SEO

What ROI Should I Expect from SEO?

It used to be much harder to track certain aspects of SEO ROI. But, with advances in online tracking, that gap has been bridged for the most part. Some aspects of SEO are still somewhat difficult to give direct attribution to and therefore calculate ROI. However, nowadays you can track everything from how users engage with your website to how effectively a page converts users into leads to the impact of offsite SEO.

While we don’t know exactly what Google’s algorithm is looking for when it crawls a site, we do know that Google looks at a website as best as it can through the eyes of a user. If your site has the necessary elements a user is looking for and it’s easy to use, then your SEO is likely on point.

What Should I Be Paying for SEO?

Are you launching a new website for your practice? Are you ready to invest in online marketing to help patients or clients find and choose you over your competitors? As you do your research and talk to different marketing companies about their search engine optimization (SEO) services, you will undoubtedly discover that there is a wide range in SEO pricing. Trying to understand the value of different SEO services can be confusing. SEO is often talked about as an intangible and elusive thing, and as a result, many people are not making informed choices.

All SEO providers and packages are not equal, and there is a reason for the difference in costs. Let’s take a look at the actual components of an SEO package and break it down to help you decide what is right for your needs.

Looking Back at the 2018 Google Algorithm Updates

If there’s one thing we know about the Google ranking algorithm, it’s that we don’t know a whole lot. Unless you’re a behind-the-scenes Google engineer, then you’re like the rest of the SEO community: left to speculate what exactly Google changed with every new algo update. As Google constantly works on improving organic search results for online users, we’re faced with a new ranking algorithm that can either boost our sites or leave us trailing behind our competitors.

In light of the new year, I thought it would be helpful to give a review of all of the 2018 Google algorithm updates. If you saw a major shakeup last year, it was probably around the time of a new algo update being rolled out. So go ahead: sign into analytics and see if any of the updates below had a big impact on your site’s organic search performance.
 

Technological Advancements and How They Are Changing the Way Users Find Your Business in 2019

Most business owners don’t need to be told twice that Google is ever-changing. With constant algorithm updates, advancements in machine learning, and “smart voice-directed devices” such as Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Echo (Alexa), and Apple’s Siri, it's becoming increasingly difficult for business owners to adjust to the fast-changing nature of the digital marketing world. With these new devices and technologies now at the forefront of how users are searching for information, products, and services, Google is constantly refining its ranking process to serve up the most accurate and personally tailored search results at lightning-fast speeds.

In this article, we will discuss how these emerging technologies are changing the ways in which users search for information, as well as the way search engines are evolving with these changes and what this means for your practice’s SEO strategy heading into the new year.

Law Firm Marketing In a Down Economy – Boosted SEO Opportunity

Last week, I shared some insights on factoring a volatile economy into your 2019 marketing plans. For most elective, fee-for-service-based practices (plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, LASIK, etc.) a declining economy historically translated into a drop in consumer search activity and lead generation, and an increasing need to effectively compete for more market share.

This week, I want to paint a different picture for firms in the legal industry.

Having marketed law firms for over 25 years (long before Google), some of our team members have been through multiple swings in the economy over that time.  Generally speaking, we saw the majority our attorney firm clients (primarily in personal injury) experience an increase in consumer interest and generate more leads and cases during declining economic times. 

Google to Let Users Leave Comments on Search Results

Google is constantly rolling out a number of algorithmic updates. Many of Google’s updates are minor, but occasionally there are major ones that can really have an effect on the search results in significant ways.

2018 did not disappoint. Two of the most notable developments were the “Medic” core update and the Chrome Security Warnings for websites that don’t use HTTPS encryption. But the year isn’t over yet, with Google announcing another new feature that relates to what users can do within search results.

Why Backlinks Are Key to SEO Success

There are many important factors for building a strong internet marketing strategy. Of those different elements, backlinking is an important one.

Often I am asked, “What is backlinking, and why do I need to do that?” Let’s take a dive into the importance of a backlink and how it can affect your internet marketing presence.

What Is a Backlink?

A backlink is an incoming link on another site that points back to your website. Search engines like Google reward websites with high-quality, relevant backlinks, ranking them higher in the search results.

Unfortunately, achieving a backlink isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it mentality. You will want to continually look to improve your backlink profile while trimming links that aren’t relevant or damaging to your brand.

Standard vs. Long-Form Pages: What's Better for SEO?

overall results for long-form contentIn the digital marketing world, we’ve all heard the phrase content is king. While there are many different marketing channels your practice can utilize, there’s simply no way to take shortcuts with online content.

As Google’s algorithm gets smarter, it’s more difficult for web managers to manipulate their site to maintain optimal performance without uniquely written, high-quality content. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing and poorly written content that has your site ranking in the #1 SERP position.

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Get Better Google Local SEO Results - Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Sometimes getting to the first page of important Google search results isn’t enough.  
 
In many cases, it’s even more valuable to get listed in the local map pack listings. Not only are those listings typically higher on the page than traditional organic listings, they are visually more compelling and have additional information like your phone number, reviews, address, hours, links to your website and directions.  
 

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