Truth about Search Engine Optimization for Attorneys

SEO 101

Search engine optimization (SEO) determines how well your website and content rank when searched. Because it is the powerhouse search engine, this article is focused on SEO ranking on Google. SEO is important because potential clients are highly likely to use the internet when searching for an attorney, and they are more likely to click on the first few links presented to them. 

How you rank on Google is determined by what Google users in your area are searching for. As a business, Google wants to match the search with the most accurate match possible. The more people use Google, the more money Google makes. What does this mean for you? Your website needs to be keyword heavy with a large amount of easy-to-read content and free offers that give the consumer precisely what they are searching for.

All law firms want to show up on the first page of Google, but it's not as simple as wishing it into existence. Be wary of the internet "gurus" that promise you the #1 spot on Google. Not only will you be swindled out of at least five-figures, but you're also not likely to rank.  And guess what? Even if it does happen, that"guru" usually isn't going to put the continual effort it takes to remain on the front page of Google. Of course, I'll disclaim that not everyone is full of it and some people are great at what they do when it comes to internet marketing and knows how to provide SEO value and increase leads for you, but in general, I'd recommend you stay away.

Don't Worry About Being Too Specific (There's No Such Thing)

Always Keep Your Potential Client in MindIf you write an article for your website that addresses one specific question, you are significantly more likely to rank higher in that person's search. Think about this from a consumer perspective. Let's say your daughter or son hits your mailbox driving out of your driveway and your side mirror broke off. If you Google search "How to replace car side mirror" which headline are you more likely to click on: "Replace A Broken Side View Mirror | The Family Handyman" or "cost to replace a side view mirror." 

You're most likely going to click the first article. By the way, both of those article titles are real from me just searching the statement right now. One was listed on the first page, and the other was listed on the fifth. While knowing how much it costs to replace a side-view mirror is useful, it's not the question you're asking. You're not at that phase in your research. If you're searching how to replace it, you've either already bought all the required items and are ready for the repair or you are debating whether or not it's worth your time to replace it yourself.

Now apply this concept to your law firm. If you're a personal injury attorney, think about your ideal client who has just been in a severe car accident, what types of questions are on his or her mind? It's probably not how to hire an attorney right away. They'll be searching for questions surrounding negotiating with an insurance adjuster and how to pay all of the medical bills. Start with frequently ask questions and write articles that address each specific one.

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Charley is the Chief Marketing Officer at Great Legal Marketing and believes in results, Results, RESULTS!