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Law Firm SEO: Six Tactics Attorneys Can Use To Start Seeing Results

posted by admin 10:57 AM
Monday, September 16, 2019

Lawyers in private practice face an extremely competitive environment in Google search. These challenges are compounded by the fact that there is an overwhelming amount of information about SEO on the internet, and very little of it is tailored specifically to law firms.

Search can be complicated, and like any modern technology, it’s always changing. This post boils down some of the most basic law firm SEO tactics — specifically those that are most likely to generate results for attorneys.

Perform An SEO Audit

An SEO audit is an in-depth analysis of a site, done before any optimization. It will show you the areas that need the most improvement, which means you won’t waste your time working on things that are already working.

Software designed for SEO auditing can give you specific recommendations to focus on. We use SEMRush to get suggestions on which pages have issues, but some other popular optimization tools include Screaming Frog (for on-site optimization) and Ahrefs (for finding and evaluating link opportunities).

Prioritize Content

One of Google’s top three ranking factors is content. With the staggering volume of articles published online every day, Google works hard to find the most relevant and comprehensive content on a topic.

When optimizing for search, attorneys need to focus on being the authority in a topic area. Any content should be created with the goal of being the most authoritative of its kind on the internet. It sounds simplistic, but a good way to do this is to see what types of pages are already ranking for a keyword phrase and make content that’s better (e.g., more in-depth, more explanatory or simply more readable) than those pages.

Ideally, content should be written in your own voice. There are many pages on the web for law firms, but only yours has your point of view.

One really effective way of generating long-form, valuable content is to do a roundup that answers a common question from your target audience. For example, get multiple non-competing law firms to offer their advice on when to hire a car accident lawyer, and then compile their answers into a single post.

When optimizing for search, attorneys need to focus on being the authority in a topic area. Any content should be created with the goal of being the most authoritative of its kind on the internet. It sounds simplistic, but a good way to do this is to see what types of pages are already ranking for a keyword phrase and make content that’s better (e.g., more in-depth, more explanatory or simply more readable) than those pages.

Ideally, content should be written in your own voice. There are many pages on the web for law firms, but only yours has your point of view.

One really effective way of generating long-form, valuable content is to do a roundup that answers a common question from your target audience. For example, get multiple non-competing law firms to offer their advice on when to hire a car accident lawyer, and then compile their answers into a single post.

Claim And Optimize Your Google My Business Profile

Google My Business (GMB) profiles are some of the most prominent directory listings online, so optimizing them is important. With so many people using Google search and related search services, it’s crucial to show up in the top three of GMB listing results.

Here are some priority optimization tips for lawyers on their GMB profiles:

• Choose an accurate category (e.g., “personal injury attorney” instead of just “attorney”).

• Gather as many positive reviews as you can (as long as your state bar regulations allow this).

• Leverage service descriptions and posts to rank for target keyword phrases.

• Add as many images and videos as possible (and at least more than your competition).

• Link your profile to a relevant location page instead of just your homepage.

Get Reviews

A 2016 study showed that two-thirds of consumers surveyed were more likely to hire a lawyer with online reviews. The percentage of millennials relying on reviews to evaluate potential attorneys was even higher: an overwhelming 81%.

As part of an SEO campaign (assuming your state bar permits the practice), attorneys should focus on getting as many reviews as they can on leading platforms like Google, Facebook and Yelp, as well as leading industry directories.

Reviews provide a form of social proof that is hard to match. They help establish trust with consumers.

Prioritize Links

Backlinks are arguably one of the most important ranking factors in search. Focus on links your competitors are not able to match. For example, sites where you have a personal relationship with the site owner, where membership is exclusive, or for organizations like universities or professional/trade associations.

Another good strategy is to see what links your competitors already have and match them. Look for competition that is outranking you in search, and then use a tool like Ahrefs or Moz’s link explorer to see what links they have in their profile.

As a rule of thumb, always incorporate links into your content that add value to users and enhance the content. Avoid linking to service pages, and instead link to content such as blogs or articles. You can always funnel that link equity to your service pages later on with internal linking practices.

Dominate Legal Directories

Legal directories are websites that list legal professionals and their contact information.

