A How-To SEO Guide for Lawyers
An attorney SEO guide for those who want to rank high in search and grow their practice.
What is Law Firm SEO?
The scientific process of improving your law firm’s website in search results of Google, Bing, and other search engines, by researching keywords, writing content, obtaining links from other websites, improving your website code, and iterating on that continually.
It works. We have hundreds of clients who get leads daily from SEO and paid ads. Google is the dominant search engine in the United States and most countries. This is a guide of all our 20-years of working with law firms.
How Should I Use This SEO Guide?
Our SEO Guide has five parts:
- How SEO Works
- Why and Who of Attorney SEO
- SEO for Lawyers Checklist
- Law Firm SEO Questions and Answers
- Law Firm SEO Resources
If you are new to SEO for lawyers, please read our How SEO Works guide. It is short and will fill you in on what you need to know. We also have valuable resources for further reading. If you already know about SEO, then you should peruse the “do-it-yourself” or “hire an agency” sections. Finally, if you are an SEO expert, then you may want to take a look at our handy SEO checklist to make sure you, or your agency, have everything covered.
Let’s get started.
Chapter 1 - How SEO Works
4 Key SEO Ranking Factors
There are hundreds of factors in the Google algorithm. But the key four are the following:
- Content - Content is the key to ranking. You must write about your practice and convey your expertise. You start with researching what your core practice areas are and how people search for them. Sometimes attorneys know their practice, clients, and target keywords really well. They write regularly because they are experts in their field. Their articles rank high because they are the seminal guide on a practice area. Other times, you need help in creating a publication chart of what pages to publish, when to publish, and where to publish. The key though is to write about your practice areas very in-depth.
- Links - Links are similar to votes. When you get a link from another site to your site, that is a vote. Sites that have more votes will prove to Google and other search engines that it is authoritative and deserves higher rankings. Often firms that have been around for a long time have acquired natural backlinks from reputable sources for free. This can be because they won a big case or have appeared in the news for years. For newer or smaller firms, you need to build backlinks by setting up the best legal directories, local citations, and secure high quality mentions on other relevant sites.
- Website Structure & Technical SEO - Title tags, page headings (H1, H2, etc.), paragraphs, website speed, broken links, structured data, rich snippets, and XML sitemaps all play a role for ranking high in search results. For the technical aspects of the site, some law firms created a solid website in WordPress years ago and keep it updated. Their site is fast, mobile-friendly, and easy to navigate. Their site passes all user metrics and has a low bounce rate and high time on site, then you are set. For other firms, your website may need help. Check out the Google page speed insights to see how your site scores. Try browsing your website to find information and see if you can in a few clicks. Run some informal, or formal, user testing.
- UX & Rankbrain - Google tracks just about everything happening on the search results page. Based on this data, Google revises its rankings based on actual user feedback. Do clients go to your site and then go back to the search results? This means your page is not helpful and will rank lower. Do clients spend several minutes on the page and not conduct any other searches? Then you could rank higher. RankBrain is a machine-learning artificial intelligence system that’s used to help process Google’s search results. It sorts through the billions of pages it knows about and finds the ones deemed most relevant for particular queries that are difficult for Google to comprehend.
Strategy: Keyword Research & Knowing Your Practice Areas
Start by determining what keyword phrases will be more effective by looking at past searches. You can use Google Keyword Planner as a great resource (you just need a free Google account). Narrow down your keywords by selecting those that are within reach AND will help your law practice grow in the practice areas you care most about.
Start with the basics - your practice areas. Then multiply those practice areas by your geographical cities where you want to rank. Then add in the base terms of lawyer, attorney and law firm. So a quick matrix could look like this:
West Palm Beach
You can then use a merge word function to see all the possible combinations (45 in this instance).
You can then go to Google Keyword Planner, enter the keywords and see the results that most people search for which would be probate and then estate planning. With the largest search volume coming from Miami, then Fort Lauderdale, and then West Palm beach.
Now this is the most simplistic research you should do. It does not take long but gets you on the right path. You can do more advanced searches for additional terms and long-tail keywords, as well, in order to cast a wider net with your attorney SEO techniques.
Content: What to Write and How to Structure
Search engines rank websites higher that offer relevant information. You need to make sure your main practice areas have between 2,000 and 5,000 words per topic. Become THE dominant resource online. Are you a probate lawyer? Then write about probate and all its intricacies. Are you a personal injury lawyer? Then don't just write about injuries, but very specific injury types - like truck accidents or specific medical conditions.
