Long AdWords Display URLs Messing Google Results

Mar 29, 2010 • 7:32 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdWords

Ever wonder why Google has a display URL character limit? Besides for it looking ugly, it can seriously make the search results page look weird.

A HighRankings Forum thread reports one user seeing such a long display URL and taking a screen shot. Below is a copy of that screen shot and look how the ads get pushed into the organic results:

Google AdWords Warping

How pretty! I tried to replicate the issue myself and I was not able to. Was this a Google bug or a bug with a browser extension that this user is using? If I had to guess, it seems to be browser extension related and not a Google bug.

Forum discussion at HighRankings Forum.

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03/29/2010 12:04 pm

hey, i think it's the seoquake plugin who shows the landingpage URL which is unusually long. Normal users of course only see the display url. With such a URL u would get a nice CTR i think ;)


03/29/2010 12:11 pm

This happens to me sometimes. I'm using the Seoobok extension and yet, this is extension is the cause (in my case).


03/29/2010 01:47 pm

Yes, this is definitely a plug-in and not the AdWords display URL.

Rich Keller

03/30/2010 04:33 am

Appearance is only the reason?

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