How Polls Improve Blog Content

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By Kevin RR Williams

SOCIAL MEDIA Perhaps you have noticed the inclusion of more polls on A Bit More Healthy blog this year. They have been integrated for several reasons. Some people are shy about typing responses into the comment section. Clicking a multiple-choice reply is easier. Though not scientific, polls help to gauge topics of interest to readers. Some of the polls begin weeks in advance of published blog articles. A good example is the rather innocuous query about the age children should receive their own cell phone. Within hours, the poll was on the "featured" list and over 700 respondents shared their opinion. Such interest led to an article on this blog.

Are you timid about taking polls? Some people equate polls with surveys, which generally have more questions. Perhaps you wonder how some polls can include geographical information. Signing up for GoPollGo is easy via Twitter or Facebook login. Integrated data creates dynamic graphs on the GoPollGo social media website. Like Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest, it's possible to "follow" and "like" others.* Instead of sending tweets, GoPollGo members create polls. And doing so couldn't be easier. You just type a question and then type two or more possible responses. Click if you wish to add a description, tweet it or make it private. If you want it on your blog, just click the "Embed" button to copy and paste the code.

GoPollGo has been acquired by Yahoo! Embedded polls arre no longer supported.

Honestly, many of the GoPollGo polls are downright silly but some can be used to get a consensus of appropriate blog topics. Be certain to craft distinct responses to see a clear trend. When a viewer sees multiple possible answers and there is no "all of the above" then he usually fails to participate. For example, you may wish to find out if the majority of the audience on a food blog prefer gluten-free recipes. Don't complicate the issue by having readers think about how many and at what times they have eaten GF meals. If they need to confer with a calendar, they will likely not respond. Fifty seven percent of GoPollGo respondents report an average of less than 20 responses per poll. However, it's possible for some to go "viral" and receive hundreds of replies.

Let's review the advantages. You enjoy good health? Check. You want to read informative articles related to your interests? Check. So when a poll is included here, try to overcome natural timidity. Your responses indirectly help us to help you become A Bit More Healthy by shaping the articles included here in the future. If you are still opposed to polls, please share why in your comments below. Currently, the benefits of embedded polls are being weighed against the slightly increased page load time.

* Speaking of "Like," did you know you can up-vote replies in the comment section of this blog? By doing so, they rise to the top for prominent visibility.