Can I turn on AutoPilot but keep my custom meta tags?

Question: I have written custom page titles and meta descriptions for some of my products or pages. I want to use the app's AutoPilot features, but how do I prevent AutoPilot from overwriting my custom meta tags?

Answer: Yes, it is possible to use AutoPilot alongside custom meta tags that you have already written in your Shopify admin. Rest assured that SEO Optimizer will never overwrite any page titles or meta descriptions that you have previously customized. The app's AutoPilot does not actually delete the tags set in Shopify; AutoPilot simply creates new meta tags and applies them to your pages in the place of Shopify's tags. (The one exception is image alt tags, which are permanently set by the app.)

Here are two ways to use AutoPilot alongside your custom meta tags.

Option 1: If you have customized meta tags across all pages

If you simply want to let Shopify apply page titles and/or meta descriptions that you've customized across all of your pages, simply go the AutoPilot page and turn off AutoPilot for page titles and/or or meta descriptions. With AutoPilot turned off, your custom tags from Shopify will be applied to your pages.

After you turn off those AutoPilot settings, the app's SEO audits will warn you to add page titles and/or meta descriptions, but you can safely ignore those warnings and leave them blank. Any time that a page on your site loads and its page title and meta description in our app are blank, your custom meta tags from Shopify will be applied to the page instead.

Option 2: If you have customized meta tags only on some pages

If you have only a few pages with customized meta tags, we don't want to turn off AutoPilot for those tags, because then your regular pages without customized tags won't have their tags set by the app either.

There is no way to exclude only certain pages from AutoPilot. So you'll need to turn on AutoPilot completely, and then copy and paste your custom tags from your Shopify admin into each page's audit in the override settings:

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