How To Embed Pinterest Boards And Pins On Your Blog

Pinterest is a popular network that is often used by educators to easily share and curate resources. You can link from your blog to your Pinterest boards, but often bloggers like to embed specific pins or entire boards into their blog to create a better user experience for their readers.

Pinterest makes this easy to accomplish. You can embed either pins or boards into your blog in just a few steps. Below, we’ll first cover the options for embedding a single pin on your blog and then move on to embedding an entire board.

Embedding A Pin On Your Blog

The first step in embedding a single pin from Pinterest is to copy the URL of the pin you want to embed.

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Adding A Pin To A Widget

If you want to add the pin as a sidebar widget, you will then want to go to Pinterest’s Widget Builder. You may want to bookmark the Widget Builder URL because there is no obvious way to navigate there from the main Pinterest site or from a Pinterest profile page.

Once you are on the Widget Builder page, you’ll want to click the Pin Widget button and paste the URL of the pin you want to embed into the Pin URL field.

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After you click the Build It button, you will be shown a preview of the widget and provided with embed code that you can copy and paste into your site.

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Once you copy that code, you can paste it into a Text widget. To do that, go to Appearance > Widgets, add a Text widget to your sidebar or other active widget area, paste the embed code into the widget, and save it.

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Adding A Pin To A Post or Page

You can also embed your pin directly into a post or page. To do that, create a new post or page, or open the existing post/page to edit it. Then, paste the pin’s URL directly into your post.

There are a couple important things to note about pasting in the URL. First, the pin URL should be pasted onto a line all by itself without anything before or after it. For more URL embed tips, you can check out our previous post Embed Content With Just A URL.

Second, the URL you copied was a secure https URL. You will need to edit it so that it is an http URL, or else it will not work.

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Once the URL has been pasted into your blog, you will just see the URL in the post. This will then update and you will see a preview box.

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Once the post has been saved, published or updated, you will continue to see the preview box in editing mode, but the pin will appear in the live version of the post.

This screenshot shows a pin embedded in both my post and in my sidebar widget.

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Embedding A Pinterest Board On Your Blog

The process for embedding a Pinterest Board on your blog is the pretty much same as the one above for embedding a single pin. There are only a couple differences. First, you will be copying the URL for an entire board, not just a single pin.

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Adding A Pinterest Board To A Widget

Next, you will want to use the Board Widget button on the Widget Builder page instead of the Pin Widget button. You’ll notice that the Board Widget allows you to choose from a variety of preset sizes or you can “Roll Your Own” and set the size yourself.

You will want to use the Sidebar option if you are going to place the widget in your sidebar. The Square and Header sizes are better suited for embedding into a post or page.

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Once you choose a size, you will see a preview of the widget. Once you are happy with your selection, click the Build It button and then copy the embed code that is generated.

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Just as with the embed code for a Pin, you can now paste this embed code into a Text widget and save it.

Adding A Pinterest Board To A Post Or Page

Embedding a Pinterest board into your blog is just like inserting a single pin into a post or page; the simplest way to do it is to paste the board’s URL into your post or page. If you skipped down to this section, refer to the “Adding A Pin To A Post or Page” section above for the steps.

Just like with an individual pin, you will want to make sure the board’s URL is changed from https to http and pasted into your page on a line all by itself.

Once your board’s URL is inserted and the post is saved, the board will now be embedded in your post. Just like with the pin, you will not see the board while editing. Rather you will see a preview box. You can see the board by saving your draft and previewing the post.

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If you decide you want to embed a Pinterest board using one of the Widget Builder’s preset sizes, you can always generate embed code for a Square or Header sized Board Widget.

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 10.23.11 AMYou would then copy the embed code the Widget Builder generates. In your post, click the Add Media button and use the Insert Embed Code option rather than the Insert from URL option.

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This will embed the formatted Pinterest board into your post.

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That’s really all there is to it. This is a nice, simple way to add some wonderful visual content to your blog and to easily share resources that you or your colleagues have curated on Pinterest.

Using Pinterest Embeds, you can quickly create helpful posts for your students like “Pinterest’s Top 5 Civil War Boards,” or one for your colleagues such as “Top 10 Pinterest Boards For Connected Educators.”

