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 leave AutoPilot turned off for that particular tag or two. However, you need to turn off these AutoPilot features from the very beginning, in the initial app setup at the beginning of the 7-day Pro trial. For example, if you have customized all of your page titles and meta descriptions through your Shopify admin, uncheck those in the app's initial setup:

If you have already started using the app with these AutoPilot features turned on, don't worry, all is not lost! Your custom meta tags are not overwritten permanently: they are still saved in your Shopify admin. You have a few options to restore them:

  • Turn off AutoPilot and then copy and paste your custom tags from your Shopify admin into each product or page audit in the app.
  • Leave AutoPilot on but copy and paste in your custom tags to override AutoPilot (see below).
  • Uninstall the app and reinstall it with AutoPilot turned off from the beginning. Note, however, that when you reinstall the app, Shopify may reset your monthly subscription to the app so that you are charged again sooner than you otherwise would have, so only use this method if you have too many custom tags to copy and paste manually. (Or you could do this soon before your subscription renewal date, so that you are not charged much sooner than normal.)

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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