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Get More from Your Current Content with Historical Optimization

You recognize that content is king, but you may not be making the most of the content that you already have. And this is where historical optimization shines. Historical optimization sounds more technical than it needs to be – the bottom line is that it involves breathing new life into the content you’ve already published, which can do you a world of good in terms of giving your return on investment a bump.

Your Existing Content

You worked hard for the content you have, and it’s worked hard for you. The thing to remember, however, is that there is no sell-by date on your docs. By updating any outdated information, freshening up your prose, and tightening up the technical end of things through improved search visibility and heightened organic traffic, you can take your existing content to the next level – without the expense of purchasing new content or the time investment required to put pen to paper.

Optimize that Content

Let’s say that you have a well-written blog dedicated to prenuptial agreements from 2014 on your firm’s website that saw a lot of traffic back in the day, but that isn’t generating much of anything now. The fact is that the information in your blog is likely just as relevant today as the day you posted it. As it slipped in rankings, however –which could simply be a function of the date it was posted – the piece quit engaging potential clients, and the calls to action therein quit calling anyone to act. With a few tweaks, however, you can revolutionize pieces that have gone flat without reinventing the wheel. Consider the following:

  • If you have more than one article out there about the same range of information, you’re better off consolidating your efforts into a more in-depth piece (instead of diluting your message across several online offerings).
  • Lace your content with hyperlinks that guide potential clients to other relevant areas of your site.
  • Update your keywords and skillfully weave them into your existing content.
  • Optimize your calls to action to better reflect who you and your potential clients are today.

Update your information as needed, and voilà, you’ve got dynamite content that might as well be brand spanking new on your hands.

Getting the Job Done

There are three basic steps to historical optimization (that work across all genres).

One: Content Audit

You won’t be able to measure your content’s meteoric rise in rank if you don’t know where it’s at, to begin with. It’s a good idea to always have a good idea about how your content is performing, and if you don’t, now’s a good time to get on it. In order to scope out your winningest work, you’ve got to get down to the business of a content audit. Make a master list of your existing content, and from here, note all the following for each:

  • Their search rankings
  • Their CTA click-through rates
  • Their overall bounce rates
  • The organic traffic they generate

Once you have this master list established, you’ll have a better feel for what kind of content is performing well for you, where you have topical gaps, and where there are prime opportunities for growth. Don’t be afraid to dig around online to mine for those top-ranking pages that are receiving the keyword action you are going for.

Two: Start Small

During the course of your audit, you may have found a whole bunch of content that you’d like to reinvigorate, but choosing one or two to focus on is the way to go. Taking an all-or-nothing approach is generally a recipe for disaster. By starting small, you’ll have more control over the process and will have a better feel for where your baby steps are most likely to pay off big. If you’re attempting to garner interest, you may want to jazz up your current content’s wording, and if action is what you’re looking for, try being a bit more direct with your CTA – and see where things go.

Three: Check Your Balance

You performed an audit, to begin with, and now it’s time to consider the return on your efforts. Because you are working with a manageable amount of content, it’s far easier to ascertain what’s working and what isn’t and to make the necessary edits where they’re needed – as you hone your historical optimization chops.

Polished to Perfection

Not for nothing did you put all that effort and expense into your existing content, and with some strategic historical optimization, it can prove invaluable moving forward. Good content is good content, and scrapping what you’ve got for something new is not necessarily going to move the needle in the direction you’re going for. Taking a closer look at what you’ve already got on tap may uncover diamonds in the rough that are just waiting to shine bright.

CONTENT MARKETING TRENDS

5 Legal Content Marketing Trends to Look for in 2019

A person using a pen to point at a pie chart displayed on a tablet.2019 is the year to get serious about your legal content marketing. Content is the foundation of your online presence, and in our hyper-connected world, content that connects you with your potential clients can increase awareness and generate new business.

Here are five key legal content marketing trends that you can’t afford to ignore in 2019.

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How Quality Content Can Help You Grow Your Law Practice

Content marketing
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Content marketing is a marketing technique that involves the creation and distribution of content designed to stimulate interest in a product or service. When employed by law firms, content marketing can establish the firm as a thought leader in its practice area and connect with clients searching for an attorney who practices in a specific area of law. Consider being at the top of the results when someone in your area searches for “car accident attorney” in Google. Not only would it establish your firm as trustworthy leader in personal injury, it would also result in a significant amount of business.