If you create a post like this, or already have one published, leave a link in the comments. We’d love to take a look!

And, you can click here if you want to see what other content can be embedded in your blog using just a URL

Can HIEs reduce unnecessary spending, preventable admissions?

How much have preventable admissions cost your organization? And is there any way to cut down on unnecessary spending? 

throwing money awaySince the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the industry has pushed for providers to reduce wasteful spending for costly preventable visits. And though progress has been made, data analytics are showing a lot more work needs to be done.

Case in point: Preventable hospital visits and events cost one state $ 2 billion.

But better care coordination may be one way hospital leaders can prevent these kind of expenses from piling up at their facilities.

$ 2 billion in preventable visits

As Healthcare IT News reports, the Minnesota Department for Public Health recently decided to conduct a state-wide analysis of its hospital and emergency department (ED) admissions.

The state used a 3M data analytics platform to assess the state’s payor claims database. Officials found that in 2012 there were about 1.3 million inpatient hospital visits, which could have been prevented by better medication management, more timely use of primary care, better health literacy or improved care coordination.

Most of the preventable visits were to the emergency room (ER), officials found, costing the state and facilities about $ 1.3 billion.

The most common reason for the ER visits reported were:

  • upper respiratory infections
  • abdominal pain, and
  • musculoskeletal/connective tissue conditions.

Ironically, despite the high cost of the preventable visits, Minnesota’s inpatient per capita costs are below the national average. This likely means that preventable visits continue to be a serious and costly issue around the country.

Officials have noted that there’s obviously room for improvement, and have asked facilities to take a holistic approach to reducing preventable admission, as there are multiple factors which generate wasteful care spending.

Cutting waste with HIEs

One way, hospitals can reduce ED spending is by leveraging health information exchanges (HIEs), according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Brookings Institute, a nonprofit think-tank, with the help of HEALTHeLink, a New York-based HIE. Researchers evaluated more than 2,000 ED visits in three medical facilities, splitting patients into two groups.

One group had physicians and scribes who used HIE data to find relevant patient information, particularly related to laboratory tests and radiology exams, while the other group was treated by physicians who did not use an HIE.

In all three facilities, using HIE data resulted in fewer lab tests and radiology exams, saving time and resources.

Another interesting discovery from the study was the benefits of using scribes in these settings. Many physicians find their electronic health record (EHR) systems are inefficient and difficult to use in time-sensitive situations.

By using scribes to find patient information from the HIE, physicians can obtain valuable information without sacrificing their time and attention to search an EHR.

4 Best Video Camera Under 1000 Dollars

“There are a big number of less expensive hobbies but trust me video making is not one of them”. You often come to listen this statement. Well this is a misconception in the mind of people that for video making you must have to spend a lot of capital. Well! There are number of video making cameras available for sale under the price of $ 1000. They will give you high Definition video quality and it will be fun using them. Here we are going to suggest you 4 best video camera under 1000 dollars. Have a look on them and grab your favorite one.

Recommended: Best DSLR Camera Under $ 500

 

Black Magic Pocket Camera – Best Video Camera Under 1000

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Black Magic pocket camera is number 1 on the list of best video camera under $ 1000. The day it was released, it has changed the concept of film making and listed as one of the best affordable video making cameras. The image quality of black magic pocket camera is just unmatchable with its price including 13 stops of dynamic range and ability to store raw. The camera design is quite simple and easy to carry. The biggest drawback of black magic pocket camera is its crop factor. It means that it won’t enable you to take wide angle shots easily.

Price: $ 995.00

Pros:

  • Raw recordings
  • HDMI outputs
  • External storage (memory card)
  • 13 Stops of dynamic range

Cons:

  • Crop factor
  • Low Battery Life

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Canon T5i

canon t5i video camera

Canon T5i is on number 2 in the list. If someone is looking to take great videos and pictures from the same camera, Canon T5i is the best option. Canon T5i has a flip out screen that enables you to check either the camera is mounted on Rig or not. Moreover T5i can also use Canon EF lenses. So if you wanted to upgrade your camera you are not supposed to spend more money on buying new camera. Just buy canon EF lens and upgrade your image and videos quality.

