Digging for old blog posts hurts your SEO

Study Finds Lots of Blogs Have Basic Structural Problems

A new study looked at how blogs tend to be structured. While the data sample is small, it does suggest 2 concrete takeaways that can undermine your legal blog’s potential on the SEO (search engine optimization) front. Ensuring that you are not making these same mistakes can drastically help the strength of your law firm’s Read more about Study Finds Lots of Blogs Have Basic Structural Problems[…]

How does legal blogging fit into online marketing

What is the Role of the Legal Blog in Online Marketing, Today?

Not so long ago, legal blogs were the crucial centerpiece of online marketing for law firms. Every firm that was serious about using the internet to get new clients had one and was updating it regularly. Now, though, law firms that are aggressively marketing their firm online are spending more time and resources on targeted Read more about What is the Role of the Legal Blog in Online Marketing, Today?[…]

Featured snippets take web traffic from top ranking site

While Overhyped, Featured Snippets are Still an SEO Goal

In our last blog post, we delved into Google’s decision to apply its Freshness Update to featured snippets. But what, exactly, are featured snippets and how can they help your law firm’s SEO efforts? Featured Snippets are Common Elements at the Top of the Results Page A featured snippet is a sampling of content taken Read more about While Overhyped, Featured Snippets are Still an SEO Goal[…]

Freshness Update Applied to Featured Snippets on Google

Google’s Freshness Update Gets Applied to Featured Snippets

Google is constantly rolling out new tweaks to its algorithms to give search engine users the results they’re really looking for. The most recent target for their attention has been the featured snippet element that you often see at the top of the search engine results page (SERP): By applying some of the rules of Read more about Google’s Freshness Update Gets Applied to Featured Snippets[…]

Google YouTube series teaches SEO

Google’s New YouTube Series Got Off to a Rocky Start

Google recently started a YouTube series where its search experts provided quick answers to simple questions about search engine optimization (SEO). The first episode dealt with a question we’ve tackled before on this blog: Do outbound (or external) links help or hurt your site’s ranking? The YouTube series got off to a rocky start, though. Read more about Google’s New YouTube Series Got Off to a Rocky Start[…]

Targeted legal pages have led to a resurgence in keyword research

Targeted Pages and a Resurgence in Keyword Research

Search engines change, often very quickly. Those sudden changes – a tweak in Google’s algorithms that promote some types of content at the expense of others, or a new search engine results page (SERP) format – are mere steps in one particular direction. That direction, for search engines, is towards satisfying internet users. Noting the Read more about Targeted Pages and a Resurgence in Keyword Research[…]

Yoast readability test approves high readability scores

Readability Scores, SEO, and Legal Blogging

A lot of attorneys have fallen prey to an online marketing misconception that has taken the search engine optimization (SEO) world by storm in the past few years. That myth is that you should write as simply as possible because objective readability scores can directly determine your online rankings. It’s not true. Most of the Read more about Readability Scores, SEO, and Legal Blogging[…]

Responding to online marketers looking for backlinks

Backlink Fishing Expeditions and How to Respond to Them

Successful law firm websites and legal blogs create a strong flow of web traffic, better rankings, and a reputation for excellence that ends with clients signing the dotted line. However, having a strong web presence is not all rainbows and roses. As search engines recognize your website’s importance and relevance for certain search queries, so Read more about Backlink Fishing Expeditions and How to Respond to Them[…]

Google deemphasizes author bylines and credentials as SEO signal

Google: Author Bylines Are Not an SEO Signal

Google recently weighed in on an interesting passage from its recent Search Rater Guidelines, shooting down yet another idea that search engines use a bunch of checklists that webmasters can check off on their way to guaranteed online prominence. This time, the idea was that Google promoted or demoted webpages based on how they displayed Read more about Google: Author Bylines Are Not an SEO Signal[…]

Half of Google Searches Do Not End With a Click

Half of Google Searches Don’t Lead to a Click

A new study has suggested that just about half of all searches on Google do not end with a click through to a website in the results page. While this may startle some lawyers who have been told that it’s critically important to rank well in targeted search engine results pages (SERPs) by, for example, Read more about Half of Google Searches Don’t Lead to a Click[…]

Tips for creating tables in legal blog posts

Tips for Using Tables in a Legal Blog Post

There will come a time where you want to add a table to your law firm’s website. Whether you’re a criminal defense attorney and you want to list the penalties of a conviction for murder and manslaughter so they can be compared, or you are a personal injury lawyer who wants to break down the Read more about Tips for Using Tables in a Legal Blog Post[…]

Detecting and defending against negative SEO and the backlink blitz

How to Disavow Links and Fight the Backlink Blitz

As search engines have developed, it has become far more difficult to trick them into thinking that your law firm’s website is more relevant and important for certain searches than it actually is. Tricking search engines into promoting a website in the rankings is black hat search engine optimization (SEO). Now that it’s become more Read more about How to Disavow Links and Fight the Backlink Blitz[…]