Search engines use reader metrics in their algorithms

3 Reader Metrics You Need to Understand

Long ago, we mentioned how search engine algorithms were moving away from traditional ranking signals and towards indications of user intent. This was some pretty big picture stuff in the world of search engine optimization (SEO). In that post, we noted that lots of different pieces in the SEO puzzle were being moved just a Read more about 3 Reader Metrics You Need to Understand[…]

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[…]

Bing has an older audience that lives in Florida

Rely on Older Clientele for Your Firm? Consider Marketing on Bing

In the past, we’ve reminded attorneys that they shouldn’t neglect Bing in their online marketing efforts. While Google remains the dominant search engine in America, Bing still processes millions of searches, every day. Perhaps more importantly, though, Bing is used by a certain demographics that you might want to target with your marketing material. The Read more about Rely on Older Clientele for Your Firm? Consider Marketing on Bing[…]

Google search quality rater guidelines act like crystal balls

Google’s Search Quality Rater Guidelines, and Crystal Balls

A short while back, we discussed search quality raters and their role in upcoming algorithmic changes. While the feedback that these raters provide to search engines, like Google or Bing, does not directly alter the current rankings, what they find online can change the process that ranks pages in the future. Knowing how these raters Read more about Google’s Search Quality Rater Guidelines, and Crystal Balls[…]

Google's search quality raters impact future algorithm changes

Google’s Search Quality Raters and Algorithmic Changes

If you’ve done any research at all about search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing for your law firm, you’ve discovered that search engines like Google rely on algorithms to determine what is relevant and important for every given search query. Google, however, knows that these algorithms are imperfect and subject to manipulation by professional Read more about Google’s Search Quality Raters and Algorithmic Changes[…]

Google's speed update changed very little in the SEO world

Google’s Speed Update Changed Next to Nothing

Recently, Google rolled out a new update to its algorithm that ranks websites in the results page. This new update purportedly added weight to the mobile upload speed of a webpage, threatening to bury slow websites in the rankings when a search is done on a mobile device. Online marketing experts, however, have seen very Read more about Google’s Speed Update Changed Next to Nothing[…]

Google upgrade incentivizes law firms to use speedy websites

Google Primed to Roll Out Speed Upgrade

Next month, Google has a few updates primed for rollout. One of them, the so-called Speed Update, is yet another indication that Google is pushing websites towards a more user-friendly experience in all metrics. Google’s Newest Speed-Related Update Google’s newest update to its algorithm will take the upload speed of websites into account whenever someone Read more about Google Primed to Roll Out Speed Upgrade[…]

Google shortens meta descriptions

Google Shortens Meta Descriptions to Original Length

Last December, we covered a big development in the world of search engine marketing (SEM): Google had increased the length of the meta descriptions they were showing in the search engine results page (SERP). Now, though, Google has walked back this expansion and returned to nearly where we were, before. Let’s unpack that and see Read more about Google Shortens Meta Descriptions to Original Length[…]

Pie chart of search engine market share impact online legal marketing

Search Engine Market Share: April 2018

One of the things that we do as professional legal bloggers is pay attention to which search engines are dominating the market. The answer is obvious (it’s Google) but the extent of their dominance and how it is trending can impact your law firm’s online marketing strategy. For example, if a new competitor enters the Read more about Search Engine Market Share: April 2018[…]

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[…]

SEO impact of Google My Business posts

SEO Impact of Posts on Google My Business

Google has been making efforts to let business owners—including law firm partners—easily advertise their business online. One of those efforts has been Google My Business, which allows verified owners (like a partner) of eligible businesses (like a law firm) quickly create a page that interested search engine users can interact with. Among the features that Read more about SEO Impact of Posts on Google My Business[…]