Price:

$ 699.00

Pros:

  • LCD Flip out screen
  • High ISO capabilities
  • Huge range of lens selection

Cons:

  • H.264 (Without hack) recordings

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Canon 70 D

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Canon 70 D is number 3 in the list of best video camera under 1000 dollars. It is one of the great video cameras if you want to capture high quality videos and still images at the same time. Unlike T5i, Canon 70 D is capable of recording videos in MOV and H.264. The camera is also capable of recording 60fps at the high resolution of 720p, along with high auto focus. It enables you to take best natural and candid shots in weddings, birthdays, convocations or other ceremonies. Unlike other video recording cameras it is capable of connecting WiFi. Hence It is one of the best and user friendly video recording camera Available at affordable price.

Price:

$ 999.00

Pros:

  • Continuous Auto focus
  • Flip out screen
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity

Cons:

  • No RAW Support

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Nikon D7100

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Well Nikon D7100 is another best video camera under the range of $ 1000. It is capable of recording 1930p x 1080 p high definition videos along with 24 mega pixels still images. It is one of the best cameras for both video shooting and still image photography. The only drawback of Nikon D7100 is that it does not record RAW, making it limited in use.

Price:

$ 996.95

Pros:

  • 1080p video shooting
  • 24 mega pixels still images.

Cons:

  • No RAW Support

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This was the list of best video camera under 1000 dollars. Which of the above video did you like most? Let us know in the comments.

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Proactive project management: 3 steps hospitals can take now

file-systemThe changes in the healthcare industry are coming fast and furious, especially with the impending implementation of ICD-10. So now’s the time to get organized in order to keep projects, goals and resources aligned and on budget. In this guest post, Tushar Patel, senior VP of marketing at a cloud portfolio management solutions company, gives hospital executives steps they can take to create a proactive project management model.

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When the deadline for the transition to ICD-10 was pushed to October 2015, it created a collective sigh of relief – yet it only forestalled the inevitable. It did, however, create a perfect window of opportunity for healthcare organizations to shift to a more proactive project management model.

After all, it’s not only the coming of ICD-10 that will require healthcare IT organizations and the project management offices (PMOs) who support them to work differently.

From coding changes to health information exchange (HIE) compatibility to meaningful use mandates, the pace of change in the healthcare world has never been faster – and the consequences of not keeping up continue to grow. Failure to comply with regulatory deadlines or to adequately prepare for the additional level of specificity that ICD-10 will require could result in the withholding of federal subsidies, unreimbursed revenue and even fines.

In this environment of rapid change, now is a time when project and portfolio management can really shine by keeping projects, goals and resources aligned and on budget.

Project and program managers in healthcare organizations should consider taking these three steps now to deliver more value to their organizations and be as well prepared as possible for whatever the ICD-10 transition and other changes will bring.

1. Create a consolidated view of all projects

With so many initiatives in play from transitioning to electronic medical records to clinical documentation improvement, to streamlining billing systems, it’s critical for organizations and project managers to have a holistic view of all projects with simplified reports to be shared among all stakeholders.

Having this “single source of truth” promotes transparency and ensures all project needs and goals are weighed appropriately when prioritizing. It also helps prevent the “leapfrogging” of projects based on political maneuvering or the addition of distracting ad-hoc projects that are lower in priority. Eliminating duplicate work is another benefit of having consolidated views of your project portfolio and resources.

2. Gain visibility into resource capacity & demand

As lists of requirements grow and more deadlines and initiatives are added to hospitals’ project mixes, there’s no time like the present to establish an effective evaluation and planning process for staffing resources.

Spend the time now to do an inventory of the skills, experience, availability and current workload of your staff, so you’ll be better able to forecast what’s required to meet the demands of new projects and requests. This is of particular importance in preparing for the likely impact ICD-10 will have on productivity.

Once you quantify your true resource capacity needs for planned projects and gain a realistic understanding of what available resources can handle in the future, you can set expectations and accurately communicate what the organization can complete given resource constraints. Having the ability to increase the efficiency of your resources starts by having a good understanding of your capacity and demand.

3. Ensure accountability

Finally, with a comprehensive view of all projects and a solid handle on resource capacity, you can close the loop by re-iterating accountability as a top priority. Make sure that all hospital or clinic locations and service lines are making adequate progress on their initiatives. If they aren’t, involve the appropriate stakeholders to help make course corrections.