We recommend setting up a chart of all the pages on your website. Then match them to specific keyword phrases that you want to rank high. Each page should have a primary keyword phrase and secondary keyword phrases (or related terms). Make sure that every page has a focus though.
For length, you will want to write enough to be the dominant resource. If there is no one in your industry, then you can get away with 500-word shorter pages. If you have lots of competition, then you may need to produce an ultimate guide of 2,500 to 5,000+ words. Here is one we wrote for a firm in Arizona that rank high for “Arizona Car Accident Guide”
The key is to answer the questions users are searching for. So always check out related searches or the featured snippets, and featured questions of Google search and write for those specific terms. For example:
Technical Law Firm SEO: Let’s Get Nerdy about Code
You need to organize your law firm's website to be search-friendly and easy to navigate. Keep your site as close as possible to a flat site architecture, with a pyramid of pages. You also need to create friendly URLs, meta tags, and code. Your website should be automatically uploaded to Google Search Console via an XML file. You also need to make sure your site is mobile-friendly and fast to load. Review your site using PageSpeed Speed Insights.
Yes, code matters. Just because your website is built in WordPress on a new template, does not mean that it's optimized code. In fact, it is probably NOT optimized code if you are using a theme or template. WordPress is known for bloating code and being slower. But there are workarounds, by pruning plugins, optimizing the code to make it more efficient.
Google Page Speed
Run your site through Google’s PageSpeed Speed Insights to see if it's fast. If it is not, follow the advice that Google provides below the score results.
Upload an XML sitemap to Google Search Console to help keep Google’s index informed about any content updates or page removals on your website.
WordPress Flat URLs
When creating your site, you can update the site settings to allow WP to have a flat architecture, versus nested URLs. It is often better to have pages closer to the root URL, vs. buried deep in subdirectories.
You can adjust your website code to help get your question and answers shown in Google’s featured snippets and the “People also ask” section. Also, you can take advantage of their rich snippets for certain types of webpages that contain a job posting, recipe or event.
Links & Authority: Get More Mentions for Your Law Firm Online
Google ranks sites based on their content but also based on the authority they have on the web. Authority is determined by backlinks - someone linking to your site. Obtaining links will ensure you are well-positioned to rank high.
Law firms can do this in several ways: 1) legal directories, 2) business directories, 3) local listings, 4) writing content and publishing offsite, 5) getting PR / media mentions, 6) getting social media mentions, 7) sponsoring local events, 8) sponsoring national events, 9) outreach to bloggers, and 10) building such a great website that people want to link to it as a resource.
We have put together a good starting point that every law firm should have: Best Legal Directory Listings. We suggest you review that list and get all that apply to you. Then start a content marketing plan and outreach plan to write informative content about your practice areas to obtain links through outreach and networking.
User Experience (UX): User Visits Matter
Google uses user activity to see if your site is a valuable resource. Does a potential client stay on your site long? Do they go back to search results and visit your competitors' site and stay longer? Did the searcher contact you? Did they visit multiple pages? All of this information matters. Your law firm needs to have a website that is easy to navigate and answers the users' questions in full.
Sign up for Google Analytics or use your own server logs. The key metrics that we always look for are:
- Sessions - As a metric to see total traffic
- Pageviews - As a metric to see the total amount of pages viewed from traffic.
- Unique Pageviews - To make sure that traffic is not all coming from a few people.
- Avg. Time on Page - To make sure that pages are not 30s or under, or some low metric for long-form pages.
- Bounce Rate - This ideally will be less than 50% but depends on the type of website you have. If you have a high bounce rate, you may have relevancy or technical issues with the page.
- Exit Rate - Showcasing where people exit.
Take a look at your logs and identify pages that have high traffic, but high bounce and improve them. Also, improve pages that have a low Avg. Time on Page and pages with a high exit.
Local SEO for Attorneys: Ranking on the Maps
Getting ranked on the map can easily bring in more traffic. Currently there are three potential slots for the “map pack.” The rankings are dependent on the amount, quality and consistency of your citations which include your business name, address, and phone (NAP). Local rankings are also based on your distance to the city center, reviews on Google, website content, and of course overall backlinks. You need to claim your listing on Google maps, properly optimize it, and collect client reviews.
