If you are running a law firm, you may very well need a marketing committee (if you don't already have one) to ensure your attracting the right types of clients and cases. It is important that you make your marketing committee as effective as possible. This ensures you do not pay money for the sitting of a committee that is not bringing in a return on investment (ROI). Optimizing your marketing committee to be more effective can rejuvenate your legal practice.
If your law firm's marketing committee is to be effective, choose the members carefully. You could hire an in-house marketing professional to head the committee, but this individual does not need to be only a marketing expert. Partners and associates who have a vested interest in the growth of the law firm are ideal candidates to head or be a part of the committee.
Another key point to optimizing your law firm's marketing committee is to consider changing the composition of the committee regularly based on the performance of the members. This will keep your members on the their toes and ensure that their efforts are in the best interests of the law firm. Additionally, the head of the committee should remunerate its members so that they are inspired to continue to do great work. Positive reinforcement is key aspect to any organization.
It is very important to set goals and objectives for the committee. This will keep the committee on a solid path to achieving success-oriented outcomes and attaining the cases that the firm finds value in.
The roles of the different members should be clearly defined, with respect to the law firm's goals and objectives. Facilitate interaction between the committee and the firm's partners, associates, and even paralegals. Furthermore, promoting interaction between the committee and clients (as well as potential clients) can contribute to great well-being in the firm and positive recognition in the community.
Insist that members take action to publicize the activities of the committee. Ensure that the committee is complementing traditional marketing such as direct mail marketing, press releases, mobile marketing, and other forms of advertising. Even more important are pursuing more popular and effective channels via Internet marketing, such as email marketing, article marketing, press releases, and PPC (pay-per-click) advertising, and website optimization.
A marketing committee will come in handy in effectively promoting and optimizing the law firm's website for marketing too. You could have the committee start a blog and keep that blog populated with fresh relevant content. Additionally, the marketing committee should not overlook the optimization of the website for search engines, since a high ranking in search engine results pages can mean greater lead potential. In many cases, the marketing committee may want to consider hiring a website optimization company to handle the intricate aspects of website marketing and optimization.
For the marketing committee to be effective, determine what will be in the committee's agenda. Every agenda should include reviewing of the marketing tools currently being used, reviewing of cross-selling opportunities, and reviewing possible targets (referral sources, prospects, and clients). Each agenda should also cover significant business development results and activities, discussion about the hottest practice areas and reports about business and marketing development successes since the previous meeting.continue...
With Google regular updates like the recent Panda update, many law firm web marketers are finding SEO to be an ever-changing and tiresome endeavor. In short, it's becoming rather difficult to predict what works for SEO because of the algorithm updates.
Revising your lawyer SEO strategies on a regular basis can be frustrating. With all these changes, one thing that will never change is the fact that content is still king. It's just a matter of how and where you use that content.
In this blog post, we share with you some insights to help diversify your optimized content. These points should help inspire some great strategies to ignite your law firm SEO strategy.
Most people think of text when they think of Web content. Although on-site text content is very important in search engine optimization, you should diversify by doing image optimization. Google has made major advances in its image search, but it still cannot “read” images if the images are not optimized. Doing an image search often produces wacky results. On the same breath, Google still cannot understand videos like humans do. You, therefore, should optimize videos.
For effective content generation, begin between keyword list finalization and the keyword-to-page mapping stage. This is because it is only at the end of the keyword research that you will get a list of relevant keywords. The main terms list should not be endless. It should feature both broad terms and more defined terms that match your website’s goals. Do not abandon long tail terms since they are also highly qualified. You can use them as mentions in your website’s copy.
Throw away the “old SEO” ideology and approach content marketing and optimization differently. There are several questions you should ask yourself when picking the keyword do use.
• Is the term supportable by a PR, an article, or a blog post?
• Would the Web page that is created or revised to target the term have content that is savory enough to attract Web masters to link to it or to encourage sharing?
• What is the purpose of the Web page? Is it to pass a message across, to educate readers, or to simply target a search term for ranking purposes?
• Is it possible to add the relevant imagery with a Web page that is created or revised using the search term?
• Is it possible to add the relevant video content with a Web page that is created or revised using the search term?
If you have an answer to these questions, you will be able to separate greed for a high ranking from quality content for a user-friendly site. In today’s search engine world, searches lend visibility to news, videos, and images. This does not include visibility on websites that are massively searched such as Flickr and YouTube. Note that non-text content is the fodder around which social sharing revolves.
