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[…]

Evergreen legal blog posts are dying

Evergreen Legal Blog Posts are Dying

Our last two blog posts have been a bit of a blog series: First, we wrote a blog sample for corporate and employment lawyers. Then, we compared that post to our first blog sample from more than three years ago to highlight two important ways that our legal blogs have changed. In the second post, Read more about Evergreen Legal Blog Posts are Dying[…]

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[…]