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Blog Sample – Corporate and Employment Law

It’s been awhile since we posted a legal writing sample. Long enough that the ever-evolving world of search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing have raised doubts on what we used to consider best practices of marketing. One of the important aspects of online legal marketing that has fallen into dispute has to do with Read more about Blog Sample – Corporate and Employment Law[…]

The ABA's new attorney advertising rules impact claims of specialty

Claims of Specialty in the ABA’s New Model Rule 7

In our last couple of blog posts, we dealt with the new attorney advertising rules from the American Bar Association (ABA), and then delved into the changes in the new Model Rule 7 and how they will impact legal blogging. We punted, however, on discussing what is possibly the most important change to Model Rule Read more about Claims of Specialty in the ABA’s New Model Rule 7[…]

ABA's changes to Rule 7 attorney advertising rules will impact legal blogging

New Model Rule 7 and Its Impact on Legal Blogging

In our last blog post, we mentioned how the American Bar Association (ABA) revised its rules on attorney advertising. The revision of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Responsibility was more of a complete rewrite, though, as the changes gutted most of the sections in Rule 7. Here’s what changed, and why it matters for Read more about New Model Rule 7 and Its Impact on Legal Blogging[…]

How to cite statutes and cases in legal blog posts

Citations in Legal Blog Posts: It’s All About Your Audience

Writing a legal blog post is best done with two faces. One has to look towards your human audience, while the other faces the search engines that will rank your page. Most of the time, this won’t be difficult to do, as search engines are designed to want the same things that human readers want. Read more about Citations in Legal Blog Posts: It’s All About Your Audience[…]

Couching language can protect your legal blog posts from claims of libel

Libel, Couching Language, and Legal Blogging

There are numerous legal issues that make legal blogging a minefield. From trademark law to copyright law to your state’s ethical rules, it can be risky for attorneys to blog on their own without stopping and asking some serious questions about what you’re writing—questions that often go far beyond the types of law where you’re Read more about Libel, Couching Language, and Legal Blogging[…]

Keyword stuffing confuses search engines and promotes the wrong page

How Keyword Stuffing Can Create SEO Nightmares

In our last blog post, we covered a new development in the world of search engine optimization (SEO): Google developers had revealed that keyword stuffing penalties were on the wane. Websites that had lots of keywords crammed awkwardly onto a page were still ranking well, if the rest of the page was still highly valuable. Read more about How Keyword Stuffing Can Create SEO Nightmares[…]

Where to look for sources for legal blog material

5 Sources for Legal Blog Material

When you start writing your law firm’s legal blog, the first few posts are easy—you’ve been thinking for years about what you want to write, and there were probably a few topics of pressing concern that influenced your decision to start blogging, in the first place. However, once those posts are up and your well Read more about 5 Sources for Legal Blog Material[…]

Headers in legal blog posts help readers and SEO

Headers: Helping Readers Help Your SEO

We’ve devoted several of our most recent posts to talking about headers. First, we reviewed the basics of headers, including how they were just lines of computer code, rather than an inherently different font style. Then we covered how headers help your legal blog’s SEO by signaling to search engines what a post, article, or Read more about Headers: Helping Readers Help Your SEO[…]

Google shortens meta descriptions

Google Shortens Meta Descriptions to Original Length

Last December, we covered a big development in the world of search engine marketing (SEM): Google had increased the length of the meta descriptions they were showing in the search engine results page (SERP). Now, though, Google has walked back this expansion and returned to nearly where we were, before. Let’s unpack that and see Read more about Google Shortens Meta Descriptions to Original Length[…]

headers in legal blog posts improve SEO

Headers Help Your Legal Blog’s SEO

Headings are not the sexiest things to talk about when it comes to legal blogging. However, they can be crucially important for your legal blog’s performance on both the search engine optimization (SEO) front and on the reader experience front. Therefore, we’ve devoted a small handful of blog posts to headers, what they are, and Read more about Headers Help Your Legal Blog’s SEO[…]

Search engines see computer code rather than headings in a legal blog post

Headers: The Basics and a Misconception

When you write a legal blog post, you’ll have the option of including a variety of different formatting options to break the post up into smaller segments and signal slight changes in the topic of the post. These are headers. Headers can score SEO points directly, and can also help readers in ways that score SEO Read more about Headers: The Basics and a Misconception[…]