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SEO Tips – Why You Need To E.A.T. More in 2020…

So what does E.A.T. mean and why is it important for SEO in 2020?

E.A.T. is an acronym (if you haven’t already guessed) for:

E = Expertise

A = Authoritativeness

T = Trustworthiness

Keep reading to discover some useful E.A.T. SEO tips and strategies that you can apply to improve your search rankings.

SEO Tips - What is E.A.T.

Let’s examine what each of these elements mean and why they’re important for SEO.

EXPERTISE

To be favoured in the SERPS (search engine ranking positions) your website content must meet these 3 major ranking criteria.

Starting with web content, since Google does not understand content the way human beings do it instead, looks for signals that it can gather about your content to understand how it correlates with how humans assess relevance.

SEO PRO TIP 1: How pages link to each other is one of the well-known signals that Google uses.

It is imperative therefore, that your content resonates well with your target audience by:

a). Acknowledging & addressing their search query, including a descriptive or helpful title in the first instance.

b). Providing as in-depth an answer or solution as might be feasibly relevant to the search query thereby demonstrating your particular expertise.

c). Backing-up statements by providing fact-based evidence such as linking to seminal works or citing other reputable sites on the subject.

SEO Tips- E.A.T. - Why It's A Must Have

AUTHORITATIVENESS

Looking through Google’s algorithmic eyes websites or pages that have no beneficial purpose, ones that make no attempt to help users, or pages that potentially spread hate, cause harm, or misinform or deceive users, will receive their lowest rating.

Creating high quality web pages takes a significant amount of time and effort, expertise and skill too.

When pages are created that are factually accurate for the topic and backed-up by solid expert published opinion, then those pages are most likely to be deemed as being authoritative.

Clear examples of authority sites include:

Bruce Clay – The Father of SEO

Seth Godin – The Ultimate Entrepreneur

SEO TIP 2: Your reputation as an author will affect how your content is viewed. Make sure that what you put out is of the highest quality and contribute to leading publications in your industry.

TRUSTWORTHINESS

Google favours high quality original content. Therefore, it is pointless to adopt a poor short term strategy that will only lead to low ranking penalties and ultimately site oblivion.

Let’s be clear – by poor strategy we mean:

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SEO TIPS – PUTTING E.A.T. TOGETHER…

The key to E. A. T. is to adopt a strategy right from the very outset that places your target audience at the very heart of every bit of content that you publish.

SEO Tips - Putting it all together

In doing so, you not only benefit by adhering to Google’s content ranking guidelines but also by improving user engagement, lowering bounce rates and ultimately being seen as a primary resource within your industry.

SEO TIP 3: Align your content creation efforts closely with E.A.T. criteria to send a strong signal to Googlebot that your content is worth ranking well.

TIME TO WRAP UP…

There are no doubt many other ranking signals used to determine the top spots.

But Googlebot’s automated web crawler is programmed to use a mix of many different signals to rank good content.

It is understood that the ranking signals use a mix of what, we as humans would agree is great content based upon the E-A-T criteria.

It has to be said however, that earning full marks from Google for all 3 E.A.T. criteria is certainly not going to be easy.

Therefore, from an SEO tips standpoint assessing your own content based on the E-A-T criteria will most probably send a strong signal that your content is worthy of ranking well.

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Google Marketing Tips & Advice During Coronavirus

Marketing tips from Google during these troubled times offer us, an insight into how businesses should ethically look at promoting themselves in the months ahead.

The Coronavirus rightly continues to dominate global news headlines with the seismic impact that it has on peoples all around the world.

As businesses reel from national lock-downs in place and with their economic futures looking highly uncertain, marketing advice from industry leaders like Google are worth taking a look at in closer detail.

1. GOOGLE MARKETING TIPS – TRUST LOCAL MARKETS

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Trusting Local Market Impact

ASK – “Is this campaign right given the current local market context”?

Trust what’s happening on a local market level.

Although the Coronavirus is a global pandemic, businesses should start by examining what is happening on a national and local level to therefore adopt the most appropriate marketing campaigns.

Be agile and adapt campaigns quickly to suit.

2. REASSESS MARKETING STRATEGY

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Reassessing Campaign Strategy

ASK – “Is this campaign still right for the context and the moment“?

Reassessing strategy constantly is an absolute must.

Because current market dynamics are pushing rapidly evolving changes, businesses must thoroughly examine every marketing touchpoint and therefore adapt brand creatives accordingly across all owned and paid channels.

3. REVIEW YOUR CAMPAIGNS

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Reviewing Marketing Campaigns

ASK – “Is this relevant and/or appropriate to this new reality”?

Closely monitor and respect local sentiment.

Closely review all marketing and creative media elements for tone, copy, visuals and placements.

4. TIPS TO NAVIGATE THROUGH UNCERTAINTY

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Navigating Through Uncertainty

ASK – “What marketing efforts can you support & do you need to shift budgets to operate more efficiently right now”?

Paving the way through these uncertain times will be key to business longevity.

Most importantly, establishing priorities such as the most relevant brands, products or campaigns that your teams can support right now is essential to operating in a cost-effective and media sensitive manner.

5. YOUR BRAND – LOCAL COMMUNITY

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Contributing To Your Community

ASK – “What can your brand and your owned media channels do to help your local communities”?

Brands that go the extra mile to help their local communities during this crisis will emerge the strongest.

The law of reciprocity has never been more urgently required than in TODAY’S climate and businesses offering the hand of assistance, be it cost reduced services, cheaper products, better deliverability etc. are more likely to reap greater beneficial rewards in the future.

