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[…]

Half of Google Searches Do Not End With a Click

Half of Google Searches Don’t Lead to a Click

A new study has suggested that just about half of all searches on Google do not end with a click through to a website in the results page. While this may startle some lawyers who have been told that it’s critically important to rank well in targeted search engine results pages (SERPs) by, for example, Read more about Half of Google Searches Don’t Lead to a Click[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How to target specific search engines for legal marketing efforts

How Do You Target a Specific Search Engine for Legal Marketing?

There have been a couple of old blog posts that we’ve published that deal with the differences between search engines. In some of those posts, we’ve drawn out those differences and nuances for the purpose of showing why some law firms could benefit more from marketing on one search engines, rather than another (and, of Read more about How Do You Target a Specific Search Engine for Legal Marketing?[…]

Search Engine Market Share March 2019

Search Engine Market Share: March 2019

Tracking which company controls what percentage of the search engine market share is an important part of what we do at Myers Freelance. Yes, there are obvious answers (Google is number one), but there are also plenty of surprises to be found in the margins that can help a law firm market itself online. A Read more about Search Engine Market Share: March 2019[…]

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[…]

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[…]