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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5 Tips for Building a BIG Social Media Presence

Are your law firm’s social networks garnering the kind of attention that actually brings in new business / connects you with thoughts leaders / expands your referral network? Why not?! If you are devoting the time and expense to maintaining an active online presence, you want to see a return on your investment, don’t you?

Read on for 5 tips on how to make sure your law firm’s web presence is buzzworthy and profitable.

1. Understand Your Audience.

Understanding who your audience is and what they are looking for will put you leaps and bounds in front of your competition. While this tip is Marketing 101, many lawyers think like lawyers, not like their prospective client base.

Some questions to ask yourself when you’re tweeting, blogging, Facebooking, etc.. include:

  • What are the needs of my community?
  • What questions are they asking online and how can my content help answer these questions?
  • What types of content make the biggest impact with my audience: Text, video, images?
  • When and where are they most likely to be active on social media?
  • What types of content are they most likely to share?

2. Hit a Nerve.

Is your blog post touching on a hot legal issue? Current event or tragedy? Timely, relevant content is everything, especially to Google. Incorporate an element of analysis into your commentary and watch as people respond and relate to you.

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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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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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Can Your LinkedIn Profile Bring You New Business?

Let it be said again: LinkedIn is the must-use (and most used) social network for professionals. With over 200 million users, and 74 million of them in the US, there is no shortage of business development opportunities for the savvy lawyer. As with any marketing tool, LinkedIn is far more effective when you make the most of what it has to offer. In this post, we will explore “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” and it’s value to you as a practicing attorney looking to bring in new business.

Recently, LinkedIn changed the way Who’s Viewed My Profile displays in your settings (and if you are not regularly using this feature, start now!). LinkedIn has dramatically shortened the content shown in a Who’s Viewed My Profile shot. This means that, in about 8 succinct words, you need to explain what you do in a somewhat creative and eye-catching manner. Sound like too much to ask? Talk to us about updating your LinkedIn profile.

Professionals (your potential referral sources and clients) use LinkedIn to expand their networks. It’s up to you to — efficiently and without putting anyone to sleep — convince them that they should connect with you and potentially bring you their business. Your headline is your slogan. Make it count!

Below are a few examples of what doesn’t work for a LinkedIn ‘slogan’. Notice that headlines are cut off mid-sentence, leaving the guesswork up to the potential connection. In marketing, a brand (which is what you, the practicing attorney, are in today’s digital world) strives to avoid leaving the potential consumer with ambiguity as to the brand’s purpose or mission. Do not rely on your audience to accurately assume what you can do for them. Clearly, professionally, and creatively tell them.

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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.

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