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[…]

Survey of bloggers proves to be useless

Another Blogging Study Turns Out to Be Useless

Long ago, we discussed misinformation in online marketing studies and how some surveys were so poorly executed that the findings might as well be disregarded. We focused on one study in particular, which looked at an important question: Whether having a targeted keyword in a site’s URL improved its ranking for that keyword. However, the Read more about Another Blogging Study Turns Out to Be Useless[…]

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[…]

2 Changes in 3 Years of Legal Blogging at Myers Freelance

2 Ways Our Legal Blogs Have Changed in the Last 3 Years

In our last week’s post, we wrote a blog sample for corporate and employment lawyers to highlight how a professionally written legal blog article can look like. This was far from the first blog sample we’ve written: The first one was nearly three years ago, now, and covered the DUI-defense topic of SR-22 insurance. As Read more about 2 Ways Our Legal Blogs Have Changed in the Last 3 Years[…]

The ABA's new attorney advertising rules impact claims of specialty

Claims of Specialty in the ABA’s New Model Rule 7

In our last couple of blog posts, we dealt with the new attorney advertising rules from the American Bar Association (ABA), and then delved into the changes in the new Model Rule 7 and how they will impact legal blogging. We punted, however, on discussing what is possibly the most important change to Model Rule Read more about Claims of Specialty in the ABA’s New Model Rule 7[…]

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[…]

Legal Issues With Using GIFs in Legal Blog Posts and Social Media

Law firms with even a basic social media presence know that using animated GIFs is a great way to attract attention. The moving picture draws the eyes of other users on sites like Twitter and Facebook, and offers a chance to show off your firm’s personality by making pop culture references and making light of Read more about Legal Issues With Using GIFs in Legal Blog Posts and Social Media[…]

How to cite statutes and cases in legal blog posts

Citations in Legal Blog Posts: It’s All About Your Audience

Writing a legal blog post is best done with two faces. One has to look towards your human audience, while the other faces the search engines that will rank your page. Most of the time, this won’t be difficult to do, as search engines are designed to want the same things that human readers want. Read more about Citations in Legal Blog Posts: It’s All About Your Audience[…]

Couching language can protect your legal blog posts from claims of libel

Libel, Couching Language, and Legal Blogging

There are numerous legal issues that make legal blogging a minefield. From trademark law to copyright law to your state’s ethical rules, it can be risky for attorneys to blog on their own without stopping and asking some serious questions about what you’re writing—questions that often go far beyond the types of law where you’re Read more about Libel, Couching Language, and Legal Blogging[…]

Keyword stuffing confuses search engines and promotes the wrong page

How Keyword Stuffing Can Create SEO Nightmares

In our last blog post, we covered a new development in the world of search engine optimization (SEO): Google developers had revealed that keyword stuffing penalties were on the wane. Websites that had lots of keywords crammed awkwardly onto a page were still ranking well, if the rest of the page was still highly valuable. Read more about How Keyword Stuffing Can Create SEO Nightmares[…]

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[…]