In conclusion, it is clear that you should force yourself to not only look for ranking reports as SEO progresses, but to also look at bounce rates and links to internal Web pages. You would rather stick to a small website that has engaging content and content that is multi-dimensional than have a website that does not offer much in terms of content. This is because it is only sites that have engaging, multi-dimensional content are linked to, and present in SERPs. Text, videos, images, social content, and news all require optimization.
This blog post was contributed by Tyler Tafelsky, Internet marketing manager of OIC Group, Inc., a professional SEO Peoria IL company.continue...
The purpose of any form of optimized content is to make it both search engine friendly (value for SEO) and reader-friendly (value for users.) This centers on creating high quality content that will be well appreciated by readers, and thus gets linked to naturally, helping to promote its SEO-potential.
But in order for strong content to reach is maximum SEO potential, it should also be keyword optimized using the best practices of SEO copywriting. And although your content might be an image or video, these SEO copywriting tips can still help you optimize your content for better rankings. Below are 5 SEO copywriting tips to help you properly keyword optimize your content for better search visibility.
The application of keywords in the Meta title can be best understood from the perspective of a search engine user. When people are searching in Google, they are most attracted to listing that show keywords in the headline of the various results.
Additionally, keyword optimizing the Meta title can also help Google and other search engine distinguish what the page is about, aiding your SEO efforts. It is suggested to keep the Meta title length within 72 characters so that it all appears in the Google search results.
The Meta description is a brief summary of the page. It helps to assure the client that your content will meet their search needs. Most often, keep your Meta description below 165 characters.
Apart from ranking, SEO copywriting is also about the way you present the content in search engines. The Meta description refers to the “snippet” copy for search results below the title. It will impact whether or not users click into your page. Whether the keywords in the Meta description will affect the ranking, is still debatable, however the searched terms will appear in bold, only making your listing more relevant to the user.
Typically your on-page copy will be about the topic that pertains to your page's keyword targets. That said, don't get too focused on keyword inclusion, but rather, write naturally and only include keywords when they make sense.
It is best to have a nice block of text-based copy on almost any type of content you publish. For articles, shoot for at least 300 words of copy to have the greatest SEO value. If it's images or videos, try supplementing this content with a paragraph or two summarizing what the content is about. The idea it to give a search engine spider some keyword-rich content to crawl, making your content all the more SEO-valuable.
Keyword frequency is defined as the number of times in which your keyword target is mentioned on the page. . Conversely, keyword density is known as the ratio of keywords to the total number of words on the entire page.
It is a misconception that keyword frequency affects ranking. When using keywords in your content, be sure not overuse them. This also implies that your content's keyword density should not be more than 5.5% or else Google may penalize your website.
Internal linking on a webpage is a vital basis of developing well optimized websites. This help establish keyword relevancy (based on the anchor text used for internal links,) as well as the crawling and indexing of your entire website. For these reasons, linking together relevant pages is important with regards to SEO.
A few tips to keep in mind when internal linking are:
* Pinpoint relevant pages of your website that deem worth of linking to
* Use natural and relevant anchor text
* Always consider the user and if the link makes logic sense
These are tips pertain to the best practices of SEO copywriting. In summary, don't dwell on including a high volume of keyword targets, but rather focus on what is important to the search engines - quality content that offers meaning and purpose to your audience.continue...
The organic search results will always be the best place to optimize your firm's web presence. The local organic search results especially offer tremendous value of law firms in capturing quality, lead-generating search traffic.
It is now more common than ever to see local organic search results (with the Google Map) for almost any geo-relevant keyword search. And what's significant about these localized search results is that it's not just a well-optimized website that influences a company's rankings, it's the company's Google Plus page.
Take a look at the screenshot below for the Google search "dui attorneys". Notice how Google recognizes that I am searching from Peoria, Illinois, and how shows local organic listings based on this information.
Although the main link headline for each law firm's local search listing (e.g "LeFante Law Offices, P.C.") will take users to the firm's website, notice the link below the URL that says "Google+." Similar to Google Places pages (which were replaced back in May of 2012,) Google Plus pages are integrated in the local organic search results.
So not only is a strong website helping a firm see top local search rankings, but it's Google Plus page plays a role too. This is redefining the practice of SEO to a more broad approach that incorporates social media. At the Law Firm Web Marketing blog, we call this web presence optimization
There are a number of variables on a Google Plus page that can influence a firm's local search rankings. The most powerful contributors of an authoritative Google Plus web presence include:
* having a "Follow us on Google+" link on the law firm's website pointing to the firm's Google Plus page
* ensuring that the address on the Google Plus page has been verified (requires Google to send businesses a PIN verification via postcard)
* having a well populated Google Plus page that withholds an adequate amount of information about the law firm
* earning a high number of Google Plus reviews, preferably positive
We hope these tips will help you web presence optimization strategy. Remember, SEO and social media a merging. Think of you strategy in holistic manner of optimizing your firm's entire web presence, not just its website.continue...
