Criminal Defense Law Firm Website Statistics (100 Firms Analyzed)

criminal-defense-law-firm-marketingDo you want to level up your criminal defense firm’s digital marketing?

If so, this article is for you.

We recently analyzed the top 100 criminal defense firms’ websites to see where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

We looked at:

  • Website traffic
  • Social media
  • Loading speeds
  • Content
  • Backlinks
  • Domain authority
  • …and more

And we’re going to share our findings so you can invest your time and money into the right marketing avenues.

Let’s begin.

A summary of our key findings

  1. Data shows that many criminal defense law firms have slow mobile loading speeds. This indicates that mobile speed is not heavily correlated with Google rankings.
  2. Many websites attract fewer than 1,000 monthly visitors, giving them a lot of room for growth.
  3. Backlinks remain a critical ranking factor.
  4. There is a considerable disparity between criminal defense websites when it comes to the number of keywords they rank for, with 71% of websites at or below average. A small number of firms we evaluated have established a considerable number of hyperlinks, which skewed the data.
  5. A healthy 60% of websites have organic traffic values greater than $5,000 a month, while the lowest 21% have between $0–$1,000.
  6. Many criminal defense websites have low domain ratings. This indicates a low correlation between domain ratings and Google rankings.
  7. Criminal defence websites have an average URL rating of 34.1. URL Rating had a strong correlation with rankings.
  8. The top criminal defence firms have an average of 151 Google reviews, with an average review rating of 4.81.
  9. 51% of websites have between 101-500 pages, and top-ranking pages have, on average, 1,860 words.
  10. 97% of law firms we evaluated had an SSL certificate.
  11. 96% of websites we reviewed are mobile-friendly.
  12. Live chat is an unobtrusive and low-effort way of getting more leads and signing more clients. However, only 36% of law firms have used live chat.
  13. Only 47% of law firms have a case results page, despite it being an efficient way of establishing credibility and building on an SEO campaign.
  14. Blogging is an essential way to build backlinks, capture and improve keyword rankings, and establish authority. But only 67% of websites have an active blog.
  15. Video marketing is here to stay, but only 50% of law firms have videos on their website. Consider creating video content to engage with your audience.
  16. Despite being less optimal than custom images, 92% of websites use stock photos. We recommend creating valuable, original images whenever possible.
  17. 66% of websites are using WordPress as their CMS.
  18. 92% of criminal defense law firms have registered their domain for a period longer than 5 years.

Analysis 1:

Desktop & Mobile Page Speed

Key Takeaway: Many criminal defense websites would benefit from improving their website’s mobile speed. Websites that perform well on the Core Web Vitals Assessment have a significant advantage in the SERPs.

Website speed is an important ranking factor in Google’s organic search results, but how do criminal defense websites perform?

To evaluate speed, we used the Google Pagespeed Insights tool.

If you would like to compare your website to the results of the audit, you can find the tool here.

google pagespeed insights

We found that over 64% of websites achieve a desktop speed between 81–100%.


And the average website’s desktop speed is 84%.

criminal defence website average desktop speed

On the other hand, mobile speed is considerably slower than its desktop counterpart. We found that 54% of websites achieved a mobile speed between 0–50%.


And the average website’s mobile speed is just 49%.

criminal defence website average mobile speed

The tool also runs the URL through a Core Web Vitals Assessment, a set of factors Google considers essential in a website’s overall user experience.

And page loading speed plays a significant role in determining your score.

Here’s what that looks like.

core web vitals

We found that only 26% of criminal defense websites passed the Core Web Vitals Assessment.

criminal defence website core web vitals

In other words, many websites can increase their rankings by improving their loading speeds, specifically their website’s mobile speed.

Why mobile? Because in 2019, Google implemented mobile-first indexing, meaning it indexes and ranks your pages based on mobile experience.

Analysis 2:

# Website Visitors From Organic Search

Key Takeaway: We were surprised to learn that more than one-third of top ranking websites receive less than 1,000 visitors per month.

When we looked at monthly website visitors, we found that 37% of criminal defense websites get less than 1,000 visitors a month.


While, on average, top websites get around 3,001 visitors per month.


The more visitors you attract to your website, the more clients you’ll get to work with. It’s as simple as that.

Analysis 3:

# of Backlinks

Key Takeaway: Backlinks appear to play a leading role in a firm’s rankings with a median of 4,174.

Backlinks are created when one website links to another, as I just did.

They’re important for criminal defense SEO and are even more impactful when given by authoritative websites.

Receiving a backlink is like getting a digital nod or vote of confidence. Backlinks tell Google that others find your content valuable, and Google will be more likely to give it a place on the SERP.

And we found that 48% of criminal defense law firm websites have between 3,001–10,000 backlinks.


That seems like a lot, but websites have an average of 18,761 backlinks.


Then there are referring domains.

Referring domains are websites that link out to a target website one or more times. If you have a backlink from the American Bar Association, then you have one referring domain.

We found that 60% of websites have less than 300 referring domains.