Attorneys should join leading directories and remain active on them by responding to questions, getting reviews and submitting content (if possible). Many of these directories are already ranking on the first page of Google search, so lawyers can piggyback on that authority simply by building out a profile on select sites.

Always check to see if you can add a link to your site in the description sections of profiles. Not all directories allow this, but for the ones that do, it’s a nice opportunity to choose your anchor text.

Conclusion

Law firm SEO can be tricky and uber-competitive, but if the right tactics are used consistently and aggressively, attorneys can claim dominance in the search results.

Essentially, you need to evaluate your sites for weaknesses, optimize your overall web presence through high-quality content and link acquisition, and ensure your online reputation is top-notch. Doing all these things can create barriers to entry for your competition and ideally secure first-page rankings for your firm.

For the original article click here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2019/03/19/law-firm-seo-six-tactics-attorneys-can-use-to-start-seeing-results/#22a6943a7081

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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Digital Marketing Mistakes That Can Derail Your Business

posted by admin 11:57 AM
Friday, September 13, 2019
In this online-consumer age, it can make or break growth and survival.

Don't Let Digital Marketing Mistakes Derail Your Business

Let’s face it: We live in a technology-driven world, and digital marketing has in many ways surpassed traditional channels. With consumers now turning to the internet for every question they have, it’s easy to understand why thoughtful digital marketing can make or break a business. Without it, any company is as good as dead in the water.

This necessitates not only the implementation of savvy tactics, but a knowledge of what pitfalls to avoid ahead of time. Here’s how to avoid the kinds of digital marketing mistakes that can derail your brand faster than a mouse click.

You’ll Never Reach Your Goals You Don’t Set

This might seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many brands out there look at digital marketing as something to just dip their toes into. Setting up a bunch of social media accounts and throwing a few hashtags out there with the hopes they’ll catch fire won’t provide much benefit if there’s not a clearly defined goal behind it.

Maybe that goal is increased traffic to the brand’s website or generating more potential leads through mobile. Whatever the case may be, measurable goals will help to establish a common connection with your audience and drive all future strategy.

Understand Your Audience’s Needs

It goes without saying that your customers are the lifeblood of your business, so failing to understand what they want will make any digital marketing efforts pointless. Even the most well-thought out and catchy campaign will fall flat if it doesn’t resonate with the intended consumer, or worse, misses the target audience altogether. Everything from use of language in content to assessing how the hypothetical customer uses digital media should factor into your brand’s marketing approach. Take the time to dig into your audience analysis and find out what motivates them.

Churn Out Content With a Purpose

Internet users are constantly eating up content, but the content that gets shared and earns rankings love from Google has a real identity. Search-engine algorithms are constantly evolving, and it’s imperative that content be distinctive if it’s going to benefit a brand’s digital marketing efforts. Well-crafted content should say something that touches on your goals and offers something valuable to your intended audience.

Staying on top of trends and the competition is equally vital. Ask yourself, “Is now the right time to use this tactic to connect with my audience?” The answer may not always be yes. Keeping all this in mind as you craft content will result in more lead conversions, rather than it falling flat.

Track the ROI of Your Marketing Efforts

What your digital marketing ROI looks like is going to be different from other brands. What all businesses have in common, though, is the need to track their efforts to maximize yield. Refining your SEO approach and using utilizing an AdWords strategy similar to PPC Pro may translate to actual leads, but understanding the data is key to maintaining that success.

What you don’t want to do is apply a “set it and forget it” approach to your digital campaigns. This doesn’t mean that everything must be checked and monitored every hour of the day, but regular observation and maintenance is necessary. There’s no shortage of analytics tools out their to help, so don’t be scared to try different ones and determine what helps your business accrue maximum ROI.

For the original article click here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/338384

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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Top 5 Not-So-Obvious Social Media Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

posted by admin 10:00 AM
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Social media marketing done right can win you customers for life. Done wrong, it can cost you dearly.
Top 5 Not-So-Obvious Social Media Marketing Mistakes You Must Avoid

Before you even read this, make sure you aren’t making either of the classic, obvious, social media mistakes — having a private profile or still using a personal account when you should switch to a business account.

