Why E-A-T Is Crucial For SEO Success

Why E-A-T Is Crucial For SEO Success

What we eat has a direct influence on our health.  The same applies to your website.

The healthier a website’s E-A-T, the higher its value and the more likely it is to perform well in the search engine rankings.

But what is E-A-T and just why is it so important?

E-A-T is an acronym for E (Expertise) A (Authority) T (Trust) and it was established a few years ago by Google as part of its push to give users the best experience possible and the best search results possible.   Google uses E-A-T to assess websites in terms of the quality of their content and their relevance and will reward those with good ‘E-A-T-ing habits’ with higher rankings.

Even though E-A-T was first introduced some time ago, most website managers really started to take notice of it when Google put it front and centre of its major 2018 Update, commonly referred to as the ‘Medic Update’.   The search engine giant has even said that it is in its top three factors when it comes to assessing page quality.

In short, building your website’s E-A-T is critically important in setting your business up for online success.

The greater a website’s E-A-T rating, the more likely it is to rank well in the search engine pages and the greater the likelihood of more website traffic and increased conversions.

Let’s look at what each of the components of E-A-T involves and then investigate ways of incorporating it into your website.

‘E’ for Expertise

This relates to the author of the main content on the page.  Who created the content?  What are their credentials?  What qualifies them to be recognised as an expert?

The person who created the content on the page needs to be an expert in their field.  This will obviously be more important for sites that offer professional advice, eg a law firm or a financial advisor and it is possible to prove expertise by sharing details of the content creator’s qualifications, credentials and expertise.  Google may even consider someone to be an ‘expert’ if they have life experience in a particular area.

‘A’ for Authority

This refers to several elements of a website, namely the content, the primary content creator or author and the website itself.

Is the author respected as an industry leader or spokesperson?  What is their background?  How does a user know that they are acknowledged as an authority?  Does the content have authority?  Testimonials, case studies, links to published articles, industry awards, accreditations, membership of professional bodies and reviews are valuable proof of the creator’s standing in the industry and the quality of the content.

‘T’ for Trust

As with authority, trust refers to the content, the primary content creator or author and the website itself.

Does the quality of the content reassure the user that its creator is trustworthy?   Do users feel secure on the site?  Can they trust your business?  Are you presenting as a reliable and honest business?  Is the information on your website accurate?

Next steps

There are plenty of ways of adding E-A-T to your website, and I want to show you some effective strategies that I’ve learnt in my many years as an SEO specialist and digital marketing expert in Perth.

Here are some of my tips for optimising your website’s E-A-T and improving its rankings, performance and traffic.

How to show ‘Expertise’

  • Implement author schema
  • Include a full bio for every author on your site
  • Include a professional-looking photo with the author bio
  • Make your ‘About Us’ page sing. It should assert the qualifications, expertise, background, skills and knowledge of all key team members
  • Try and get other experts to mention or cite the information on your website
  • Feature a comprehensive FAQ section on your website. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge in your specialist area

How to demonstrate ‘Authority’

  • Highlight reviews where possible and make sure they are current. Five star-ratings are valuable.
  • Include case studies on your website as proof of your track record. Highlighting details of achievements, deadlines met, expectations exceeded, bottom-line savings for clients and innovative ideas are important ways to demonstrate authority in your field
  • Summarise industry research to attract outbound links
  • Make use of inbound links from other quality websites
  • Put client testimonials up on your site as well as on other platforms such as Trustpilot
  • List your accreditations, awards and membership of professional bodies. Displaying these in visual form ie with a logo, photo or membership badge adds instant credibility
  • Share your content where appropriate

How to inspire ‘Trust’

  • Buy an SSL certificate to demonstrate that your site is secure
  • Show users that you have a physical location and include a Google Maps location if possible
  • Make sure your contact details are prominent and easy to use.
  • Offer a ‘Live Chat’ option if possible
  • Include pages for your Terms and Conditions, your Privacy Policy, Refunds and Returns policy etc
  • Build a steady stream of genuine reviews on various platforms eg Google My Business, Facebook and Trustpilot
  • Acknowledge and respond to all reviews – especially negative ones
  • Build a presence on industry-related websites
  • Only have quality content on your website
  • Create content that answers users’ search queries

Of course, not all of the above apply to every website.  Each website is unique and you need to implement things that will impact on your particular target market and which will benefit your specific users. But whatever your business and whatever your industry, optimising your website’s E-A-T is critical to online visibility and success.

My business, Blue Cherry Online Marketing, has been helping businesses across Australia be seen and get found online as well as achieve greater e-commerce success.  My focus as an SEO specialist in Perth is to achieve outstanding results for my clients without breaking the bank and the many reviews on my website www.bluecherry.com.au are testimony that can be done!

If you’d like more information on how to improve your website’s E-A-T, specialist SEO advice or simply a friendly obligation-free chat about your online visibility, get in touch through the website or give me a call on 08 6313 3935.  I’m here to help!