What Law Firms Need to Know About Recovering From Google’s Broad Core Algorithm Updates

What Law Firms Need to Know About Recovering From Google’s Broad Core Algorithm Updates

Google released its latest broad core algorithm update in June 2019. Whenever a new update is rolled out, it inevitably raises questions about how to fix a drop in search engine rankings or why a website’s traffic has improved without doing anything in particular.

At its simplest, a broad core algorithm update is a tweak to Google’s main search algorithm. Each broad core algorithm update affects websites in different ways. For instance, some sites may suffer…

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The Most (and Least) Useful Meta Tags of 2019

The Most (and Least) Useful Meta Tags of 2019

Meta tags are small bits of text that do not appear on a web page itself, but are seen by search engines. As search engines crawl through millions of pages in search of the user’s desired content, meta tags provide information to the search engine about the data contained on the page. In this way, meta tags help search engines understand what a page is about and, in theory, can be used to make content on a page more…

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Does Your Law Firm's Website Have Too Much Content Indexed By Google?

Does Your Law Firm’s Website Have Too Much Content Indexed By Google?

One of the best features on the internet is the ability to use search engines. If you have a question or are looking for a particular service, you can enter the name of the service or business to get a list of websites for you to choose. Search engines are helpful tools for law firms because their company’s websites may be included in someone’s search results. Many search engines are on the internet, and Google Search (commonly referred to…

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It Is Harder to Monopolize Page One and That Is Good News for Lawyers

It Is Harder to Monopolize Page One and That Is Good News for Lawyers

When it comes to search engine results pages (SERP), diversity is important. Diversity gives the user the opportunity to find the information or services that are more tailored to their specific needs. Having one domain dominate the SERP might not give the user the best quality result they are looking for.

Changed on June 6th, Google has stated that moving forward, only two listings for the same domain and sub-domain will be shown per page for most search queries.

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Is AMP the Right Choice for Law Firms?

Is AMP the Right Choice for Law Firms?

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a Google code project that helps websites load quickly. AMP accomplishes its hyper-fast load times by employing a stripped-down version of HTML; a limited, Google-approved Javascript library; and caching.

This means that in order to use AMP, you need to create an alternate version of your website that conforms to AMP’s standards. WordPress plugins exist to help law firms that use the WordPress platform accomplish this.

How to Use the New 'How To Schema'

How to Use the New ‘How To Schema’

Google recently demonstrated some new ways sites can have their content highlighted in search results as a “featured snippet.”

A featured snippet is a block of content taken from a web page and displayed at the top of a list of search results, alongside a link to that page. Its placement is sometimes called “position zero” because it supersedes the page that is otherwise ranked first. How-To schemas, therefore, represent an opportunity to one-up your competition, and should be targeted…

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How Law Firms Can Use Machine Learning in Search to Their Advantage

How Law Firms Can Use Machine Learning in Search to Their Advantage

Machine learning was first conceived in 1959 as a step towards artificial intelligence. Machine learning is the practice of giving algorithms enough data so that eventually they can solve problems on their own, without the help of a developer programming the solution into them.

Many tech companies today implement machine learning as a way to streamline efficiency and improve user experience. Once an algorithm is capable of figuring out processes on its own, companies could then divert attention to other…

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Google Shakes Up Search Results for the Holidays

Google Shakes Up Search Results for the Holidays

Last week, there was a lot of talk among the SEO community about a change in Google’s search algorithm. The bulk of the fluctuation happened between December 12th and 14th. On Wednesday, Google confirmed that there was indeed a change, saying they implemented several minor improvements during that time. Google always downplays their updates as minor, refusing to give these updates names like they had done previously. This relegates all subsequent unnamed updates as “Fred”. However, this recent change…

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Attorney marketing and the death of the desktop

Attorney marketing and the death of the desktop

Google any variation of the phrase “the desktop is dead,” and you will be presented with millions of results — some of them published this year, some with publish dates as old as 2000. Clearly, the desktop has been dying for a long time.

In the face of such dire predictions, the rush to focus all marketing on mobile is understandable. Mobile is hot. Mobile searches continue to increase. Voice search is becoming more popular. All of these phenomenon…

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