According to Adweek, more than 80 percent of consumers conduct online research before making a purchasing decision, making it essential for law firms that want to stay competitive to ensure that their brand is well-represented online – and nice-looking website is just the first step. It is critical for the content that consumers are reading to be well-organized, relevant, and address your potential clients’ pain points.

Answer The Questions Your Clients Are Asking

One of the main benefits of content marketing over many other marketing techniques is that it allows law firms to target individuals with specific legal needs. In order to do this, firms should come up with a list of questions that people in a particular situation may have and creating content that answers those questions. Some questions that would make for good opportunities to create some informative content include the following:

  • How Much is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
  • Do I need a Lawyer for a 1st DUI?
  • What Type of Bankruptcy is Right for Me?
  • How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim?

It is important to remember to writer for laypeople, not other attorneys – which is often difficult for lawyers who have been practicing for years and are used to writing for other lawyers, judges, and legal professionals.  In addition, while you should invite the reader to contact the firm, remember that content marketing is not the same as advertising. Rather than pitching your services broadly, your content should deliver information that is valuable to your target clients and will help them make a decision about who to hire. By establishing a connection through content, you can make it much more likely that an internet searcher will call your firm rather than one of your competitors.

Call Lexicon Legal Content Today to Connect with Professional Legal Content Writers

Quality content can help lawyers and law firms connect with potential clients in their area. Unfortunately, creating high-quality legal content on a regular basis is too time-consuming for practicing attorneys, but we can help. At Lexicon Legal Content, our team of JDs and attorney-writers specialize in generating compelling, accurate, and keyword-rich blogs and content pages for lawyers in a variety of practice areas, including personal injury, criminal defense, family law, bankruptcy, estate planning and litigation, and eminent domain. Call us today at 877-486-8123 or contact us online.

How Politics Can Drive Legal Content Marketing: The Trump Effect

A picture of the Capitol building at duskRegardless of your political leanings, one thing is certain: the Trump administration has shaken up the political landscape and created substantial uncertainty in many different areas of law.

And we’re not talking about esoteric constitutional issues such as the limits of executive power or the emoluments clause.The current administration is making moves that are affecting real people on a day-to-day basis, often resulting in significant uncertainty about legal issues that can have a direct impact on the most important aspects of their lives.

How does this affect legal content marketing? For one thing, it is providing lawyers and law firms (and their marketing teams) ample opportunity to create new, fresh content that is relevant and of interest to their target audience.

The First Travel Ban: A Case Study

To understand how this works, it is illustrative to look at a concrete example. On January 27th, the President issued an executive order banning travel to the United States for people from certain countries, and it was not immediately clear whether legal permanent residents (green card holders) from the affected countries would be allowed to reenter the country if they were overseas when the order was issued, which proved to be a source of significant controversy.

Here is a chart showing the number of searches for “Green Card Entry” over the past 90 days:


(Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. Likewise a score of 0 means the term was less than 1% as popular as the peak.)

As these data make clear, the number of people searching for “green card entry” spiked soon after the executive order was issued. Granted, some of these searches were people simply seeking information for information’s sake, but is also safe to assume that some of them were concerned that the order would apply to them or their family members – people who, for some attorneys, are potential clients.

Importantly, other words that are semantically related to the issue show similar spikes in traffic, and identifying these words and phrases is the foundation of creating a timely content marketing campaign.

By identifying the legal questions that people are asking and creating content that answers those questions, lawyers in any area of law can connect with individuals who are actively seeking their services. Here are some of the areas of law that recent actions taken by the Trump administration have affected as well as specific issues on which relevant, timely, and informative content could be created.

Immigration LawPicture of passports

Immigration law has perhaps been the most volatile area of law since Trump took office and the uncertainty has certainly captured the media’s attention.

The executive order banning travel from certain countries referenced above is just one area where there is significant uncertainty. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted under President Obama directed federal authorities to use prosecutorial discretion regarding the removal of certain undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as children. The program provides those eligible with a renewable 2-year work authorization as well as deferred action regarding their undocumented status. In other words, they may live and work in the United States without immediate fear of removal. The new administration has taken a tough stance on immigration and has yet to indicate what it plans to do with DACA – a program that Trump could decide to end at any moment.

Issues regarding the enforcement of immigration laws has also generated significant interest, as the administration recently expanded the list of individuals who were removal priorities significantly.

Criminal Law

In late summer of 2013, the Obama administration issued a memo to U.S. Attorneys in all 50 states indicating that “in jurisdictions that have enacted laws legalizing marijuana in some form… conduct in compliance with those laws and regulations is less likely to threaten the federal priorities..” and that “state and local law enforcement and regulatory bodies should remain the primary means of addressing marijuana-related activity.”

