You are sitting at your office, patiently waiting for the phone to ring. Minutes, hours, days and weeks fly by, and you begin to get worried. Will your website ever bring in a new client to my law firm?
You decide actually to try and do something productive to kill time. You search for your law firm’s website online. You start scrolling down, down, next page, down, down. You’re baffled, can’t seem to understand the logic of this outcome since you had hired the services of a legal SEO just recently.
This is a common challenge, most Law Firms have with hiring large SEO companies. Most often, your law firm pays a small monthly fee of $99 – $500 a month to be added to a law directory where your law firm is directly competing with all the other legal sites listed in the same directory.
Although these lawyer directory sites have their value, they will not bring in the steady stream of paying clients your law firm requires to stay in business.
You need to employ the services of a well experienced, resourceful and result-based legal SEO expert.
That is what I am here for. I understand that you have too much on your plate right now to worry about why your website is not generating traffic. You can wash your hands of this tedious chore and everything to deal with your site, sit back and wait for the phone calls to start ringing in. Seriously. My legal clients do this every month. 😉
How do I achieve top SEO rankings for my attorney websites?
Unlike other legal SEO ninjas out there, I do not promise immediate results. Successful SEO and website optimization takes time and skill. I tailor your website to both look professional, work efficiently and keep the clients coming through the door. Although I am an affordable SEO for law firms, I am not a magician.
If your law firm is wanting to rank on the first positions in Google for keywords that get over $75 a click in Google Adwords PPC, you will need to have a sizable monthly SEO budget in order to compete at a profitable scale.
Depending on your SEO budget, I can research what keywords are not as competitive, but still bring in valuable leads to your law firm. I have law firms who are seeing great returns on their ad spend investment each month.
Why your law firms website may not be working as good as it should…
It all comes down to who handles your legal SEO. Most law firms, sadly, fall prey to the money-hungry legal SEO “ninjas” in the market that promise you the stars and only deliver measly results. Their solutions may work for a short while, but sooner rather than later, the Google algorithms catch up to their phony tactics and your website gets penalized.
I can bet my life savings that these SEO “ninjas” are implementing either one or all of the following :
1. Working with ancient, and illegal SEO tactics. They’re probably taking keyword stuffing to a whole new level.
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Internet marketing is the most important marketing strategy a law firm will invest in. Having a well thought out website design, internet marketing and email marketing strategy can make a huge difference in the amount of new clients signing up with your law firm.
Thousands of potential clients are searching for keywords in Google every day. Most are looking for a specific type of legal service. The goal of your website is to be highly optimized for these specific keywords. SEO or search engine optimization is the science and art of ranking a web page on your website for a certain keyword or keyword phrase.
Legal internet marketing can be very competitive and costly for most law firms. Attorney marketing is a specialized segment of SEO and requires expert level strategy and ongoing maintenance. My SEO services include integrated law firm web design along side of legal SEO and PPC marketing services. Providing seo for lawyers requires a dedicated marketer with the experience and drive to always be on top of the latest Google algorithmic updates, in order to succeed.
Most small town attorneys are looking to just do a quick update and hopefully rank at the top of Google search for ever. This is an unreasonable fantasy. Marketing for lawyers or legal related industries like bail bonds, legal aid centers, law schools and similar are ideal positions for those looking to cash in on SEO rankings. Even if you are the only lawyer in your city that specializes in workman comp or divorce, I promise you that larger legal directories and review sites will come and out rank you. Often what happens is that a large legal directory with hundreds or thousands of law firms in the next closest, larger city, will start to out rank you in your small town.
Call Sandy @ +1 (775) 870-0488 for a free consultation of your website, social sites and marketing.
Currently (2017) there are over 18,000 legal directories online.
Some of the top legal directories that tend to rank in large and small cities are:
These large directory sites have tens of thousands of pages of long post content, thousands of quality back links and press coverage. Their huge online marketing budgets will beat out most small law firms every time.
