Amazon EU titles’ new limit is 200 characters

Amazon MaintenanceAmazon UK are to limit product titles to no more than 200 characters (including spaces) from the 6th of April. We’ve already seen this in the US on Amazon.com but now the shorter title limitation is coming to Amazon’s EU sites.

Chris Dunne over at RepricerExpress warns that this will impact existing listings as well as any new listings added after the deadline. Listings with titles containing more than 200 characters will be suppressed from search results and potential customers simply won’t see your products.

This is especially important if you sell your own brand products as you’re probably the only merchant so none of your competitors will try to fix the title. However if you have a well performing product on an ASIN where other merchants also list then it’s in your interest to edit the title. If someone else does the edit first then keywords may be deleted, if you do the job at least you have a fighting chance of your new version becoming the default.

How to identify titles on Amazon that need fixing

Amazon advise that you either:
1. Sellers should log into Seller Central and click on “Inventory Reports” under “Manage Inventory”.
2. Download the Listing Quality and Suppressed Listing Report, and filter the listings according to Product Name

or

1. Sellers should log into Seller Central and click on “Manage Inventory” under “Inventory”.
2. Click on “Suppressed ASINs”, then filter according to title.