Making accountability an expected part of the project execution process will improve performance across your organization, as stakeholders, as well as employees, know that milestones and expectations will be followed up on.

Additionally, gaining greater transparency into the project pipeline and staffing levels will support more realistic forecasting and assumptions. Since some hospitals are relatively new to formally managing IT projects as part of their compliance initiatives, this step is particularly important in ensuring that goals are achievable, which helps to cultivate a culture of trust and improved performance over time.

While the project management landscape for healthcare organizations is certainly changing rapidly, proactive project portfolio management can help keep IT departments, hospital administrators and other stakeholders on track. New technology solutions can also help automate much of the planning, tracking and forecasting workload.

With greater project visibility, a better understanding of resource capacity and a culture of accountability, project managers can help their organizations focus on their true core competency — quality patient care.

Tushar Patel is the senior VP of marketing at Innotas, a project portfolio and application portfolio management solutions company. Tushar holds a BSEE from Santa Clara University and a MBA from The Haas School of Business, University of CA, Berkeley. He can be reached at tpatel@innotas.com

Avoid readmissions for homeless patients

Despite all the work hospitals have done to reduce readmissions, it’s still a significant problem. This is particularly true for certain members of the population – including the homeless. 

ThinkstockPhotos-480319723Homeless people have higher rates of readmission for many conditions, and they’re also frequent users of emergency departments. So it’s in hospitals’ best interest to do what they can to stop these issues.

Because more focus is being placed on the continuum of care, hospitals may soon end up not only treating homeless people for their illnesses, but working closely with community organizations and payors to connect them with stable housing options after discharged.

Active role

A recent article from the Health Affairs blog describes how many carriers and healthcare organizations are taking a more proactive role in helping homeless patients get secure, safe housing.

Homeless people rack up high healthcare costs. And they often don’t receive the required follow-up care after a hospital stay. So more frequently, payors are collaborating with local community housing organizations to make sure homeless people have a stable place to stay after discharge – and get help with coordinating their care.

Example: The San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP) partnered with a local neighborhood development corporation and the San Francisco Health Department to provide the funds required to renovate a housing development. The new residential community contains housing units for SFHP’s most costly homeless patients, along with an onsite federally qualified health center.

Not only does this arrangement give high-risk homeless people a permanent, safe home, it also improves their access to health resources in the community – which reduces the chance they’ll seek expensive care through the ED.

While most hospitals might not be able to refer their patients to a similar community, it’s smart to find out exactly what help your community may offer for patients who don’t have permanent homes.

After that, the next step is reaching out and forming relationships with these community groups or organizations so staff can suggest these resources to patients in need.

Connecting patients with resources

Identifying which patients may need this community assistance is crucial. The faster a patient has the proper resources in place for their discharge, the better the chances are of a complication-free recovery.

According to a piece from the Huffington Post: One thing hospitals can do immediately is start asking patients about their housing situation upon admission. In many cases, hospital staff members just assume a homeless patient will be discharged to a shelter to recover. But this may not be true in all cases.

And even if a homeless person does end up back in a shelter, it’s not the most stable environment. Many are only allowed to sleep there at night, being discharged in the morning to walk the streets. This isn’t conducive to recovery, especially after a complicated procedure or surgery.

Instead of making assumptions, hospitals should have a clear idea of where patients will be staying after they leave the facility. If they don’t have a permanent place to stay, that’s when facilities should connect them with community resources to help figure out an alternative.

How to Increase Your Website Traffic Without Building Links

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Getting massive traffic from search engines to websites is the biggest challenge for most bloggers. After all, if you want to increase your website sales and income, you have to bring more visitors from search engines, right?

Majority of the bloggers try a lot of link building strategies to boost their overall website search traffic. Often times, they fail to grow their traffic because they solely focus on building just links.

What happens when you focus on link building to increase your organic traffic? Google considers your site as a spam link building platform and penalizes it in the search results. So focusing only on link building without having great content on your blog will never get you good results.

And we all know getting quality links will surely increase your overall search engine traffic as well as search engine rankings. Apart from building quality links, if you try other ways to build links, it will just not help you in the long run.

If you are struggling to build links, you should definitely find out few ways to boost your traffic. If you are someone who wants to increase website traffic without building links, this post is exclusively for you.

