Bruce Clay Blog : 2/7 : Kristi KelloggJanuary 13, 2014
If prospective clients search for your name on Google, are those results going to make them more or less likely to hire you? With strategic online reputation management (ORM), you can ensure that the search results establish trust, highlight your successes and, ultimately, work in your favor. By controlling the first page of your brand name SERP, you control the message the world sees when it comes to your name.
“For page one search results, you want to make sure there’s nothing in there that you don’t have total control over — it’s even better if you can extend that control onto page two and three,” said Robert Ramirez, a senior SEO analyst who has worked in Internet marketing for over a decade. “Online reputation management is especially important for lawyers, whose name is their brand.
January 6, 2014
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. As part of the Legal Marketing Series, Ramirez shared his expert insights in 4 Things Every Law Firm Website Needs for Optimal UX and SEO for Lawyers: 4 Tips to Get New Clients through Your Website.
Today, the series continues with PPC management strategies for lawyers with expert insights from Senior SEM Analyst Michael Shore. (If you’re brand new to PPC management, you can start with A Beginner’s 4-Step Guide: Delicious PPC Tips for Small Businesses.)
December 31, 2013
It’s the eve of 2014 and a new year necessitates a new reading list. For Internet marketers, Dave Eggers’ The Circle is one book you won’t want to leave off that list. Dave Eggers’ The Circle provides an account of a young woman’s rise to the upper echelons of the Circle — a company of the future dominating both the search and social spheres. Though fiction, The Circle provides an eerily familiar account of “the most influential company in the world’s” ever-evolving technology and ever-increasing power sure to intrigue Internet marketers and community managers. When you’re ready for a break from how-to’s and manuals, I recommend The Circle, where you’ll dive into the long-term implications — if only fictitious — of a Google-esque empire’s rise. Read on to discover why this book should be your next choice when it comes to fiction.
December 23, 2013
When a prospective client is shopping for an attorney, The American Lawyer found that the chief reason a client hires one law firm over another is subject matter expertise. When clients find you online, your law firm website should testify to that subject matter expertise. In part one of this Legal Marketing Series, we explored the fundamental techniques of SEO for lawyers’ websites, noting that targeting local keywords, securing inclusion in Google Places, siloing by practice area and user experience optimization were necessary components of optimizing a law firm website for search.Screen shot of a Google search for Law Firm Website
Today, we’ll delve into user experience optimization. Senior SEO Analyst Robert Ramirez, who has worked on law firm websites nationwide, identified these four things as non-negotiables for a law firm website:
1. High Quality Content Written by Lawyers
2. An “In the News” Section
3. Engagement Objects
4. Lawyer Profiles
December 19, 2013
When prospective clients are looking for a lawyer, 21.9 percent start with a search engine, according to Lawyernomics. If you want to capture that traffic, optimizing your online presence is essential. SEO is critical to converting online searchers into prospective legal clients.
In part one of this Legal Marketing Series, discover four top tips when it comes to SEO for lawyers offered by Senior SEO Analyst Robert Ramirez. Prior to working for Bruce Clay, Inc., Ramirez specialized in legal Internet marketing, working exclusively with top attorneys across the country.
Ramirez recommends that law firms focus on these areas of SEO:
- Target Local Keywords
- Secure Inclusion in Google Places and Other Local Directories
- Silo by Practice Areas
- Optimize the User Experience
December 13, 2013
In 2013 alone, Bruce Clay, Inc. published 183 posts on this blog for our tens of thousands of readers. All this content that details SEO, PPC, SMM and content marketing best practices comes free of charge and without strings — why? Because BCI is committed to thought leadership and knowledge transfer. Here, we’ve rounded up the most popular blog posts of 2013 in the following categories: basic SEO, advanced SEO, social media marketing, paid search and liveblogging.
Read more of Top PPC, SMM & SEO Blog Posts of 2013.
December 9, 2013
Ever wonder what’s on an Internet marketer’s holiday wishlist? Surely you want organic keyword referral data back in Google Analytics, but what else? From tools and reports to Google’s best kept secrets, the SEO and PPC marketers at Bruce Clay, Inc. had some very specific requests for what gifts that can optimize the art of search engine optimization.
Read more of Internet Marketers’ Holiday Wishlist Revealed.
December 6, 2013
Throughout the year, Internet marketers gather at industry conferences all over the world, from Paris to London to San Francisco to New York. The thousands of SEOs, SEMs, content marketers, SMMs and business owners that flock to these conferences will attest that these conferences are whirlwind of information, education and networking … not to mention fun. Where else but an Internet marketing conference can you learn from the like of Matt Cutts, Duane Forrester, Bruce Clay and Matt McGee in a single day?
Which conferences are you attending this year? In an effort to help you plan, Bruce Clay, Inc. presents the Internet Marketing Conference Calendar — it’s your exclusive guide for all the Internet marketing conferences of 2014.
November 27, 2013
Since Thanksgiving became national holiday in 1863, the last Thursday of November has been a time dedicated to family, friends, food and reflection, as Americans look back on the year and think of the things they have to be thankful for. As the Bruce Clay, Inc. staff reflected on the year, they discovered they had a lot to be thankful within the SEO industry itself.
BCI president and founder Bruce Clay expressed gratitude for Google and the unique opportunity he’s had to be part of SEO from the ground up. “I think that the entire SEO industry would not exist if it wasn’t for Google. Google changing things so often has been a catalyst for the need to have technology that is current. As Google changes, so does the demand for SEO and I am quite frankly thankful that Google has been here and promoted search and, whether intentionally or not, has fostered the need for search engine optimization in general,” he said.
November 21, 2013
This is one SEO Newsletter you don’t want to miss – the End-of-the-Year edition takes stock of this year’s four most significant changes; takes a deep dive into the year’s biggest buzz word: content marketing; and gets up-close-and-personal with this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Vision, Execution and Market Influence: Bruce Clay.
Read more of The SEO Newsletter: The End-of-Year Edition.