There is no secret to good SEO other than making a solid effort across all aspects to deliver the best legal and related business content that meets Google’s current (and likely future) guidelines to get good search placement and page rankings. An often overlooked part of the equation, especially among busy legal teams is delivering strong off-page SEO alongside the typical focus on your on-page efforts. Follow these techniques to bring balance to your SEO and improve your results.
Off-page SEO refers to anything that you do beyond your own business website. The aim here is to generate cumulative results with the greatest reward for a small amount of effort. So, you might take part in an interview on the latest in compliance/biz-law/class action or another relevant area for another site.
You would expect to get a link from that article to your practice site. And you can then use the piece to do some social media sharing. And if it was a video interview, use a few clips over time for regular promotion, or share the whole thing on your own social video pages to generate interest – all from one interview.
There are so many other aspects of off-page SEO and there are several strategies and techniques you can use to boost them. Here are the key stages of off-page SEO for law firms:
Every case you take, any event you go to, and each conference you participate in or sponsor is part of any law firm’s overall brand-building effort. Every interview or thought piece for a law site adds to the overall image of your company and its place in the legal profession.
For lawyers, the brand is typically the company name, or any unique products or services it sells. The key with off-page SEO is to maximize the brand impact it has on your site, helping to build its authority and improve its status in a Google-search-dominated world. That means:
- Ensure your company brand names are spelled correctly in their wider use around the internet
- That they link back to your site as much as possible.
- That they appear on high authority legal sites to improve your own authority.
This will help your own brand appear high up in searches for it, rather than being swamped by adverts and rivals who have a higher authority or are playing advanced SEO strategies to appear ahead of your own brand.