What law firms can learn about mobile search from Google’s latest quality rating guidelines

What law firms can learn about mobile search from Google’s latest quality rating guidelines

In November, Google released the full version of its Search Quality Rating Guidelines for the first time. Last week, we discussed Google’s standards for quality content and website reputation, as detailed in the document. This week, we will delve into the newest section of the guidelines: mobile ratings.

The rating guidelines document is given to Google’s human quality raters to help them determine how to rate a series of test queries. The scores raters give pages do not directly…

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What law firms can learn from Google's latest search quality guidelines

What law firms can learn from Google’s latest search quality guidelines

For the first time, Google has released the full version of its Quality Raters Guidelines and Handbook. Google provides the 160 page .pdf to its human testers, who perform searches and rate the results based on these guidelines. Google then uses this rating information to enhance its algorithm in an attempt to continuously improve results for searchers.

Raters assign a Page Quality rating based on a sliding rating scale. The scale contains five primary rating options: Lowest, Low,…

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SEO | Law Firm™ is Now Part of Custom Legal Marketing

SEO | Law Firm™ is Now Part of Custom Legal Marketing

Adviatech was founded in 2005 and shortly thereafter we found our niche: helping law firms grow. We promoted our lawyer-focused products under Adviatech Legal Marketing until 2007 when we created the SEO | Law Firm brand and seolawfirm.com. We are very proud of what we accomplished under SEO | Law Firm. It’s the brand that put us on the map, helped us thrive during the recession, and was the spring board for Custom Legal Marketing.

The name SEO |…

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Google Drops Location Feature but Your SEO Team Can Still Monitor Your Local Results

Google Drops Location Feature but Your SEO Team Can Still Monitor Your Local Results

Google recently removed a search feature that was a favorite among SEO professionals, but an alternative remains available.

Until recently, Google search users could set a location and view search results as if the user were in that location. This was provided alongside other filters such as date range, which are accessible by clicking on “Search tools” at the top of a results page. SEO professionals used this to understand how results differed for users in various locations. Travelers could…

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Link building for law firms: tips for creating linkable content

Link building for law firms: tips for creating linkable content

Link building is still a valid and essential marketing tool, despite the bad reputation it has earned over the past several years. Although cries of “link building is dead” have rung out across the SEO community since the first Penguin update in 2012, links, and therefore the need for link building, are still very much alive. According to Moz’s Search Engine Ranking Factors 2015 report, domain level link features and page level link features place first and…

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5 ways to use storytelling to enhance website effectiveness

5 ways to use storytelling to enhance website effectiveness

Storytelling is integral to branding, marketing and design. Stories are compelling, and they move people to act in a way that raw data cannot.

The psychology of stories

Marketers have long made the claim that every brand needs a good story. And a growing body of scientific evidence now supports this assertion. According to psychologists Melanie Green and Tim Brock, reading fictional stories changes the way humans process information. The more absorbed people are in a story, the…

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Google's RankBrain brings machine learning to search results

Google’s RankBrain brings machine learning to search results

Last week Google revealed it has been using RankBrain, a machine learning process, to help return results for a large number of search queries. Google began a slow, quiet rollout of the update in early 2015, and RankBrain has been completely live and in use for searches globally for the past several months.

With the addition of RankBrain to its algorithm, Google is attempting to better predict what information people are searching for by using past queries to learn…

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The beauty of simplicity: How to be heard in an oversaturated market

The beauty of simplicity: How to be heard in an oversaturated market

One piece of advice included in almost all articles about branding and design is this: simplify everything. Reduce noise and clutter in your design, distill content down to is essence and stop trying to shout louder than everyone else to be heard.

Marketers give this advice because it works. Having too many choices prevents consumers from making a purchasing decision. Being confronted with too much visual noise prevents visitors from being able to effectively navigate a website. Simplicity is…

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How Long-form content can boost your firm's visibility

How Long-form content can boost your firm’s visibility

The idea of publishing long articles seems to fly in the face of conventional marketing wisdom. People, we are told, have short attention spans. Content should be bite-sized and concise. Otherwise, you will lose your audience; they simply don’t have the patience to read long articles.

Data tells a different story. Long-form content ranks well, gets readers and keeps them engaged. Having long-form content available on your site also helps your firm establish its authority — both with search engines…

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9 characteristics of a good attorney website

9 characteristics of a good attorney website

The qualities of a good attorney website have changed considerably over the past several years. Infrequently updated, brochure style websites no longer meet the needs of firms that wish to pursue an integrated on- and offline marketing strategy. Websites must be designed to keep visitors interested. They should contain current, relevant content and give users plenty of opportunity to take actions that generate leads for the firm.

Having a website is the bare minimum. A thoughtfully developed website that…

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