E-Commerce SEO Tools: The Best For 2020

seo-googleTo have an effective E-Commerce marketing strategy, you should implement all of these tools into your marketing strategies. We’re going to be looking at all of them, discussing the benefits of each and how it can help you excel in your E-commerce pursuits. Use these SEO tools to your advantage and watch everything fall into place for the sake of your businesses’ development.

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The Impact of E-A-T In 2020…and Beyond

In uncovering strategies for 2020, I was struck by an article on MarketingLand.com.


According to marketing influencer and Director of SEO at Path Interactive, Lily Ray, most marketers should be focusing on E-A-T – Google’s response to helpful and useful content. It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about E-A-T, and while it governs most of the content we produce; rarely, if ever, have I considered it as a key feature of our marketing strategy.


The concept is rather simple to understand but it seems very few businesses are considering E-A-T as a major component of their marketing campaigns or content marketing strategies and even fewer making it a focus, particularly going into this next decade.


To better understand the conversation, here’s some background information.


What Is E-A-T?

E-A-T is an acronym that stands for:



Expertise means you need to show the skill of the author and mention it in your content. Expertise is less critical for humor or gossip websites, but it’s vital for medical, financial, or legal websites. The good news is any site that can show their expertise if the content is truthful and useful for users.



Authoritativeness means your ability to show that you are an authority or the authoritativeness of the creator. If your page is a community or a forum discussion, the quality of the conversation drives authority. Credentials are necessary, but so are personal experiences like reviews.



Trustworthiness, as the name state, is rather implied. It’s especially important for eCommerce websites that ask users for their credit card information. Everything about your site should make users feel safe while they’re visiting. As a starting point, you should immediately implement an SSL certificate on your site as at least 70% of first page results are using SSL (it’s one of many scoring signals that Google uses).


Why is E-A-T So Important?

Lily Ray goes on to explain E-A-T’s significance, particularly in the medical, legal and financial fields. “It’s really important to think about E-A-T as part of your SEO strategy.
Nevertheless, I feel her comments ring true regardless of what field you may find yourself in.


So why is having expertise, authority, and trust so important? After all, the Google quality rater guidelines don’t determine a page’s rankings.
Essentially, E-A-T determines a website’s value. Quality raters keep E-A-T in mind when judging how well a site or page provides what they need. They look to see if they’re getting a good online experience and if the content meets their standards.


If the raters feel like a user would feel comfortable reading, sharing, and recommending the content; that earns the site a high level of E-A-T. Ray sums this up stating, “You have to be telling search engines why you should be trusted.”


Think of E-A-T as the reason why users would choose your site over your competitors’. It could have a direct impact on how Google receives — and ultimately ranks — your website.
Implementing strategies to enforce E-A-T within your content also helps to level the playing field. “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”, states the SEO Director.


Over the last few months in 2019, we’ve experienced 3 major updates that have affected the way we search and the kinds of information searchers are shown. Therefore, it’s incredibly likely, that we’ll continue to see these changes as Google attempt to become more specific. E-A-T may be the only way to ensure people read and engage with your content.


What’s The Impact of E-A-T Moving Forward?

We have established that E-A-T is an important part of Google’s algorithms. A lack of E-A-T makes it very hard to rank. So, does this mean that only sites recognized as authorities can rank well? Is there anything else that can be done?


E-A-T can definitely be improved upon. Here are a few strategies you could implement to your content and marketing strategy:

  • Get good reviews
  • Get Wikipedia mentions
  • Get mentions on authoritative sites
  • Get mentions on forums
  • Be trustworthy
  • Optimize Your About/About Us Page
  • Show The Expertise Of Your Company On Your Site
  • Manage Your Reputation
  • Improve Your Content
  • Demonstrate E-A-T on your website


Businesses should continue to produce great quality content with links. Links still play a significant role in ranking websites. If businesses are experiencing changes in their ranking after the update, it is most likely due to their content. Sullivan went on to say in a later tweet, “There’s no ‘fix’ for pages that may perform less well other than to remain focused on building great content. Over time, it may be that your content may rise relative to other pages.”