The best SEO for lawyers, especially in small towns, are to get ahead of this trend and establish your law firm as the local go to guide for your given keywords.
Although these directories can be seen as a competitor, I highly recommend securing your law profile on these directories.
Lawyer SEO, will yield the highest return on marketing investment dollars. Working with a trusted and respected law firm SEO expert will set your firm above and beyond local and national competitors for years to come.
“Sandy with Reno SEO, Marketing and Design is amazing. She handles all of my Website and SEO needs flawlessly. I have seen our numbers grow and page by page. She has earned my trust and gratitude 10 fold. I will be referring everyone that asks.”
Andrew Renshaw Lightning Bail Bonds Las Vegas Nv
A great example of what quality SEO services can do for a small law firm or legal services company is where my legal SEO client, Bail Bonds Unlimited, received some bad reviews in Google, but because of our SEO work and determination to stay on top of Google updates, their bail bond company out ranks local competitors with higher Google review ratings.
These SEO clients are all ranking multiple times on the first page of Google for their relevant keywords. Bail Bonds Unlimited has a poor Google review average, but still out ranks their competitors every time.
“Absolutely fantastic. After working with multiple companies, hours and hours of research, and nothing but excuses money and time, all it took was working with the right people. The nightmare that used to be SEO is long gone. Marketing your company should not be a DIY project. Thank you Sandy for your incredible work!! Can not recommend enough.” Travis Moore Bail Bonds Unlimited Reno Nevada
Organic SEO is a cost effective way to reach clients when they are actively seeking your services. Adding a PPC Adwords campaign along side Organic SEO strategies can help your law firm dominate a local city. We can help your law firm website rank in PPC Adwords, in Google Map listing, then in the organic results below these highly sought after positions in Google search results.
Law firm internet marketing includes the top three marketing tactics used by successful law firms today.
- SEO (natural or organic rankings in Google search)
- PPC (pay per click) with Google Adwords, FaceBook and other large social networks.
- Press Coverage that protects branding and sets your law firm as the authority in your area.
As with any successful marketing campaign, research and proper planning make for a cutting edge marketing plan. I have a 4 step process that I follow with each on boarding of a new law firm which are:
- Learn about your law firm. What makes you special, amazing, affordable, hard core…. sets you apart from the other thousands of law firms in your state? You might be surprised. Does not mean you have to be sensational or the lawyer who wheres the chicken suit on TV. Your personality, temperament and way of working with your clients can be confident, calm, passionate, quick witted… you get the idea. I would like an hour of your time, in person or over the phone to really get to know about you and your law practice. This, will help me to determine the best marketing and branding style that will work well for your law firm.
- Research who are your top 5 competitors in your city. Also the top competitors in the closest city within a 150 mile radius. Why? Most small town citizens look forward to going to the “big” city once or twice a month for groceries, events, shopping etc. If they are looking for an attorney, their immediate thinking could be that in the “big” city are hundreds of lawyers to choose from. Some could also think that these attorneys are more experienced and even more affordable. Our job is to convince them otherwise.
- Review your existing website and online social profiles. Your website design is the very foundation of any SEO success your firm will attain. We will analyze the structure, reputation, SEO and link profiles to determine the amount of SEO work needed to set your firm on track to begin a solid internet marketing campaign.
- Next, I need to get a strong understanding of your law firms seasonal traffic. Do you find that your law firm signs on more divorce clients in the Winter or Summer months? Knowing what months drive the most clients in a particular area can help me get ahead of the trend with relevant and useful content, press coverage and guest blogging on related blogs. The idea is to have a marketing calendar where we can plan ahead to have related content ready for the rush or busy season.
Although I have 20 years experience in online marketing and web design, I offer reasonable rates for my SEO services.