If you have a good number of reviews, located in the city you are targeting, and are writing content about your practice areas, you have a chance to rank high. The final item in this aspect of lawyer SEO is that you need to get citations and links to your site featuring the name, address, and phone (NAP). Pay attention to duplicate listings and also your specific address, as misspellings or oddities in the address matter.
Want to know more about local listings? Check out our blog post about local listings and its checklist for law firms.
Analytics: Success Through Improving
Are there other factors? Of course. Factors such as social media, guest posts, and videos all decide how well your law firm's website performs. We have even written a 10,000 word complete SEO Book for Law Firms. Nevertheless, the process above is the basis for any high-performing attorney SEO campaign. The key to ranking high long term is using analytics to improve along with monitoring your rankings and site visits. See what pages are important and which are failing. Review your data often and focus on improving pages that are underperforming.
Chapter 2 - Why and Who of Attorney SEO
Why Should I Care about Law Firm SEO?
You may not need SEO. What? Huh? An SEO company telling you that you may not need an SEO campaign for your law firm? Yes, it's true. There is no one secret to SEO for lawyers. You can learn how to create a high-performing SEO campaign by reading this article.
If your law firm's website is properly built in the last few years, you publish regularly, have existing backlinks, and your content is not a mess, then you may not need much, if any, SEO. Perhaps only a few tweaks to optimize your results.
If you are in the other camp though, where your business is new, you don't know what you are doing, you have no content, no one links to your domain, and your site's organization is a mess, then you may need to either train yourself in law firm SEO practices.
DIY SEO Option
If your law firm's website is properly built in the last few years, you publish regularly, have existing backlinks, and your content is not a mess, then you may not need much, if any, SEO. Perhaps only a few tweaks to optimize your results.
You can absolutely conduct aN SEO campaign yourself. It takes time though. You will need to write. You will need to get the top directory backlinks. You will need to post regularly and set up an outreach program to gain more backlinks over time.
The SEO Agency Option for Attorneys
For many lawyers, your law firm's website is the key factor to your financial success. Sure, your legal expertise is how you win your cases, but a website is how you gain clients and grow. How can you market your firm?
Creating an appealing web design is only half the battle. If your site isn't on the first page of Google, you are potentially missing out on hundreds of leads per month because potential clients aren't considering you.
Reasons for an SEO agency include:
- Poor Rankings - Your search results show on page two or below. In short, you are not getting any traffic and you need to rank higher for more organic search visibility.
- New to the Game - You’re just learning about best practices and want to start off with good content and good links.
- Trying to grow beyond word-of-mouth references - Happy clients help grow your practice but they won’t reach the audience that SEO can.
- Penalized - You had great results, but suddenly fell out of favor with Google. You probably need help with a disavow file, backlink cleanup, or a copy edit to stop over-optimization.
- Going Broke - You are wasting money monthly on a team and want to know how you can improve.
- Too Busy - You want to be practicing law, not worrying about writing about the latest news in Corporate Law or reaching out to journalists to pick up backlinks.
Maybe you need to get a few more backlinks. Perhaps you need to sign-up for a few more directories or confirm your information. Maybe you need to publish a long piece of content like an Arizona car accident guide to rank #1 for a new practice. Or maybe you need help in organizing your site or simply making sure it runs fast or is mobile friendly?
Why PaperStreet for Your Law Firm SEO
For PaperStreet, the idea of an SEO program was born in 2002 when one of our web design clients asked how one of their competitors ranked high in searches for “Maryland employment lawyer.” At that time, we did not know anything about SEO.
But we have always been a bold and innovative company. Our founder is a self-taught computer geek, in addition to being an attorney. We love challenges. We told the client we would figure it out . . . and we did. Two weeks later, we had our client ranked #1 for the same phrase. Our SEO program for law firms was born.
Fast forward 20 years and much has changed about SEO and getting law firms ranked high. However, our results have not changed. We are a Premier Google partner now and here to help. Some of the reasons to choose us for your law firm's SEO campaign include:
- Work Only With You, Not Your Competitors - Many SEO agencies will gladly take on your business and your competitors. You can't both be #1. Get an agency that is exclusive to you.
- 20 Years of Experience - We started our SEO program in 2001 with one of our first web design clients. We became industry experts soon after, consistently ranking sites after launch.
