DuckDuckGo Traffic Has Increased 600% in Last Two Years

DuckDuckGo Traffic Has Increased 600% in Last Two Years
duckduckgoincrease DuckDuckGo has seen a 600% rise in search traffic over the past two years, the search engine has reported. DuckDuckGo grew in popularity after Edward Snowden's leaked information made many people more concerned with how their …
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Google Analytics Data is Not Used in Google Search Ranking
analytics search ranking Many SEOs have mixed feelings about Google Analytics… while it is regarded as being the best analytics tool, there are some who don't use it because it is Google. Likewise, there are some SEOs that do use it, especially for …
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Parents reminded to avoid spray sunscreen on children

Parents reminded to avoid spray sunscreen on children
Adding to the confusion, new rankings and lists, labeling certain products found on store shelves dangerous- even cancer-causing. “There's so … To see which sunscreens rate best for safety, visit the EWG website here: http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/.
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Real estate website releases list of best Tampa Bay suburbs
A national real estate website has released its list of rankings for the best suburbs in the Tampa Bay area. Movoto looked at things like amenities, standard of living, crime rates, unemployment rate and average commute time as criteria when compiling …
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The 10 Worst Companies To Work For
The site 24/7 Wall St. recently compiled its annual list of the worst companies to work for in the U.S., using data and job reviews from career website Glassdoor.com. Company rankings were determined based on employee ratings on Glassdoor, which ranged …
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The Zebra Lands Former Monster.com Vice-President of Marketing John Federico


The Zebra, the countrys most comprehensive online auto insurance comparison platform, has just hired John Federico, former VP of marketing at Monster.com, in the same role. Federico comes to The Zebra with more than a dozen years of experience in both digital and traditional marketing; at Monster.com, the second-largest job search website in the US and the largest job search website in the world, Federico lead the global integrated marketing strategy for the company. He also created, built and led an online marketing team from the ground up.

Weve grown our business substantially over the past 12 months, and plan to invest heavily in customer acquisition through the second half of 2015, says CEO Adam Lyons. John was instrumental in Monster.coms success driving growth of their jobs marketplace, and we have plans to do the same with our insurance marketplace.

John joins the current executive team which includes Imad Ahmed, former VP of Sales at Bankrate, Meetesh Karia, former CTO of Thinktiv, and co-founder & COO Joshua Dziabiak, former CEO of ShowClix.

Federico says the opportunity to establish and encourage a team is part of what drew him to The Zebra. Also contributing to his decision was the size and nature of the auto insurance industry: Its impossible to resist the chance to disrupt such an old-school, antiquated business, Federico says. Monster.com was a disruptor of the job classifieds, and The Zebra is disrupting car insurance and trying to change the way things are done by empowering consumers.

In his role as VP of marketing at The Zebra, Federico will focus on increased customer acquisition efforts by adding & expanding the company’s various marketing channels. I cant wait to expand our efforts and the team and help build the company, Federico says.

About The Zebra

The Zebra is a licensed digital insurance agency boasting the most comprehensive real-time car insurance comparison platform in the country. The Zebra brings simplicity to car insurance shopping through its innovative comparison platform, which compares rates from more than 200 companies. Users of The Zebra can compare car insurance in real-time, and watch as their rates adjust based on factors like driving history or coverage levels. By doing this, The Zebra is pulling back the veil on auto insurance shopping, giving customers the power to find the best rate and coverage for their needs in seconds.

To learn more about The Zebra, please contact Jaime Netzer, spokesperson: jnetzer(at)thezebra(dot)com, 888-255-4364 x 419.

