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Have you ever wondered how other legal websites outrank yours on Google? The answer to this question is SEO, or search engine optimization.
Ranking on Google isn’t dumb luck. There are a number of factors – upwards of 200, in fact – that determine which law firms sink and which ones rise to the top when someone performs a search. And, as you are probably aware, the first page of search results is where people find the attorneys they hire.
At SLS Consulting, Inc. we know that the company you choose for online marketing will affect your bottom line for years to come. This is why our marketing packages include a robust, white hat SEO program with regional exclusivity. We handle every aspect of your search engine optimization, including:
Because we fully customize our sites, we do not rely on plugins or systems to artificially manage your SEO. Your site is always tailored to your practice area, location, and marketing goals. We offer transparent service and monthly progress reports to help you track real-world results. Whether you are a multi-practice firm or a boutique personal injury firm, we have something unique to help you succeed.
Give us a call at (323) 254-1510 to request your hand-crafted SEO audit and a free consultation.
SEO is the process of helping websites rank higher in SERPs (search engine result pages). Broadly speaking, this involves building a trustworthy site that provides the best possible user experience. Even text people see in SERPs is tied to optimization. In some ways, everything we do plays a role in SEO.
On a more specific level, SEO is built around two main trust signals: content and backlinks.
Content is the text that users read on your web page. Google’s Panda and Hummingbird algorithms analyze every site to determine if their content helpful, unique, and authoritative.
Backlinks are the links you receive from other websites. These links function like “votes,” passing trust from other sites to yours. Google’s Penguin algorithm monitors these links to determine if they seem artificial or low-quality, and ranks your site accordingly.
These factors, followed by a machine learning system called Rank Brain, constitute the top 3 ranking signals for Google search results.
As much as we would like to promise immediate, first-spot results, the truth is that SEO is a long-term play. Google has said that most websites take between 4 and 12 months to see results from SEO. In the competitive field of legal marketing, we have found that most lawyers must wait at least 6 months to see the needle start moving.
If someone promises you immediate results, they are either lying to you or applying black hat tricks that will ultimately do you more harm than good.
Remember, SEO is not about a single trick – it is about hard, honest work. Over the years, we have seen many “shortcuts” bring sites to the top of SERPs for a while only to destroy them later. But attorney websites with a strong foundation of white-hat SEO, like our clients in New York City and Phoenix, have stayed on page one for decades. Complying with Google’s guidelines is not the easy path, but it is the best one.
Lawyers face many unique challenges in online marketing. Fierce competition and catastrophic Google updates have left many firms without a viable source of new leads. Worse, many marketing companies exploit law firms with hollow promises of success. The result? Many law firms spend thousands of dollars per year and see no progress in their online marketing.
If you have tried SEO for years with no results, any of these problems may be to blame:
With SEO, you often get what you pay for. Buying thousands of inexpensive links will not bring the long-term success you deserve. With so much on the line, you cannot afford to settle on an inferior marketing plan.
We got into the business of attorney marketing because we know firsthand how unethical some lawyers and marketing companies can be. We want to help the good guys! We choose to partner with attorneys who care about their clients as much as they care about their caseload – because these are the same values we hold.
If you are tired of spinning your wheels and want real SEO service, we are here to help. Our initial consultation comes with a completely personalized audit to show you how we can help improve your rankings. Contact us at (323) 254-1510 to learn more.
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