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Four Common Mistakes Lawyers Make on Their Websites

Four Common Mistakes Lawyers Make on Their Websites

With the number of tools available to design a website, many people working in the legal profession feel pretty confident in their ability to create a website. However, there are a number of idiosyncrasies of which an attorney may not be aware; and certain mistakes can harm the performance of the site.

Before deciding that creating the website yourself is wise, review the following four tips regarding some of the most common mistakes lawyers make when creating their websites.

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1. Choosing the Wrong Domain Name

Your domain name is one of the first impressions you make on the web, and it is directly connected to your site’s search engine ranking. When choosing a domain, it is best to stick with a combination that is known to work. For example, a domain that contains an attorney’s first and last name only is great if it’s available. Similarly, the last names of the firm’s partners can also serve the purpose well.

If those options aren’t available, then choosing options based on your primary location or your case type specialty can also rank favorably. The most important point to remember is that this is not the time to try to be funny or unusual.

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Additionally, you want to make sure that you have your own domain, and are not a subdomain on a larger site. For example, “[yourdomain].wordpress.com” looks less professional than “[yourdomain].com” and professionalism is key when you want to attract new clients.

2. Failing to Update

Many people assume that once a website is created maintenance isn’t really required. While you may not need to make changes every week (or even every month), you do need to review your content regularly to make sure everything is accurate. Additionally, you may need to rework the style every so often as trends in website design change. A website that hasn’t been updated in years suggests that your firm isn’t taking the time to manage the material, which can reflect poorly on your business. This is especially true if your site contains a blog and new posts aren’t being added regularly. If you can’t consistently create content, then it is best to leave off the blog until you can.

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3. Ignoring SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) helps ensure that when potential clients search for certain keywords, your site appears in the results listing. Failure to manage your keywords means that people searching for an attorney may not find your site.

Using SEO also involves various backend aspects of your site. This can include how URLs are written, alternate titles on images, using tags, and much more. Properly managing the various aspects helps your site to rank more highly, potentially leading to more clients.

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Since SEO is as much of an art as a science, it can be wise to work with a law firm SEO agency to get the results you need. Working with professionals is investing in your site. With the number of people using search engines to find the services they need, it can be money well spent.

4. Forgetting Mobile

With the popularity of smartphones, failing to make your site mobile-friendly can also cost you potential clients. You want to make sure that your information is displayed well on all of the key computer-based browsers as well as mobile browsers. Some website designs automatically make adjustments, referred to as a responsive web design, to ensure that your site appears professional on mobile devices, while others require that a second iteration be created specifically for the purpose.

Without a mobile version of your site, potential clients using mobile devices may become frustrated with your site. That can lead them to look elsewhere for the services they need.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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