A Law Firm Title Tag Lesson

Gyi Tsakalakis
October 4, 2011

I have always reasoned that the best place to understand how to improve your visibility in Google is Google itself. So, I tend to spend some time in the Google Webmaster Help Forum. Recently, I came across a thread in which a law firm website administrator was trying to understand why the firm's site went from page one in Google to buried deep within the results:

Our law firm website was on first page for google search and is now missing from web search all together.
I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: YES
My site's URL is: www.dysartlawfirm.com
Description (including timeline of any changes made): When you did a search for "Santa Cruz Family Law Attorney" we were on the first page of google and when you searched for "Santa Cruz Divorce Attorney" we were on page 3. In the last two days we went from page 1 to non existent. I checked the first 20 pages of search results with omitted results are we are no where to be found. I had other people verify that our web page is now missing from google search for these keywords.

How is it possible to go from page 1 of search results to no longer existing for these keyword searches? We are completely baffled!

The most likely cause of the problem was identified too:

yeah, the titles of each of the site pages is stuffed with keywords like:

Law Offices of Keith M. Dysart | Santa Cruz Family Law Attorney | Divorce and Custody | Bay Area California | Santa Cruz Divorce Attorney

which have little to do with the actual content of the page. it looks like they paid an "SEO consultant" and that backfired.

The website administrator claimed that she had built the site on her own and modeled it after other lawyer websites. She also claimed to have never paid an seo consultant.

To me, there are two primary lessons to learn from this example. First, SEO consultants have a really bad reputation for trying to game search engines. Second, while hiring the wrong SEO consultant can have a negative impact on your site, so too can doing-it-yourself.

This is a great example of a situation where hiring a professional that understands search engines can help you avoid some of the most common mistakes. While SEO consultants are often to blame for these types of situations, in many cases, the ranking problem stems from either mimicking the bad practices of a competitor, or simply from a lack of understanding about some of the basics.

While the issue in this example could have been very easily avoided, there are many other issues that aren't so obvious.

If you don't know what you're doing, get some help. And if you're looking for help, make sure you know at least some basics about how to properly vet your web strategy consultant.

Gyi Tsakalakis
Co-Founder of AttorneySync
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Let's Discuss Your Growth

Helping law firms grow profitably with digital marketing and can prove it.

Barry Conybeare

We are so impressed with AttorneySync and their digital marketing services. We started with an audit of our digital presence and hired them thereafter. Fixes to the website and other platforms quickly followed and we have seen a substantial increase in online traffic, new client calls, and new client contracts. Strongly recommend AttorneySync!

Let's Talk

How can we help?

More From Our Blog

June 8, 2023
On Local Law Firm SEO Rank Tracking and Reporting

Over the years, law firm prospects have sent us reports from just about all of our competitors. Unfortunately, even today, some law firm marketing agencies still mislead their clients via "reporting." One particularly egregious example comes in the form of ranking reports. Which prompted this LinkedIn post. To my surprise, I received a lot of […]

Read More
June 7, 2023
On Attribution

John Wanamaker supposedly said "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half." In an an effort to figure out "what half is working," attribution was born. Coupled with a transition from traditional, offline ads to digital media, attribution became the holy grail for analyzing advertising spends. But […]

Read More
March 22, 2023
I asked ChatGPT to Recommend a Personal Injury Law Firm

I recently asked ChatGPT, "What are some of the top personal injury law firms in Chicago?? Actually, first I ask "who are some of the top personal injury lawyers in Chicago?" ChatGPT couldn't handle that one, so I modified the prompt. ChatGPT listed five very well-known firms downtown. Can you guess the other four? That's […]

Read More
February 17, 2023
My Take on Google Search's Guidance on AI-Generated Content & Law Firm SEO

If you're like me, you have some degree of AI, ChatGBT, Bard, exhaustion. Now don't get me wrong, this is stuff is remarkable and is changing, well, a lot. But before you hook up the ChatGPT API to your WordPress API and crank out 10,000 pages, here are a few things to think about. Let's […]

Read More
February 16, 2023
Google Adds New SEO Best Practices for Links

If you know me, you know my opinions about links and SEO advice from Google. If you don't, here's the TL;DR: Meh, links! Meaning, all things being equal, links still remain a competitive difference maker for ranking. Take Google's SEO advice with several grains of salt. Google has no economic incentive to help your site […]

Read More
February 1, 2023
Authenticity & Engagement

The best marketing advice I can give you is to be authentic. Of course, you don't find that very helpful in terms of meeting your growth goals. So, you might decide to game the system. As I'm writing this, one of the more popular ways to gain the system is to pay for engagement. This […]

Read More
January 19, 2023
ChatGPT for Legal Marketing

The following post was written by ChatGPT. ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is a state-of-the-art language model that can generate human-like text based on a given prompt or context. This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way that businesses, including law firms, market themselves to potential clients. One way that a law firm could use […]

Read More
May 26, 2022
SEO Expectations for Law Firms

How long does SEO take? When can I expect to see results? What results should I expect to see? These are all reasonable questions that we field from lawyers every day. And, like many legal answers, the answer is: It depends. Yes, I know that's not the answer you wanted. But it's the most honest […]

Read More
May 6, 2022
Who Should Do Marketing?

And how much time should they spend doing it? I recently had the privilege of chatting with Tyson, Jim, and Conrad for an upcoming episode of The Maximum Lawyer Podcast. If you're not familiar with The Maximum Lawyer community, you should definitely check it out. Jim asked a really great question about who should do […]

Read More

Let's Discuss

Questions or comments? Let's discuss on social!
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram