We all know how frustrating it is to finish a really powerful headline for AdWords and then to discover that our masterpiece is a few characters longer than the 25 character limit. I suppose it encourages all of us to be more direct in our writing, but there are many times when I think to myself: “An extra two or three characters could only help consumers find the most relevant ad for their needs!” Apparently, some advertisers have found a way to get around this limitation. This morning, a client of mine pointed out a competitor’s headline that was 26 characters long.

Here’s a screenshot (it’s the third ad):

I’ve counted the characters a few times to be sure and it is in fact 26 and not 25 characters. My only guess as to why this is happening is that this reflects the exact query I entered into Google. I did a few other related searches and I could not replicate the 26 character result, so I think this is probably what is happening.

But still, how would Google even allow a 26 character ad to be approved, even if the entire query was included inside the dynamic keyword insertion brackets? My only thought here is that Google is allowing the advertiser to buy the singular phrase “Mortgage Refinancing Loan” and then automatically appending an “S” to the end to increase relevancy. I’m sure the advertiser doesn’t mind the increased relevancy and character count.

Has anyone else seen this happening? This is a first for me.


  1. Dan February 5th, 2009

    you continually amaze and astound me. keep it up :)

  2. Francis Shovlin February 11th, 2009

    I also found 26-character headlines when searching “michael scott kitchen cart”. Then I found 27 characters when searching “michael scott kitchen carts”. Could this be something in testing? BizRate had both the ads in question.

  3. David Rodnitzky February 11th, 2009

    Wow, 27 characters, a new record! Frankly I think relevancy would increase if they gave us more characters, so I say bring it on!

  4. d0x February 11th, 2009

    I stumbled across this as well, but I am seeing 28 character titles! Your site is the only other site I can find that discusses this, I want answers!Here’s my blog post about it:http://d0x.com/how-to-exceed-the-25-character-limit-for-titles-in-google-adwords.html

  5. d0x February 11th, 2009

    Err… here’s the clickable link, sorry.http://d0x.com/how-to-exceed-the-25-character-limit-for-titles-in-google-adwords.html

  6. David Rodnitzky February 11th, 2009

    Wow, 28 characters – new record!

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David Rodnitzky
David Rodnitzky is founder and CEO of 3Q Digital (formerly PPC Associates), a position he has held since the Company's inception in 2008. Prior to 3Q Digital, he held senior marketing roles at several Internet companies, including Rentals.com (2000-2001), FindLaw (2001-2004), Adteractive (2004-2006), and Mercantila (2007-2008). David currently serves on advisory boards for several companies, including Marin Software, MediaBoost, Mediacause, and a stealth travel start-up. David is a regular speaker at major digital marketing conferences and has contributed to numerous influential publications, including Venture Capital Journal, CNN Radio, Newsweek, Advertising Age, and NPR's Marketplace. David has a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. with honors from the University of Iowa. In his spare time, David enjoys salmon fishing, hiking, spending time with his family, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, not necessarily in that order.