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Justia is the most visited legal portal website in the United States and the Justia Lawyer Directory receives high volumes of visits every day from potential clients looking for a lawyer. Read this post to learn how to get started on leveraging this opportunity to increase connections with more clients.
Lawyer and law firm directory profiles help you increase your law firm’s online visibility so you can reach more potential clients. The leading directories often rank well in Google search results, increasing the lawyer and law firm’s digital reach. Likewise, these individual profiles can sometimes rank on their own, easing reputation management and improving command of the digital namespace, and directory links can help lawyers and law firms improve rankings for their other online assets, such as their law firm websites and legal blogs. You can learn more about the reasons lawyers should have directory profiles in this previous post.
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At Justia, we operate the Justia Lawyer Directory to help people find the right lawyer for their legal matters, while also helping lawyers grow their practices’ by connecting with these potential clients. Justia is the most visited legal portal website in the United States, which boosts the visibility of our directory and drives large numbers of potential clients to our directory.
If you want to take advantage of the opportunity available by visibility in the Justia Lawyer Directory, you can claim your free profile today! Keep reading to learn more about the process for claiming and completing your free Justia Profile.
How To Claim Your Justia Profile
The first step to appearing in the Justia Lawyer Directory is claiming your free Justia Profile. As a bonus, claiming your free profile activates your free Justia Connect membership, a program designed exclusively for lawyers.
Typically, you start the process of claiming your Justia Lawyer Directory profile by searching for yourself in the directory. Simply use your name and location to find your profile. If your search returns a matching profile, review it to be sure it is yours. Then, click the red “Update Your Profile Now” button under your name at the top of the page.
This will direct you to a screen with the various options available for claiming this Justia Profile.
We offer the ability to claim your Justia Profile by email, text message, phone, or photo. The email and text message options are the quickest ways to claim your profile, offering almost instant verification.
If the information currently stored on your Justia Profile is outdated or inaccurate, you may not be able to use all of the available verification options. For example, if you no longer have access to the email listed on your profile, you will be unable to receive the automatic verification link and cannot use this method to claim your profile. However, all attorneys may use the claim by photo option (which requires submitting a copy of your credentials and identification), regardless of the information in their profile.
Sometimes, a lawyer has not been added to our directory yet and the search will not return a matching profile. If that is the case, your search will return a screen that looks like this:
Don’t worry! You can still get a free Justia Profile. Simply get started by requesting your free profile. The process of getting you listed may take a few business days, but you will be in the Justia Lawyer Directory before you know it!
How To Update Your Justia Profile
Once you have claimed your Justia Lawyer Directory profile, our profile editor and dashboard make the process of updating your Justia Profile easy.
First, log in to your Justia Account.
Once logged in, you will see a section titled “Directory Profile” with buttons to view or update your profile. When you click “Update Profile” you will be directed to the profile editor.
Here you will find an intuitive, user-friendly interface for editing your Justia Profile information. You will notice an “Edit” button on the top, right corner of each box.
As you may have already guessed, clicking this button allows you to update the information included in that section.
Be sure to save any changes you make as necessary. Should you have any trouble with this process, our Justia Lawyer Directory FAQs provide additional guidance.
What To Edit First
As you may have noticed, the Justia Lawyer Directory allows you to create a very robust profile that includes a wealth of information designed to help you put your best foot forward with potential clients. With so many options, it may seem overwhelming at first! Do not be discouraged. We have worked to simplify the process to help you achieve your goals.
In the first few weeks after claiming your Justia Profile, you will receive a series of welcome emails that will help you better understand how to get the most from your profile, presence in the Justia Lawyer Directory, and Justia Connect membership. However, you do not have to wait for this information to start taking advantage of your various benefits.
Soon after successfully claiming your profile, we suggest you make sure your contact information, including your phone number, website, and office address(es), are complete, accurate, and consistent with any other professional, online profiles you may have.
After confirming this information, we recommend updating your practice areas and jurisdictions to help you better connect with the right kind of clients for your firm. Then, be sure to upload a high-quality, professional photo. People naturally gravitate towards friendly faces, and our data shows that profiles with a picture tend to perform better in the Justia Lawyer Directory than those without a photo.
You will also want to prioritize completing your biographical summary and educational information.
Once you have completed this information, follow the suggestions offered in your profile dashboard within the “Improve Your Profile” section.
These are ranked in order of importance to help you get more from your Justia Profile. The goal is to get your profile to 100% completeness (or as close as possible), as the completeness percentage is generally a measure of profile health.
Once you have completed your profile, we suggest checking out our post Maximizing the Benefits of Your Justia Lawyer Directory Profile for tips designed to help you take your profile benefits to the next level.
Final Thoughts: Why Do You Care?
Your profile in the Justia Lawyer Directory is just one stepping stone to launching a robust digital marketing strategy. Nonetheless, your Justia Profile is a high-value opportunity to connect with more clients. With your free profile in the Justia Lawyer Directory, you get listed in both the Justia Lawyer Directory and Legal Information Institute (LII) Directory. You also have the benefit of Justia’s traffic from high-value potential clients and free membership in our one-of-a-kind program designed for lawyers: Justia Connect.
Ready to take advantage of these free benefits and reach more clients? Get listed today.