Search engine rankings are big business for attorneys looking to generate leads online. If you’re not on Page 1 of a search result, you can pretty much forget about being found online (80% of online searchers don’t go past Page 1 to find what they’re looking for). From content marketing to SEO to PPC to social search, there does not seem to be a shortage of opportunities to increase a law firm’s online ranking. The big question is: Is what you’re doing working?
Moz, a web-based company dedicated to studying the science of search, recently released their 2015 Local Search Engine Rankings Factors report. This report indicates that, not surprisingly, Google places more weight on certain factors than others… So what are those factors and how can you improve your law firm’s search engine ranking?
First, there’s Google Local (your Google+ profile). Many attorneys are interested in marketing their services to a specific geographic area. You would, therefore, likely be most interested in how your site ranks among the top 3 local search results for search terms relevant to your practice area(s) and location(s). According to Moz, what Google is most likely to look at when determining Google Local placement is: