How does legal blogging fit into online marketing

What is the Role of the Legal Blog in Online Marketing, Today?

Not so long ago, legal blogs were the crucial centerpiece of online marketing for law firms. Every firm that was serious about using the internet to get new clients had one and was updating it regularly. Now, though, law firms that are aggressively marketing their firm online are spending more time and resources on targeted Read more about What is the Role of the Legal Blog in Online Marketing, Today?[…]

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[…]

Targeted legal pages have led to a resurgence in keyword research

Targeted Pages and a Resurgence in Keyword Research

Search engines change, often very quickly. Those sudden changes – a tweak in Google’s algorithms that promote some types of content at the expense of others, or a new search engine results page (SERP) format – are mere steps in one particular direction. That direction, for search engines, is towards satisfying internet users. Noting the Read more about Targeted Pages and a Resurgence in Keyword Research[…]

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[…]

Tips for creating tables in legal blog posts

Tips for Using Tables in a Legal Blog Post

There will come a time where you want to add a table to your law firm’s website. Whether you’re a criminal defense attorney and you want to list the penalties of a conviction for murder and manslaughter so they can be compared, or you are a personal injury lawyer who wants to break down the Read more about Tips for Using Tables in a Legal Blog Post[…]

Legal Bloggers are Masters of Their Words

How to Write Yourself Into a Great Blog Image

Whether to use images in a legal blog post is a serious decision to make. On the one hand, an image can enliven the post for the reader by splitting up an otherwise intimidating wall of text, and can even draw in new readers from social media. An image can also score a few points Read more about How to Write Yourself Into a Great Blog Image[…]

Scouting for trademarks in legal blog images

A Hidden Danger in Legal Blogging: Trademarks in Images

For being professional legal bloggers, we sure seem to talk an awful lot about images. It should come as no surprise, though, considering how important they are to a blog post: They break up what would otherwise be a wall of text, engage the reader, and serve as another opportunity to score some SEO points. Read more about A Hidden Danger in Legal Blogging: Trademarks in Images[…]

Google Ignores Next Previous Tag

Writing a Blog Series, Now that Google Ignores the Next/Previous Tag

Google recently announced that it no longer looked at a certain line of computer code to determine whether an article was only one installation in a serious of posts. The announcement, however, came years after they had made the decision to ignore the code. The developments can impact your law firm’s SEO, especially if you Read more about Writing a Blog Series, Now that Google Ignores the Next/Previous Tag[…]

Baseline queries can net more objective data from Google Trends

Overcoming Google Trends’ Limitations With a Baseline Query

Online legal marketing is increasingly becoming a data-driven field. There are lots of numbers to crunch before knowing that a particular marketing venture—like a 3,000-word landing page on field sobriety tests—is going to be a solid investment for your law firm. Most of those numbers, unfortunately, are only accessible through programs run by marketing companies Read more about Overcoming Google Trends’ Limitations With a Baseline Query[…]

Optimal keyword density in SEO is a red herring

Is Optimal Keyword Density a Red Herring?

Keyword density. It’s such a widely-known dilemma in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) that Yoast handles it in its keyword checklist that is so popular on WordPress. However, as search engines turn away from traditional rankings signals and towards signs of user intent and satisfaction, that dilemma has evolved. Things have changed so Read more about Is Optimal Keyword Density a Red Herring?[…]

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[…]