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3/7/14
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How long is too long for a URL?

How long is too long for a URL?  We had a tool that said this was too long ...http://www.tlcingredients.com/about-us.....REALLY?
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Cheerful Charlie
3/7/14
Cheerful Charlie
Your problem is more that pages on your site that don't exist are redirected with a 301 Moved response rather than a 404 doesn't exist code. I wouldn't worry about the too long thing. It's well within limits.
JohnMu
3/7/14
JohnMu
Hi Tracy

As far as I know, there's no theoretical length limit, but we recommend keeping URLs shorter than 2000 characters to keep things manageable. Your URL looks much shorter than that, so just from the length that would be fine. As Charlie mentioned (thanks!), there are definitely more important things to watch out for. For some general information, I'd recommend going through our SEO guide at http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf

Cheers
John
3/7/14
Original Poster
Google user
Hi Charlie-
Please explain what you mean"pages on your site that don't exist are redirected with a 301 Moved".There was a site, then we built a new site and redirected the old pages to the new pages with a 301. So do you think it's not correct to do a 301 in this case? There were some pages from the old site that did not go to the new site and those were coded with a 404.
cristina
3/7/14
cristina
An incorrect URL of your site redirects 301 to the home page with resulting status 200 OK. Try a URL that does not exist, like your-site/xyz123
It should return resulting status 404 Not Found.
 
3/7/14
Original Poster
Google user
Hi Christina
How does that type of error, affect ranking or SEO? Is it a coding error?  Oh, and how do I check for that sort of thing in the future, just do the mysite.com/makeshitup  ? Thanks for your explanation, of what Charlie was talking about. 
3/7/14
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Google user
Thanks John
 
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