Before diving into the post, we’ll talk about few important things first.

Is it really possible to increase your website traffic without building links?

First things first. It’s not all about links. Most SEO professionals made up your mind that it’s all about links. But in reality, it’s not true. There are so many websites ranking really well on Google search results without having too many links.

Haven’t you ever seen a new website ranking well in the top of Google search results? So the point is it’s not about links and it’s very much possible to increase your website search traffic without actually link building.

So if you are doing the right on-page SEO with proper internal linking, image optimization, keyword research etc it won’t take much time for you to increase your website search traffic without link building.

Incredible ways to increase website traffic without link building

increase website traffic without link building

Improve your social signals to increase website traffic

Did you know that social shares on your blog posts or web pages actually improve your overall search engine rankings for every keyword you target? Yes, it’s true that social signals matter a lot and Google gives top priority to the pages that get more social shares (be it from twitter, Facebook or Google+).

The amount of shares you get on Facebook, number of retweets and every Google+ on your content is taken into consideration by Google search crawlers when indexing your pages. More social signals can help you rank well in the Google search results almost always.

According to Searchmetrics, increased social signals improved their overall search traffic, sales and their online visibility.

social signals importance

So how to increase social signals for your website?

Figure out when to post on social media sites like Facebook, Google+, twitter etc. Because the timing is everything when it comes to increasing your social media shares. Read this detailed post on finding the right times to post on social media sites.

Always ask your readers questions to get more social shares. Did you know that social media users are 21% more likely to engage with a question? So start asking compelling questions that your readers want to answer.

And make sure to write more “How to” and list posts as they tend to get highest social shares (around 47%) when compared any other headline idea. So if you want to boost your social shares for a post, start the headline with “how to” or include a number in it.

Also, conducting frequent contest for your social media followers is the surefire way to increase your social media engagement by 39%. So what are you waiting for? Start focusing more on increase your social media engagement to increase your overall website traffic.

Create a holistic content creation approach – write in-depth articles

Did you know that 16% of Google search results contain In-depth articles?

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Google started giving more importance to “in-depth articles” with over 1500 words.

One of the best ways to bring more traffic from search engines is to write detailed articles with over 1500 words. It will definitely bring you more traffic.

Practice makes a man perfect. Creating great content makes a website profitable. Great content is the king. We all know the rule but we barely follow it.

If you are looking for ways to increase your website traffic, without having great content that goes viral, you will barely get targeted audience.

Increasing your website traffic without building links seems only possible if you are creating “right kind” of content to your audience. So how can you do that?

Here are few effective ideas on crafting a great content creation approach.

#1. Make sure to create a content framework

If you observe any popular blog post in your niche, you will understand that it has a proven framework that attracts readers to share and comment on it.

Any great content framework contains the following so make sure to include them while crafting your blog posts.

  • Incredible headlines: Powerful headlines are backbones of any website that gets more clicks. If you are spending 5 hours writing a post, I strongly recommend you to spend at least 1 hour on crafting your headlines. Come up with at least 5 headline samples for every post you write. That way you will be able to use the best one for your posts to grab more people attention.
  • Meat of the content: Great content revolves around the topic and data you provide on your blog posts. Without properly researching, don’t publish any blog post. Spend quality time on researching, crafting and publishing a post. Use lots of real time examples and data to write problem solving content.
  • Call to actions: Use as many call to actions as possible on your posts. You can use tweetable quotes, questions, subscribe now etc within your content to persuade your readers to take some action while reading your content.
  • Conclusion: Always use a conclusion on your posts to give a brief idea to your readers. Your readers should get a better idea about your content after reading your conclusion of the post.

#2. Find and analyze the best performing blog posts, videos and Infographics in your industry

If you want to increase your blog traffic, you need to find out the top trending contents in your niche. No matter how much competitive your niche is you still can rank better in Google search results if you find the “proven content formula”.

For that, you need to analyze the best performing posts and videos in your niche. This is also known as Skyscraper technique that I’ve discussed in detail here.

In a summary, Skyscraper technique is all about finding the great content that already attracting a lot of shares and links in your niche and the creating even better content around it.

Then, reaching out to the right people who shared or linked to the original source to get more links for your content too. This works like a charm especially if you are a beginner who is searching for proven ways to get more shares and links.