- 100+ Current Campaigns Under Management - We currently help solo practitioners, to firms with 100+ attorneys. Our practice areas range from personal injury to the more niche vaccine law.
- Expert Advice - You can check out our 10,000 word Guide on Law Firm Marketing and our blog covering SEO, web design and more. We've also been published in dozens of publications such as Forbes, DotCom Magazine, Attorney at Law Magazine and more.
- Happy Clients Long-Term - We have long-term clients. We have 10 clients who have been with us for more than 15 years. We have over 125 firms that have been with us for over 10 years.
- 90% Retention Rate on a Monthly Basis - After our initial term, our contracts are on a month-to-month basis. This means we need to earn our clients' business monthly and keep clients happy.
We pride ourselves on our results, our exclusivity, and our transparency. We like to showcase our proven results; we offer exclusive agreements by working for only one law firm for each particular practice area per region for most of our advanced packages, and we uphold full transparency in the work within your attorney SEO campaign - we involve our clients in all aspects of our process and provide full disclosure in all work completed within the campaign.
"Collectively, between all sites, and with both SEO and PPC, we are getting over 1000 conversions a month! Our intake people are definitely seeing a major increase. ”
– Searcy Law searcylaw.com
"Since launching the website, and since effectively setting up these campaigns, there has been an explosion of conversions and traffic to the firm. We continue to be busier than we have ever been and we could not be happier with PaperStreet and all that we are doing. I'm generally a very skeptical guy - especially with some of the things that I have to entrust with others - and not only am I no longer skeptical, it was one the best business decisions I ever made to trust PaperStreet with it ”
– Emmett Irwin from ebilaw.com
"We are getting so much more business that they needed to hire more internal help. ”
– Stafford Trail Team staffordtrialteam.com
Whether you want to read our brief guide below, read our complete SEO Book, or just talk to us, we are here to help.
Chapter 3 - SEO for Lawyers Checklist
The following are a minimum number of things that need to happen for an SEO plan:
Research & Strategy
Start by determining which keyword phrases will be more effective by looking at past searches. You can use Google Keyword Planner as a great resource (you just need a free Google account). Narrow down your keywords by selecting those that are within reach AND will help your law practice grow in the practice areas you care most about.
Site Architecture & On-Page Changes
You need to organize your website to be search-friendly and easy to navigate. Keep your site as close as possible to flat, with a small pyramid of pages. You also need to create friendly URLs, tags, and code.
You also need to obtain links, thus ensuring that you are well positioned to rank high. Law firms do this in several ways: 1) legal directories, 2) regular directories, 3) local listings, 4) writing content and publishing offsite, 5) getting PR / media mentions, 6) getting social, 7) sponsoring local events, 8) sponsoring national events, 9) outreach to bloggers and 10) building such a great website that people want to link to it as a resource
Search engines award points to websites that offer relevant information. You need to make sure your main practice areas have between 2,000 and 5,000 words per topic. Become THE dominant resource online.
Not only should you publish content, but you also need to make sure that others notice it. Digital marketing for social media evolves every day and more and more platforms need to be utilized.
Analysis of Campaign & Consulting
Search rankings change constantly. Each month you should review your bounce rate, impressions, time on page, exit pages, and of course sessions.
Master SEO Checklist
We have our comprehensive list of SEO items that we do as part of an SEO campaign. Take a look to make sure you are doing all of these.
