Three Effective Suggestions On Local Search Positioning Factors

Gyi Tsakalakis
June 29, 2010

Getting your law firm seen in local search results is becoming more and more important. Nearly forty percent of all search requests carried out each month have some type of local intent (ie: city or state, zip code, town, and so forth.). There are particular techniques and variables that are influential in helping your law practice website perform nicely for local queries.

1. Categorize Your Law Firm Accurately

Picking the right categories for your firm in local listings is very important. A lot of law firms do not devote sufficient time considering which category labels to use. They write off this as an insignificant step. When your potential clients are not learning about a particular law firm by name, they will first look for law firms by category. If you don't associate your firm with the category they’re looking for, you won’t be found.

2. The Importance of Hyperlinks and Citiations

Links From Similar Sites: Hyperlinks are the currency of the internet. A link to your site is like a vote for your website in the eyes of the search engines. All things being equal, a law firm website that has additional backlinks from local and pertinent websites will acquire more presence in local search results.

Citations: Citations are references to your law practice name, address, and phone number on different sites. These references do not have to have a link to your website. An example of a citation might be an online law directory where your law firm is shown, but not linked to. An additional example might be a local yellow pages web site.

3. The Listed Title Of Your Practice

Your firm title (ie: the name of your firm) is a particularly important factor for ranking well in the local search engines. You want your title to be consistent throughout the listings in addition to having it contain pertinent keywords to your law firm's practice. Having uniformity helps your firm create confidence in the eyes of search engines. Incorporating pertinent words and phrases in your title helps your law firm get better placement when individuals conduct queries. For example, The Law Offices of Joe Smith, based in Chicago, could create a title called Law Offices of Joe Smith | Chicago Tax Attorney. Just keep it consistent and simple. Do not attempt to squeeze too many keywords into your title.

Gyi Tsakalakis
Co-Founder of AttorneySync
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