A useful checklist for you to review when auditing your brand’s web presence against your competitors in relation to the E-A-T principle. Is your brand seen as an expert, authoritative and trustworthy to Google? Read our checklist for more information.

Authorship credibility

  • Is your website content being authored by authors with expertise, authority and trustworthiness footprints on the web?
  • Have you created author pages for your website contributors that outline their expertise?
  • If you search “author name” topic ~site:yourwebsite.com in Google do your authors have much relevant coverage?

Backlinks & 'linkless' links

  • Does your website have a backlink profile that is stronger than those of your competitors?
  • If you search for your brand name using content analysis tools (e.g. BuzzSumo) or Google News does it return a greater number of results for your brand versus your competitors’ brand names?
  • Are you getting regular rel=follow backlinks to your website from credible (high authority) referring domains?
  • Are you getting a greater number of unlinked mentions than your SEO competitors on credible domains?
  • Is your website linked to, or brand name mentioned in the correct context, on websites you expect Google to ‘seed’? (‘Seed’ websites are manually assigned by Google quality raters – e.g. New York Times)

Review sentiment

  • Do I have a review generation strategy in place to facilitate a medium / high velocity of positive reviews for my brand / website? Check websites such as the following…
    • Yelp
    • Better Business Bureau
    • Amazon
    • Google Shopping
    • Google My Business
 
  • Do your competitors have a much greater number reviews online?
  • Are competitors generating a much greater velocity of positive reviews than your brand?
  • How does your brand compare to your SEO competitors on websites such as Better Business Bureau or TrustPilot?

Wikipedia presence

  • Does your brand have a Wikipedia page?
  • Do your competitors have a Wikipedia page?

Content

  • Can you increase your perceived E-A-T scores by publishing original research that gets mentions on authoritative websites?
  • Are you able to summarise new third party research and attract links?
  • Can you connect with journalists via HARO or via Twitter to offer useful information?
  • Are you working to develop genuinely valuable relationships with authorities in your field for future collaboration opportunities?

Forums

  • Are you monitoring forum discussions for relevant questions where you can offer useful information on credible forums likely to have an impact on your E-A-T score?
  • Is it evident that your competitors are much more active in forum conversations than your brand?

Brand trustworthiness

  • Does your brand have lots of negative reviews online complaining about staff, refunds or other issues?
  • Is it easy to find customer complaints about your brand online via Google?

On-site page content

  • Does your website content reflect expertise, authority and trustworthiness?
  • Is your About Us page easy to find for users and crawlers?

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