Strategy & Onboarding
- SEO Project Kickoff call
- Research and select effective keyword phrases
Initial Technical Setup & Review
- Check mobile-friendly version of the website exists
- Check website for any mobile UX issues
- Make sure Google Analytics is set up and on every page
- Make sure Google Search Console (GSC) is set up
- Submit XML sitemap to Google GSC
- Check for any messages or notifications from Google in GSC (e.g. manual actions or security issues)
- Set geographic target area within GSC appropriately
- Merge/sync Google Analytics and GSC
- Make sure schema markup (Local Business) has been applied to the NAP information
- Add Knowledge Graph schema markup
Content Analysis & Optimization
- Outline and finalize site architecture and keywords
- Content audit on the website based on selected keywords
- Check if a law hub exists
- Apply on-page optimization
- Recommendation of long-form content
- Check for an In-depth “About Us” page with a mission statement, company directory and other signs of legitimate business
- Robust Contact and/or Customer Service Information
- Fetch as Google and submit all linked pages to the index
- Authoritative outbound links are included in the content
- Internal linking has been included within the content
- Main content (purpose of the page) is not below the fold
- Exclude traffic from us & firm IP address in Analytics
- Google Analytics: Exclude all hits from known bots/spiders
- Error pages return proper error status codes
- All URLs work with HTTP or HTTPS, but not both
- Setup appropriate conversion goals in Google Analytics
- Google Analytics is capturing internal search (if applicable)
- Run broken link check to make sure that all links are functioning
- Google Analytics - Add domain to referral exclusion list
- Google Analytics - Add segment to filter out referral spam
- Apply update to capture Google Translate usage data
- Run Screaming Frog report
- Check for redirect chains using Screaming Frog
- Check for duplicate titles and metas using Screaming Frog
- Check for canonical errors using Screaming Frog
- All relevant images have optimized alt tags applied
- No “splash” entry pages/doorway pages
- Internal technical duplicate content check
- Duplicate content is not returned by other websites
- Check for multiple URLs parameters with the same content
- Hidden text does not exist
- Keyword stuffing does not exist
- iFrames, flash or JS links are not being used on the website
- Confirm no more than 300 links per page exist
- Confirm no more than 25 footer links
- Address clearly listed on each page in header or footer
- Copyright and Blog date stamps are applied
- Use rel=”canonical” for duplicate pages or check that it should be “noindex; nofollow”
- 301 redirects for alternative domain names and old pages
- WWW used only (and the non-www redirects)
- SEO friendly URLs - short, extension-less, close to the URL, less than 74 characters
- htaccess file is established (if on Apache server)
- Check/setup browser caching for .htaccess
- Custom 404 error page exists
- Broken URLs redirects to 404 page
- Robots.txt file configured and XML sitemaps are listed
- Make sure an extensive sitemap page is created
- Generate a Sitebeam report
- Site Speed has been checked
- Safe Browsing Site Status Check
Content Writing (Initial and Ongoing)
- Initial content writing for the project
- Editing of existing pages on the website
- Ongoing content writing for the project
Link Building & Reporting
- Backlink Analysis
- Ranking report update after the launch of all new websites
- Baseline Ranking Report
- OpenSiteExplorer.com Baseline Report
- Check for Broken & Lost Links
- Submit Specified Links
- Submit Local Listings
- Competitor analysis
- Submit General Business Links
- Recommend Paid Listings
- Article Submissions
- Recommend Local Community and relevant sponsorship opportunities
- Check for Brand Mentions
- Consult with client about HARO
Analysis and Consulting
- SEO Content Manager Starts Blogging
- Quarterly check on campaign keywords
- Periodically check bad backlink profile and disavow
- Quarterly check on the mobile speed of the website
- Periodically check Online Business Reviews and Ratings
- Google Local/Business Page listing Setup & Claiming
- Google Maps Link is listed on contact/city pages
- Facebook set up and optimized
- Twitter setup
- LinkedIn setup
- Social media pages include Design branding
- Check all social media icons are present on the website
- Provide social media logins & strategies
- Open Graph metadata has been added
- Check if engaging (not just posting) on social media
We also have several checklists for you to take a look at:
- Conversion Checklist - 67 Things to Checkout
- Website Launch Checklist - Must do when launching a new site
- Local SEO Checklist - Questions and Best Practices
Chapter 4 - Law Firm SEO Questions and Answers
We have been doing attorney SEO for over 20 years now. We have been asked and answered a lot of questions. Here are some of the highlights:
Why Does My Law Firm Need a Website and SEO?
The best-looking website won’t bring in any clients if no one views it. SEO puts your website at the top of the search engine results page so when a potential client is looking for a lawyer, your website is what appears.
A good SEO campaign also does more than that. Examining criteria such as bounce rate, conversions and traffic helps you to see what specifically on your website is helping to secure potential clients and what needs some assistance.
Do You Have an SEO Process Chart?
Of course. View our SEO Process Chart here. We believe the initial setup process should be as collaborative as possible. The more insight you provide about your goals, practice areas and let us learn about your business, the better we'll be able to customize our research and strategy. Our detailed process of setting up an SEO campaign consists of hundreds of steps but they can fundamentally be shortened down to: Keyword Analysis and Strategy, Content Development, Authoritative Link Building, and Reporting with Consultation.
