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Focus on E-A-T to avoid performance problems in 2020

Contributor and SMX speaker, Lily Ray, wants to make sure you think about your backlink profile and telling search engines through the right structure data you’re a trusted entity.

Below is the video transcript:

Hi, my name is Lily Ray. I’m the director of SEO at Path Interactive, a digital marketing agency here in New York City.

I think in 2020 marketers should be focusing a lot on E-A-T – expertise, authoritativeness and trustworthiness. The reason I think that’s important is because there’s been a lot of big core algorithm updates on Google in the last several years that have been affecting a lot of websites, particularly websites that offer like medical advice, legal advice, financial advice. And it’s really important to think about E-A-T as part of your SEO strategy. You have to be telling search engines and users why you should be trusted. Why you’re an expert in the subject matter.

You know, think about your backlink profile and make sure you have this trusted, credible backlinks pointing back to your site. Make sure you’re using the right structure data to show Google that you’re a trusted entity and to make the connections between all the places that you’ve been mentioned online, for example.

So if you’re not thinking about E-A-T as part of your SEO strategy, you’re probably going to notice that particularly for these queries that are more like your money, your life, in nature, so medical or financial illegal or anything like that.

It’s going to be increasingly difficult to rank, to compete, because a lot of these core updates are resulting in companies that maybe don’t have great E-A-T seeing pretty big performance declines. So it’s definitely something to think of as a layer on top of your existing SEO strategy. So, yeah, focus on the E-A-T.

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