In practice, this directive has meant there is a lack of federal enforcement against marijuana operations and users who are in compliance with state law. Importantly, however, this could change with the stroke of a pen under the new administration. Aggressive enforcement could create chaos in states that have robust and established marijuana economies and could result in significant criminal penalties for individuals who have been operating under the belief that they are not an enforcement priority for the feds.

Personal Injury

While personal injury matters are generally matters of state law, there are certain cases in which federal regulations may have an impact on the outcome of litigation. For example, in some jurisdictions, noncompliance with FMCSR regulations could be used as prima facie evidence of negligence in truck accident litigation. In light of the president’s directive to repeal two regulations for every new one implemented, the regulatory landscape is on shaky ground, including for the trucking industry. Some regulations that were poised to take effect (i.e. speed limiters on newly manufactured heavy trucks) may never be implemented, and others may be repealed.

Title IX

Last May, the Obama administration issued guidance that directed all educational institutions to allow students to use facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. On February 22nd, the Trump administration withdrew the previous guidance, calling into question whether federal officials will enforce Title IX against schools that discriminate against transgender students in this manner. The issue is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, where the court is expected to decide whether Title IX requires schools to treat students consistent with their gender identity.

Use Current Events to Generate Long-Tail Keyword PhrasesMan reading on a tablet

Of course, when creating SEO-friendly content, one of the main concerns is incorporating keywords that will signal that the content is relevant to particular topic. Long-tail keyword phrases that exactly match what a potential client is looking for will ensure that you are attracting the right kinds of visitors to your site. Some examples of long-tail keyword phrases that may be relevant to the practice areas listed above include:

  • Will the speed limiter rule be enacted
  • What are defenses to deportation?
  • Enforcement of federal marijuana laws
  • Will DACA be Repealed?

Of course, these are just a few basic examples of phrases that legal consumers may search in response to political developments, and using tools like Google Trends’ Related Queries feature can help you come up with long-tail keywords to target.

As Questions Arise, so do Opportunities to Connect with Clients

These are just a few of the areas of law in which questions raised by the actions of the new administration are creating opportunities for lawyers and their marketing teams to create compelling and informative content of interest to their potential clients. If the trend established in the past six weeks is any indication, the questions will continue to arise.

To discuss your legal content strategy, call Lexicon Legal Content today at 877-486-8123 or send us an email at info@lexionlegalcontent.com.

 

What to Post on Your Law Firm’s Blog

By now, you have likely heard of the way in which blogging can improve your law firm’s ability to reach clients who are searching for the services you offer. While starting a blog is fairly easy, maintaining it can be extremely time-consuming. Not only do you need to actually write and post the content, you also need to come up with subject to write about. While the law is voluminous, it is unlikely that people who are looking for you are searching for information about the difference between res judicata and collateral estoppel.

Here are some of the types of blogs that we generate for our clients.

Legal blog writersInformational Pieces

People who need legal advice or representation often start with a question. Some examples of questions that potential clients may ask include:

  • What are the Penalties for a first-time DUI?
  • Can I File a Lawsuit after a Slip and Fall?
  • Should I File for Bankruptcy?

Let these types of queries inform the topics you choose to write about. Keep in mind that while your titles can be in the form of a question, they do not have to be, and should try and include keywords for which your clients may be searching.

Firm News

Firm news is another source of material for your blog. If the rules in your jurisdiction permit it, use notable case results or victories to promote your firm. Also, discuss events like new hires, office moves, speaking engagements, event sponsorships, or community outreach.

News Stories Related to Your Practice Area

Finally, you should look to news stories that are relevant to your practice area. These stories could be local but need not be. For example, if you are a personal injury attorney, a multi-vehicle accident may provide a good opportunity to discuss the complexities of proving causation. Similarly, if your main area of practice is in criminal defense, blogging about publicized DUI checkpoints would be of interest to your potential clients and provide an opportunity to use keywords related to your practice.

Call Us Today to Learn More about out Legal Content Marketing Services

Maintaining a legal blog requires significant effort and research, and as a busy practicing attorney, your time is extremely valuable. The legal blog writers at Lexicon Legal Content are available to develop well-written, shareable, and compelling legal content that will help your potential clients find you online. To learn more, call us today at 314.691.8602 or contact us online.

 

 

 

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