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[…]

58 percent of online searches use mobile devices

Why You Shouldn’t Worry that 58% of Searches are on Mobile Devices

When you use Google or another search engine to find a website, the search engine pays attention to what device you’re using to conduct the search: Those that are done on a desktop computer will get slightly different results than those that are done on smartphones, because a smartphone’s smaller screen can’t effectively display some Read more about Why You Shouldn’t Worry that 58% of Searches are on Mobile Devices[…]

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[…]

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[…]