Producing quality in accordance with Google’s E-A-T proves to be the best way forward. Especially in an ever-changing environment like the world of digital marketing.

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3 Marketing Tactics Small Businesses Should NOT Invest In

In the 20 years that I have been working with small businesses, I have identified what I believe to be the 3 marketing tactics that most small businesses think they need but in reality, they should NOT be investing in.  In no particular order, they are:



As the owner of a digital marketing agency in South Florida, you might wonder why I am writing an article bashing two services my company offers.  Let me start by expressing how much I believe in the services we offer. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I didn’t believe in the work we do for our clients every day.  Instead, this article is to state that there’s not a one shoe fits all for your marketing tactics.  


If oxygen is what keeps humans alive, revenue is what keeps businesses alive.  With small businesses, cash flow is king. It’s what enables them to grow or forces them to close their doors.  


Search Engine Optimization:


Make no mistake, I believe over time SEO will be the best ROI for your business. This is a long term strategy.  SEO is a marathon, not a sprint. I find so many small businesses wanting SEO because it’s a hot buzzword for online marketing.  But let me set the record straight and explain how SEO works.



SEO is organically (naturally) ranking your website on the first page of Google.  Before I go into the details of how this works, let me explain Google’s highest priority. Google cares most about its users and their experience. 



In its early years, Google would rank a website highly even if it was not relevant to the search that was performed by the user. This was because companies figured out how to “trick” or “beat” the search engine giant.  Those days are long gone.



Today, it’s practically impossible to trick Google. Instead of playing games, the best strategy is to give Google exactly what they want. Good old fashioned Quality Content. If you are wondering how to create high-quality content for Google, we have taken the liberty of creating a step by step guide, a “cheat sheet” if you will, to writing a blog that Google will love. 


How Does SEO Work?

Google looks at two things when ranking your website.  


  1. On-page factors – these are things that are ON your website.  There are many on-page elements. Your Blog is the most important on-page factor. 
  2. Off-page factors – these factors have nothing to do with your website.  Only other 3rd party sites/blogs. So if a credible 3rd party website has a link of your website on theirs, Google sees that as value.


You might be wondering if you can do SEO yourself.  You can absolutely do it on your own but to do SEO the right way, it requires a lot of time and skill.  While you can learn and perform SEO on your website, it is not a good use of your time.


In other words, you will be spending about 10-15 hours per week to do quality SEO work.  That’s 40-60 hours per month. If you value your time at just $50 hour, you are actually spending $2000-$3000 a month on SEO. With the many small business owners I have spoken to, the most common mistake I see is that they do not put a monetary value on their time.  In other words, they think if they do it, it will be free. But as the DIY SEO example shows, doing so will be a larger investment than hiring a professional. Plus, Google’s algorithm changes daily so when you have the budget, you really should leave the technical nature of SEO work to the professionals. 


Social Media:


Another big mistake I see small businesses making is hiring someone to manage their business’s social media accounts.  I have seen small businesses pay $1500 month for someone outside of their office to “post” content on their social media sites.  This is a big mistake for small businesses for 2 reasons:


  1. Unlike SEO, there is a very low ROI on organic posts on social platforms.  You have to pay to play. Meaning you need to run social media ads in order to get your content seen.
  2. It’s so much better to have this done internally vs an outside company or person who has no direct connection to your company. Remember, this is “social media” and it’s much more effective if done internally. 


One of the biggest misconceptions is that it “takes too long” – but what most people don’t realize is once your social media plan is in place and a post-process is developed, it takes seconds (literally) to run your social media internally.  The key to this is building a content strategy.   


Public Relations:

A good public relations person can be an incredibly valuable asset to your business.  Mainly because the content is so important, hiring a professional writer to generate that content and pitch it to the media can be very rewarding, but also very expensive.  Like SEO, it should not be something you do yourself.


