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E-A-T - DigitalBull GO


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What is E-A-T?

E-A-T: The expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness of a business.

E-A-T is short for Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness.

While ‘Authoritativeness’ is similar to ‘Authority’, the latter usually refers to the strength of the website and the domain while authoritativeness is the strength of the business brand.

Google has its own metrics for judging E-A-T. Google’s evaluators rank pages based on subject matter expertise, how much authority they have, and whether or not they can be trusted.

Websites need to showcase their expertise and further be seen as authoritative and trustworthy by users and Google E-A-T evaluators based on guidelines set by Google.

Good quality websites have a high E-A-T score on their web pages and pages of low quality may bring down the overall E-A-T score of the website.

Useful and accurate information about the company and the founders in the about us page, privacy policy page, and testimonials help elevate your E-A-T. False or misleading advertising, unnecessary pop ups, redirecting to a different site, concealing information about the company, blank pages, stolen images, etc. all these can bring down the E-A-T score of the website.

This is especially true for medical and financial websites and they fall under the Your Money Or Your Life (YMYL) category of sites monitored much more strictly by Google E.g. Medic Updates to its core algorithm.

These pages are important since they impact a person’s health, income, and happiness. This is because Google doesn’t want to show incorrect facts and figures, or cause users to suffer because of something they read from the top websites in Google SERPs.

Websites related to e-commerce, diseases, the stock market, legal information, and even car repair and maintenance where if wrong or misleading information was given, it would harm the person physically, emotionally, or financially, also come under heavy scrutiny by Google.

DigitalBull GO Tip: Get the business owner set up as blog writer instead of a generic name. Add a good clean bio page for the blog writer/business owner at the end of the blog post and have the author page filled up with complete information about the writer/business owner. Link ever post to the author page.

E-A-T Audit Parameters in DigitalBull GO

Here are the subfactors/parameters for E-A-T that are analyzed in the DigitalBull GO Local SEO Audit Tool:

Further Reading

Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines from Google

What are E-A-T & YMYL? – Blog post by SEMrush

E-A-T & SEO – Blog post by Moz

For further reading on topics related to E-A-T on DigitalBull Expert System, check out our information for Authority as well as Content.

E-A-T in DigitalBull GO

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