Advanced SEO: Add indication for long meta descriptions - wp-calypso

Currently, when you enter a long meta description for a post (longer than 160 characters), the character count turns red like a warning:

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Users that aren't familiar with SEO best practices might not know what that means or why they're being limited. We could add a notice about this either:

A) In the info popover like this:

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B) As an info popover when the character count is over 160 similar to how we treat long Publicize messages:

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Asked Sep 13 '22 11:09
avatar jeremeylduvall

11 Answer:

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Answered Jan 11 '18 at 16:41
avatar  of stale[bot]

This is a pretty easy fix, and I think it would be really helpful for users that aren't that familiar with SEO.

Answered Jan 11 '18 at 21:04
avatar  of jeremeylduvall

I'd like to both bump this issue, and revise it.

We emphasize 160 characters here, when a) exceeding the character limit doesn't hurt the page's SEO and b) Google has had the search result excerpt set to 300 characters since December.

My Request: Increase the character limit to 300 characters.

Answered May 23 '18 at 17:19
avatar  of gracie

I chatted with @chrisfromthelc about this a bit in Slack. Google technically can display up to 320 characters, but on average, it still displays about 160 characters (seems like a lot of factors at play - article). Still the current red warning experience with no additional info is sub-optimal. We could do the following:

  • Normal/gray color from 0-160
  • Yellow warning color with info bubble from 161-320
  • Red warning color with different info bubble from 321+
Answered Jul 10 '18 at 21:13
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Answered Feb 16 '21 at 01:19
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I am closing this as the Calypso editor does not exist anymore. An equivalent Gutenberg editor request is here -

Answered Mar 07 '21 at 13:32
avatar  of arunsathiya

I suggest you to use , online character count this helps you to get accurate title on serp.

Answered Jul 20 '22 at 09:07
avatar  of Manizhe karimi
Manizhe karimi

To write a long meta description you need to focus on keywords, when you write the meta description add keywords in the descritpion. Check out monkey type and check how to write meta descriptions.

Answered Jul 22 '22 at 11:07
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Ana Jones

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Answered Jul 26 '22 at 07:07
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Ankita Pakale

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Answered Jul 27 '22 at 04:07
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Rohan Bhatt

Thank you for your informative and valuable content it helps me to gain my knowledge. Keep sharing.

Answered Sep 13 '22 at 11:09
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