A big benefit in hiring a traditional public relations firm is tapping into their connections. Those connections include newspapers, magazines, blogs and more.  With a limited budget, you should focus your resources on developing a content strategy that includes written content, video, audio, and images. If you focus on building this content internally, you become the authority. 


Successful businessman Mark Cuban built his net worth through many business deals, including investments on “Shark Tank.”  Mark Cuban has been vocal about businesses not wasting money on PR Firms. In 2012, Mark wrote a BLOG post titled, “Why Startups Shouldn’t Hire PR Firms” which explains his position on the subject. 


As a small business, you struggle for time and money – two valuable assets. If you hire a PR firm, you’ll be waiting for them to provide you with content. This is not going to help your business directly. 


If you were interested in this blog, watch out for the 3 marketing tactics you SHOULD invest in. 

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Google Bets Big On Cell Phones And Why You Should Double Down On Mobile By Todd Paton, President of Paton Marketing


I remember the first time I realized that cell phones were going to have a huge impact on business. It was October 2016 and I read a tweet from Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary tweeted, “The mobile device is now the television and the television is now the radio.”


Reading this changed the direction of my company.
Today, more than 50 percent of website traffic originates from cell phones. As this number increases, it becomes even more critical for websites to not only perform efficiently but also ensure that they are compatible with cell phones.
By July 2019, Google will be updating its algorithms. Slow-loading mobile sites will suffer the consequences, resulting in a significant decrease in traffic. So, if your business relies on website traffic, it would serve you well to become familiar with what Google expects in regard to compatibility and performance on cell phones.
This move reflects the growing trend; signaling an increase in cell phones as the primary path to website commerce. So, it certainly makes sense that as the world’s largest search engine, Google, is adapting and the businesses that rely on their websites and website traffic must adapt as well.
For years, customers have used a business’ website as the measure of how trustworthy and professional that business is, alongside reviews and ratings. A modern, fast and compelling website builds trust in your brand and has the ability to convert visitors into customers. You’ve worked hard to build your brand, so it’s important to keep pace with Google.
Mobile access to websites has increased, leaving desktops behind as the path to online commerce. Your Google rankings are at risk – whether it’s through PPC or SEO initiatives. Today, almost 53 percent of website traffic starts with cell phones. Last year, it was approximately 50 percent. This dynamic will only increase in the coming years.
It’s in the best interest of all businesses to become familiar with what Google expects so that proper adjustments to websites can be made quickly and accurately.
The following are some of the website features that are important:

  1. Crawlability & Indexing
  2. Website Speed
  3. Domain Metrics
  4. Website Audit
  5. Website Usability


While technical in nature, these criteria are among the main features Google will be analyzing when it comes to website accessibility through cell phones. It’s in your best interest to consult with your website development/maintenance firm to make sure they’re aware of Google’s plans.


These terms are basically “GoogleSpeak”, which when translated to layman’s language really means that it’s important for website visitors to have a good user experience. This will result in ease of navigation, improved rankings, SEO, and ultimately increased conversion rates.


A good first step is to access your website through a cell phone. Does it download quickly? Are you able to navigate through the site quickly and efficiently? Today, your website better perform as well on the cell phone – or better —  as it does on a desktop.
The following are other pointers that can improve the performance of your website:


  1. Make regular updates to your website (Blogging is the easiest way to do this)
  2. Insert social media icons you are active on (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, etc.) on your site to facilitate the sharing of information
  3. Use Google Analytics, a free service that tracks website traffic
  4. Incorporate VIDEO on your website! 
  5. Use internal links to enhance navigation


We have created a complimentary service allowing businesses to audit their sites to find out where they are deficient.


The world of online marketing continues to change rapidly. Today, it requires websites to be more accessible through cell phones. In the near future, Google will have new requirements when it comes to marketing services and products.


This is the reality of working with Google. Keep in mind, the online world is Google’s sandbox, and we must play by their rules.


Your business depends on it.

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