In order to enhance web presence of a company or local law firm, PPC (or Pay per Click advertising) can be a highly efficient solution.
It is an Internet advertising method that is used to direct traffic to websites. Advertisers or companies pay their publisher who is usually the owner of a website when their ad is clicked. Companies bid keywords in search engines in the relevant target market.
PPC advertising is used by millions of companies worldwide. If you want some PPC optimization tips to better avoid most of the common mistakes (and have your metrics surge leading to more inquiries about your products and services,) you should take note of the following common mistakes. Being aware of these PPC advertising mistakes will help you optimize your PPC campaign for better performance.
Local SEO involves making strides for a website (both onsite as well as offsite) to improve its position in Google local search. For most websites, search engines can be a major source of free visitors and these are quality visitors with high conversion rates.
Local SEO often times involves planning the optimization strategy of a business with multiple branches or associates in different cities so that it ranks high in the search engines for local searches for that particular business.
There are two main approaches to geo-local SEO with multiple target - have separate websites for each city or town where the business is located or have a page for each city where the business has a branch or office.
Increasingly, it has become apparent that having a single website for a business with pages for each city or town is the more effective and economical option for local SEO. When there are multiple domains for the same business, it is likely that the customer will be confused regarding the authencity of the website. Have multiple domain names can be expensive due to the registration , renewal and maintenance expenses for domain names as well as web hosting.
By having a single website with separate pages for each location where the business has an office, branch or business associate can greatly reduce the time and effort spent for link building needed for local SEO. For the main product or service sold by the business, links can be built to the home page of the website, while for local directories, listings and yellow pages links should be provided to the relevant local page of the website. The city specific internal pages also benefit from the links that have been built to the home page of the website.
When undergoing geo-local SEO, the firm should decide whether they use to use single pages, directories or subdomains for each city or town based on their personal preferences.This boosts the local ranking of the website, and customer searching for a product or service provider in a particular city or town will be easily able to contact the seller.
A propperly run geo-local SEO strategy should also ensure that the content for each local page is completely unique to the city and not duplicated in any manner. They should avoid making minor changes in the content for each city,It is important have a real physical local address and unique contact number for each city, so that local customers can personally visit if required. This will also improve the conversion rate. A map should be included to give directions to potential visitors to the website.
Created local pages for the website in popular directory sites like Google Pages, Yelp. For a multi locational company, they should avoid including any location specific information on the home page to avoid confusing search engines. Additionally the name, address, phone number should be provided only on the city specific local page, and should not be combined with other locations, to avoid creating confusion. Following these guidelines can greatly improve results of a multi-city geo-local SEO strategy.continue...
Website optimization is a key part of web development, SEO, and ongoing maintenance. However, website optimization is something that is often overlooked by webmasters. If you haven’t optimized your site or just intend to speed up the site, you should consider using these web optimization tips.
Though the web hosting account doesn’t have a direct relationship with website optimization optimization, choosing the right web hosting account is essential. A solid web hosting account is the foundation of a site or blog. Its accessibility, security, server stability, customer supports and price all play a key role. It is for this reason that you must ensure that you are in good hands.
Images play a key role in optimizing your company website. But if they aren’t properly optimized, they may end up being a burden and using unpredictably large bandwidth amounts. To optimize your image, avoid scaling them and instead practice inserting the right height and width. The good news is that you don’t have to be a SEO expert to optimize an image. There are various tools and web service that can help you do the job.
Most modern websites have CSS as the foundation of their style, look and feel. CSS offers great flexibility to changes and is lesser in the number of codes required. But if badly coded, CSS could backfire. In order to optimize your CSS is properly, you should keep it short, use CSS Sprite and maintain your elements’ kids in line with the offspring. Every time a page is loaded, CSS sprite technique minimize HTTP request by combining several images in one image file and controlling its output with a CSS background-position attribute.
So whether you have an internal webmaster or have hired a web company to manage your site, consider these website optimization tips to better improve it's overall performance.continue...
Today's marketing strategies have shifted to online, even for law firms. When it comes to online marketing, SEO holds an integral segment in many different campaigns. Attaining top search exposure for relevant keyword targets can drive more clients and awareness to a law firm or a lawyer.
As people have become more dependent online, properly using SEO tactics and strategies can give lawyers and law firms the leverage they needed to bolster their reputation and drive new cases to their firm. If you are a lawyer or managing the marketing for a law firm, here are some effective SEO tips to boost your rankings and build a strong following of advocates.