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Adelaide One-day Workshops

Adelaide One-day Workshops
Event on 2015-07-16 09:00:00
WORKSHOP 1: CASH FLOW & MARKETING WORKSHOP Thursday 16th July 2015 – 9am to 3pm Cash flow is one of the single most limiting factors when it comes to running a small to medium business. The first half of the Cash Flow & Marketing workshop will focus on the key factors involved in ensuring your cash flow is not holding you back from achieving your business goals. Topics that will be covered included: Why businesses fail and how to avoid it yourself Going from survival to success Setting your foundation for Success How to improve your Cash flow How to Set & Achieve Your Financial Goals Learn how to calculate, set and afford your marketing budget How to Achieve your ideal income Marketing is such a crucial part of business in the 21st century. Marketing is the art of communicating messages to your desired target markets in order to affect their behaviours, ideally engage with your brands, products or services. Thanks to the information age it is vitally important to not only participate in marketing but to ensure that you are communicating the right messages. Topics that will be covered include: The importance of marketing The difference between marketing and selling How to attract your ideal customer Making you stand out from the crowd Converting leads into sales How to improve your profit per job How to stop quoting on price and win Effective marketing tactics and strategies in 2015 WORKSHOP 2: ONLINE MARKETING WORKSHOP Thursday 10th September 2015 – 9am to 3pm Topics that will be covered included: How to use Facebook to attract customers to your business. The top 3 ways to increase leads to your business from Google 7 essentials to an effective website How to turn your website into your ultimate salesperson How turn website traffic into long term customers How to use landing pages to build your email list How to identify the exact keywords that your customers use to find you How to SEO Optimise Your Website to Easily be found on Google The best mobile app to monitor your website rankings on Google How to Build Your Google Brand Online Fast How to Become the Authority in Your Market How to quickly and easily fix your marketing so you have a steady flow of leads flowing into your business on autopilot Discover the best web and marketing platform that allows you to take full control of your website and your marketing. WORKSHOP 3: BUSINESS PLANNING, TIME MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP Thursday 12thNovember 2015 – 9am to 3pm How to make your business work for you so you don't have to work for it. The Business Mastery Workshop is a comprehensive one day work shop that is designed to enlighten its attendees on how to make your business work for you so you don’t have to work for it. Topics that will be covered include: Create Your Very Own Business Plan On the Day How to make your business work for you so you don’t have to work for it How to achieve real change and progress How to move from where you are now to where you really want to be From suffering or surviving to a thriving success The 11 things successful business owners do How to work smarter, not harder The 8 fundamentals for success How to lead and motivate employees How to make more money in less time How to attract and retain talented, motivated and productive employees * All Workshops include comprehensive workbooks filled with the content that will be discussed throughout the workshops.

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CCHR Seeks Public Input on Psychotropic Drug Billing and Psychiatric Abuse: Applauds Congressmen for Behavioral Hospitals Investigation Call




The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) applauds Congressmen Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Danny Davis (D-IL) for writing to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requesting the federal agency speed up its investigation into the nations largest behavioral healthcare system, Universal Health Services (UHS).[1] CCHR is expanding its seven-year review of UHS facilities and is seeking further information from employees, patients, family members or friends of those who allege psychotropic drug billing and financial and patient abuse in such psychiatric and behavioral facilities that bill Medicaid, Medicare or other healthcare insurance companies.

In March, UHS headquarters in Pennsylvania was added to a multi-federal agency investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services looking into 21 of its psychiatric facilities.[2] Among the more than 195 UHS psychiatric and behavioral centers, $ 3.7 billion in revenue is generated annually.[3]

The UHS filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, states: In February, 2013, the OIG served a subpoena requesting various documents from January, 2008 to the date of the subpoena directed at Universal Health Services, Inc. A DOJ investigation is also focusing on UHS billing. In late March, 2015, the UHS reported: We were notified that the investigation conducted by the Criminal Frauds Section [of the DoJ] has been expanded to include UHS as a corporate entity arising out of the coordinated investigation.[2]

CCHR has documented numerous complaints about private psychiatric facilities, including unlawful and damaging use of restraints (even on young children), restraint deaths, and teenagers and other patients being so violently handled that one patient’s arm was broken and another required a lower-leg amputation. There are also ample reports of excessive doses and heavy reliance on psychiatric drugs antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants and sedative-hypnoticswhich can be billed to Medicaid, Medicare and other insurance plans.

Former 11-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General, Richard Kusserow, acknowledged that “many health care fraud investigators believe mental health caregivers, such as psychiatrists and psychologists, have the worst fraud record of all medical disciplines.”[4]

As part of its investigation into prescribing and billing practices, CCHR found:


One psychiatrist working at a behavioral center in Florida between 2009-2013, wrote 5,819 prescriptions in 2012three times greater than the average of 1,801 prescriptions for all psychiatrists in Florida. This same psychiatrist billed $ 140,000 to Medicare for procedures and services in 2012, which is $ 93,654 more than the average for Florida psychiatrists. And, between 2009-2014, the psychiatrist received $ 278,795 from pharmaceutical companies that manufacture psychotropic drugs.[5]
Another Florida psychiatrist billed Medicare $ 891,371, receiving Medicare reimbursement to the tune of $ 367,023a whopping $ 339,838 more than the average for Florida psychiatrists.[6]
Four psychiatrists at Dallas, Texas, psychiatric center billed Medicare $ 666,836 for services in 2012 with Medicare reimbursing more than $ 314,290. One psychiatrist accounted for $ 184,000, which was $ 166,166 more than the average psychiatrist’s Medicare payment in Texas.[7]
The abuse in the mental health system is not limited to the federal Medicare system. A June 2015 report released by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) reports “the high rates of psychotropic medication use in the Medicaid population, risks associated with these drugs, and research documenting inappropriate prescribing, have raised concerns, especially for children involved in the child welfare system and older adults with dementia.”[8]