6. MARKETING ADVICE – RECAP

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Google Marketing Advice – Recap

LOCAL MARKETS – Keep fully abreast of what’s going on locally to structure your marketing campaigns accordingly.

REASSESS STRATEGY – Check whether your current campaigns are actually fit for purpose.

REVIEW – Constantly review every campaign, be quick and agile to react to dynamic & volatile market fluctuations.

NAVIGATE – Uncertainty is the watchword for these present times, so be extremely vigilant and quick to shift priorities and budgets when required.

HELP – Contribute to and assist your local communities wherever possible.

CONCLUSION:

The underlying fact is that we’re ‘all in this together’ and we’re all being currently impacted by this unfolding tragedy in one way or another.

As businesses look for survival usually the first thing that gets canned is the marketing, which is an understandable instinctive reaction.

History however, has taught us that it is those companies that persist with their marketing campaigns through tough economic times, are the ones most likely to emerge relatively unscathed in the aftermath.

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Please comment below and share this article, if you feel that these marketing tips may be of some benefit to people that you know and care about.

More importantly meanwhile, STAY SAFE, BE WELL & LET’S ALL HELP EACH OTHER GET THROUGH THIS!

Does the right side ad pullout affect Google SEO?

There’s been a lot of coverage in the recent online press of Google’s withdrawal of the paid ads on the right hand side of the SERPS and so we decided to weigh in with our own take on how this may affect your own Google SEO efforts and the organic search listings.

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It has to be said that with any change that Google makes, the ensuing responses can separate people and businesses into 3 main categories namely:

1). Ones that ride with the changes and look for solutions to overcome whatever hurdles they might encounter on their online travails.

2). Ones that accept the changes philosophically and just accept the status quo.

3). Ones that wring their proverbial hands and predict the death of Google SEO and the demise of small business.

The question is will this new measure have an impact on organic search rankings or not? From first impressions it certainly looks that way but to what extent we will see later on in this post.

First, let’s all be honest about this latest development!

Google decided to pull the plug on the right side ads as they had been hinting at doing for quite some time apparently because most of us suffer from ‘ad blindness’ and completely ignore those ads anyway.

To counter the decline in right side ad click-through rates, they have now placed 4 paid/sponsored ads slap bang above the fold thereby compelling us to focus our attention on those ads and making us have to scroll further down the page if we want to see organic search listings.

So, let’s take a look at couple of the search results as they currently appear for highly competitive keyword phrases below:

Keyword Phrase: ‘homeowners insurance quotes‘ (Suggested bid £53.64!) homeowners+insurance+quotes+SERP

Keyword Phrase: ‘digital marketing agencies London’ digital-marketing-agency-london-serp

As you can see, the addition of the extra ad at the top (it used to be 3 ads) pushes the organic search listings further down the page and they are clearly not visible above the fold.

So what does this mean for Google SEO and organic search rankings?

From an SEO standpoint the 3 big issues facing search marketers and businesses are:

1). Will searchers scroll down past the paid ads?

It is too early to tell what the user scrolling patterns are going to be but based on past experience and our very own small test survey here’s what we think may be likely to happen:

  • Consumers have a natural aversion to being sold to and now that they are being forced to click on paid ads, this may well prove to have a adverse effect on advertiser’s vying for those top 4 slots. Historical data tell us that this is particularly true for consumers who are used to conducting searches and buying online. Figures show that ads featuring in the top slot have a click through rate of just 7.11%google-click-through-rates
  • the space where the ads used to be is now also a bit too blank and from conducting our own little survey (we asked clients, family and friends), there seems to be a natural tendency for the eyes to wander over to that space and then scroll down to see what lies further down the page. There have been numerous eye-tracking research studies conducted on Google SERPS and here is one that you may find particularly interesting.

2). How will this affect traffic numbers and click through rates (CTR)?

This will largely depend on how we all conduct our own search query behaviours from now on. For instance are we going to be satisfied with the 4 sponsored ads that we see at first glance or are we going to scroll past those for more options?

There is also the question of where a business is ranked on the first page too. As historically, there are significant differences between rankings in the top 3 organic search results with both traffic numbers and CTR’s as can be evidenced by this study undertaken by Dr. Dave Chaffey of Smartinsights.com.

Interestingly, Chaffey lists the differences between brand v non-brand, sector v sector and paid v natural share of search clicks.

The study may give us some inkling of the likely affect this will have and is well worth the read.

3). Local SEO – How to get on the Google Map snack pack for keywords with a local modifier?

For keywords with a local modifier, the map results or snack pack as it is popularly known now shows up under the paid ads pushing the organic listings further down the page.

So for local businesses that don’t want/cannot afford to pay for the sponsored places, the next best alternative is to get listed in the map section or snack pack as you can see in the image below.

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And if that can’t be achieved, then it will become increasingly important for businesses to be listed within the top 10 and create a page title and Meta description that hopefully will stand out from the rest of the competing sites on that page to entice the click- through.

CONCLUSION:

By placing an extra ad at the top of the SERPS and pushing the organic results further down the page, it does make getting top organic placements even more important than ever before and this is likely to hold true as long as there are 10 results displayed on the page.

Local businesses will have to step up their efforts to either learn how to get listed on the map themselves or in the top 10 search results for  keywords and phrases most important to their business or they will need to employ the services of an SEO agency that specialises in local SEO.

Whichever way you look at this latest development the future does seem somewhat uncertain for organic search listings. Thankfully however, Google is no longer the only player in town and organic traffic can now be generated through other equally powerful social media platforms.

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