Google insinuates it has blocked negative SEO backlink schemes

Does Google Think It’s Beaten the Backlink Blitz?

One of the experts at Google, John Mueller, regularly hosts an “office hour” session on YouTube, where he fields questions from search engine optimization (SEO) professionals and other people who run a website. Some of the things that Mueller says during these relatively informal sessions, though, can seem to tip Google’s hand and reveal important Read more about Does Google Think It’s Beaten the Backlink Blitz?[…]

Google SERP December 2019

How Google’s SERP Has Changed in 4 Years

We reiterate, perhaps entirely too often, that search engines change on a near constant basis. Whether the alteration affects how the search engine’s algorithms find results that are relevant and important to the search query, or just alter how the results page looks, the impact can have real implications on your law firm’s online marketing Read more about How Google’s SERP Has Changed in 4 Years[…]

Law firms do not compete against Google yet

Zero-Click Searches and Why Law Firms Aren’t Competing Against Google

One of the most disturbing trends in the search engine optimization (SEO) world today is the fallout from Google’s attempts to answer as many search queries as possible from the search engine results page (SERP). The intent is honorable enough: Give search engine users the answers they want, as quickly as possible, whenever feasible. The Read more about Zero-Click Searches and Why Law Firms Aren’t Competing Against Google[…]

The Wall Street Journal published a hit piece against Google

The Wall Street Journal’s Hit Piece Against Google

A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article on how search engines, and particularly Google, work. The piece is titled “How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results,” and is subtitled “The internet giant uses blacklists, algorithm tweaks and an army of contractors to shape what you see.” At Read more about The Wall Street Journal’s Hit Piece Against Google[…]

BERT helps Google better understand context in language

How BERT Can Impact Online Legal Marketing

The search engine optimization (SEO) world was all in a tizzy this past week as Google announced that it had rolled out a serious update to its core algorithm. That update is technically called Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers, but has shortened to BERT because it kind of has to be and doing so does Read more about How BERT Can Impact Online Legal Marketing[…]

Featured snippets take web traffic from top ranking site

While Overhyped, Featured Snippets are Still an SEO Goal

In our last blog post, we delved into Google’s decision to apply its Freshness Update to featured snippets. But what, exactly, are featured snippets and how can they help your law firm’s SEO efforts? Featured Snippets are Common Elements at the Top of the Results Page A featured snippet is a sampling of content taken Read more about While Overhyped, Featured Snippets are Still an SEO Goal[…]

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[…]

The role of search engines in online marketing

The Role of Search Engines in Online Marketing

People facing legal problems and in need of an attorney frequently turn to the internet to find the lawyer they need. According to one survey from 2014, more legal clients got online to find an attorney than asked a friend or relative for a referral. In the years since that survey, the gap has likely Read more about The Role of Search Engines in Online Marketing[…]

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[…]

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[…]