Most of my custom, legal marketing plans start at $2500 – $15,000 a month retainer
Law firm SEO services can include web design, website updates, email marketing, PPC (requires a $10,000 per month minimum budget), social media, content creation, quality back linking, press coverage, guest blogging, reputation management, multiple city rankings, monthly reports, advertising online, citations, directories and other white hat or safe internet marketing strategies that fall within Google guidelines.
I offer a CMO level marketing service at an independent contractor rate. I work with a limited amount of legal services and/or law firms within the US. I prefer to know my clients by name and be able to answer the phone when you call or need me via email, text or messaging app.
My SEO clients often refer their friends. When this happens, and if I can take on the new marketing account, I will send a monthly commission fee of 10% cash or credit to your account each month, for the life of the client.
I am open to offer my services for one month at a discounted rate to prove my worth. Then, after I have ranked your website and/or gain leads for your practice, we can discuss a fair monthly retainer based on a 6 month contract.
I invite you to connect with me on Linked In and read more about my background and 20+ years experience in designing web sites, marketing campaigns and SEO plans.
I can be reached at 775 870 0488 to schedule a one on one meeting to review your law firms SEO needs.
I have can provide SEO and Web Design services to law firms around the world. Most of my clients are in the following cities and states across the country.
Las Vegas Nevada
Plumas County Ca
Lassen County Ca
New York City
San Francisco Ca
Time is ticking away. Each day that you waste by not gaining control of your online rankings, helps your competitors to out rank your website online, reaching legal clients you would not otherwise have access too. Stop the bleeding now. Start a white hat Legal SEO campaign with a trusted SEO expert to catch up to your competitors. *My SEO and PPC rates on average are : PPC x 20% monthly budget and SEO starts at $500 – $15,000 a month depending on existing ranking factors and previous history.
Call Sandy @ +1 (775) 870-0488 for a free consultation of your website, social sites and marketing. Read more on her Lawyer Marketing Company here.
How to rank my legal website in Google local search?
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Legal Services, attorneys, bail bondsmen and lawyer searches are one of the most expensive cost per click (Google Adword PPC) keywords in the industry. Tens of thousands of searches are done every day in these competitive areas. These active searchers are looking for specific legal terms like ‘workman compensation Reno’ or ‘divorce attorney Chicago.’ Although the top keywords in legal niche are ‘City Name + Divorce’ or ‘City Name + Accident’, a fair amount of search terms are more specific. Users who search with modifiers are often in research mode and ready to select a law firm to work with. These more specific keyword searches are ripe opportunities for law firms to rank in a crowded market.
Most lawyers and attorneys, can expect to pay well over $20 – $50 a click to buy an ad on Google Adwords and other large search engines like Yahoo and Bing to rank at the top of the search engines using Pay Per Click/Adwords bidding services. The most expensive legal AdWords bid for CPC in the country is currently at $670.44 a click for the keyword phrase “San Antonio car wreck attorney.”
Google’s Top 100 Most Expensive Keywords in 2015 [Infographic]
The average monthly PPC (pay per click) budget is well over $10,000 a month if you were to keep your PPC campaign competitively at the top of the Google search results. And this is for just one keyword!
Last month the legal search phrase ‘car accident attorney in Reno’ hit an all-time high in Google search with over 3500 searches performed. Multiply those numbers with the average $20 per click. With the average CTR (click through rate) for ad position #1 being a little over 33%, an attorney firm could expect to pay over $23,000 a month to rank for this keyword in Reno.
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“When it comes to PPC management, law firms have their work cut out for them. Keyword terms associated with attorneys and lawyers are among the most expensive keywords in Google AdWords. Law firms “can easily spend $50,000 to $100,000 per month on PPC,” according to Robert Ramirez, a senior SEO analyst at BCI who specialized in legal marketing for six years.” Source: https://www.bruceclay.com/blog/ppc-management-lawyers/
How is a small legal firm to out compete some of the larger Lawyers and Attorney firms online?
Organic SEO (search engine optimization) is the art and science of ranking a webpage from your website on the “free clicks” area of Google search results.