Today, it is virtually impossible for lawyers to gain a competitive edge without a website. not to have their own websites. The idea is to design a website that is aligned to your mission, vision and target market. Professional looking websites require intensive research, something that website designers have mastered through time. It is important to create a website that has logical and intuitive navigation to put your online audience at ease in finding what they are looking for.
Although web design is outside the realm of SEO, offering a quality user experience helps to ensure your visitors stay on your site and turn into valuable leads. The right balance of white space and margins, custom CSS, graphics resolution, launching capability, and cross-browser compatibility - all of these elements must be top of mind when designing an SEO-friendly website.
In addition to a captivating website design, lawyer SEO must also focus on its on-page optimization. Search engines crawl, digest, and index the content of a website. When developing on-page content, it is important to place relevant keywords in the page title, meta description, headings, subheadings, and paragraph copy of a page.
For instance, if you are a divorce lawyer, try to ensure that the phrase "divorce lawyer" is strategically placed in these aspects of a page's content. It is also important to include your keywords in the URL when naming page. Lastly, when adding images, it is important to incorporate keywords as the images file name (before uploading) as well as in the image ALT tag, respectively.
When it comes to content, it is imperative to publish relevant pages that specific to your legal expertise. Important content to publish on your site are case studies, legal analysis, frequently asked questions about legal proceedings, white papers, and so on. Keep in mind though that good lawyer SEO strategies will sometimes include industry-specific information that can be easily digested by simple readers. Try to explain legal jargon in the simplest ways possible for your reader's easy understanding. Once content are developed accordingly, you can easily get into the top of the SEO ranking heap and promote excellent reputation for your practice.
Social media has become a force to reckon with in today's search engine ranking algorithm. As important as having a website for lawyer SEO is your presence on social media. The more shares, re-tweets, and likes your SEO strategy have, the more it will boost your rankings and authority on your specific legal practice. Be visible in Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. This is a great avenue for you to assert your expertise and knowledge, thereby, developing good reputation for your legal practice. Be professional when engaging in conversations on legal issues relevant to your legal expertise.
If you are familiar about search engine algorithm, you may have an idea on why it is important to be consistent and reliable. Search engine algorithms do not just crawl and bank on keyword hits. Through time, it has been developed to evade Black Hat SEO tactics and rely more on "ethical" White Hat strategies when crawling for data to provide to end users. One important aspect that indicates relevance of your website and its content is the number of high quality links pointed back at you. With great content, you can easily create links from authority sites. This, in turn, will make search engines believe of your websites reliability and trustworthiness. Great content always build more links. The more links you acquire, the higher you go on the SERPs. The higher you go, the greater is the traffic coming in.
Earning honest reviews, whether on your Google+ Local or Yelp page, is an important matter involves ethics (but can significantly improve your local SEO Peoria IL efforts.) Fake reviews are direct violations to review sites term of service and to state laws. Steer clear of services that offer fake reviews. When it comes to reviews, be truthful as much as possible. Today's SEO is more driven for quality and reputability. To boost your lawyer SEO results, it is better to get positive reviews from actual clients who are truly satisfied with your services.
So whether you're doing lawyer SEO in Atlanta, Peoria, or Traverse City, these same general strategies and tips will help your web presence thrive in the organic search results. To learn more, stay abreast the latest blog posts here at the Law Firm Web Marketing blog.continue...
The incredible growth of social media sites has greatly impacted the way people live their lives. Almost everyone has a profile on Facebook and Twitter, two of the world’s top hubs where people converge, communicate, and socialize through online mediums.
In terms of commercial networking, a vast majority of business professionals and organizations are present on LinkedIn.
Beyond simply a networking platform, many businesses and professionals are discovering the potential of LinkedIn as means to direct quality traffic to a website (inbound marketing). This is most definitely true; however, the real question is, how does one fully maximize the potential of LinkedIn for inbound marketing?
So where does one begin with LinkedIn as an inbound marketing tool? Below we share some simple yet highly effective tips in optimizing your LinkedIn page to enhance your inbound marketing strategy.
Many underestimate the power of a complete and well-populated profile. Whether is an individual profile or a business profile, people (particularly professionals) will often thoroughly read throughout your profile to get a glimpse of your credibility.
Having accurate and detailed information in your profile enables LinkedIn users to get a clearer picture of you or your business, and thus help them decide whether or not you can provide them with the solutions they're seeking. Although this might seem like an obvious stem in the process, it's the foundation to establishing your roots on LinkedIn.
