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[…]

Search Engine Marketing Arms Race

Referral Agencies Break Local SEO Box, So Google Tweaks the Algorithm

The online legal marketing world was overrun last week with news that lead generating agencies had taken over the local SEO listings for searches related to car accidents. The news broke just after we had published our blog on Google’s patent that could track a site’s click-through-rate and alter future rankings, though, so we scheduled Read more about Referral Agencies Break Local SEO Box, So Google Tweaks the Algorithm[…]

Another domino has fallen in the SEO CTR controversy

A New Wrinkle in the CTR Controversy: Google Has a Patent

Some of our recent blog posts have discussed the resurrection of a controversy over whether Google uses click-through-rate (CTR) to rank all future queries, or just adaptive searches. The controversy is not a new one, but Google’s response to the new concerns only promoted skepticism. Now, online marketing researchers have discovered that Google has a Read more about A New Wrinkle in the CTR Controversy: Google Has a Patent[…]

Google Statement Click Through Rate SEO

Google’s Statement on CTR Controversy Only Promotes Skepticism

Last week, we wrote about the ongoing controversy over whether click-through-rate (CTR) impacts rankings, and how we thought adaptive search concepts dissolved the dispute. Since that post aired, though, Google has made a statement that raises eyebrows, seeds more doubt, and says so much because it says so very, very little. The Controversy: Does CTR Read more about Google’s Statement on CTR Controversy Only Promotes Skepticism[…]

Our baseball searches highlight adaptive search and CTR's impact on ranking

Click-Through-Rate, Rankings, and Adaptive Search

A poorly-worded document has resurfaced and rekindled a long-standing controversy in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) concerning whether a site’s click-through-rate (CTR) in the results page alters its future ranking. Background: CTRs and SERPs and Rankings Recall that the search engine results page (SERP) is simply the screen that you get when you Read more about Click-Through-Rate, Rankings, and Adaptive Search[…]

6 news sources for the SEO and legal blogging world

6 of the Most Important Outlets for SEO Information

While our Myers Freelance is indisputably the best source of information for search engine optimization (SEO) for lawyers (indisputably!), there is only so much we can cover in a single-post-per-week format. A lot of important information swims past while we pull out the most important fish in the river. For lawyers who are interested, passionate, Read more about 6 of the Most Important Outlets for SEO Information[…]

Escaping the circle of web traffic and rankings in SEO

Escaping the Terrible Cycle of Web Traffic and Rankings

In our last blog post, we summarized three important reader metrics that search engines monitor and use to determine if your law firm’s webpage is relevant and important to a search query. One of the most important of these reader metrics is simply the number of viewers who flock to your post: Search engines see Read more about Escaping the Terrible Cycle of Web Traffic and Rankings[…]

Search engines use reader metrics in their algorithms

3 Reader Metrics You Need to Understand

Long ago, we mentioned how search engine algorithms were moving away from traditional ranking signals and towards indications of user intent. This was some pretty big picture stuff in the world of search engine optimization (SEO). In that post, we noted that lots of different pieces in the SEO puzzle were being moved just a Read more about 3 Reader Metrics You Need to Understand[…]

Perfecting technical SEO at expense of content is like putting lipstick on a pig

Google: Flawless Technical SEO Cannot Cover Up Bad Content

There are two ways to appease the search engine gods: With content, and with a well-functioning website. These two types of search engine optimization (SEO), though, are not created equally. We’ve been saying it between the lines for years, now: Exceptional content will always trump even the most technically proficient website. Finally, Google has openly Read more about Google: Flawless Technical SEO Cannot Cover Up Bad Content[…]

Quid pro quo backlink schemes can penalize a law firm's website

The Risks of Quid Pro Quo Link Schemes

Search engines are in the business of finding users relevant and important websites for a given search query, and then selling ad space on the search engine results page (SERP). Of course, this means that search engines need to provide solid results for the queries they get, or else their users would decide that a Read more about The Risks of Quid Pro Quo Link Schemes[…]

Changes in search quality rater guidelines for lawyers

3 Takeaways from New Search Quality Rater Guidelines

Over the past couple of months, we’ve checked in on one of the most overlooked aspects of Google’s search engine algorithm: The human search quality raters. These search quality raters are people paid by Google to perform specific searches and then, as their name would imply, rate the results. While this feedback does not impact Read more about 3 Takeaways from New Search Quality Rater Guidelines[…]