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[…]

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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[…]

Net neutrality rollback is like unleashing an attack dog

Net Neutrality is Dead: Now What?

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to strip the internet of its designation as a public utility, repealing the rules of “net neutrality.” There are plenty of other places that you can read all about it, from how: Only 16% of Americans wanted a change to the net neutrality rules; Read more about Net Neutrality is Dead: Now What?[…]

Net neutrality will impact law firm marketing online

How the Lack of Net Neutrality Could Impact Your Law Firm’s Website

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the past couple of months, you’re aware that the rules of net neutrality are set to be reconsidered on December 14. There are calls for the vote to be delayed due to potential fraud in the comments that were solicited by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but Read more about How the Lack of Net Neutrality Could Impact Your Law Firm’s Website[…]

Search Engine Market Share September 2017 Pie Chart

Search Engine Market Share: September 2017

There are a small handful of different search engines that index the internet for you to find the sites that are relevant and important to what you’re looking for. As you plan and execute your law firm’s online marketing strategy, it’s important to keep an eye on how the market share in the search engine Read more about Search Engine Market Share: September 2017[…]

Keyword research is limited by small changes in queries

Examples of How Long Tail Keywords are Limited

In a recent blog post, we discussed the limitations of setting a plan for long tail keywords. The gist of that article was that long tail keywords were too numerous to effectively target in your law firm’s online marketing campaign, so there wasn’t much sense in spending too much time doing it. The better approach Read more about Examples of How Long Tail Keywords are Limited[…]

No-Follow Tags Stop Search Engine Crawlers

No-Follow Tags and Your Legal Blog

Search engines look everywhere for signs that suggest the quality of your website. One of their go-to places to look for these signs is on other websites. If another website thinks your site is worth looking at, they’ll point to it with a backlink – a kind of bridge that sends readers from their site Read more about No-Follow Tags and Your Legal Blog[…]

uncle sam pointing as external link in legal blog

Theory and Practice of External Linking

As professional legal bloggers, we here at Myers Freelance read a lot of legal blogs. Obviously, some are better than others. However, one thing that we see again and again and again – especially on legal blogs that focus on scoring search engine optimization (SEO) points over educating readers – is a complete lack of Read more about Theory and Practice of External Linking[…]