit being 554 pixels of visible text.
Keeping within 60 is a solid recommendation, don’t get me wrong, it guarantees humans will see the message you are trying to convey. But if you manage to max-out your character limit and can add a few more words — go ahead — it’s perfectly safe to do so. You just might find yourself smiling when your SEO audit report dings you for it — and you know you’ve just beat them — and your competition at the game.
Incidentally, using too few characters is also a concern — a #marketingshorts article for another day :)
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Originally published at https://www.sidewalkbranding.co on December 14, 2020.