Are you wondering what your blog readers think about the latest trend or the big news of the week? Or, just curious what topics they’d like you to blog more about? It’s easy to ask them by adding a survey to your blog!
A survey can be as simple as one yes or no question, or several pages of multiple choice and essay questions. But if you want responses it’s best to keep your survey easy and simple.
How can you add a survey to your blog?
First, decide what you want to ask. Write out your survey questions and decide what type of responses you’ll be collecting. That way you know which survey tool will work best for your survey.
Next, choose a survey tool that works with your blogging platform. Some survey tools will host the survey on their servers so you just link to them, and that works with any blogging platform. Others tools are setup as WordPress plugins you can use on self-hosted WordPress blogs.
Here are some options to consider:
- WP-Polls: This plugin allows you to create a poll from right within your WordPress admin area. You can setup a question and answer options. Visitors can select one answer or multiple answers and submit
- Google Docs: With Google Docs you can create a survey and then share it’s link to collect responses. Your survey responses are stored in a spreadsheet in your Google Docs account.
- FreeOnlineSurveys: The free version is limited to 50 responses in a 10 day period. This site will create popup code you can add to your site to pop open a window with the survey in it.
- SurveyMonkey: A popular option for creating surveys with different types of questions, SurveyMonkey offers both free and paid accounts. SurveyMonkey hosts the survey on their website and gives you a link to use to collect responses. Free accounts get basic analytics and access. Paid accounts have access to charts and graphics and more extensive analytics as well as other upgraded options.
- Poll Daddy: Offering lots of poll and survey options, PollDaddy is another website that lets you choose from a free basic account or upgrade to a paid account for more features. Also gives you a link to share to collect responses.
- TwtPoll: If you’re on Twitter, you might check out TwtPoll which lets you create a poll or a survey and offers a free account (as well as paid upgrades). This service makes it super easy to share your poll on the social networks as well as offering a short link to your poll.
Once you’ve chosen your service, you’ll create the poll or survey by adding your questions and saving them. Then you can add it to your blog either by linking to your survey or embedding it in a widget or page, depending on which option you chose to create your survey.Now that you have a list of options to choose from, your biggest challenge will be deciding what to ask your readers first!
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Michelle Shaeffer has been a work at home mom for more than 10 years and loves to share the tips and strategies she’s learned to help other home based business owners balance, manage, and market their businesses.
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