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

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.

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.

Why is Legal Blogging a Necessary Part of a Smart SEO Strategy for Lawyers?

Once upon a time, search engine optimization (SEO) was about stuffing web pages with key words and hiding links. Lawyers and other businesses flourished, bringing in tons of business through a few quick online searches.

Unfortunately, those days are over. Google has caught on to these ‘tactics’ and penalized (ab)users by dropping them off the top of search results. These days, securing page 1 search engine placement takes, in part, a refined and strategic approach centered on fresh, original content that provides value to visitors. Is your legal blog in line with this new way of online business development?

Is Content Quality that Important?

Yes, the quality of the content that your legal blog provides is crucial to your blog ability to drive new traffic to your website! Creating content for today’s SEO world means for more than traditional SEO practices (like on-page keyword optimization or link building).

Websites that offer visitors valuable content on a regular basis are going to be looked upon more favorably by Google, and will, in turn, appear higher in the search rankings.

Content Marketing is Key for Lawyers Looking to Their Optimize Online Presence

We’ve been saying it for a while and the statistics are in: Content marketing is one of the most effective ways for a law firm to differentiate itself online these days. With the sheer number of lawyers ‘blogging’ (some of the stuff we read should not qualify as such), it is more important than ever that included in your law firm’s business development plan is a content marketing strategy. By this we mean the production of quality, unique content (or blog posts) that the search engines and your potential audience (new clients, media, etc…) will adore.

A few interesting stats about legal blogging:

  • 90% of consumers find custom [legal] content useful
  • Companies that blog drive 55% more traffic to their website (all the more reason to be sure the content you are putting out is relevant to your practice areas. You want quality leads.)
  • 62% of businesses outsource their content marketing (lawyers: make sure that whomever is writing your content is intimately familiar with your state bar’s rules)
  • 58% of consumers trust editorial content (is your legal marketing team publishing your articles in the top legal periodicals?)
  • Social media and blogs reach 8 out of 10 Internet users
  • Interesting content is one of the top 3 reasons people follow businesses (such as your law firm) on social media
Want more reasons why you need to start blogging? Read on…