Google search quality rater guidelines act like crystal balls

Google’s Search Quality Rater Guidelines, and Crystal Balls

A short while back, we discussed search quality raters and their role in upcoming algorithmic changes. While the feedback that these raters provide to search engines, like Google or Bing, does not directly alter the current rankings, what they find online can change the process that ranks pages in the future. Knowing how these raters Read more about Google’s Search Quality Rater Guidelines, and Crystal Balls[…]

Google's algorithm change can hurt your law firm's ranking online

A New Algorithm Change, and How to Recover Lost Ground

Once again, the search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing worlds have been flooded with news of another core change to Google’s search algorithm. While the update came out at the beginning of the month, it only finished “rolling out” in the past few days. Now, the data is spilling in, rankings are fluctuating, and Read more about A New Algorithm Change, and How to Recover Lost Ground[…]

Google's search quality raters impact future algorithm changes

Google’s Search Quality Raters and Algorithmic Changes

If you’ve done any research at all about search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing for your law firm, you’ve discovered that search engines like Google rely on algorithms to determine what is relevant and important for every given search query. Google, however, knows that these algorithms are imperfect and subject to manipulation by professional Read more about Google’s Search Quality Raters and Algorithmic Changes[…]

Google's speed update changed very little in the SEO world

Google’s Speed Update Changed Next to Nothing

Recently, Google rolled out a new update to its algorithm that ranks websites in the results page. This new update purportedly added weight to the mobile upload speed of a webpage, threatening to bury slow websites in the rankings when a search is done on a mobile device. Online marketing experts, however, have seen very Read more about Google’s Speed Update Changed Next to Nothing[…]

Trump Idiot Googlebomb

Lessons from the Trump Googlebomb

While we tend to avoid politics in our blog, we can’t not talk about Donald Trump getting Googlebombed late last week, as it shows some important differences in how the competing search engines work and how they can be manipulated. It also highlights (obviously) the importance of taking control of your online reputation before someone Read more about Lessons from the Trump Googlebomb[…]

Google reins in penalties for keyword stuffing

Keyword Stuffing Penalties on the Wane

A recent discussion on Twitter has put the search engine optimization (SEO) world in confusion, as leading figures at Google revealed that keyword stuffing penalties are on the wane. The conversation also highlights 4 aspects of SEO and online marketing that we’ve covered elsewhere on our blog: Search engines closely hide their mechanisms Search engines Read more about Keyword Stuffing Penalties on the Wane[…]

Google algorithm tweaks change marketing results for legal websites

More Algorithmic Changes, and How to Win When They Happen

Partners who carefully watch how well their law firm’s website is doing in the search engine rankings might have noticed a shakeup in the past week as Google rolled out a new update to its algorithms. The update is nothing unusual, though the breadth of the changes has been wider-reaching than normal. The results highlight Read more about More Algorithmic Changes, and How to Win When They Happen[…]

Yellow pages legal directory lawyer marketing

Study Reveals Persistence of Legal Directories in Search Results

We recently conducted a study, which found that, out of the top three legal websites for a vanity keyword search in Google for criminal defense attorneys in the 50 largest cities in the U.S., 72% of the sites hosted a legal blog. While our study might not have been perfect, it did stress how legal Read more about Study Reveals Persistence of Legal Directories in Search Results[…]

Defending a website from content scrapers is like defending a castle

Defending Your Site Against Content Scrapers

In our last blog post, we talked about the dangers of content scrapers. In short, some websites on the internet make money by copying content from your legal blog and pasting it on their website – their efforts are often automated, using content scraping bots. This can hurt your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts or Read more about Defending Your Site Against Content Scrapers[…]

Content scrapers can take legal blog articles and hurt SEO

Content Scrapers, and Why You Should Worry About Them

In online marketing, high-quality content is a big deal. Hosting it on your site is a surefire way to move up in the rankings. It’s also why other sites will copy and paste your content into their domain. Some sites even have automated content scrapers for just this purpose. Content scraping is illegal – your Read more about Content Scrapers, and Why You Should Worry About Them[…]

Yoast SEO and Keywords

How Yoast Actually Handles Keywords

If you’ve decided to market your law firm online, the first thing you’ll do in the execution stage is to create a website. Unless you’re investing heavily in the venture and contracting with a full-service website provider, you’ll probably put together a WordPress site (even if you do pay someone else to build your site, Read more about How Yoast Actually Handles Keywords[…]