Question: I know that there is a limit in the number of characters for the TITLE (69 I think) and DESCRIPTION (152 I think) tags. Is it a big mistake to go over that limit?
Answer: The limits are roughly <66 for TITLE and <155 for the META DESCRIPTION. Can you go over? For META DESCRIPTION: No, Google will definitely not do anything beyond the 155. For TITLE, Google DOES seem to index beyond 66, so you can place a few additional characters beyond that. I tend to write TITLE tags that are LESS THAN 80 characters, with the MOST IMPORTANT words on the LEFT, and especially in the visible 66 character limit.
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