A great blog article will teach you something, entertain you, or open your eyes to issues in the world.
A greater blog article will do what a great blog article does and include you in it.
What am I talking about here? Including your visitor/reader in your blog article doesn’t have to be rocket-science:
- Ask a question at the end of your post.
- Include a link to other people’s blog articles that have the same topic.
- Or, simply add a poll to your post.
First, lets start off finding out what a poll is, and its purpose:
An opinion poll is a survey of public opinion (what the visitors think) from a particular sample (your visitors). Opinion polls are usually designed to represent the opinions of a population by conducting a series of questions (your options on your poll) and then extrapolating generalities in ratio (percentages that are gathered afterwards) or within confidence intervals. (Source)
A Poll’s Use:
- Find out your visitors/audience’s opinion
- Learn something new about your visitor’s demographics (depending on your questions)
- Find out what the majority of your readers would rather have (which can be useful for numerous things, such as deciding what to post about, how to design your blog, etc)
How to get one:
There are thousands of “Free” poll generators that do a pretty good job at what they are supposed to do. However, one in particular stands out from the rest.. Polldaddy was the one that I used to create the poll below, in about 20 seconds. It was as simple as deciding the title, questions and then the design. It was acquired by Automattic (the same people who run WordPress) and is free.
Do you use polls on your blog or website? Have you learned things about your visitors?