Focusing on easier to rank keywords at the beginning of your marketing efforts helps to build the foundation needed to go after the more sought after search terms.
Google SEO companies focus on ranking your website for LTK (long tail keywords). These are usually specific keywords that people use in the search box when they are specifically looking for something. These searchers are closest to a positive conversion than those generally searching for the keyword ‘attorney’.
These LTK (long tail keywords) are the low hanging fruit of the SEO world. Most LTK have less than 500 searches per month, and some are not as competitive at the big fish keywords like ‘divorce attorneys in Reno’.
Capturing the attention of a searcher who is searching for ‘how to file for divorce in Reno’ is a great opportunity for a small legal firm to really show their expertise in that area of the law. This Long Tail Keyword search is a great example of someone who is actively looking for a local attorney who can answer who question and ready to schedule their first consultation with a local law firm.
A good SEO company or expert can help rank a small legal firm’s website within a few months or less for long tail keywords. Some law firm websites could rank as soon as 30 days, depending on the amount of local searches performed for your keywords and other on site SEO factors that pertain to your existing website, past marketing efforts and reputation on Google, FaceBook, Yelp and larger legal directory websites. Although we will laser focus in on ranking your website for the top local keywords for your city, the goal is to rank webpages within your website for hundreds if not thousands of relevant keywords.
“By targeting LTK, we can rank a website more than once on the first page of Google. Also positioning a legal website as a local authority on multiple networks, blogs and directories.” Sandy Rowley Legal SEO pro @ RenoWebDesigner.com.
Bail Bonds Unlimited is a Reno Bail Bond company that specializes in treating their clients like family.
Although they were a busy bond company in Reno, their SEO rankings were lacking. The hired Sandy Rowley with RenoWebDesigner.com to provide organic Legal SEO services and within one month of work, was ranking their website multiple times on the first page of Google. They are currently ranking for over 103 long tail keywords bringing in an average of $24,000 a month in new leads.
With the money saved on straight PPC marketing, most attorneys or legal service providers choose to position their company website on a limited PPC, a set fee SEO organic plan and Google business maps listing optimization for optimum coverage of a given city and/or area.
A quality built website is critical for organic and PPC rankings. Google and other large search engines are giving mobile friendly websites more visibility than those sites who are outdated and un responsive.
Correct coding and design affect a websites ability to be indexed by the large search engines. RenoWebDesigner.com has over 17 years’ experience in creating highly optimized websites and mobile webpages for higher indexing in search engines.
Ranking for your ideal keywords is the first step in a successful internet marketing campaign. Converting those clicks into actual customers takes a little hard work and follow through.
Download Google.com’s guide to good SEO here.
Top 10 SEO Tactics that help convert a website visitor into a client:
- Create and Publish regular press releases. Example ideas are: new hires, client wins, client testimonials, charity work, events and on site workshops.
- Regular 5 star reviews in Google, Yelp and FaceBook.com
- Video F.A.Q’s.
- Professional and friendly photos of all staff and detailed profiles.
- Helpful resource areas within your website that are on topic and up to date.
- Instant chat features to capture viewers’ attention and answer questions immediately on site.
- Show membership status of local groups and organizations.
- Mobile friendly website.
- Fast loading website.
- Offer events, classes and workshops.
Internet Marketing is an ongoing necessity for a successful legal practice. It is the life blood of all leading companies on and offline. If your legal business is slowing down, SEO is a quick way to drive quality leads in a relatively short amount of time. Most SEO work will show an increase in leads within the first month of work. Although no SEO company can or should guarantee rankings, an experienced SEO expert is expected to show positive R.O.I within a few months of work.
A good SEO expert will help your firm with the following:
- Review of your site content or structure
- Content development
- Management of online business development campaigns
- Keyword research
- SEO training
- Expertise in specific markets and geographies.
