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News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
The Relevant Way to Rank Your Massage Practice
By Stephanie Beck
Every time Google makes another change (panda, penguin, etc.), it can affect your hard earned time spent ranking your massage practice. In the March issue, I shared my best citation ranking sites and how to use reviews to assist your credibility and increase your rankings for your massage practice. Now, you will learn the best way to backlink to your website.
These tips I'm sharing are ways you can secure your rankings with the search engines against any future animal changes - panda, penguin or otherwise. How do you secure your website ranking? The way that the fortune 500 companies are preserving their online presence is by building relevant backlinks. You might be thinking, "Stephanie, I'm not a Fortune 500 company, I'm not even a company of 5." But let's adapt your mindset a bit. When you look for a mentor, teacher or advisor, who do you typically want to choose? Most want someone who has experience, knowledge and success achieving what you hope to achieve. So, why not learn what the Fortune 500 companies are doing and mirror a strategy for your own practice?
One of many things I have learned in 15+ years of working with massage business owners is you have one common need: to get more customers coming through the door. However, the majority of therapists have no way of knowing how to make that happen. I have heard of strategies such as lighting a candle and saying a prayer, word of mouth, postcard mailing, handing out flyers, running ads and more. Those may have worked the best in previous years, and by all means continue them if they are working, but online is where your new customers are spending time these days. Understanding what to look for and how to use the online tools will mean greater potential for success.
The online world is very competitive. In fact, social media is becoming crowded with lots of mixed messages. That is why your message, target audience and strategy need to be clear. You may have spent some money on ads, SEO or coaching and experienced success for your efforts. By all means continue these efforts, especially if they are providing you customers. What I'm sharing with you are some no nonsense ways to secure your website ranking. Before getting into a list of backlink sources, we need to understand how a backlink works.
What Is a Backlink?
Backlinks can also be called incoming links, inbound links, in links or inward links. A backlink is an incoming link to a website or web page. Now, before I go too "techie" and for some, perhaps your eyes are starting to glaze over, give me just a few more minutes. Because this is relevant reading that you can apply in a few simple steps.
Today, backlinks are significant in search engine optimization (SEO) because the number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page. Search engines often use the backlinks as indicators for determining a website or webpage's ranking, popularity and importance. Since the SEO companies figured out ways to "game the system," known to some as linkspam, search engines continue to adapt their systems for ranking. Therefore, you need to make sure your backlinks are relevant to your target audience when you are using them to build your practice.
A backlink may look like an image, a piece of text such as (CLICK Here) or a URL. Backlinks can also be embedded in videos or infographics. To make this easy, a backlink can pretty much be anything you can click and be taken to another website or webpage. In order to have relevant backlinks, you need to find sites that have authority and, of course, are relevant to your website or webpage.
Where do you find relevant backlinks? The best places to get backlinks are from sites like Squidoo, Wikipedia, governmental sites, forums, blogs and educational sites. Another great way to build powerful backlinks is by guest posting. Guest postings can be a very powerful tool to backlink to your website if you performed properly. Honestly, how to guest post could be a whole other article, so I'm going to provide the basics here.
Guest postings such as guest blogging or published articles, establish you as an authority in a specific market. Guest postings can be articles you have written and have published in other communities to drive more traffic to your website. Guest postings such as writing articles or guest blogging are some of the highest quality backlinks in a search engines' eyes. The biggest rule to remember is that you target a specific audience. Get engaged in those communities and figure out if the forum, blog site or article publication site is a good fit for your practice. When you find a forum that offers the target audience you desire, one of the first things you will need to do is to create a forum profile. You want people to engage with you; therefore, you will need to optimize your profile to get the best benefit.
Key points to keep in mind when creating a profile on a forum are:
The point is to complete as much information as can on your profile for the forums. Another special note that most miss is the signature box. The signature box is how you will be identified when you make a post to a thread. Include your website URL in this signature box, that way every time you post on a thread, your website URL will appear in your signature automatically or hyperlink the name of your website back to your website or blog to build subscribers.
Lastly, when you are commenting on the forum, remember this isn't a place for you to constantly promote your services. Be sure to provide helpful solutions to those community members so you drive traffic to your website. Think of it as being at a social event, you wouldn't constantly be joining a conversation by saying how wonderful your massages are and offering to book them an appointment would you? Of course you wouldn't, so don't do that here (or on any social network for that manner). Read through the threads (conversations) and make a point to add to the conversation or, better yet, answer questions. Remember that when you answer the questions, your website URL will automatically be in your signature so if you are providing valuable and relevant information, people will automatically be clicking through to your website to learn more about you.
When guest blogging and article writing, contact the blog owner or editor directly. Usually they have a "write for us" invitation or "contact us" on their website. Complete the form. Enter your name, email and website URL, fill in every box you can, enter your subject or blog title or what topics you are interested in guest blogging about. If you have created a post, go ahead and include it. The same goes for submitting an article. If you don't have space to include the entire post or article, you can include three ideas you would like to discuss on the site. You can also include your expertise and why you are qualified to be guest blogging or writing, as well. If you find it difficult to come up with a title or topic; ask what topics their followers are most interested in.
When you are commenting on blogs, the most important part is to get your comment approved. If the owner of the blog feels you are "spamming" or advertising your products or services only, it will most likely never get approved. Some key points to create a proper blog comment so it gets approved every time are:
If you follow these quick tips you should be well on your way to guest blogging and article writing soon!
Squidoo backlinks are powerful because they are safe and legal and built upon theme related sites. Also, links from Squidoo are not usually pounded with a bunch of comments or spam. An item to pay attention to here is when adding your link to the "post your link" box, be sure you provide the URL they are asking for, some of them want a YouTube URL, sometimes they ask for a website URL or blog link, so be sure to provide the correct information.
Wikipedia is considered an authority website; you are allowed to post links that are relevant to the Wikipedia page. Make sure the backlink you create is relevant to your niche and you will receive referred traffic from all the visitors viewing the page. Why are educational and government sites so important? These sites increase your authority, award you higher rankings and give you more targeted traffic to your website when you used effectively.
I'm not suggesting you have to add relevant backlinks from all these sources, if you choose just one consider how powerful it can be, especially when the sources are relevant to your target audience. Remember, if your website content addresses multiple target audiences, you will need more backlinks to support the relevance in the eyes of the search engines. If you build the link properly and the potential customer clicks the backlink to your page, but the page doesn't address their issue or your content and wording isn't relating directly to their needs, they will most likely immediately leave. The search engines will record this as irrelevant backlink or spam and that would not be your desired effect.
Be very clear as to who your target audience is and make sure your message and content on your website relate to that target audience. This is one of the best insurance to maintaining your ranking. If you want examples or suggestions with finding relevant backlinks to one of these sources, email me your target audience and which source you need assistance and I will email you one to three examples.
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