In this article, you will learn about the concepts of EAT (Expertise-Authoritativeness-Trustworthiness) and YMYL (Your Money, Your life), which are frequently sought after by SEO experts and online users, and tips on how you can use these concepts to increase your website’s SEO compatibility.
Some people argue that Google EAT is one of the most important SEO success factors today. Others believe that the importance of EAT is greatly exaggerated. So what is the right thing to do? In this article, you will learn what these two concepts are and decide for yourself which side you agree with.
What is EAT?
EAT – one of Google’s search quality evaluation criteria – is the abbreviation of the English words Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness.
If you’ve been doing SEO before, EAT must have come across as a definition you’re probably familiar with. Google has long used the concepts of Authority, Relevance, and Trust in its ranking system.
Why is EAT Important?
To understand this, let’s start by understanding what exactly EAT means and why it’s important for on-page SEO.
Let us say that the subject of your website, for example, is Medical tourism. Assuming that we have a website ready, the information contained on the site should be accurate and reliable.
Google’s main goal is to provide and highlight links to websites that have information that is useful, complete, relevant, and correct.
Demonstrating your expertise is especially important in certain niches (eg legal, financial, medical).
People come to your website to find answers to important questions, and if you provide incorrect, useless, or outdated content on your website, your page will score badly in terms of SEO.
Google doesn’t want to send users searching for a query to the wrong/weak content or websites that deliberately mislead users. Therefore, make sure that the people who create your content have the subject matter expertise and do the necessary research and validation.
If the information and resources on the site are relevant and reliable for Google, you have successfully fulfilled the expertise criteria.
It is very important for Google how detailed the content on our site is, how much of the information users are looking for, and how much the users who read your content communicate with you and make comments.
If you have created quality, comprehensive content that resonates with users’ requests, you will be considered a website that meets the competency criteria.
Users rarely visit websites that are untrustworthy at first glance. If you are running operations that make sales transactions on your website, it is much more important that your site appears to be reliable to users.
The first step to being considered a trusted site is to obtain an SSL certificate. SSL certificates are one of the most important criteria for Google. 70% of the websites on the first page of the search results have SSL certificates.
Google collects EAT scores by drawing conclusions from these search quality assessments (human evaluators Google uses to test the quality of search results). But it’s good to know that the actual EAT ratings given by call quality raters are not ranking factor factors. Based on this information, even if EAT isn’t a direct ranking factor, it can still help you rank indirectly.
People should feel that they can trust any information they find on your website. Likewise, Google wants to rank websites and content it can trust. Trust is also linked to Google’s YMYL concept.
What is YMYL?
Websites that sell products or provide services or information that may affect the happiness, needs, health, financial stability, or safety of users are classified as “Your Money Your Life”.
Google cares deeply that such websites are of the highest standard. Some industries that fall under the Google YMYL domain include e-commerce, financial services, healthcare, and law.
If you own a website in the YMYL domain, you should make sure that any content on your website provides the most reliable and quality service to the people who consume your content.
Make your website visitors feel safe. Take great care of your users, and you can be sure that Google will give your site the value it deserves.
Why is EAT Important for Your SEO?
Google says that if we want our website to rank, the content on the website must be unique and great. So it’s no surprise to us to hear that Google values high-quality content.
Most of the content that Google describes as high-quality content and the content that appears on the first page of user search results are the same content.
Despite the lack of clear information, EAT criteria play a role in Google’s organic search results. This means that while creating an SEO strategy, you should definitely work on EA-T.
What is High-Quality Content?
The content you create should have a purpose. Your content should benefit your shoppers, users, or readers.
Features of high-quality pages include
- High level of expertise, authority, and credibility (EAT).
- High-quality main content with rich information that explains, and answers users’ questions.
- Provide information appropriate to the website content. If the page is primarily for shopping or contains financial transactions, its users should have enough info about the payment process.
- Signals confirm that the content on the page provides accurate and reliable information. Certificates that draw a reliable site image and secure payment certificates for sites that include e-commerce, and payment operations.
According to Google’s evaluation criteria, high-quality pages (and YMYL pages) should have a fairly high EAT level. Your top priority for your site should be to create content that your target audience wants or needs and that offers real value.
What is Low-Quality Content?
Low-quality content is the opposite of high-quality content, as you might have guessed. According to Google, content that does not meet user needs contains irrelevant information, and hate speech can be considered in this category.
The characteristics of a low-quality page are:
- Insufficient Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness (EAT).
- Content and page quality are poor.
- Irrelevant content that is not satisfactory to the purpose of the page
- Too many ads or distractions negatively affect the user experience.
- Inappropriate amount of website information for the purpose of the page
Just as high-quality content helps your site rank higher, logically, low-quality pages can hurt your Google rankings. If your website content is incorrect, serves no purpose, or contains elements that degrade the user experience, Google is unlikely to include it in SERPs.
In short, low EAT means bad content. Bad content means a bad SEO score. A bad SEO score means you lose traffic and conversions to competing pages due to low rankings.
How to Improve Your Website’s Seo Score?
We now fully understand the concept of EAT and why it is important. How do we know if our website content is considered to be of good or poor quality?
If your content does not contain correct information and does not answer questions with subheadings, it is likely that your content is of poor quality.
The most important points to consider when creating new content for the future are as follows;
1. When creating your content, use official and reliable information sources and indicate these sources in the content.
2. Make sure that the people who create your content are well-known experts in their field.
If the content creator is a person known for their research in that field, then definitely highlight this in your content. Adding documents to your content that list the author’s accomplishments and biography will further prove that the information is correct.
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