If you’re a newly established law firm and you haven’t taken full advantage of search engine optimization (SEO) yet, you’re missing out on online lead generation opportunities. Practicing proper SEO is one of the most effective ways you can grow your practice online. Your law firm SEO is directly related to how well you rank on Google and whether or not you rank ahead of or behind a competitor, so you’ll need to strategize to keep your firm ahead of the competition. Here are some of the best law firm SEO strategies that your firm can implement to stay ahead of your competitors:
Perform SEO Audits
In order to figure out how to outrank your competition, you’ll first need to know where you stand. Doing an SEO audit for your law firm’s website will help you to understand where your website excels versus where it can improve. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t worry if your numbers aren’t as strong as you hoped. By having a solid understanding of where you can improve, you’ll have the knowledge necessary to take the next steps!
Create Authoritative Content
This is probably a given, but it’s also one of the most important parts of your law firm’s SEO and increasing visits to your website. Once you get people to access your website, you’ll want them to stay there. It is important your content either answer a common question, inform them of your services or just increase their general knowledge on a topic. A plethora of content is one of the best ways of getting your readers to stay on and engage with your firm’s site and since Google deems dwell time as a ranking factor, take note!
Use the Right Keywords
Keywords are vital to determining whether or not your firm’s website shows up early in a Google search. Choosing the right keywords is a combination of knowing what your target audience wants to learn about and knowing the services you intend to promote. For example, if you’re a law firm that specializes in copyright law, “copyright” has to be one of your keywords! In addition, you’ll also want to target those keywords that have low competition. This means that not a lot of law firms are utilizing it, which will make it easier for your firm to appear higher in the search results. To help you conduct SEO keyword research, there are some keyword research tools you can take advantage of.
Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly
In the age of smartphones and tablets, mobile is an increasingly popular way of browsing the internet. No matter what practice area you’re in, mobile users are going to take up a big chunk of your website audience. You don’t want to drive prospects away with a website that’s clunky and hard to navigate on mobile, so take some time to make your interface more accessible to mobile users.
Use HTTPS Instead of HTTP
This may seem like a small and unimportant detail, but it’s actually a lot more important than you might think. Google has been shown to favor websites that are securely encrypted with an HTTPS connection, instead of those with just http. That single “s” could be the difference between appearing at the top of the search results and being a few pages back. Google has even started to block content and pages that do not have an HTTPS connection. Read more about Google’s strict security policy in our blog post, Google Will Block Mixed Content – What Does That Mean for Law Firm Websites?
Optimize Your Images
Images are a whole lot more than just the pictures that appear on your website. They can and should be optimized to increase your website’s traffic. If you think that the file name and description of the picture isn’t important to the website, you’re wrong. In fact, the file name can be optimized to further enhance your law firm SEO and increase traffic to your pages. Make your file name a keyword related to your image, and treat the description the same way. It seems like a small detail on the surface, but it can do a lot to increase your website’s visibility.
Make Your URLs SEO Friendly
This means that you shouldn’t have a long, complicated URL that doesn’t completely relate to your law firm’s services. Instead, keep things simple! The domain should tell your audience everything they need to know at a surface level. If you can make it the name of your firm, do it. If the domain name is taken for whatever reason, you can modify the original or factor in a keyword that most closely relates to your law firm. People will be less likely to click on a URL that’s very long, so make sure you keep it short and simple to increase your audience’s trust.
The most important lesson you can learn when optimizing your law firm’s website for SEO is that you shouldn’t overlook the small details. Most of the strategies listed above seem like small fixes and details at a surface level, but when you add them all together you’ll realize how important they are collectively. Fine tune the small details, and you’ll increase your website’s traffic to stay ahead of your competitors.
If your firm needs help with SEO, contact us today for a consultation and free high-level SEO audit.