OK, cool. Now that that’s handled, let’s get into some of the less-obvious, yet highly critical mistakes that I see most brands make in their social media marketing efforts. Are you making these mistakes too?

1. Posting just to post

Social media is meant to be an ongoing and engaging conversation, so if you don’t have anything important to say — don’t say it! If you don’t feel inspired to share something — don’t share it. Period. Content that is forced usually feels fake and unauthentic. With the mass of content production happening right now, more and more social media users are becoming excellent B.S. detectors and have stronger filters than ever.

Plus, posting just to post does the opposite of what you hope it will do. A lot of people feel like they have to post constantly just to stay relevant. In reality, you tarnish your brand and dampen your engagement rates when you post low-quality content. If users are not engaging with your content, Instagram will stop showing your content to them.

Key takeaway: Be intentional with every piece of content you post and operate from a well-thought-out strategy. Plan your content ahead of time so you’re not having to rely on daily spurts of authentic inspiration to post. Create a content calendar and always ask yourself if you’d actually stop scrolling through your feed to watch/see/read what you’re about to post.

2. Rigidly sticking to your “agenda”

You could easily take the point I made above and go overboard. I’ve done this myself, and I see many people doing it now.

Are you one of those people who uses an inspirational quote on every third Instagram post so that there is a pretty, organized column of identical-looking tiles on your Instagram feed? Do you do this even though these types of posts don’t have the greatest engagement?

This is a perfect example of what I mean by going overboard with a social media marketing strategy. I’ve seen many people get so rigidly stuck to an idea they have that even if the results clearly show it’s not engaging to their audience, they still do it because they want to “stick to their plan.”

There are two reasons why this is a huge mistake. First, you are crippling your creativity. What if you get one of those hits of inspiration about something timely that you want to share but then realize, “oh wait, my next post has to be a quote so I have to wait to share this.” This takes from the magic of real-time sharing on social media, interrupts the creative flow and restricts your content distribution. Secondly, this means you aren’t paying attention to what actually matters — your audience! Make decisions based on your results, and always testing new and different ways to engage your audience so they get bored and fall off.

Key takeaway: Focus on what actually matters to your audience, not you. Test, measure, learn, repeat. Let go of your rigid agenda and give your people what they want.

3. Too much product promotion, not enough social media marketing

Going off of my previous point, it’s true that sometimes your audience doesn’t always know what they want — and they could totally want your product or service. However, you are going to completely turn them off if you’re constantly promoting and selling to them.

I really love the way Gary Vaynerchuk talks about this. He actually explains it perfectly in his book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. The point is to focus on building a relationship with your audience first. Now, how do you build the relationship you ask? Just the same as you would build any relationship — by creating trust. SurveyMonkey reported last year that 68 percent of U.S. adults say trust in a brand has a “great deal” or “a lot” of influence on their decision when making a big purchase.

There are two ways you can cultivate trust with your audience. First, let them in. Let them see the real, human parts of your brand. Be transparent and share your raw, authentic self with them. This will build a connection, and connection creates trust. Secondly, give first without expectation. Before you even think about asking anything of them, focus on what you can give to them and then give, give, give. A good gauging question of whether or not your creating value would be, would they pay for what I’m giving to them for free? If the answer is yes, you’re on the right track, my friend.

Key takeaway: Your ratio of product promotion to value-driven content should be something like 1:4, so for every four pieces of entertaining, valuable content, you have one post promoting your product or service.

4. Lack of brand consistency

What is your unique brand essence? Does it shine through all of your content? Is there consistency in all of your content? If you want to build and sustain a powerful brand, you must focus on brand consistency.

Let me be clear. Consistency does not mean monotony.  Don’t put out the same piece of content over and over. It’s still important to switch it up, maintain variety, and test different formats. At the same time, all of it should be consistent with your brand mission, tone of voice and overall look and feel — fonts, color palettes, etc.

Don’t make the big mistake of copying the format and style of other brands. If you don’t own and execute your unique brand essence in every piece of social media marketing content you create, you are commoditizing yourself and your brand.

Consistency also means to consistently put out content and keep your promises. For example, if you say that there will be a new IGTV episode every week, there better be a new IGTV episode released every week. This creates trust and credibility with your audience and lets them know they can count on you to deliver.

