Google algorithm tweaks change marketing results for legal websites

More Algorithmic Changes, and How to Win When They Happen

Partners who carefully watch how well their law firm’s website is doing in the search engine rankings might have noticed a shakeup in the past week as Google rolled out a new update to its algorithms. The update is nothing unusual, though the breadth of the changes has been wider-reaching than normal. The results highlight Read more about More Algorithmic Changes, and How to Win When They Happen[…]

Branded searches get the warmest leads in online legal marketing

Attorney Marketing 101: Branded Searches

When you set out to market your law firm to potential clients who use search engines, there are a nearly infinite number of keywords and phrases that you can target. The ones that you aim for should be at the center of the content that you write in your legal blog. Among these targeted keywords Read more about Attorney Marketing 101: Branded Searches[…]

Trademarks and competitive keyword ads square off in new Google lawsuit

Competitive Keyword Advertisements v. Trademarks

This is the second installment in a legal blog series about a lawsuit against Google over competitive keyword marketing. The first installment provided the background information, covering keywords, competitive keyword advertising, and the facts of the case. Here, we discuss the implications of the lawsuit between Edible Arrangements and Google, the likely outcome, and how Read more about Competitive Keyword Advertisements v. Trademarks[…]

Edible Arrangements sues Google over the SEO technique of competitive keyword advertising

Competitive Keyword Ads Go to Court: Edible Arrangements v. Google

This is the first installment of a legal blog series dealing with an ongoing lawsuit focused on competitive keyword marketing. The second and final installment, which predicts the outcome of the lawsuit and the possible implications, can be found here. Well over a year ago, we described a state split in the online legal marketing Read more about Competitive Keyword Ads Go to Court: Edible Arrangements v. Google[…]

Yellow pages legal directory lawyer marketing

Study Reveals Persistence of Legal Directories in Search Results

We recently conducted a study, which found that, out of the top three legal websites for a vanity keyword search in Google for criminal defense attorneys in the 50 largest cities in the U.S., 72% of the sites hosted a legal blog. While our study might not have been perfect, it did stress how legal Read more about Study Reveals Persistence of Legal Directories in Search Results[…]

Weaknesses in SEM Study on Legal Blogging

Full Disclosure: Weak Points In Our Study

Conducting studies in search engine marketing (SEM) is difficult, and we at Myers Freelance know it. Search engines change rapidly and without notice, and have a significant incentive to keep the details of those changes a secret. What works one day is not guaranteed to work, the next, and the complexities of the industry make Read more about Full Disclosure: Weak Points In Our Study[…]

Legal Blogging Helps Rankings

Recent Study Shows How Legal Blogging Helps Your Ranking

In last week’s blog post, we revealed a recent study we had conducted here at Myers Freelance. In the study, we looked at the top three criminal defense attorney websites for each of the largest 50 cities in the United States and asked, “Do they have a legal blog?” 72% of them did. 23% of Read more about Recent Study Shows How Legal Blogging Helps Your Ranking[…]

Search Engine Marketing Study Law Blogs in Top Ranking Firm Pages

How Often Do Top-Ranking Law Firm Sites Host Legal Blogs?

At Myers Freelance, we ask a lot of questions about search engine marketing (SEM), in large part because, well, we’re skeptics. We like facts. We put statistical accuracy in high regard. We think that a potentially misleading figure is worse than no figure at all, because it can pull you down the wrong path, rather Read more about How Often Do Top-Ranking Law Firm Sites Host Legal Blogs?[…]

Meta Descriptions are Like Book Covers

The Double-Edged Sword of Google’s Lengthened Meta Descriptions

[UPDATE 5/15/2018: The length of Google’s meta descriptions is now officially defined as “dynamic,” and fluctuate between around 155 (130 for mobile) and 320] If you want more clients for your law firm, then search engine optimization (SEO) is a means to that end. However, not all aspects of online marketing fall into the category Read more about The Double-Edged Sword of Google’s Lengthened Meta Descriptions[…]

Yoast SEO and Keywords

How Yoast Actually Handles Keywords

If you’ve decided to market your law firm online, the first thing you’ll do in the execution stage is to create a website. Unless you’re investing heavily in the venture and contracting with a full-service website provider, you’ll probably put together a WordPress site (even if you do pay someone else to build your site, Read more about How Yoast Actually Handles Keywords[…]

Bold keywords likely do not help SEO for legal blogs

Should You Italicize or Bold the Keywords in Your Legal Blog?

As professional legal bloggers, we read a lot of legal blogs and see lots of techniques being used. One that we see constantly is the bolding of keywords. Some of the most egregious examples look like this: “As personal injury lawyers, the attorneys at [law firm’s name] seek to help our clients get the compensation Read more about Should You Italicize or Bold the Keywords in Your Legal Blog?[…]