While the average is 284.


It’s been proven that websites with more high-quality backlinks rank higher on Google. While the algorithm continues to evolve, the importance of backlinks remains steady.

Analysis 4:

# of Keywords in Google

Key Takeaway: Most firms rank for a limited number of keywords, however, opportunities exist to rank for tens of thousands of keywords.

The average criminal defense firm’s website ranks for 4,832 keywords in Google.


While that’s a healthy number of keywords, the average is skewed by some big players. Around 31% of the websites analyzed have between 0–1,000 keywords, with 71% having less than 5,000.


There’s a large disparity between the highest performing criminal defense site and even the lowest 71%.

But how do you capture more keywords? Through content marketing for criminal defense lawyers.

Analysis 5:

Organic Traffic Value

Key Takeaway: The majority of criminal defense firms have traffic valued at more than $5,000/mon. However, the traffic value opportunity can be in excess of $50,000/mon in some markets.

Organic traffic value is the equivalent monthly cost of traffic from all keywords if bought using PPC rather than ranking organically.

It’s a way of measuring the success of a firm’s SEO campaign.

We found that 60% of websites have organic traffic values of more than $5,000 per month.


This is not surprising, as law-related keywords are some of the most expensive to purchase.

What’s interesting is we continue to see a significant amount of firms with little to no organic traffic value, signalling a lack of digital marketing.

And again, the top performers do extremely well, raising the average organic traffic value to $15,024.


Want to increase your organic traffic? Learn how to make a criminal defense practice in this guide.

Analysis 6:

Domain Rating

Key Takeaway: The data suggests a low correlation between Domain Rating and top Google rankings.

Using Ahrefs, we looked at each of the hundred website domain ratings.

But what is domain rating?

It’s a number calculated by Ahref between 0-100 that shows the strength of a website’s backlink profile in comparison to others in the database.

We found that 40% of websites have a domain rating of less than 10.


While the average is 15.5.


There is a low correlation between domain rating and positions on the SERP, and criminal defense websites have a lot of room for growth.

But what domain rating excels at is helping you identify high-quality backlink sources.

We recommend using domain rating to pinpoint websites you want to get backlinks from as a way of improving your own domain rating.

Analysis 7:

URL Rating

Key Takeaway: A strong correlation exists between URL Rating and Google rankings. In short, to rank highly in Google, attract hyperlinks to the specific page you are attempting to rank.

Like domain rating, URL rating also evaluates your link profile.

The difference is that URL rating looks at your website on a page level, while domain rating evaluates your entire domain.

And Ahref’s found that URL rating is a stronger predictor of rankings than domain rating.

This is good for criminal defense firms, as 47% of the websites we evaluated had a URL rating between 31–40.


On average, websites have a URL rating of 34.1


Analysis 8:

Google Review Rating

Key Takeaway: A high review rating on Google My Business correlated to top rankings in Google Maps.

Regardless of whether you run a global firm or only operate locally, your Google review rating matters.

There’s a strong correlation between the number of positive reviews you receive and your positions on the SERP.

The top criminal defence firms are where they are for a reason. Their average review rating is 4.81.


With 77% of websites having a Google review rating between 4.8-5.0.


While a high review rating is crucial, the number of reviews also matters. Generally, law firms with more positive Google reviews will rank higher.

We found that 58% of criminal defence law firms have over 100 Google reviews.


But many have more than that, with 16% of firms having between 201-300 and 9% having over 301.

The top performers bring our average up to 151 Google reviews.


It’s recommended to make it as easy as possible for clients to leave reviews. Make it a part of client offboarding and include a button on your website.

Analysis 9:

# Website Pages

Key Takeaway: Top ranking criminal defense firms have an average of 345 pages published to their websites. Firms looking to attract more website traffic should consider writing articles.

Assuming every web page is high-quality and purposeful, more web pages typically mean more keywords.

We discovered that the criminal defense websites have, on average, 345 pages.


And 51% have between 101-500 web pages, with most outliers falling below that.


Why does this matter?

By creating high-value content like comprehensive blog posts and resource pages, you can capture more keywords and rank higher.

In fact, 76% of top-ranking pages have over 1,000 words of content.


The average top-ranking page has 1,860 words.


Analysis 10:

Website Security (SSL)

Key Takeaway: Nearly all top ranking criminal defense firm websites have a valid SSL certificate. They provide an added lawyer of security, which is crucial for law firm websites. Plus, they could give you an edge in the rankings.

SSL certificates are bits of code on your server that provide an added layer of security to your website.

They’ve become pretty common, with 97% of the top criminal defense websites sporting one.

criminal defence website ssl certificate

But do they affect SEO?

In short, they aren’t a top-ranking factor but are crucial nonetheless, especially as a law firm.

And Google has stated that, if all other things are equal, having an SSL certificate can act as a tie-breaker for rankings.

Analysis 11:

Mobile Friendly

Key Takeaway: A strong correlation exists between top Google rankings and mobil