Be mindful of get rich quick schemes. Any marketing company advertising that they can get your law firm rankings over night are not reputable agencies. This is to good to be true. There are hundreds of thousands of SEO services that available all over the internet selling those types of services. I am not one of them. The marketing work I perform is based off of safe SEO practices and guidelines published on Google’s own forums and blogs.
“While SEOs can provide clients with valuable services, some unethical SEOs have given the industry a black eye through their overly aggressive marketing efforts and their attempts to manipulate search engine results in unfair ways.” Google.com Admin
Any SEO company that offers to sell you back links or any of these items, is a clear warning not to engage in their services.
These are a few examples of the common pitfalls that some legal SEO companies deploy for fast but deadly SEO results.
- Send thousands or millions of visitors to your website in a very short amount of time.
- Order thousands of fake back links to your website in one day, month or year.
- Buy fake reviews for your business on Yelp, Google or Facebook.
- Buy fake Likes for your social media accounts.
“In the 17 plus years working in the SEO industry, one statement has held true throughout all the countless Google updates. Slow and steady wins the race.” Sandy Rowley RenoWebDesigner.com
Google’s latest algorithm update, Rank Brain, is all about websites providing useful and relevant content to their website viewers. Thin content will now become a waste of marketing dollars and time, as long post content with high user engagement will boost websites higher in Google search.
What are the highest engaged content pieces for attorney websites?
When a person searches for a keyword and clicks on your website link, they should find helpful and interesting content immediately on your website. If they click the back button more often than not, your website will start to drop in rankings.
Great examples of engaging content are:
- Infographics that break down difficult content into easily digested information that is understood quickly with images.
- Videos that share interesting stories, news and answer the top questions from your F.A.Q page.
- Online quizzes and games.
- Instant search bar asking “How can I help?” or “What are you looking for search bar?”
- Pop up window with an irresistible offer.
- Free Ask The Lawyer Page.
- Weekly or Monthly audio podcast on Sound Cloud.
- Local resource guide.
The best practices in Lawyer SEO marketing is to instantly provide content that the searcher is looking for and then keep them on the website for an average of 3 – 10 minutes each visit.
Videos are a great way to keep users on your website longer. Integrating a user generated response at the end of the video is a nice way to get conversions as well as feedback from your future client. Asking for them to post a question below, share on social media or book mark the page can all be counted as conversions if set up correctly on site.
Google tracks how many conversions your website has in a day, week or month.
Some examples of possible conversions to increase Google rankings:
- End User signs up for your email newsletter.
- If they click contact us page.
- If a website visitor buys something from your website.
- Share your website on social media.
- Bookmark your website for future use.
Setting up Google Analytics correctly to measure these conversions is an important part of on site optimization work.
Set up conversion tracking for your website
can help you see how effectively your ad clicks lead to valuable customer activity on your website, such as purchases, sign-ups, and form submissions.
This article explains how to create a conversion action
to track customer actions on your website. You’ll set up the conversion action in your AdWords account and get a piece of code called a “tag.” To finish setting up conversion tracking, you’ll add the conversion tag to your website
Search Engine Optimization attracts a great deal of characters. Knowing whom to trust with your company website is enough to give you a migraine…I get it. Lets hop on the phone and review your website together and determine if we are a good fit. I would be happy to review your website and provide an SEO audit of work needed to increase your website rankings.
You can learn more about Google standards and requirements for organic SEO best practices in this detailed PDF report here:
Google is currently the leader in the online searches, so I prefer to focus most of my SEO efforts following their algorithm updates and requirements, but can work to increase rankings in Bing, Yahoo and other large networks. Often having an authority website that ranks well for your keywords will rank you in these secondary search engines.
I welcome your questions and/or comments. I prefer to work one on one with my clients, becoming part of your extended team. I am a down to earth and kind person, who likes to joke around and have fun…but I promise you, my SEO services have helped hundreds of companies rank consistently online for many years and have the guts of steel needed to be successful in such a shark eat shark industry such as SEO. Hope to chat soon, Sandy.
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