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FindLaw blogs an embarrassment to the legal profession

West Publishing, founded in 1872 in St. Paul, Minnesota by John West, has been one of, if not the, most prominent legal publishers in the United States for over a century. West established itself as the nationwide de facto standard used by all federal courts and most state courts for the reporting of legal decisions…. Continue Reading

FindLaw scores low on the ‘Truth-O-Meter’

Last month FindLaw Lawyer Marketing was caught selling links to law firm websites, a violation of Google’s guidelines and a practice considered unethical SEO – search engine optimization. Rather than acknowledge its errors, FindLaw responded that it did not sell links to law firm websites. FindLaw said the story of selling links arose out of… Continue Reading

FindLaw caught selling juiced links : You’re in the movies now boys

The Legal Broadcast Network ( LB Network ) is not LexBlog, but a network founded by Jan Schlichtmann, the nationally renown attorney and advocate for public justice and environmental issues and Mark Wahlstrom, one of the nations leading settlement planning professionals and advocate for plaintiffs rights to representation. Notwithstanding FindLaw’s hope and belief, the FindLaw… Continue Reading

FindLaw Linkgate : Former FindLaw sales rep blows whistle

Things are getting interesting in what’s best called the ‘FindLaw selling links scandal’ or Linkgate that’s been widely discussed across the net – in legal and SEO blog posts, comments on blogs, on Twitter and now reported in the the Wall Street Journal. FindLaw’s been reportedly selling a service to lawyers whereby FindLaw gets high… Continue Reading

FindLaw selling links update : Dow Jones reporting FindLaw misconduct and lawyers questioning what FindLaw sold them

In comments on this blog and throughout the blogosphere FindLaw cronies have been denying misconduct in the FindLaw selling links debacle. When the cronies realize they’re on the short end of the argument, they just fall back on ‘you’re just bloggers, you spread rumors, this is why few bloggers are trusted, there’s no proof…’ Well… Continue Reading

FindLaw selling links story is spreading like wildfire

FindLaw may choose not to respond to the Internet discussion about FindLaw’s recent troubles with the sale of links. But there’s no question that FindLaw’s conduct is one hot topic of discussion. In addition to blog posts and blog comments, including a reporter’s comment asking for current and former FindLaw sale’s reps to contact them,… Continue Reading

FindLaw SEO misconduct : Suggested course of conduct

There’s little question in my mind that FindLaw’s selling links to law firms in violation of Google’s webmaster guidelines was a big mistake. Not only may FindLaw be liable to law firms for the millions of dollars paid by law firms to FindLaw for these spam links, but FindLaw and its parent company, Thomson Reuters,… Continue Reading

FindLaw gaming Google, and possibly scamming lawyer customers?

FindLaw appears to have been caught gaming Google by selling links to lawyer websites and, in the words of one blogger, possibly scamming their lawyer customers. And, as of Friday evening, it appears Google has already taken steps to penalize FindLaw. Though there’s not much coverage yet on the legal blogosphere, FindLaw’s conduct has sure… Continue Reading

Lawyer directories : LinkedIn has looks of winner

Who would have thunk a professional social networking site could overtake a long standing lawyer directory like Martindale-Hubbell? But look at the growth in traffic (unique visitors per month) to LinkedIn, Martindale.com, Martindale’s consumer-small business lawyer directory, lawyers.com, and FindLaw.com (total traffic, not just lawyers.findlaw.com directory) over the last year. LinkedIn is blowing them all… Continue Reading

$2,000 per month for small law firm website?

Just got off the phone with a law firm administrator in a less than 5 person who volunteered they’re paying $2,000 a month for a FindLaw website. Because it wasn’t generating the work expected, she said the’re calling to cancel. It’s not the first firm with a pretty nice looking FindLaw site who’s contacted me… Continue Reading