Eight ways to come up with new ideas for your law firm's blog

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If you blog or write articles on a regular basis, you will inevitably face times during which you believe there is simply no way you can come up with another interesting topic. The blank page stares at you, taunting and mocking. Everything that can be written about has already been done.

Generating a regular flow of informative posts is difficult, but it is a necessity for lawyers engaged in search marketing. Fresh content is the norm. Websites cannot compete if they simply exist as static brochures. Frequent updates to your site, blog and social media profiles help build trust with visitors, cement your position as a knowledgable professional and give you more weight with search engines.

So how do you come up with the next great idea? Here are some tips for attorneys needing to meet that content deadline:

Change your setting. Sometimes, just getting away from the desk is all it takes. A change in physical scenery or a peek at an article or book that is completely unrelated to the law can help jolt your mind back into producing ideas. If you are ambitious, take a walk or engage in some form of light exercise. Freeing your mind from the focus of your frustration may be all it takes for inspiration to find its way back in.

Look to your experiences. Personal stories are a great source of blog material. As an attorney, you have worked hard to acquire the knowledge and skills it takes to run a successful firm. Use that experience. You can write about something that compelled your interest in the law or pull from your case history (keeping clients anonymous, of course). People in search of legal services have questions about what to expect when working with an attorney. Answering them with an engaging narrative helps you appear more accessible and able to meet their needs.

Mine news headlines. There will be plenty of people writing about high-profile cases (particularly of the celebrity variety), so try to focus on lesser known or local issues. You can offer commentary and opinion about cases or, if applicable, discuss how they relate to items your firm addresses. You may also want to look to sites like scotusblog.com to see what is in the works nationally, and extrapolate about how it could affect clients in your area... CONTINUE READING

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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