About 14% of Medicaid beneficiaries used a psychotropic drug during calendar year 2011, at a cost of nearly $ 8 billion in fee-for-service for psychotropic drugs 30% of the program’s total fee-for-service drug spending.[8]

While the financial cost of psychiatric fraud is being revealed, there are much more disturbing data. For example, of a sample of some 533 psychiatrists and psychologists convicted of crimes reported to CCHR, fraud accounted for 36% (191) of the total convictions, followed by patient sexual abuse (30%) and drug-related crimes (13%). The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has declared that “rooting out healthcare fraud is central to the well-being of both our citizens and overall economy.”[9]

Based on the data so far collected, psychiatric financial and patient abuse is rampant. CCHR believes first-hand accounts of these psychiatric abuses are necessary to better understand the depth of the injury and is counting on public participation to expose the egregious harm currently being perpetrated and safeguard against future abuse.

Read the full article here.

About Citizens Commission on Human Rights: CCHR is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog. Its mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. CCHR has helped to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices.

References:

[1] Letter to Acting Administrator, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services, from Members of Congress Joseph P. Kennedy, III and Danny Davis, June 23, 2015, kennedy.house.gov/sites/kennedy.house.gov/files/06.23.15.UHS%20Letter.pdf; David Jackson and Gary Marx, “Lawmakers urge faster action to protect youths at residential treatment sites,” Chicago Tribune, June 23, 2015, chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/rtc/ct-psychiatric-provider-investigation-watchdog-met-20150623-story.html.

[2] UHS Inc, SEC Filing, For 8K, 31 Mar. 2015, Item 7:01, Regulation FD Disclosure, sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/352915/000119312515113094/d898400d8k.htm; UHS posts strong quarter even as it faces federal probe, Phily.com, April 30, 2015,

articles.philly.com/2015-04-30/business/61657494_1_steve-filton-uhs-strong-quarter

[3] UHS posts strong quarter even as it faces federal probe, Phily.com,30 Apr. 2015,

articles.philly.com/2015-04-30/business/61657494_1_steve-filton-uhs-strong-quarter; An investors guide to Universal Health Services service mix, Market Realist, January 1, 2015, marketrealist.com/2015/01/investors-guide-universal-health-services-service-mix/.

[4] Richard P. Kusserow, Mental Health Ranks High on Fraud Scale, Walters Kluwer, September 23, 2014, health.wolterskluwerlb.com/2014/09/kusserows-corner-mental-health-ranks-high-on-fraud-scale/.

[5] Physician and Other Supplier Data CY 2012, Anjali Anil Pathak, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/Physician-and-Other-Supplier2012.html.

[6] Physician and Other Supplier Data CY 2012, Sanjeev Singh, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/Physician-and-Other-Supplier2012.html.

[7] Physician and Other Supplier Data CY 2012, Ruth

Proceed Innovative LLC Launches Revamped Tradeshows and Displays Website with a Responsive and SEO Friendly Design



Proceed Innovative, a digital marketing firm that provides internet marketing and SEO services as well as web design services, has recently redesigned the website for Tradeshows and Displays, a business providing premium-quality trade show displays based out of the northwest Chicago suburbs. The new design has an improved visual layout which makes it easier for users to navigate as well as a more responsive design that allows it to display properly on any device from desktops to tablets and mobile phones. This website is also designed to be search engine friendly and generate more traffic to help increase conversion rates.

The new design for tradeshowsanddisplays.com features bold colors and graphics that create a nice visual layout and make navigating the website very simple. The navigation menu along the top of the pages includes drop down menus under the main headings that make it easy to find any page of the website and this menu also adjusts to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. More than half of all internet searches are done on a mobile device and the responsiveness of this website makes it very mobile friendly and more likely to appear in searches done on mobile devices. The website also features a blog with tips and information regarding promotional marketing and a gallery for visitors to view all available products.