Do You Offer Any Guarantees?
While we do not promise any guarantees, we work aggressively to maintain a retention rate of 90% and higher of all SEO clients. We view all campaigns as a symbiotic relationship and our success is your success.
Does Paperstreet Handle Everything for Lawyer SEO Campaigns?
As with any legal marketing, success is derived from partnerships of the same common goal. While PaperStreet will handle the overwhelming majority of the work, partnerships are critical to the success of your campaign. The more your law firm is involved, the higher you will rank.
How Is SEO Success Measured for Law Firms?
The simple answer: getting a return on your investment. Once we obtain top rankings, translating these rankings first to traffic on your website; then, most importantly, to conversions from the website. Conversions for attorney SEO campaigns are typically a phone call, live chat or contact form submission.
How Does Paperstreet Decide Which Keywords to Use?
At PaperStreet, we rely on in-depth keyword research to determine which keywords will be the most relevant, most competitive and most lucrative for your law firm. Some of our steps for this process include:
- Establish your geographical area. Determining the region you want to focus on -- whether it’s a specific city, county or sometimes even nationwide -- is the first step to creating an effective list of keywords.
- Identify keywords based on content. Content-based around keyword phrases is viewed as more relevant by search engines and will help improve your rankings.
- Add keyword suffix terms. Don’t just focus on one term! In the legal industry, there are so many options available to you. Use the terms “lawyer,” “lawyers,” “attorney,” “attorneys,” and “law firm” for the best results.
- Use suggestion tools. Tools like Google Keyword Planner and other sites like Ubersuggest.io or Keywordtool.io are great resources for generating ideas you might have missed.
Does PaperStreet Outsource?
No, we do not outsource our work. We do all our own research, strategy, writing, editing, development, design, link building, reporting, analytics and consulting.
Can You Work With My Design / Development team?
Yes, our team can work with any design and development team. We have worked on SEO-only campaigns with attorney marketing teams. Of course, we are also a web design and development team, so can assist as needed too.
Does PaperStreet Adhere to White Hat SEO Principles?
Yes. We have never (and never will) resort to the unscrupulous SEO tactics that have caught up to some companies, getting them blacklisted by Google. In fact, we have helped many firms that have come to us for assistance in cleaning up their websites and getting rankings restored. While it might take more time and effort, these techniques can and will achieve long-term success. We focus on high-quality backlinks; original, reader-friendly content; heavily-researched keywords and more to ensure results for our clients.
Does PaperStreet Offer Google Penalty Recovery Services?
Yes. If your website has low-quality backlinks, Google may have noticed this also. As such, these backlinks can be pulling down your website in rankings. We offer services to disavow and remove manual action penalties caused by these low-quality backlinks.
Do You Pay Attention to Google Algorithm Updates and Do They Matter?
Yes and yes. We continually monitor any changes, however minor they may seem. Any changes within any algorithm can potentially affect change and we want to make sure that we stay on top of any updates that can affect our campaigns.
Which SEO Tools Do You Use?
It's important to make sure the technical aspects of the website are in good shape. This ensures Google can easily access the website and understand it completely. We use applications such as Google Analytics and Search Console, Screaming Frog, XENU, MOZ, Ahrefs, and Agency Analytics to name a few.
How Does Paperstreet Aid in Our Law Firm’s Local SEO?
By focusing on your local SEO marketing goals. We optimize your website to ensure it has all of your local information according to best practices. We work with our clients to create local content such as city pages and local blog posts. We claim and update all major local listings and provide recommendations on backlink opportunities including sponsorships and publications to dominate within a local market.
Will You Share All of the SEO Changes You Make to Our Site?
Yes. We never arbitrarily make updates to a website without approval. All changes and updates will be approved first before being made online.
How Often Will You Deliver Reports?
Our reporting is done through an online, interactive application. This will allow direct user access for your campaign. As opposed to sending monthly reports, this access provides the availability and transparency of viewing real-time updates and progression in the campaign, instead of just a snapshot in time.
Will SEO Help My Law Firm?
Yes, so long as you follow the best practices guidelines, an SEO strategy can help your site. You can also seriously mess up your website and hurt your rankings if you try to scheme/scam Google.
How Long Will SEO Take?
