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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How to measure your law firm website's reputability

How to Gauge Your Law Firm Website’s Reputability

In our last blog post, we discussed the best way to use anchor text for external links. Like many legal issues, the answer began with “well, it depends.” The linchpin in this case, though, revolves around whether your law firm’s website is considered “reputable” by search engines. Here are some clues you can use to Read more about How to Gauge Your Law Firm Website’s Reputability[…]

Anchor text for external links can be used like lemons

Best Practices for Anchor Text in External Links, and Some Negative SEO

You know that creating external links from your legal blog post is a big part of the process. You also know that the anchor text you use for your links can have a significant impact on your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) score and its rankings in targeted searches, because search engines use the text Read more about Best Practices for Anchor Text in External Links, and Some Negative SEO[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Negative SEO pops the balloon of online prominence

A Local Politician’s Failed Attempt at Negative SEO

Much of the world of search engine optimization (SEO) is about making your website move up in the rankings. However, your ranking does not just depend on your own site; it also depends on the other sites you’re competing against. Yes, just like in law school, search engines grade on a curve. This raises the Read more about A Local Politician’s Failed Attempt at Negative SEO[…]

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[…]