Key takeaway: Be consistent in your social media marketing efforts because consistency compounds and creates powerful, sustainable brands. 

5. Using LinkTree as your Instagram bio link

You get one link in your bio, and you’re using LinkTree. Really? Well, it’s actually not so surprising to me because this is one of the most common, yet less-obvious social media marketing mistakes that brands make on Instagram. Here’s why using Linktree is a mistake:

  • You are depending on a third-party app and have zero control. If it goes down, so do you.
  • You sacrifice your branding because you have to work within their themes and parameters. Remember we talked about brand commoditization earlier? Well, I hate to break it to you, but your Linktree page basically looks just like everyone else’s.
  • No analytics with the free version and limited analytics with the paid version. Plus, all of your data belongs to them.
  • Not optimized for conversion. It’s just a bunch of basic buttons with text on them stacked on top of each other. What is compelling about that?

So what do you use instead? Your website! There is absolutely no reason why the homepage of your website should not be directing its viewers where you want them to go. If your website is not set up with the top actions you want users to take, fixing that ASAP should be your priority.

Key takeaway: Stop using Linktree, and invest in your website.

Social media cheat sheet

To recap, the five less-obvious social media marketing mistakes you must avoid at all costs are:

  1. Posting just to post without a real intention or strategy behind it.
  2. Rigidly sticking to your agenda and not being flexible with your social media strategies.
  3. Over-promoting your product or service. Stick with a 4:1 value-driven to promotional/sales content ratio.
  4. Not having brand consistency and commoditizing yourself because you become just like everyone else.
  5. Using Linktree in your Instagram bio.

If this article was valuable to you, please share it on your social media or with a friend who you want to save from making these less-obvious social media marketing mistakes. Cheers!

For the original article click here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/338303

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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Are you planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead? Want to better understand how and why video should form a big part of your efforts?

The listing highlights a range of key considerations for video content, including Facebook video viewing habits, Instagram video engagement, and more.

Check out the infographic below for more detail.

Infographic outlines a range of key video consumption stats

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Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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How Should I Hire an SEO Company ?

posted by admin 11:55 AM
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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How exactly does Google go about figuring out where to rank your posts? One thing to always keep in mind- to what degree are your posts (and your website where such posts appear) managing to ‘best’ meet internet browser search queries? And of course what do we mean by ‘best’?

Figuring SEO strategy and overall digital marketing strategy (which also includes social media strategy) can be a daunting and expensive task and very time consuming – which leads to most webmasters asking themselves: Do it yourself SEO or should I hire an SEO company? 

Should I hire an SEO firm?

Hiring an SEO marketing firm should be an adjunct to a webmaster’s own ongoing efforts. A webmaster is ill advised (again speaking from personal experience) to solely trust the onsite optimization of their website property to outside agents without first having an overall understanding of how the ‘ship sails’.

Such knowledge goes a long way in webmasters devising strategy along SEO marketing firms who often supplement and augment a vendor’s own efforts while often spearheading taxing and time consuming tasks especially for larger websites and those sites dealing with a myriad of complexities. Which is another way of saying, while most of us know enough of how to take care of our general health, most of us lack the skillset and case studies experience to resolve ‘tricky’ issues that come along. And like an athlete who can train on their own merits, the skills, guidance of an astute trainer and coach goes a long way in furthering an athlete’s performance and achieving improved performance.

That said, you will need to keep your eyes on the SEO firm or specialist you might be looking to hire, whether they use ‘white hat’ strategies (as opposed to shady, ‘black hat’ techniques that may (likely) hurt your traffic)- and the process of vetting.

Being proficient in general all round SEO will help you the webmaster (and I am talking from painful experience) figure out where ‘under the hood of the car’ to begin to look for issues that might affect your site’s performance- and where to improve.

While Google may come up with up as many 3234 algorithm changes in 2018 alone, which most of us can not hope to keep up with, there are some consistent rules and basics that webmasters will want to comply with and utilize. 

For the original article click here: https://scallywagandvagabond.com/2019/09/do-it-yourself-seo-hire-seo-company/

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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