You just have to keep in touch with the other bloggers in your niche through blog comments and emails and keep searching for the hot topics in your industry by using tools like Buzzsumo, Topsy etc.

#3. Find the right ways to promote your content to get more exposure

You build and they will come. It won’t work now, it used to work a decade ago where people will naturally find and share your blog posts. If you follow the same rule now, it won’t give any good results. You have to get out and bring more exposure to your blog posts by promoting well.

Promotion is the key to increase your website traffic without building any links. You can use your own email lists, social media sites and blogging forums to increase your blog exposure.

Start building connections with other bloggers

Building relationships with other bloggers is the surefire way to increase your website traffic without building links. Here are few evergreen ideas on building strong relationships with other bloggers in your industry.


Forum participation: I strongly suggest you to find and participate in the relevant blogging forums in your niche. You can also sign up in the best blogging communities like Blog Engage, Blokube, Just Retweet, Indiblogger etc to start connecting with other amazing bloggers. These blogging forums are free to join and you will find a lot of blog post ideas too if you ever stuck in coming up with new post ideas for your blogs.

Guest posts: Guest blogging is not dead as most bloggers say. It’s still one of the best ways to increase your website traffic and more importantly to build relationships with other bloggers. Just don’t consider that guest posting is all about building links. If you think that way, you will fail to increase your traffic. Simple as that!

Interviews: Conduct the interviews of experts in your niche. Talk to them either via Skype or emails and ask them interesting questions. When the interviews go live on your blog, make sure to email other bloggers to promote it. Most people do it without any hesitation.

Blog commenting: If you are a beginner, I would recommend you to leave 20 to 30 comments every single day on other blogs. Read their posts entirely and leave insightful comments on their blogs. This will definitely help you build long lasting relationships with other bloggers.

Focus on creating a relevant and user-friendly website

Relevancy is the key to bring targeted traffic to your blogs or websites. What’s the use of writing blog posts that don’t bring quality visitors from search engines?

People won’t buy anything from you if they are not interested in your content or products you promote. So focus on build a relevant and user-friendly website that helps you increase your readership and sales.

Use proper SEO tools such as SEMrush to spy on your competitor’s keywords. Figure out how many links they have and how they are using various keywords to boost their blog traffic. By having access to the right SEO tools, you can boost your website traffic to a great extent.

Make sure to focus on on-page optimization as it really is the key to increasing your website traffic from search engines. Make sure to use your primary keywords in your title, meta description, image alt tags, internal links, sub headings etc to get more visibility on your blog posts from search engines.

Final thoughts about increasing website traffic without building links

Start focusing on writing in-depth articles if you quickly want to increase your website traffic without actually building links. If you are a beginner, I strongly recommend you to spend quality time on researching your articles instead of writing mediocre stuff.

Also, focus on social media engagement and blogger outreach as these are the two major factors that make or break your website’s success in terms of increasing your traffic.

So what are you waiting for? Start implementing the strategies I mentioned in this guide to get good results to increase your web traffic.

Do you have any more thoughts or tips on increasing website traffic without building links? Please share your views in the comments and do share this post with others so they can benefit.

 

3 Best Bluetooth Speakers under 50 Dollars 2015

Nothing is more amazing than connecting your speakers wirelessly and listening to your favorite music. If you visit the market or search online you will find tons of different Bluetooth speakers out there. Every company claiming that their speakers are best and have unique features. One may get confused while selecting the cheap and useful Bluetooth speakers. Do not worry. We are going to suggest you 4 best Bluetooth speakers under 50 dollars and we guarantee that you will surely love and buy one of them.

Omaker M4 – Best Bluetooth Speaker

omaker M4 bluetooth speaker

Omaker M4 a now a days using latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology, that means it can be easily connected to your devices. Omaker M4 has the range of 33 feet and it takes only 3 seconds to connect. How easy and simple it is to connect them with your devices. Moreover they are very small, light and convenient to use. Inspite of their small size, they are excellent in High definition Sound with perfect Bass. All thanks to the auto driver installed in it, it has subwoofer that helps in boosting up the sound and gives you crystal clear highs.

