Quality Content: Does It Matter?

What many attorneys don’t get is that when it comes to content marketing (i.e. blogging), it is not just about quantity. In fact, quality is just as important. Google and the other search engines are getting smarter when it comes to sniffing out real, relevant content over mass-marketed, generic words that don’t provide the searcher with the answers they are looking for. And if your content isn’t getting pulled up in search results, what’s the point?

Like you, we stumble across many law firm blogs that are clearly written by someone with very little (if any) understanding of the area of law on which they are writing. Or worse yet, blog posts that are clearly not unique to that firm. The content looks canned, unoriginal, and, essentially, cut and pasted from one law firm to another (with a few words changed here and there, such as the firm name and geographic location). Engaging in this type of content marketing by placing these types of blog posts on your website might save you a few books in the short-run, but will kill your online marketing strategy in the long run. Don’t believe us? Just ask Google.

Blog Topics for Lawyers

Legal blogging (i.e. content marketing) cannot be overlooked for attorneys looking to compete in today’s digital world. Whether the objective is purely SEO (driving potential new clients to your website), thought leadership (establishing oneself as a go-to in a particular practice area), or a combination of the two, fresh content is the way to get in front of your target audience.

So now that you’re convinced you have to blog for business development, you’re probably curious as to where you start.  One of the most popular questions we are asked by lawyers is “what do I write about?!” If you’re like most attorneys we know, you have the content at your fingertips.

Blogging ideas for lawyers

Content Marketing – Why Law Firms Need It

Law firm marketing, like all professional services marketing, is in the midst of a digital revolution.  Traditional techniques for generating leads, cultivating prospects, and making connections are becoming less and less effective.  Today, many law firms are being found and vetted online.  Technology, your potential client’s immediate expectations, and changing demographics are driving professional services to the center of the online marketing environment.  Customers expect to be educated by searching brands (and yes, your law firm is a ‘brand’) and services that match their needs.  If your brand or content is nowhere to be found, your competitor will show up instead.  A growing number of firms are finding success with content marketing and promoting it through social media.  Those refusing to notice the change will find themselves at a disadvantage.

social-pageContent marketing (also referred to as education marketing) is the means of attracting clients and leading them to your company instead of paying to reach them.  It is the process of creating content that customers and clients want or need can be published or shared in any media format. Your law firm can create compelling and relevant messages by using a few basic guidelines in developing your own approach.

Is Hiring Someone to Write Your Legal Blog Really Unethical?

Lately, there’s been a bunch of noise about dangers of “ghostwritten” legal blogs. Apparently, no one is safe and practicing attorneys are supposed to stop focusing on their practice to take time out to write informational, educational blog posts, engage on social media, and otherwise not bill out for their time. After weeks of reading about this, particularly rants by an individual who profits from having attorneys ‘write’ their own blogs, I decided to share my own thoughts on this matter, as both an attorney and the founder of a company who writes legal content on behalf of lawyers.

Argument #1 – Bad Content

Blogging Lawyers: Are You Maximizing Your Google+/Authorship Presence?

If you are a regular reader of our blog, or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn or Facebook or Google+, you know just how important Google+ and Google Authorship is for lawyers looking to increase their online presence. One of the perks of Google Authorship is the avatar (i.e. your headshot) that shows up next to links associated with your Google account, which means instant facial recognition, increased search engine rankings, more clicks, and on and on… But if you have Googled yourself lately, you may have noticed that your Google+ photo (and other identifying information) has disappeared from the search results.

So what’s happening? Read on to learn how to regain your powerful online presence.

On-Page SEO Strategies for Lawyers Looking to Dominate Search Results

If you’re a lawyer interested in or involved in building your law firm’s online presence, you have probably heard something about Panda, Penquin, and/or any of the other recent Google algorithm updates. For most of us, these updates are good news. They promote quality content over quantity, and reward bloggers who have taken the time to write accurate, thoughtful content — on a regular basis (as always, consistency is key).

A few years ago, anyone could throw low-quality, keyword-rich (and ethically dubious) content on his website/blog and see an increase in page rank for weeks! No such luck today. Every major search engine’s focus has moved sharply away from short, overly-optimized content, and has moved toward longer, more comprehensive and in-depth articles.

But at the end of the day, all we really want to know is how to secure that premium placement on page 1 of a Google search. How does Google determine which content is high quality (and should therefore rank highly), and which isn’t? Keep reading for 4 on-page strategies every blogging lawyer should utilize to ensure Google recognizes the value of your content.

4 Tips for Maximizing Your Legal Blog’s Content

For lawyers who are interested in capitalizing on the fact that prospective clients use the internet to find an attorney, search engine optimization, or SEO, is key. The goal of search engine optimization is to get your website to the top of the search engines for your target keywords; a process that takes time, a savvy understanding of what really works, and a consistent effort.

Among those efforts is content marketing optimization, or CMO. CMO is the practice of creating fresh, relevant content for search engines to pick up (generally through the use of a blog). SEO and CMO go hand-in-hand. If your web marketing team tells you otherwise, be very wary.

Read on for 4 tips to capitalize on your CMO and increase your SEO.