(Last Updated: Sep. 20th, 2018)

We gathered data from the top ranking websites, across four legal practice areas, in the 50 largest metros of the United States.

We did this study back in 2016. We re-did the study this year (2018). Follow this post through to the end to see how things have changed from before.
Key Takeaways
  • 83% more of top-ranking lawyer landing pages have reviews in schema in 2018 vs 2016.
  • The average number of reviews on Google for top local ranking lawyer sites are up 65% from 2016.
  • The average number of backlinks to top rankings lawyer landing pages are up 38% from 2016.
  • The average Google page speed for mobile on top ranking lawyer sites is up 17% from 2016.

2018 Study

As we started doing our research for the study this year, we made it a priority to incorporate some new data points that are important to local search today. We added Google Q&A’s usage, other review sites beyond Google, the concept of the 2-1 clustering in local packs, and Google Posts. We not only wanted to look at the original data points from 2016 but made sure we included current SEO tactics.

We kept the rest of the study as similar as possible by performing searches in the largest 50 metros in the United States for the following practice areas: Business, DUI, Injury, and Estate.

Here is what we found.

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Statistics pulled from the infographic above.

90%

of top landing pages were home pages

89%

of top landing pages were mobile friendly

83%

have the firm’s NAP visible

82%

have local pack ads showing on mobile

78%

of top pages have their location in the title tag

75%

is the average on-page grade from Moz

56%

of local searches show a 2-1 clustering

55%

of top landing pages have their business name in the title tag

48%

of top landing pages ranked in maps and in organic listings

44%

have the firm’s name, address, and phone number in schema

36%

of top landing pages have testimonials

30%

of top landing pages have a video

28%

of top listings had questions

25%

have the location or keyword in their GMB business name

22%

have embedded a Google map on their landing page

13%

local pack ads showing on desktop

11%

of top landing pages had keywords in their H1

11%

of top landing pages have reviews in schema

10%

of top listings has answer

6%

are using Google Posts

2803

is the avg number of backlinks to a top pages

935

is the average word count on top landing pages

74

is the average Google desktop speed score

73

is the average Google speed for mobile

53

is the average Moz local score of top landing pages

28

is the average number of reviews on Google

22

is the average Moz Domain Authority

14

is the average number of reviews on Facebook

12

is the average number of reviews on Avvo

7

is the average number of reviews on Yelp

2016 Study

Over four years ago we did research and created the infographic titled “The Anatomy of an Optimal Local Landing Page”. In that study, we focused on various industries such as food, automotive and insurance. A lot of things have changed in four years so we re-did this study to to identify what is working in todays results as well as solely focus on the legal industry.

To complete this study we performed searches in the largest 50 metros in the United States for the following practice areas: Business, DUI, Injury, and Estate. We then focus our attention on the top ranking site in the local map pack for each search term. Here is an example of a search result showing which site we would have gathered information from for our study.

las vegas personal injury attorney Google Search

Once we collected the list of over 200 top ranking sites, we started analyzing each site to determine what these sites were doing to outperform their competition.

Here is what we found.

Statistics pulled from the infographic above.

90%

of top pages have their location in the title tag

86%

of top landing pages were responsive designs

86%

of top landing pages were home pages

86%

have the firm’s name, address, and phone number

84%

of sites have a click to call phone number

82%

of top landing pages have a type of call to action

76%

of top landing pages ranked in maps and in organic listings

64%

display their company’s awards and trust symbols

61%

of top landing pages have a form

54%

of top landing pages have their business name in the title tag

46%

have the firm’s name, address, and phone number in schema

43%

have a photo of the firm’s staff

43%

of top landing pages have a local photo

40%

of the header images are of an attorney

38%

of top landing pages have testimonials

36%

of top landing pages have a video

24%

had links to sites to review their firm

19%

have a direction button or text

17%

have embedded a Google map on their site

12%

of top landing pages had keywords in their H1

10%

of forms have a captcha

10%

have parallax image or video background on the page

6%

of top landing pages have reviews in schema

2033

is the avg. number of backlinks to a top landing page

945

is the average word count on the top landing pages

95

is the average Google user experience score

75

is the average Google desktop speed score

62

is the average Google speed for mobile

62

is the average Moz local score of top landing pages

17

avg. number of reviews on Google

4

is the average number of onsite form fields

C

is the average on-page grade from Moz

There it is. All in one comprehensive graphic. Each piece of the puzzle adds value. Some add value in the form of stronger ranking signals, others help by increasing conversions.

So, you’ve read this post and looked through our wickedly cool landing page mock-up. Now what? Start implementing. Go through each point of the study and make sure you have implemented each one in your own way. Not sure how to tackle the list? Feeling overwhelmed or confused by all the data we just blasted you with? That’s what we’re here for. Contact us and let us help you level the playing field with your top competitors.

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