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[…]

Law firm penalized for soliciting online reviews

Law Firm Gets Penalized for Soliciting Online Reviews

Search engines are increasingly moving towards a business model that lets their customers – internet users – make recommendations. After all, search engines are in the industry of providing relevant and important results for whatever search query their customers make, so letting people rate their experience with a place or a business could be helpful Read more about Law Firm Gets Penalized for Soliciting Online Reviews[…]

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[…]

Legal Blog Series Duplicative Content Penalty Panda

No, Your Site (Shouldn’t) Get Penalized for a Legal Blog Series

If you’re one of the two regular readers of our legal marketing blog, last week’s article on how a series of blog posts can hurt your SEO (search engine optimization) might have raised an interesting pair of questions: Wait… can’t you get penalized for hosting duplicative content on your site? And, Wouldn’t writing about the Read more about No, Your Site (Shouldn’t) Get Penalized for a Legal Blog Series[…]

Google Security HTTPS

Google Prepares to Take Action Against Insecure Websites

At Myers Freelance, we focus our attention on writing legal blogs. However, because one of the biggest reasons for maintaining a legal blog is to market your law firm online through search engine optimization (SEO), we keep our ears to the ground to listen for developments in the world of SEO, too. If we didn’t, Read more about Google Prepares to Take Action Against Insecure Websites[…]

diluting ink in water shows how internal links weaken

Calls to Action, Penalties, and Link Dilution

In our last blog post, we reached way back into our archives to answer a question about a blog post we wrote last year. This ancient post had detailed the downfall of the call to action (CTA), the paragraph that often comes at the end of a legal blog post that urges readers to contact Read more about Calls to Action, Penalties, and Link Dilution[…]

monty python parrot keywords not dead

Keywords Are Not Dead

Many online marketers have been claiming for the past few months that keywords are no longer something that you need to pay attention to on the search engine optimization (SEO) front. According to them, keyword density – the word percentage of an article or blog post taken up by your targeted keywords – is no Read more about Keywords Are Not Dead[…]

Google Penalizes Interstitial Pop-Ups on Mobile

A lot of people use smartphones and mobile devices to search the internet. At this point, that isn’t news. We covered this point back in November, when we pointed out that 42% of internet traffic in the United States comes from a mobile device. Because mobile devices have screens of radically different sizes, and their Read more about Google Penalizes Interstitial Pop-Ups on Mobile[…]