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Google+ Authorship is Coming to LFN

Posted on: Jan 29, 2014

SyndicationMany law firms believe that Google+ is just one more social media platform to entertain. But with the current marketing drive behind Google+, the service is becoming virtually inseparable from Google’s search engine. In other words, you need both the search engine and Google+ to make an impact on Google as a whole.

Your Google+ profile is your identity as a law firm. Google+ Authorship is your signature. It links your identity (profile) to the content that you or your lawyers publish online.

Google+ Authorship has significant potential to drive more traffic to your profile and to increase the visibility of your (more…)

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Link to Relevant Website Pages

Posted on: Jan 8, 2014

Thinker Thought Cloud Information Words News MessageIt’s rare that a legal marketing team links a news release to any page but its firm’s homepage. Usually, marketing teams assume that homepage links are the most direct, and therefore make the most sense. Indeed, they did make the most sense at one time. But times have changed (and so have Google algorithms).

Continuous links to the same page — whether to a home, landing or other page — may now leave you penalized in search engine results. If your law firm wants to keep its rank steady and rising, follow Google’s current guidelines: link directly to the most relevant (more…)

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To Connect With Clients, Leave No Good Deed Unmentioned

Posted on: Dec 30, 2013

Draw AttentionAs the Christmas season comes to a close, it is time to reflect on everything your law firm tackled this year. No doubt every day was busy, filled with trials, depositions and office maintenance; new briefs drafted, new clients met and new blogs posts added to your site.

You did blog on your firm’s website, right? And not just about your case wins and legal issues?

People need to connect with you, but firms rarely offer insight into their personal sides on their websites. You can reach out to these visitors with social offerings. After all, if a visitor needs a lawyer, he (more…)

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A Quick and Easy Guide to Placing Images in Your News Releases

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013

LFN PhotosMost people know that featuring images in a news release can help attract search engines. It is an excellent general strategy, but take care with the images you choose. If you run afoul of the copyright laws on any image you could face serious fines for copyright infringement.

If you do not have a license for an image you could face harsh legal consequences. Ensure that you save the paperwork to prove that your license is updated and valid for the purpose you are using it. This should include proof that you renewed your image licenses if they have ever (more…)

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Counting on Word Count

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013

word countWhat goes into a perfect news release? Style? An eye-catching headline and perfect grammar? Every element is important, but the word count (or length of your news release) is the most crucial component of all.

Interestingly, writers often ignore the length of their news releases. But most editors and reporters only spare about five seconds to scan content in order to determine if it is newsworthy. The longer a release, the less chance it will be read. So, aim for between 300–500 words. Such a limit also makes content more concise; any single release over 500 words is usually redundant.

A (more…)

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News Releases Still Deliver Web Traffic

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013

Website Traffic from Press ReleasesThe way online press releases are distributed and read has changed over the last two years. One thing that has not changed is their strong position as a leading traffic source.

Reviewing over 100 law firms that distribute at least one press release on a leading network each month, we discovered that news releases are delivering between 10%-25% of their total website traffic. This figure is based on traffic from the original news source (e.g., https://www.lawfirmnewswire.com) as well as syndicated news sources (websites that picked up the release).

Many websites that have seen a small decrease in their press release traffic (more…)

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What parts of your press release are people reading?

Posted on: Nov 4, 2013

Scrollmap_BLF_LFN_BLOGScrollmaps display a visual recording of the length of time a reader spends on various sections of a page. For example, where readers spend most of their time is reflected by white, yellow and red. Areas in which readers spend minimal amounts of time are blue and black with green showing some interest in the middle.

To see what parts of a press release viewers spend the most time reading, we got permission from our friends at the Bigger Law Firm magazine to install a scrollmap tool on their Oct. 21 press release announcing the newest issue of their publication.

Here is what (more…)

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Headlines are most widely syndicated

Posted on: Oct 22, 2013

Headline Big AnnouncementPress release distribution depends on various third-party networks to drive readers to your news. However, the types of distribution vary from publisher to publisher. For example, some publishers pick up your full news releases, while others pick up headlines. Some may even distribute your news direct to their subscribers through email or print distribution.

What we have found when reviewing statistics on Law Firm Newswire is that headlines get the most attention. A press release may get syndicated 500-1,000 times. But a headline can often get picked up by over 5,000 publishers, depending on the topic. While classified as “headline publishers,” they (more…)

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The Press is Watching

Posted on: Sep 10, 2013

Press watching lawyersOnline news releases need to be written with your target audience in mind — the end user, the person most likely to become a client. But, as editors and journalist see fewer traditional press releases land on their desk, they are looking to new aggregates to find stories.

That means not only are online press releases attracting clients, they are also attracting the press.

Therefore, you should include press contact information on every press release. A clear phone number and contact name will help journalist locate the exact person at your firm if they are working on a story that you can contribute (more…)

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Link to Your Press Release

Posted on: Aug 27, 2013

SyndicationYour law firm’s press release should never go on your website before getting distributed through a legal news distribution service. If Google News sees your press release on your website first, they will not pick it up when Law Firm Newswire or any other news publisher distributes your release.

This leads to a second issue, which is publishing your press release on your website. If you publish a press release on your website after it is distributed, you are essentially posting duplicate content. Sure, it’s your content, but Google saw it on your distributors page first.

To get full syndication and to avoid (more…)

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