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This rule determines if the <meta name="description" content="Example description"> have recommended description length between 25 and 160 characters.


Search engine crawlers only show the first 150-160 characters of the description on the search results page, so if a description is too long, searchers may not see all of the text. If a description is too short, the search engines may add text found elsewhere on the page. Note that search engines may show a different description from the one you have authored if they feel it may be more relevant to a user’s search.

How to fix it

  • Make sure the <meta name="description" content="Example description"> description is between 25 and 160 characters.
  • Bing cuts the meta description (as of 07.2023) on a mobile viewport to a maximum of 98 characters.
    Bing example SERP on mobile


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