Like any social media platform, popularity helps immensely. Lilach Bullock, a social networking pioneer currently writing for the Social Media Traffic Generation, says that "first degree connections" can help you build a good reputation online.
These are the connections who help you get your name out there, primarily because they can read your profile and see your status. These first degree connects are often people you know or have worked with in the past. Many of these individuals can endorse your skills, which is a huge benefit for inbound marketing.
Having a presence on LinkedIn is one thing, but being active on LinkedIn is the game-changer. Whether you are having a sale, launching a new product, or just published an insightful blog post, make sure that you announce your goods on LinkedIn. This is perhaps the most effective way to levarage LinkedIn for inbound marketing.
All of your efforts compound - the more connections and popularity you can gain, the more potential exposure your updates will receive. In addition to sharing quality and relevant content, be sure to include a call to action as this can help motive users to click your into your goods.
Gather your peers (or even your competitors) and form a professional group on LinkedIn. Having your own community will allow you to interact with each other, learn business trends and trade secrets, and can ultimately inbound traffic to your site. Not only is this a great tactic for inbound marketing, but creating a professional group establishes yourself (or business) as a leader or online authority figure.
The trick here is maintaining the group and keeping it going despite competition. If creating a group is not in your best interests, join a group and be a social butterfly. People will acknowledge your presence, and if you're sharing good insights and content, you may be able to establish some great connections.
LinkedIn is a network created by and for professionals. Therefore, people will often look into your profile to see what you can provide. Having a sample of your expertise or a portfolio of your previous work can provide people a preview of what you can offer them. Like top #1, this effort is to estbalish your credibility so other individuals see value in what you have to offer. Without credibility, the inbound marketing potential of your efforts is diminished.
Stephanie Simmons, writer for Social Media Examiner, states that many online professionals neglect LinkedIn because it does not have the same features or capabilities for online socialization such as Facebook. However, Simmons urges digital-based experts should explore LinkedIn because it is the social hub for all types of professionals.
Remember that LinkedIn is filled with decision makers, managers, entrepreneurs, specialists, and consumers. Beyond just networking with these types of professionals, you can start leveraging your LinkedIn page for inbound marketing and driving potential business to your site.continue...
In 2014 businesses need to be thinking beyond search engine optimization (SEO). What's working now is what we like to call web presence optimization. Web presence optimization is looking beyond simply trying to "game" Google and Yahoo to gain higher search engine rankings.
Web presence optimization is about developing your overall web presence through the different pillars of online marketing. In addition to organic SEO, below we look at why the holistic approach of web presence optimization works and what your business needs to do to take advantage.
Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising is one of the most important pillars of web presence optimization. PPC advertising has a major benefit that SEO lacks - predictability. With PPC you can guarantee a certain amount of visitors to your website or landing page, provided that you have the budget for it.
Unlike some other forms of online marketing strategies, there is little waiting time with PPC. Start a PPC campaign and you can have visitors to your website in minutes. PPC is also very good at delivering targeted visitors which have a high degree of probability of turning into buying customers. PPC advertising platforms include Google Adwords, Facebook Advertising and Microsoft Adcenter.
Social media marketing is one of the most important pillars of any web presence optimization strategy. Social media marketing is one of the most effective and least expensive ways of interacting with your audience and building your brand presence online. Compared to many other types of marketing it is relatively inexpensive. Sending out a tweet or updating your Facebook fan page is typically much less expensive than advertising in your local newspaper or on the radio.
Social media marketing is also essential because it can positively impact your SEO efforts. Social media marketing helps to broadcast the content that you produce to a wider audience. If your content is interesting or amusing your fans will share it with their own friends, family and co-workers. Social media marketing also allows you to interact directly with your audience. This can help you to your improve your products and services and offer superior customer service.
If you're hiring a web presence optimization company or freelancing expert to help in optimizing your web presence, they will need to be well rooted to your company's social media presence. In essence, they will need to learn the in's and the out's of your brand, its image, and overall tone.
The final pillar of your web presence optimization strategy should be content marketing. Content marketing can include blog posts, articles, videos, podcasts, infographics and presentation slides. By producing quality content that entertains or helps your prospective customer, you will naturally attract visitors to your website.
Creating great content is also very important for SEO. Google wants to deliver the best possible search results for its users. That means offering up high quality content. If you are producing consistent quality content you can be confident of achieving better search engine rankings. Great content is also one of the best ways to establish your industry expertise and build trust with your prospective customers.
A web presence optimization strategy involves taking a more holistic approach to the way that you are market your business online. By diversifying your marketing across the pillars mentioned above you will be building a stronger foundation for your business, not only now, but also in the years to come.continue...