The attorney SEO process can take anywhere from 60 days to over a year. The time it takes depends on your existing website, its content, its authority and the same for your competitors. Niche keyword phrases can be ranked higher typically quicker than the most highly sought after competitive phrases.
Do You Have a Google Analytics Quick Guide?
Want to know how to quickly use and understand Google Analytics? Learn more about Google Analytics.
Do You Have a “Best Practices Guide” for Obtaining Online Business Reviews?
Yes, if you are not sure how to obtain online reviews for your business, you can learn more about our strategy here.
Where Are You Based?
We are a Florida-based company that works with clients throughout the United States and worldwide. (Our staff members are located across the country, too.) We have clients in about every state and in 10+ countries. Let us help you with your SEO campaign for your law firm.
What is Local SEO for Lawyers?
Local SEO is the process of gaining citations, reviews, links, content, and name/address/phone for your Google Business listing. The goal is to rank on the map pack for Google and promote your law firm.
What are SEO Keywords for Lawyers?
SEO keyword phrases are basically your practice areas X geographic areas X the base terms lawyer, attorney, and law firm. So you end up with a phrase like Fort Lauderdale Probate Lawyer or Miami Trademark Attorney. Create all possible keyword phrases by taking all your practice areas, geographical areas, and lawyer/attorney/law firm and merging them together.
Who is the Best Law Firm SEO Company?
PaperStreet is one of the top SEO companies that is great at SEO. We are transparent and have a 90% retention rate on a month-to-month basis.
Do You Have a Law Firm SEO Guide?
Our comprehensive SEO Guidelines and Best Practices for Law Firms. You can also read the full article in digital form below or download a free digital ebook version of this book by clicking here.
Are You a Law Firm SEO Company?
Yes. 95% of our clients are law firms. We do have some business clients too. Most are referrals from our lawyer clients who need us to help their clients.
How Do You Market a Law Firm?
We have been creating some of the best law firm websites online since 2001. The big year of 2022 is here, so what are some of the best practices for law firm marketing in 2022? Check out the top 214 ideas. Check out our law firm marketing guide here.
Why Do Lawyers Need SEO?
You don’t always need SEO. If your site already ranks high for relevant keywords, then you won’t need SEO. But for most firms, you will need some help with either content, links, or the site setup itself. You need SEO to rank high in search results, which allows you to receive traffic and conversions to help grow the firm.
Why Focus on SEO vs. PPC?
Google showcases search results in several areas now: organic search results, paid search results, local search ads, and the various featured snippets. If you want to get clients from search, you basically have two ways - 1) build a better website with content and links, or 2) advertise with Google. Both can work. But we have found that SEO can be more cost-effective long-term if you rank high. This guide will tell you how to make SEO work for your firm.
Chapter 5 - Law Firm SEO Resources
You can see our Best practices guide below:
Google Analytics and Reviews for Law Firms: A Best Practices Guidebook.
Link Building and Local Search for Law Firms: A Best Practices Guide.
Domain Names for Law Firms: Best Practices Guide.
Conversion Rate Optimization for Law Firms: A Best Practices Guide (Part 1: The Basics, Design, & SEO).
Conversion Rate Optimization for Law Firms: A Best Practices Guide (Part 2: Bounce Rates, Tracking, and ROI).
- ahrefs - Website analysis for links
- Moz - Tools to help monitor your SEO
- Google - Google’s own SEO starter guide
- SEJ - Search engine journal
- Search Engine Land - Latest news on search engines
- SEO Book - Law firm SEO book
- Directory Listings - Listings of the top sites to get links
- Reviews - Listing of why and how to get reviews
- Glossary - Glossary of terms for SEO
- Google Trends - Explore what the world is searching
- Google Analytics - For tracking everything
- Google Search Console - Measure search traffic and performance
- Google Page Speed Insights - Site speed evaluation tool
- Pingdom - Site speed evaluation tool
- GTMetrix - Site speed evaluation tool
- Webpagetest.org - Site speed evaluation tool
- MergeWords - Useful for merging words for keyword research
- WordCounter - Count words
- BuzzStream Meta Tag - Extract page title, description and keywords from URLs
- Keywordtool.io - Generate keyword phrases based on related terms
- AnswerthePublic - Generate keywords related to what people are asking
- Plagium - Plagiarism tracker
- Copyscape - Plagiarism tracker
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