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Amidst the intrigue and debate among SEO enthusiasts and digital marketers…

…the burning question often asked is –

“What’s the ideal character count for meta descriptions that will boost my website’s search engine rankings?”

Many have tried to crack the code, proposing specific character counts ranging from 155 to 160 characters, believing they align with the mystical “Google algorithm.”

However, as Google’s John Mueller himself has clarified…

…there is no specific character count for meta descriptions that directly influences Google’s search ranking algorithm.

The statement Mueller dispels any lingering misconceptions regarding the length of meta-descriptions.

As he stated, Google’s algorithm doesn’t adhere to any predefined character limit for these short text snippets.

Meta descriptions serve the vital function of providing users with a concise preview of a web page’s content. When crafted effectively, they can entice users to click through to your site. In SEO, click-through rate (CTR) reflects user engagement and the relevancy of your content to search queries.


A well-optimized meta description that is clear, compelling, and relevant. It can lead to a higher CTR, potentially driving more organic traffic to your website. However, this does not mean you should rigidly adhere to a specific character count. Instead, use informative and engaging meta descriptions to entice users to click on your pages.

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Being in the content writing landscape for 4+ years, Tuhin likes to go deep into the minds of his readers through his writing. He loves sharing content related to SEO, digital marketing, content writing, copywriting, Education, and lifestyle. Besides his inherent inclination towards creating content, he is also a sports enthusiast and travel freak.