Question: How do I get the best rankings on Google?

Well, you’ve got to love the enthusiasm surrounding this question.

I’ll assume your asking about getting great rankings in the organic search listings as opposed to the Sponsored Listings or the local business listings which comes at the top of the search engine page when someone search with a geographic reference, like “Boston, MA divorce lawyer“.

This is referred to as SEO – Search Engine Optimization. Although there are many components to a well optimized web site, it basically comes down to this (according to Google):

  • In your site design, use text rather than images and Flash for important content
  • Have relevant and descriptive content on the specific topics you focus on.
  • Make your site work with JavaScript, Java and CSS disabled
  • Organize your site such that you have pages that focus on a particular topic
  • Avoid HTML frames and iframes
  • Use normal URLs, avoiding links that look like form queries (http://www.example.com/engine?id)
  • Market your site by having other relevant sites link to yours
  • Don’t try to cheat the system (by stuffing your pages of keywords, or attempting to target specific content at search engines, or using link farms)

Bardorf Legal Marketing is a Massachusetts Internet marketing and advertising firm working with lawyers and law firms on enhancing their online effectiveness in the areas of SEO, paid search, social media, affiliate marketing, blog and website development, and targeted local search marketing campaigns.

Search Marketing Tip – Building links for law firms

If your law firm sponsors an event make sure you ask the host to add a link to your website from the online description of the event.  Here’s why.

Many times an event coordinator will ask an attorney to speak at an upcoming event on an area of their specialty or focus. In their own marketing efforts the coordinator will publish the details of the events highlighting the speakers invited.

The value of publishing your website (and getting an active hyper-link to your site) in their online listing is significant. It’s significant not because people attending the event will see your site and click through to visit your website, but because a link from their site to your website serves as “a vote” in Google’s eyes. Even better, if the event is about Massachusetts real estate law, and the listing details topics about Massachusetts real estate law, then links to your website which also discuses Massachusetts real estate law, then you’ve potentially established a highly effective link. The more effective links you create, the more “authority” your site will earn in the eyes of the search engines. More authority equals more visibility. [Read more…]

Legal Search Marketing Newsletter

You will find a lot of helpful information and tips regarding Internet marketing for attorneys in our newsletters. We’ve provided an archive of past editions as a resource. We encourage your to subscribe to our Legal Search Marketing Newsletter and get the information you need to effectively market your firm on the web.

Past editions of Legal Search Marketing. Enjoy the knowledge!

 

  • Newsletter – March / April 2015“Using the Law to Protect Your Online Reputation”
  • Newsletter – July / August 2014“5 Things To Consider When Creating Your FindLaw Exit Plan”
  • Newsletter – May / June 2014“Is Your Law Firm Ready for Digital Natives?”
  • Newsletter – July / August 2013“Five Things Attorneys Need To Know About Mobile”
  • Newsletter – May / June 2013“Why Your Law Practice Needs A Mobile App”
  • Newsletter – June / July 2012“The Rise of Local Search for Attorneys”
  • Newsletter – April / May 2012“Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn for Attorneys?”
  • Newsletter – July / August 2010 “Video: The Next Effective Marketing Resource for Attorneys”
  • Newsletter – May / June 2010“The Value of Search Engine Rankings”
  • Newsletter – December 2009  – “Total Search Marketing”

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