When your potential B2B clients have a problem that needs solving in their business, there’s no doubt that they want to find a company with expertise and authority on the subject at hand - and to work with someone they can trust.
And they very often begin their journey with a Google Search.
A recent study from HubSpot revealed 49% of B2B buyers use Google’s search engine to find a new item or product. Today, having a B2B website that demonstrates your expertise, authoritativeness, and trust isn’t just a good idea from a sales perspective, it can impact your search rankings as well.
While there are over 200 factors that Google uses to assess your website and where your pages should be placed in search results, there has been a particular focus on 'Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trust (EAT)' in recent years.
In 2014, Google introduced this new concept as part of their Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines, Google highlighted the need for their evaluators to focus on the following when evaluating website content:
Expertise: Does the person/business know what they are talking about?
Authoritativeness: does the content creator and the website have authority to speak on this subject?
Trustworthiness: can this business and its website be trusted?
Google uses the feedback from their Search Quality Evaluators to train their algorithms. So while EAT may not be one of Google’s direct ranking factors, these signals are highly likely to impact your ranking.
If your website shows that you have a high level of expertise and authority in the industry, and that you are a trustworthy, reputable business, you may gain a significant advantage in search rankings.
This can fuel your SEO competitive advantage - leading to increased traffic, higher conversion rates, and more B2B customers.
To be honest, it’s a little bit of everything. Step back and ask yourself - what makes you trust a business when you visit their website, and how can you replicate that on yours?
Here are some of our top tips to boost your EAT:
Have you ever been to a website, ready to make a purchase, but something seemed off? Maybe you couldn't find out where the business was located, if anyone really worked there, or something else just seemed fishy?
To demonstrate trust, it's a good idea to ensure your website has the following:
If people look around the internet, will they see your business in a positive light or as an entity to avoid at all costs?
Managing your online reputation is essential - not only because customers do their homework, but because Google is also paying attention and factoring that into your search ranking.
Here are a few key things to focus on:
You can demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in your field by showcasing your in-depth insights on subjects your potential clients are looking for help with.
Aside from having well-written product pages that answer potential clients' key questions and highlight your unique selling proposition, it's a great idea to have a blog with regular, helpful, informative content. For example, if your business provides software for medical clinics, you could post regularly on the benefits of using medical practice software, streamlining patient enquiries, reducing overheads with automation etc.
We'll cover how to develop an effective content marketing strategy in a future post, for now, here are a few tips on demonstrating expertise, authority, and trust:
As you can see, this is a big topic, and there is much more to cover.
But in summary, to help your SEO, it's essential to focus on communicating that your B2B company is honest, can be trusted, is an authority in the industry, and has expertise in its field.
If you have questions or need support boosting EAT in your business, we're standing by for a no-obligation discussion. Get in touch here.