Don't Go Blindly into that Law Blog

Blogs are particularly attractive to small firms with limited marketing budgets because they are less expensive than traditional forms of marketing. Niche practices can benefit as well, because they allow an attorney to promote his or her expertise in a particular area. Their growing presence and influence...

What it takes to succeed in online marketing

A law firm can improve its positioning on search-engine results by incorporating keywords that are relevant to the practice and that prospective clients are likely to use in searches. Sixty-five percent of people in need of legal representation begin their search for an attorney on the Internet, according...

Blogging Can Really Bring In Business

As the Greatest American Lawyer blog says "content can drive business." In a post yesterday, it was pointed out that the advantage of blogging is that it can benefit both the lawyer and prospective client . Demonstrating one's expertise by putting meaningful content on the Internet is a...

Facebook Firings: The NLRB Does Not “Like”

Some of you may recall the story of Heather Armstrong, the first person to get "dooced" (fired for blogging about her employer). The word "dooce" originated from Ms. Anderson's personal blog. According to a recent Wikipedia search on Ms. Armstrong, in 2002 she " ignited a...

NLRB Frowns on Dooced (Facebook Firings): Facebook Comments May Be Protected Concerted Activity

Some of you may recall the story of Heather Armstrong, the first person to get "dooced" (fired for blogging about her employer). The word "dooce" originated from Ms. Anderson's personal blog. According to a recent Wikipedia search on Ms. Armstrong, in 2002 she " ignited a...

How Should Young Lawyers Conduct Themselves Online?

For the unaware, there is a lawyer-centric blogging platform/service called Lexblog , which is geared towards providing a turn-key solution to blogging/SEO/social media/etc . The CEO of the company is Kevin O'Keefe , and he maintains a blog called Real Lawyers Have Blogs. Yesterday, Kevin put up...

How To Promote Your Law Blog (or any blog)

Now that your blog is "LIVE," you need to do some basic things to help others find you. Or give your established blog a little shove and see if traffic doesn't improve. Submit to Giant Search Engines Even though you've optimized the general metadata on your blog, as well as...

Online Tools for Law Blogs and Other Website Owners | Alexa

Last week on VirtualMarketingOfficer.com I wrote about How To Promote Your Law Blog and it turned out to be a pretty popular post, so I figured there are enough readers who are looking for ideas in this regard-thanks to all who re-tweeted the post; Twitter was driving a lot of the traffic according...

Montana Blogger Tagged for Big Defamation Damages in Suit by Trustee

A Montana blogger has learned that First Amendment freedoms do not extend to saying that a bankruptcy trustee is "guilty of Fraud, Deceit on the Government, Illegal Activity, Money Laundering, Defamation, Harassment" among other things. In Obsidian Finance Group, LLC and Kevin D. Padrick...

Bloggers In A ‘Huff’ After Unjust Enrichment Claims Against AOL, TheHuffingtonPost.com Dismissed

Plaintiffs, a group of professional and quasi-professional writers, filed a class action against AOL and TheHuffingtonPost.com alleging unjust enrichment and violations of New York General Business Law (NYGBL) § 349. Specifically, the writers claimed that AOL and TheHuffingtonPost.com unjustly and...

The teacher who blogged about her "dunderhead" students is back!

And she's making news again... It's been nine long months since I blogged about a favorite of The Employer Handbook: Natalie Munroe. You can read about her here , here , here , and here . She is the PA teacher who, on her blog, described her students as argumentative f*cks who may engage...

Justice Kagan at the University of Michigan Law School

On Friday September 7, 2012, the University of Michigan Law School dedicated its new South Building, an impressive new facility that beautifully complements the school's venerable Law Quadrangle (see picture below). U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan delivered the keynote address at the dedication...

Some social media stats to chew on

Last week, Facebook announced that there are more than 1 billion people using Facebook actively each month . Think about that number for a second. It means that 1 out of every 7 people on Earth are active on Facebook. When you consider the vastness of our planet and the diversity of its social-economics...

Attorney Charged with Ethics Complaint over Probate Blog

Every now and then, blogging will get someone in "trouble." See e.g. Rakofsky v. Internet , in which one Joseph Rakofsky sued a whole bunch of bloggers and other media over their posts criticizing among other things, his competency and ethics. I put the words "trouble" in quotes,...

Bloggers Rally to Defense of Defamation Defendant

I have previously written about Crystal Cox, a self-styled investigative blogger, who found herself on the receiving end of a judgment for $2.5 million after she posted caustic comments about a bankruptcy trustee. You can find the prior post here . One aspect of the District Court's opinion...