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Did you know that All in One SEO can automatically generate SEO titles and descriptions for your posts in your custom post types?
For example, if you have a WooCommerce store then this can be a huge timesaver if you have lots of products.
Custom post types are content other than the standard Posts and Pages found in WordPress. They are usually added using a plugin or your theme.
Here we’ll help you with easy-to-follow steps to automatically generate SEO titles and descriptions based on formats you can create.
Whilst it’s possible to automatically generate your SEO titles and descriptions, this can lead to poor quality titles and descriptions which will be ignored by search engines. The best titles and descriptions are ones you write yourself.
Controlling SEO for Custom Post Types
To get started, click on Search Appearance in the All in One SEO menu and then click on the Content Types tab.
Scroll down and you should see sections for each of your post types. For example, for WooCommerce Products there will be a section for Products where you’ll see the Preview, Product Title, and Meta Description.
The screenshots below show the settings for Posts, which are identical to the settings for each custom post type.
These settings will be hidden if Show in Search Results is set to No. This is because you’ve chosen to not have this content appear on search engines. Change Show in Search Results to Yes if you want this content to appear in search engines.
The Preview shows an example of how your content may look in search results based on the Title and Meta Description formats you set.
Setting the SEO Title Format
To set the SEO title format that will be used to automatically generate SEO titles for your content, click on one of our smart tags shown above the Title field.
You can also type the hash character ( # ) in the field to display a list of available tags you can choose from.
You can also enter text in the Title field or combine text with the smart tags and there’s an emoji picker where you can add an emoji.
Whatever you set in the Title will apply to all your content in that post type. However, you can override this in the Edit Post screen for your custom post type where you’ll see a Title field in the AIOSEO Settings section.
Setting the SEO Description Format
You can set the SEO description format that will be used to automatically generate SEO descriptions for your content by using the Meta Description field.
This field works in the same way as the Title field. You can select from one of the smart tags displayed above the field, or type the hash character ( # ) in the field to display a list of available tags you can choose from.
You can also enter text in the field or combine text with smart tags and there’s an emoji picker where you can add an emoji.
Whatever you set in the Meta Description will apply to all your content in that post type. However, you can override this in the Edit Post screen for your custom post type where you’ll see a Meta Description field in the AIOSEO Settings section.
That’s all! You’ve now set the SEO title and description formats for your custom post type content.