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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10 things you can do now to boost your legal marketing

10 things you can do now to boost your legal marketing

Marketing is a process. Each piece, from social media to online marketing to TV ads to networking, has many moving parts. Some must be carefully coordinated to function as an integrated campaign. Others, you can work on individually as time permits. While the scope of all marketing activities combined can be considerable, there are things you can do in an hour or two that will advance your business development goals.

Here are ten valuable marketing actions you can take, even…

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Is your firm ready for Google's mobile-first index?

Is your firm ready for Google’s mobile-first index?

Google is rolling out a new mobile-first index over the coming months. The official announcement came at the beginning of November on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog, although industry insiders have been speculating about the change for over a year. Google says that it is testing the mobile-first index, with the goal of switching to an index that uses the mobile version of a page’s content to serve all results. The process is still in an experimental phase,…

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HTTPS is taking over Google search results: Are law firms keeping up?

HTTPS is taking over Google search results: Are law firms keeping up?

It’s been two years since Google announced that a secured (HTTPS) connection was a minor ranking signal. While most websites that conduct transactions or have user registrations and other features that involve processing data already utilize an HTTPS connection, law firms rarely do.

HTTP vs HTTPS Simplified

By default your website is accessible via an HTTP connection. With an SSL certificate, you can change your prefix from HTTP to HTTPS. An HTTPS connection adds an extra level of encryption between the…

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In Search of the Missing Links: How 30,000 links were lost then found.

In Search of the Missing Links: How 30,000 links were lost then found.

When a client with a robust link portfolio and growing rankings informed me that their links had disappeared, I almost dismissed it as another Google Search Console error.

The law firm’s link portfolio has more than 30,000 links from about 400 domain names. Google Search Console generally reports about 350 of those linking domains.

They can also expect about 1,000 clicks each month to be reported in Search Console. You can understand why they were concerned when they logged…

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