As a general rule, attorneys are highly intelligent people who can write amazing content for a blog. But, because they know the law, and not necessarily internet marketing (there are some who major in marketing before going on to law school) they don’t know how to take those blog posts and get them ranking high in Google and in other search engines. This is necessary to build a steady stream of traffic to your website – hopefully some of which will convert to paying clients.
The good news is, lawyers can learn SEO tips to help improve their ranking. This way, they can still keep writing the content themselves, but get better results.
Start with Keyword Research
Keyword research tools like Answer the Public, Keyword Tool, and SEM Rush let you find words and phrases your potential clients are using to find lawyers in your area. Using this information can help you find topics to write about and the words to include on your website to help boost your overall ranking.
Take a look at this graphic from Answer the Public. A search of child custody reveals plenty of questions people are searching for answers to. You can create blog posts around these questions to generate content your potential clients are looking for. Obviously, some of them won’t be relevant if your office is in Denver, like “making a will child custody uk”, but you can make many of them work.
Write Content Specific to Your Legal Specialties
Law is a complex and broad subject. Chances are your firm has a reputation for representing certain types of cases. If you focus on criminal defense, there’s no need to write about estate law, or family law.
But let’s say you are a family lawyer here in Colorado. People may search something like “Denver divorce lawyer” but chances are there will be plenty of searchers out there getting really specific with their searches. They may search for something like, “How do I get custody of my children in Denver?”
The more specific your content is, the more likely it is to be relevant to a potential client’s search. The more information you provide to the searcher, the more likely they are to see you as a valid source of trustworthy information. When this happens, they will likely call you if and when they have any questions or concerns. And if you can nail the consultation, you’ll find your client volume increases.
The more you write, the more content the search engines will have to rank. The more often you write, the more you’ll send freshness signals to the search engines. They are less likely to rank old information for fear that it will be outdated. Aim to write at least once a week, but know businesses that blog three times a week get 3x more traffic than those who only blog once a week.
Link to Articles (Yours and Others)
Search engines look at the number of links to and from your site as an indication of quality. Quality will always influence rankings because the search engines are trying to make sure they provide a good experience for their customers (users) just like you are.
Whenever you talk about a subject that overlaps, link to the content that you’ve already written. When you mention cases or certain resources, link to credible sources on them where your readers can find more information if they want.
Use Local SEO Tactics
While you may be able to offer general advice on the federal level, laws vary from state to state, and even from city to city. You can’t possibly serve everyone – so focus only on the localities where you’ve passed the bar and can appear in court. Some areas will have more competition than others, depending on the number of lawyers in your field. The more competition, the more SEO efforts you need to make to come out on top.
- Building/claiming local citations in directories: Start with directories like Google My Business, Bing Local, and Yahoo Local. If your business is already listed, claim the listing as your own and make sure the information is both accurate and consistent across all listings.
- Using appropriate schema markup: This is how Google understands the information you have on your website – instead of just reading it. We’ve written a guide on structured markup to help you see what you can use on your website.
- Running pay-per-click ads: Use platforms like Google AdSense and Facebook Ads to run ads that advertise your website to your target audience. You’ll bid on keywords in Google AdSense, and specify demographics on Facebook.
Think Like a Potential Client
In the end, you’ll ultimately want to think like a potential client. What would someone who needs your services use to search when they want to find you? What kind of information would they want to see on your website once they find you? Your clients aren’t lawyers, so save the legal jargon for the next conference with fellow attorneys. Speak in the terms your clients would use and understand – because that’s exactly how they’re going to search to find you.
The team here at SEO Inc. knows just how busy lawyers can be. Between appearing in court, filing paperwork, meeting with clients, and consulting with potential clients, there’s not much time to handle your marketing and website tasks on your own.
If you want to get help with your digital marketing needs to grow your firm, let’s talk and get in touch today! Or book a meeting directly with our CEO Garry Grant just click the following link to Schedule a call with Garry. We’ll handle your SEO, and even give you a free website audit to show you where you can make changes to get the most impact right away.