Expect Search Engine Rankings to Fluctuate in March with Mobile-Only Indexing

Expect Search Engine Rankings to Fluctuate in March with Mobile-Only Indexing

Google is rolling out their Mobile-Only Indexing update “sometime in March.” While there isn’t a specific date announced, the law firm SEO team here at Custom Legal Marketing has been treating March 1st as a hard deadline.

What is Mobile-Only Indexing?

Mobile-Only indexing means that Google will no longer index any content like text, videos, and images that are not visible on mobile devices. For example, you may have a different header for desktop visitors than…

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How Courts Are Using Remote Tech Out of Necessity, and Other Must-Reads

How Courts Are Using Remote Tech Out of Necessity, and Other Must-Reads

Courts Attempt To Balance Innovation With Access In Remote Proceedings (ABA Journal)

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues in the United States, there is still on-going debate on whether in-door trials can be conducted safely. Until then, courts nationwide are adapting to remote technology by live-streaming hearings and trials via video and audio platforms. This article explores the unintended disruptions and surprisingly beneficial consequences of managing virtual trials.

Beyond Traditional User Intent: Why…

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If you're a lawyer that doesn't want to be a cat, follow these steps

If you’re a lawyer that doesn’t want to be a cat, follow these steps

Perhaps a virtual hearing with a judge and opposing counsel is not the best time to have one of Zoom’s playful characters cutely batting their eyes in your place. If you are a lawyer that finds yourself in a Zoom meeting appearing as a cat or a cat that finds themselves looking like a lawyer, here are a few easy steps (with screenshots) to let your true self shine.

How to turn off filters during a Zoom meeting (a visual…

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Enhance Your Firm's Reputation and Increase Your Visibility in Google's Search Results

Enhance Your Firm’s Reputation and Increase Your Visibility in Google’s Search Results

Your firm can be listed in search results for a broader range of queries if you establish your reputation with Google in a specific topic area. A Search Advocate explains how in a recent hangout.

When asked whether it is good practice to cover related topics in order to rank well for a specific topic, Search Advocate John Mueller responded that it is “always useful” to add content to your website that covers contextually relevant topics….

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Is it safe to publish content on your law firm's blog that matches a video?

Is it safe to publish content on your law firm’s blog that matches a video?

Lawyers have to produce a lot of content to compete for organic rankings. Content of course is not just text. There are videos, presentations, ebooks, podcasts, blogs, web stories, and the list goes on. Since videos take a lot of time to produce, it’s understandable that law firms would want to get the most mileage out of that content.

But some law firms are concerned that publishing text as a blog entry, that matches the audio of a…

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Google Web Stories May Be Going Global, and Other Must-Reads

Google Web Stories May Be Going Global, and Other Must-Reads

Google May Expand Roll Out of Web Stories If More Sites Use Them (Search Engine Journal)

Google’s Web Stories content format provides law firms and other businesses another creative opportunity to gain additional online traffic. Currently, Web Stories are supported in the United States, India and Brazil. As more and more users take advantage of Web Stories, Google is eager to expand this search feature to other countries.

How…

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We’re Not Going to Miss 2020 but it Did Have a Few Bright Spots

We’re Not Going to Miss 2020 but it Did Have a Few Bright Spots

Perhaps she’s grouchy because she hasn’t had any trips to Custom Legal Marketing’s office this year. Or maybe it’s because she hasn’t been able to enjoy the unchaperoned freedom of barking at every person that drives by, walks by, or looks at her house. Whatever the reason, this year’s candid photo of Maple, our 13-year-old dingo and 2017 Bigger Law Firm Magazine Covergirl encapsulates how many of us feel about this year.

As we usher in a…

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How Law Firms Are Using Google Web Stories

How Law Firms Are Using Google Web Stories

Earlier this year, we talked about the benefits of Google Web Stories and how law firms should be adopting this mobile media format. Before we share some examples, let us do a quick recap.

What Is a Google Web Story?

Think of it as a mobile-optimized presentation with videos, animations and slides. It is like a PowerPoint presentation on your website that users can discover in search.

Web Stories have been used by news media and magazines but…

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How to Create a Successful Pro Bono Program For Your Law Firm, and Other Must-Reads

How to Create a Successful Pro Bono Program For Your Law Firm, and Other Must-Reads

Pro Bono Service Recognition Programs: Best Practices and Common Pitfalls (Law Practice Today)

Is your law firm considering implementing your own pro bono program? This article provides some best practices on creating and maintaining effective volunteer programs.

“In communities across the country, countless pro bono programs offer a wide variety of pro bono opportunities to lawyers. The pro bono programs that enjoy long-term success, in most cases, have figured out how to effectively recognize and show appreciation to their volunteers….

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Boost Your Law Firm Website Performance with this Web Credibility Checklist

Boost Your Law Firm Website Performance with this Web Credibility Checklist

A successful client relationship will begin with a foundation of trust. If people are going to hire you, they must be confident that your firm can deliver on its promises.

Quantitative research, or the process of analyzing nonnumerical data, is subjective. It is the type of research your visitors are performing when they land on one of your web pages, and it will determine whether they trust you.

Since many clients will first experience your firm…

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