Attorneys and law firms stand to benefit a great deal from blogging. Producing thought-provoking content on current legal issues is an effective way to increase visibility and create a well-rounded digital presence. You might ask, though, if I have a professional website and a stellar reputation, do I still need to blog? The short answer is yes.

Information on your website is static and offers no comment on relevant current events, like product recalls or game-changing settlements. When you utilize a blog you are able to connect with an audience who will begin to see you as an authority on legal topics that affect them right now. Blogging gives you and your firm a chance to respond immediately and create socially engaging articles. Maybe it’s sharing your firm’s community involvement, or case results; maybe you have interesting accident statistics you’d like to publish. Whatever your reason, maintaining a blog can add another level of credibility to your firm’s reputation.

Here we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 ways a law firm might use their blog:

1. Humanize your team – Add perspective and approachability with personal, opinion-driven responses. Identifying an article’s author is a simple way to do just that.

2. Share case results – Successful outcomes are one of the most motivating factors when a potential lead is searching for representation. Why not blog this information to your audience?

3. Inform fellow attorneys – Establish leadership among your peers, not just to your target demographic, with useful industry information.

4. Increase visibility in the digital realm – Addressing topics that are germane to the legal industry in a timely manner will help with Google rankings, boosting search results for your firm’s blog or website.

5. Establish authority and leadership – Staying ahead of the curve on legal issues presents your firm as forward thinking and modern with the knowledge to handle their case skillfully.

6. Round-out your social media presence – Keeping an up-to-date blog adds credibility to Facebook, Twitter and Google + profiles, which is critical in today’s social media-driven world.

7. Facilitate engagement with readers – Encourage interaction and interest with posts that get readers talking. Maybe that legal question they haven’t known who to ask is a perfect match for your expertise.

8. Convey your passion – Readers will appreciate the author’s genuine interest in the blog topics and connect with the article on a deeper level.

9. Announce exciting firm news – Expanding practice areas? Opening a new location? Your blog is the perfect outlet for this kind of positive news.

10. Post important statistics – Establishing yourself as a resource for factual, current information solidifies your reputation for reliability. Potential clients, peers, and readers from the furthest reaches of the Internet will bookmark your site for future reference and trust the data that your blog provides.

Even if your demographic doesn’t use social media or seek out blogs to follow, they are influenced by others who do. Family and friends are more likely to recommend a firm that is top-of-mind that they believe to be the most reliable choice; a well-crafted blog can help secure that trust.