What is E-A-T? Why It’s Important for Local SEO.
“E-A-T” (Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness) has been a trendy topic in SEO for the past few years. I love this AHREFS chart showing how each month hundreds of new articles on the topic are published.
Thanks to Joshua Hardnick for the idea.
A lot of the SEO literature on E-A-T focuses on “serious” YMYL categories like Health & Finance, but a perusal through Google’s Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines (yes, I read them so you don’t ever have to – here’s my GoFundMe link) implies that E-A-T is relevant for pretty much every type of search. After all, who is to say what’s more or less important to anyone else? Maybe we should change “Your Money or Your Life” to just “Your Life?” And if E-A-T applies to everything, then since we at LSG are pretty well convinced that everything, in Search at least, sooner or later is going Local, then it stands to reason that E-A-T should apply to Local SEO, and thus, we all should be applying E-A-T techniques to our Local SEO campaigns. And if so, how?
Historically, LSG’s POV on E-A-T is we don’t talk about it much. It’s far too squishy and it implies that an algorithm is borderline sentient. We prefer to discuss E-A-T-like things as technical terms. Thinking about them this way gives us ideas for how to work with them for our clients. It also helps us avoid super-helpful recommendations like “make good…