About Tradeshows and Displays

Tradeshows and Displays have been providing premium-quality portable and modular trade show displays since 1989 and recently they joined the Plum Grove Printers family. They specialize in creating printed marketing materials, signage, and other promotional display products designed specifically for tradeshows. Their services include graphic design and printing of promotional materials and they offer a wide range of products including retractable displays, pop-up displays, tabletop displays, literature racks, counters and podiums, and outdoor displays among others. Customers can upload files directly to their website containing the graphics to be printed on the promotional materials and view examples of the trade show displays and accessories within the products and gallery web pages. For more information call Tradeshows and Displays at (866) 511-1719.

About Proceed Innovative

Proceed Innovative is a full service internet marketing firm that helps create and implement internet marketing strategies for businesses that are tailored to meet their specific needs. The internet marketing services they provide include search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click (PPC) training and management, SEO web design, and web analytics consulting and the marketing plans they create are multi-faceted to help improve brand awareness and increase sales and conversions. Proceed Innovative also hosts free informational seminars that cover different aspects of internet marketing. For more information call Proceed Innovative at (800) 933-2402.







High scoring SSC students may dominate merit rank list, CBSE students may

High scoring SSC students may dominate merit rank list, CBSE students may
However the argument over which board exam makes it easier for securing the merit rank continues. CBSE student claim that the state board has easier question making the students get good marks while SSC board students respond to the 'liberal checking' …
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Young achievers: Clear Lake High student earns Eagle Scout rank
In addition to his Eagle rank, Brent went through the Order of the Arrow Ordeal in 2013 and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood in the fall of 2014. He also has been the Order of the Arrow Chapter Chief for the Tu Je Sa-Sa Chapter …
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Survey Ranks CPS Teaching at the Top, Family Involvement at the Bottom
“A high level of crime and violence in some Chicago neighborhoods may undermine building social capital within these neighborhoods,” the report says. CPS representatives had not responded to questions by late Monday. The study also found a correlation …
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Eendaagse training – Zoekmachine optimalisatie (SEO)

Eendaagse training – Zoekmachine optimalisatie (SEO)
Event on 2015-07-02 10:00:00

Dat 70% van de internetters niet verder kijkt dan de eerste vier zoekresultaten is een feit. En daar wilt u het liefst tussen staan?

Hoe u dat realiseert en hoe zinvol het is, leert u tijdens deze training. Wij laten u alle belangrijke principes van website optimalisatie en SEO webschrijven zien.

Voor wie is de training bedoeld?

Wilt u gedegen kennis opdoen over zoekmachine optimalisatie (SEO)? Dan is deze training iets voor u! Er is geen specifieke vooropleiding vereist en u hoeft niet technisch onderlegd te zijn.

Inhoudelijk

We behandelen alle elementen die van invloed zijn op de positie in de zoekmachines. Techniek, inhoud (content) en waardering vormen daarbij de sleutelonderwerpen.

  • Het onderwerp techniek gaat o.a. over de indexering van de website, of de huidige content aansluit bij de belangrijkste zoekwoorden en het concurrentieveld op deze zoekwoorden

  • Wat betreft het onderwerp inhoud (content) lichten we toe hoe u met tekst omgaat om vindbaar te zijn. leert u hoe u zoekmachinevriendelijke teksten schrijft.

  • Bij element waardering en populariteit van de website komen “inkomende links” uitgebreid aan bod. Hoe realiseer je deze links en hoe werkt dat?

Resultaat

Na deze training weet u hoe u van een zoeker een bezoeker maakt en hoe u die bezoeker op een goede manier informeert én activeert.

Kosten

Voor de deelname aan deze training wordt een bedrag van € 449,- excl. BTW in rekening gebracht. Dit is inclusief locatiekosten, versnaperingen gedurende de training en trainingsmateriaal.

 

Voor de training wordt uitgegaan van een maximum aantal deelnemers van 10 personen. Wees dus op tijd met aanmelden!

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For Bloomingdale's, Container Store Or Gap – Service Still Makes The Difference

For Bloomingdale's, Container Store Or Gap – Service Still Makes The Difference
FitForCommerce who shopped 300 websites and mobile sites and stores conducted the survey. Companies … The best mobile site performance was by the Container Store with a high score of 88 out of 100 with the average index at just 50 out of 100. I know …
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Who has beat One Direction and Katy Perry to top of Forbes' rich list?
Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao at a hugely-hyped boxing match back in May, and now he's beaten him again – to the top of the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid celebrities. The two of them knocked Katy Perry and One Direction into third and …
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Vader, the Joker, Han Solo make top 10 on list of greatest movie characters
If you take the bait and click on what the author of this article calls a "list" you get to a website that will not show you a "list". Instead you need to click on a different web page for everyone of the 100. Pathetic waste of time, MSN is famous for …
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