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Google has recently made major changes in the way that it handles it web searches. When you or anyone goes to Google to conduct a search, Google uses a very elaborate logarithmic system to determine what you are looking for and give you the websites you seek. The latest rendition of the Google logarithm is called Google Penguin.
What Google Penguin does is eliminate many of the tricks that certain web developers and companies were using to try to get their sites listed higher on Google searches.
One of the tricks Google is now penalizing is non-related link building. This is when a company links your site to as many unrelated sites as possible to try to gain SEO ranking. Some chiropractic web companies were using this approach and as a result their customers websites have now dropped in the rankings, or placed into Google's "sandbox". Websites put into a "sandbox", are compared to being a holding area and have their search ratings on hold until they can prove worthy of ranking.
Google now penalizes any companies or websites that use what are termed "Black Hat" or "Webspam" techniques. These are attempts to trick the search engines into ranking their sites higher. It should be noted that Now You Know has NEVER used Black Hat techniques or purchased link building services so our subscribers have actually seen an increase in their rankings, while others have dropped.
Google does reward those websites with a good user experience using what is termed "White Hat" search engine optimization. The main characteristic of this is good content. Content and the user experience is what Google is after. Updating your site with a blog and realistic relevant content, along with proper use of keywords are some of the main ingredients of good white hat techniques. As one article summed it up in their recommendations, "Be Relevant, Be Balanced, and Keep It Real."
NYK has always used only White Hat techniques in our SEO strategies. NYK offers a free SEO review for our subscribers, and has affordable professional SEO services available for those who do not want to spend the time or energy learning all the ins and outs of professional level SEO. If you want more information about Now You Know's personalized, one-on-one professional SEO services, please click here.
As it has been said by most experts for over a decade, when it comes to websites, "content is king!"
Now You Know has always believed in the quality of the information that is put into our newsletters and on our websites. We are chiropractors, therefore the articles that we release are intended for our patients as well as our subscribers. Relevant, well written, timely and sourced content build respect and credibility. This increases action steps by the reader, increases their ability to make referrals, and translates into more new patients for your office.
Below is an article that was included in this months NYK newsletter, and now also appears on all the NYK subscribers websites. This article represents just one of six that were in this latest edition. When it comes to referral stimulation, and patient retention, it is all about the quality of the content.
A piece of legislation passed by the U.S. congress on May 18, 2012 made strong pro-chiropractic statements while recognizing the benefits of chiropractic care for the men and women serving in the military. The original bill, numbered HR 4310, and titled the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, not only spoke to the benefits of chiropractic care for the military, but also noted that chiropractors are presently not paid at parity for their professional services as compared to other professionals who care for the military.
The language of the portion of the bill that addresses chiropractic is as follows:
The committee mentioned in the above bill is the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, who helped prepare the bill for the full congress.
The original legislation requiring chiropractic care be available to members of the military was passed in the year 2000. However, implementation of the law has been slow with many military personnel not being given access without severe hardships. Today, however, there are doctors of chiropractic working at 42 VA medical centers and at 60 Department of Defense facilities around the world.
Sherman College of Chiropractic has begun a search for a new president to replace Jon Schwartzbauer D.C. who announced he is stepping down as president.
In a statement Dr. Schwartzbauer commented, "I have seen Sherman College surpass expectations many times, in many ways, and I know the college has the potential to be truly exceptional," Schwartzbauer said. "I am honored to have been part of that path."
The Board of Trustees, headed by their chairman, Peter J. Kevorkian, B.S., D.C., has begun a search for a new president. On their website they describe some of the characteristics and qualifications they are looking for.
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