Of course battery timing of the speakers matters a lot. Don’t go on the small size and weight of the speaker. Amazingly it gives you up to 12 hours play time. No matter if the music is 80% high. It almost takes 3 hours for charging using USB cable. Let me tell you the most amazing feature of this speaker. You can take it to beach, pool or shower because it is shock proof and dust proof. In short it is best Bluetooth speaker to use as it is cheap, easy to use and gives best and high quality bass.

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LIZTEK PSS 100

 liztek pss 100 bluetooth speaker

On second number we have LIZTEK PS100. LIZTEK is another very affordable speaker along with Bluetooth technology. That gets connected with your device in a very short time and to the range of 33 feet. LIZTEK is available in variety of colors and user can choose a color of their own choice. It is best in supporting music streaming. Moreover you can share your music, videos and games. LIZTEK also enables you to receive any call. Talking about the sound quality of LIZTEK, it has 40mm drivers that result in sound of high definition, with crystal clear highs. The battery is rechargeable and it provides you 10 hours play time. Most Bluetooth speaker users love LIZTEK because of its excellent quality of sound, long battery timings and all of above low price.

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Photive Hydra

photive hydra

Photive Hydra is on number 3. It is another great wireless speaker that connects to your device easily. As it is waterproof, you can also name it as shower speaker. In addition it is also shock proof and dust proof. Its exterior is quite strong and has ability to tolerate various impacts. Talking about sound quality, it has subwoofer along with 40mm drivers resulting in sound of very high bass along with crystal clear highs. Its battery timing is not good as the above two but still its not that bad. Battery is rechargeable and can give you play time of 8 hours. Hence it is also great choice as it is simple, affordable and gives sound of very high quality.

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mHealth offers population health benefits — and pitfalls

Advances in mobile health technology are giving providers new tools to track patients’ symptoms and improve care — but experts warn mHealth comes with its own kind of pitfalls. 

In the midst of health care’s current IT boom, hospital leaders are under pressure to implement health IT to reduce care costs and get patients involved in their care.

Some are approaching this task through the use of apps and mobile devices that allow them to communicate with patients, and track vitals signs and symptoms that may preclude more serious conditions.

Tool to track depression

Now, a new mHealth tool is tracking patients’ mood, particularly looking for signs a person may be experiencing depression, reports Health IT News.

On average, depression affects more than 16 million U.S. adults and costs the economy nearly $ 210.5 billion each year.

The mobile app, called Purple Robot, was developed by researchers at Northwestern University’s department of preventive medicine. Unlike other mHealth apps designed to track depression, Purple Robot doesn’t require user input to do its job.

The app monitors users’ phone usage, geographic locations and travel patterns. Other research has suggested that increased phone usage and infrequent or sporadic travel are two factors which correlate with depression symptoms.

As David Mohr, director of Northwestern’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies and senior author of the study, explains, “The data showing depressed people tended not to go many places reflects the loss of motivation seen in depression … People are likely, when on their phones, to avoid thinking about things that are troubling, painful feelings or difficult relationships. It’s an avoidance behavior we see in depression.”

The researchers and developers conducted a study about the app’s ability to detect depression compared to traditional methods. Researchers asked 40 adults to download the app and fill out a daily self-reported depression survey about their mood.

The study found that the app predicted depression more accurately than the survey with an 87% accuracy rate.

Warning from mHealth experts

Advances like Purple Robot give providers a valuable tool to manage population health and prevent costly conditions before requiring more serious medical interventions.

However, experts have also cautioned that mHealth implementation could come with risks and consequences.

In an interview for mHealth News, Dr. Karen Rheuban, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia Health System and a leader for several telehealth organizations, and David Cattell-Gordon, director of the University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine, offer their take on mHealth’s biggest benefits and pitfalls.

Specifically, the biggest fear they have about mHealth is security. Consumers are driving the demand for more tools to manage and engage in their care. However, this also means that large amounts of protected health information are moving between locations (from devices to cloud data storage to providers’ electronic health records) and with varying levels of security controls and encryption.

The other fear is direct-to-consumer mHealth and telehealth technologies may fragment care if they aren’t provided in an effective integrated care model.

Dr. Reuban and Cattell-Gordon believe the most successful providers in the new healthcare environment will be those who can account for theses potential risks and are able to effectively integrate multiple modalities for patients to engage in their care.

