5 Common SEO Mistakes to Avoid

You’ve spent thousands of dollars creating a new website and it’s not bringing you any new business. You’re probably frustrated and ready to give up on the whole “building your online presence” thing. But before you do, call us for a free website consultation or review these tips for SEO mistakes to avoid (or do both!). These days, a practicing attorney just can’t get away without having a strong online presence.

 

Here are 5 common SEO mistakes to avoid.

1. Duplicate Content

Duplicate content in the context of search engine optimization (SEO) means the same content on more than one webpage (URL) within same or different domain (web site). Search engines can’t decide which content to index, eventually not showing either page in search results. Where do many attorneys get in trouble with this issue? Practice Areas. This can be avoided with properly-drafted content written by attorneys.

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Law Firm Website Content Consultation

Is your law firm’s website bringing you new clients? If you cannot answer with a resounding “YES!” it’s time to mix things up. Your web marketing team should be working closely with you to ensure that:

  • You are directing quality traffic to your site
  • Your website engagement is always on the rise
  • You are turning visitors into clients
  • Google’s various algorithm updates have not dropped you from your place on search engine rankings
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lawyers: Think Before You Blog

Lawyers, are you thinking before you blog? By now, you’ve probably heard that if you’re not blogging for business development then your practice is slowly dying on the vine… While this may be a slight (just a slight!) exaggeration, maintaining an active blog is undoubtedly one effective way for a lawyer to enhance his or…

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Client References and Your Law Firm’s Online Presence

You may be convinced that your primary source of business is through word of mouth — and you may be right. However, recent research and online data tracking shows that your website is without question the number one resource for your potential client / media connection, referral source to learn more about you. In other words, before retaining your law firm’s services, your potential client is checking out your online presence… Your law firm website, your LinkedIn profile, your speaking engagements and article publications, and more.

If your website isn’t designed to draw prospective business in, or if your web presence isn’t geared to help potential clients find and positively evaluate you, you’re missing a huge opportunity.

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Kristen Marquis to Present at SDCBA on Business Development for Lawyers

If you will be in the San Diego area on March 26, 2014, stop by the San Diego County Bar Association for a great seminar on business development for lawyers! Or watch and learn on the live webcast. Click this link to learn more.

WebPresence, Esq.’s founder and practicing attorney Kristen Marquis will be one of five panel members sharing their experience and knowledge on how to build a successful law practice in today’s digital and competitive business climate. During Kristen’s segment, she will share tips on how to ethically and effectively use social media to expand your network, bring in new business, and masterfully enhance your online reputation.

Topics to be covered in the evening’s educational seminar:

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