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How Lawyers Can Dominate Page One of Google

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PPC + SEO = match made in attorney marketing heaven.

 

By combining pay-per-click (PPC) with search engine optimization (SEO) you capture a bigger percentage of searchers, with the ability to be on page one of Google up to three times. This includes the AdWords position, Google Maps Listings (3 pack), and the organic results.

Get 100% of Search Traffic

Having a digital marketing campaigns that combine SEO with PPC is not only necessary for achieving prime listing positions, it’s now the only way to maximize traffic and conversion opportunities.

On average, 41% of clicks go to the top 3 paid ads on the search results page. So, if you’re only running a PPC campaign, that leaves about 60% of your potential clients that likely still won’t find you.

Google has for years been making search ads and organic listings look more and more alike, to the point now where they are nearly identical. This is only working to increase the percentage of people who click on a PPC ad instead of an organic listing.

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Increasing Brand Awareness

For any business, it is important to build up your reputation and brand [LINK]. SEO and PPC are great ways to gain a lot of online visibility. Combining well-targeted PPC ads while ranking highly on those same keywords organically means that you are providing two access routes for potential clients while also creating a sense of authority around your legal practice.

Search ads can increase brand awareness by up to 80% according to Google. While this is less tangible, we’ve seen it proven true time and again. By dominating page one of Google, it portrays a message to potential clients that you must be the best, gaining you instant credibility.

People have become more and more conditioned to believe internet resources like Google. The whole “if it’s online, it must be true” thing, whether fair or not, is a factor. The good news is that this can lead to higher conversion rates for you (i.e. more new clients).

Gaining Valuable Insights

Another fantastic advantage to running both an SEO and PPC campaign is leveraging data. Google holds back more and more organic (free) search information year after year. The great part about a PPC campaign is that you get a lot of very useful keyword data with it.

You can see exactly how many searches a particular keyword has received, how many clicks it received, and how many conversions (calls or form fill outs) to your legal practice it resulted in. This is hugely valuable when deciding what keywords to target for your search engine optimization (SEO) campaign.

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Faster ROI

Yet another advantage to running both an SEO campaign in combination with a PPC campaign is the length of time it takes to start seeing a return on your investment (ROI). According to Google, businesses make an average of $2 in income for every $1 they spend on AdWords. We’ve actually found that number to be quite a bit higher for the legal services field.

Achieving top search engine rankings through an SEO campaign can bring in a lot of new clients, but it takes time. Pay-per-click is immediate. By combining a PPC campaign with your SEO campaign you are far more likely to start seeing a positive ROI quickly, as opposed to having to wait months (or even longer) for your organic rankings to reach page one with SEO.

SEO

  • Searchers Trust Organic
  • Exposure, Branding, & Awareness
  • High Volume Traffic
  • Great Long-Term Value

PPC

  • Immediate Results
  • Highly Measurable and Quantifiable
  • Highly Targetable
  • Highest Mobile Search Positioning

Conclusion

It’s true that there is an element of chance in any digital marketing strategy, and there are never any real guarantees. But, that said, you can still greatly increase your odds of success by having a well thought out PPC and SEO strategy for your legal practice or law firm.

Chris Rossi

Author Chris Rossi

Chris is a digital marketing consultant, and has been working in the legal marketing field for the past 8 years. His areas of expertise are in search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC), and conversion rate optimization (CRO).

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