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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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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