How Google Authorship Helps You Stand Out from the Competition - bodinelx


How Google Authorship Helps You Stand Out from the Competition

Jun 24, 2013 12:46 PM by
Larry Bodine
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Google results with authorshipHave you noticed that when you use Google to search "divorce lawyer Los Angeles" or "Chicago personal injury lawyer" that several of the lawyers' pictures are displayed? This is because they've implemented Google Authorship and studies show that it increases the person's click rate by 150 percent.

Not only that, but next to the lawyer's name is a 25-word summary and the number of times the lawyer is included in Google+ circles — a ranking of the lawyer's importance. Google Authorship has become an essential law firm SEO technique.

Google Authorship is a process that includes setting up a profile on Google+ to verify your identity as an author. It helps clients differentiate between trusted, reputable authors, and Web spammers.

There are two simple steps:

  1. Create a Google+ profile. Be sure to upload a high-quality headshot and fill out some profile information such as hometown. If you have a Google+ profile you'll be more visible in search results than if you don't have one.
  2. Go to plus.google.com/authorship, sign up with your email and click on the verification link Google sends you.

Benefits of Google Authorship also include establishing your authority on the Web and building trust online. Not only that, it keeps your identity — if you have a common name like "Jim Smith," you'll be able to put the name with a face — and it defeats plagiarism, ensuring that you get credit for your own writing.

SEO expert Chuck Price wrote, "No serious marketer can afford to ignore the implications of Google Plus and authorship," on Search Engine Watch.

LexisNexis is very experienced with SEO for lawyers and will help you establish your Google Authorship and create a Google+ profile. To get started today, contact a LexisNexis Law Firm Marketing Specialist.

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