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What Is Content Readability and Who Defines It?

Most of us think something is readable if we enjoy it. We want a piece to have a beginning, middle, and end, preferably in that order. If it’s fictional, we want it to be about people we care about or like. Sometimes, it’s a book you just happen to come across or a title or a cover that drew you in, and you couldn’t leave till you finished the story. Sometimes, it’s something so powerful that you simply can’t let it go. However, these qualities aren’t the only kinds of readability.

When it comes to getting your law firm website to rank, content readability is an important factor. Search engines analyze readability and reward it. In other words, they rank (and put at the top of the SERPs) the articles that have the features the engine thinks will make a reader stick to the end. Aside from all the other things the contributed to readability, being current and up-to-date is one of the most important factors. Keeping your firm’s website current and up-to-date with content that people want to read will go a long way to keeping you high on that first results page.

Do We Know It When We See It?

One of the ways a search engine defines readability is by determining how long a reader stays in place before sliding on to the next result. It doesn’t just matter how many people click on your page; it matters how long they stay after they get there. There are ways to encourage them to stick around, such as with video and audio content and eye-catching graphics. Paying attention to these things takes more time than simply reading – or not reading – whatever copy you’ve offered. Still, words are usually far less expensive than sound, pictures, and graphics, so it is very much worth your time to offer the best and most readable content you can provide.

Key Readability Factors

Factors that Google will focus on when deciding the readability of your page include:

Sentence Length & Variety

You want short sentences but with some variation in their length and style. Avoid unnecessary or overly formal words. Additionally, it’s better not to crowd your text with words like “actually” and “usually,” which give you no value for the space. Avoid using too many adjectives and consider breaking up long, complicated sentences.

Structure & Style

Again, short sentences are vital. Each sentence should have a subject and a verb – preferably in that order. Make sure to include graphics and video here as well. They are supporting tools and hold your visitors. Avoid fussy fonts.

Paragraph Length and Formatting

Use short paragraphs made up of short sentences. Readable paragraphs are usually 5 or 6 lines long. Use a title and subtitles. Bullet points are your best friends, and you should always try to include at least one. Don’t forget to include keywords. You’ll want to put them in subtitles as well as in your paragraphs and try to repeat them without sounding like you’re just adding keywords.

Make It Work for You

All of these factors and more can make your website attractive and engaging to readers. You can contact us to help you provide the most readable copy for your website. We will even provide a free sample, marketing written expressly for you to help you decide how best to move forward with your legal content.

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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