How to Manage Your Reputation Online

Reputation is everything for lawyers. A good reputation gets you more clients through referrals; a bad one pretty much dooms your practice. So it’s no surprise that attorneys tend to pay close attention to cultivating a reputation as effective, ethical counselors.

But is all your hard work toward that goal reflected in your online reputation?

What do prospects see when they type your name into a search engine? If it’s not much, that can often be as harmful as something negative.

Here are some tips on managing your online reputation:

Create good, meaningful content. Wherever you are online – your law firm website, your blog, your social media networks – make sure you are creating and posting valuable and relevant content that your target prospects will find interesting and helpful.

Look and listen. Create a Google Alert for yourself and your firm so you can monitor what is being said. If you find something negative on a site that allows you to comment, do so professionally and unemotionally. 

Build relationships with influencers. Find the influential online voices that your target market is listening to and join in the conversation. Offer to be a guest blogger or an interview source. Contribute good comments and give praise when it’s due. Don’t create advertisements for yourself; just be helpful and relevant.

Here are some additional critical tips from a recent interview at LawMarketing.com with Cindy Speaker, CEO of Speaker Media & Marketing, who counsels some of the most successful trial lawyers in the U.S.:

Take a moment now and Google yourself. If you don’t like what you see, maybe you need to expend a little more effort managing your online reputation.

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