U.S News & World Report releases 2015-16 Best Hospitals list

Hospitals may want to check out the annual “Best Hospitals” rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The newly updated list contains a few changes that may affect where your facility falls this year. 

In the past, the Best Hospitals list placed a significant focus on complex care, with the rationale that patients who’d be undergoing more complicated procedures would want rankings to help them make informed decisions, according to U.S. News & World Report.

And the national Best Hospitals list still ranks facilities based on their performance when it comes to providing care for cancer, cardiology, orthopedics and other specialties.

This year Massachusetts General Hospital ranked highest, followed by the Mayo Clinic. Johns Hopkins Hospital and UCLA Medical Center tied for third, and the Cleveland Clinic was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Brigham and Women’s Hospital, New York-Presbyterian University Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian and Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University.

A total of 137 facilities were nationally ranked in at least one specialty they treated. And that represents less than 3% of all hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Regional rankings differ

While these hospitals achieved their national rankings due to providing outstanding complex care, this year’s Best Regional Hospitals list ratings were calculated using an entirely different rationale.

Only part of a hospital’s regional rating was influenced by its national ranking for specialty care. The bulk of its score came from how well it performed in five areas of “common care,” or surgeries and procedures many patients receive every day.

The five common care areas evaluated are:

  • hip replacement surgery
  • knee replacement surgery
  • heart bypass surgery
  • heart failure, and
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

With the change to the ratings, over 200 of the Best Regional Hospitals (out of 520 regionally ranked facilities) made the list solely because of their excellent performance when providing common care to patients.

Many of these hospitals wouldn’t have otherwise been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. They often place more of their effort on common care, while referring patients who need more specialized care to another institution that would better suit their needs.

Implications for hospitals

This expansion of the rankings system could give hospitals a new opportunity to draw in new patients or retain the patients they have.

And because facilities are facing increased scrutiny for their performance with more common procedures like joint replacements (especially since bundled payments are looming), making the list is a good sign hospitals are going in the right direction.

If your facility didn’t make the cut, it’s an opportunity to look at some of the hospitals that did and get new ideas for strategies to improve patient care in these five critical areas.

XReal Fortress Fury Review

fortress fury

With the evolution of smartphones and tablets, the number of games is increasing every other day. There are thousands and thousands of games present in play store. Fortress fury is one of these games. It is one of the amazing games with unique features.

The production of Fortress fury began in 1st August 2014. Marks and Maron contributed for the production of this game, because of their obsession towards Children games. They tried to keep the overall feel of the game unique by incorporating elements like real time competition and creativity. All the right elements including real time competition, easy and simple access, creativity, player versus mobile player game makes fortress furry a unique and fun to play game.

XReal

XReal not only helps in the production of Fortress fury but they also made a huge investment in it. Moreover XReal provides opportunity to the players and others to be part of the game. A small space of Fortress Fury’s shares is offered for general public so that anyone, including its players or other can be a part of the industry.

Overview

Well a very nice 2D game that can be played online against real players. Fortress fury is the game with magical essence, and set in the fantasy land called Forterra. The main idea of the game is to call the soldiers and to defend the castles by attackers using magical instruments. Actually in the game you are supposed to build a castle or a fort using different constructive materials like wood, meal or etc. And then you are supposed to save the built fort from the attackers. The game has many built in magical weapons that can be used to save the fort.

Game Design

The game is quite easy and simple to understand. You can easily build a fort by using different material. Fortress Fury will give a very real effect. The game also uses few rules of physics which will give you an amazing feel. Moreover you can also use strong material and heavy weapons to save your fort.

Music is the most important element of any game. Fortress fury has war like music which shows that some action is coming on your way and it alerts you. The 2D Digital graphics of the game along with music makes it more attractive towards the players.

Features

  • The most amazing feature of fortress fury is that it can be played in real time against your friends, strangers, family or any other player.
  •  It will help in enhancing your strategy. You learn how to use thousands of building material to build your fort. And how to save the fort from the attackers by using different magical weapons.
  • Fortress fury has energy crystals. Collecting the energy crystal will boost your energy level and will help you to fight against opponents.
  • The 2D graphics and the powerful sound effects makes the game fun to play and involves the concentration of the players.

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