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How to Create a Poll for your Blog

Polls are always a good way to know the opinion of readers. Most of us have participated in polls on websites and blogs. A poll allows you to ask your website visitors or email respondents a question for which you will give them a series of answers to choose from.

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Recently I too conducted a poll on my blog. Online polls are also a very useful statistic resource because they allow you to find out what visitors think or what they need. Here are few resources to create a good poll.

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1. Poll Daddy: PollDaddy is an online tool, which allows you to create free polls and place them on your website, blog, MySpace, Hi5, Friendster or Xanga account or anywhere online that you can paste a bit of JavaScript or Flash.

2. Easy-Poll: Easy Poll is an easy and effective way to add variety to your online service and make it more interactive. Easy-Poll has the largest selection of patterns and colors for free polls. They offer two sorts of polls: a yes or no poll and a multiple-choice poll.

3. Ballot-Box: Ballot-Box allows you to create 15 questions for your poll and each question can have 15 answers. Poll appearance are completely customizable with real-time updates and poll results. Poll results can be made private or public and also prevents users from voting twice.

4. Snap Poll: Snap Poll is another free service offering Polls. Snap Polls does not require any sign-ups, so creating polls are really fast. Snap polls also allows customization of polls and prevents multiple voting.

5. Vizu: Vizu allows you to create web polls and put them on your blog or website. Vizu polls are compatible with Blogger, Xanga, WordPress, Typepad and mySpace.

Create your own poll as polls are successful way to attract visitors back to your blog.

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38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. Benedict Herold

    June 30, 2007 at 1:17 am

    I would prefer to use integrated polling system rather than using external. WP-Polls is good option for WordPress users. What you say?

  2. Ashish Saini (Ashfame)

    June 30, 2007 at 2:37 am

    I have used poll daddy once. Can you tell advantages of other services, if any? 😐

  3. LISTIKAL

    June 30, 2007 at 4:58 am

    I would prefer to use integrated polling system rather than using external. WP-Polls is good option for WordPress users. What you say?

    I didn’t even know about PollDaddy until recently. It looks much more impressive then the WP-Poll plugin, which I’ve used in the past.

  4. Eric

    June 30, 2007 at 5:08 am

    Referring to a comment above, has anyone used WP-Polls with wordpress 2.2? i too like to have everything integrated into my site.

  5. Shankar Ganesh

    June 30, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Nice compilation. My vote is for PollDaddy. I like the fact that we can customize the look of such polls.

  6. nirmaltv

    June 30, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    @Benedict,
    I have never tried WP Polls. Will surely check it out.

    @Ashish,
    I have reviewed most common features. You can check the other features at the sites.

    I too like poll daddy and Vizu.

  7. Vijay

    June 30, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I would prefer using Wp Polls simply because it is customizable and does not have any labeling like “Poll daddy” on its polls.

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  10. ram

    June 30, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Good compilation, i haven’t used any of these but i would prefer wp-poll if i had to use rather than external sites. I guess with integrated system you will have an option to see the past polls at any time.

  11. Brown Baron

    June 30, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Hmm I never ran a poll before but it seems interesting enough to do. I’ll have to check out some of these.

  12. Oznob43

    July 1, 2007 at 12:10 am

    Blogflux.com has polls too, though I’ve never used it before and don’t know how good they are.

  13. Madhur Kapoor

    July 1, 2007 at 12:35 am

    I generally prefer using plugins for the said purpose but will try these also .

  14. Grace

    July 1, 2007 at 4:22 am

    I’ve never tried WP polls either. I usually use PollDaddy. It works out pretty good. 😛

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  17. nirmaltv

    July 1, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Since many readers have suggested UP polls, I’ll definitely give it a try. 🙂

  18. vaibhav

    July 3, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    polls are not only important for blogs but for sites as well. good compilation of sites.

  19. nirmaltv

    July 3, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    @Vaibav,
    Polls are sometimes important when you want to ask the opinion of readers regrading some topics on your blog.
    I agree its more important for Websites.

  20. My Financial Mistakes

    July 4, 2007 at 9:52 am

    It’s a good idea to add polls to my website. I was also looking at this information. I’m glad to see your site. Thanks for the info…

  21. Gili

    July 5, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Nirmal, Zoho polls is another option.
    I will try it soon at AVE and keep you posted.

    Gili

  22. Nirmal

    July 5, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Gili,
    Thanks for that info.

  23. pierro

    July 5, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    im glad to know you in my technorati fav`s 🙂

    but take a look on:
    http://www.pollpub.com/
    a nice one

    or http://www.quibblo.com.
    not great, but for free

  24. Andrew Kontra

    July 7, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Will try out the poll on my site. :mrgreen:

  25. nirmaltv

    July 7, 2007 at 11:24 am

    @Pierro,
    Thanks for sharing those links.

    @Andrew,
    I fell you should definitely try it out. It help to knoe your readers opinion. 🙂

  26. JennyHow

    July 10, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    i use to use poll daddy, but i find it is loading too slowly, so i had to remove it in the end.

  27. WordPress Plugin Advice

    July 21, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    It would be a good idea to actually include wordpress polls plug-in in the review.

    I recently had an experience of customizing these polls. Some of these are quite amazing and blend quite easily in wordpress.

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  29. nirmaltv

    July 23, 2007 at 10:15 am

    @WordPress Plugin Advice,
    I’ll definitely try out the WP polls.

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  31. David Nicolosi

    June 19, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Poll Daddy got into the market at the right time. There were little to no other viable polling solution and they were able to capitalize on that fact. Several years later there is still a lack of competition as Poll Daddy has reigned supreme… but that may soon change.

    Poll Authority (http://www.PollAuthority.com) has opened in public beta and is set to try to de-throne the current polling solution king. Even with Poll Daddy’s 2+ year head-start, Poll Authority already has matched their bevy of features while offering a more robust and user-friendly control panel for Poll Management. Paid accounts are currently 1/4 of that of Poll Daddy’s and there are no limits on the Free plan.

    For a detailed list of features check out the Poll Authority lens: http://www.squidoo.com/PollAuthority

  32. Jyothish R

    May 5, 2009 at 8:43 am

    login to this site and participate the pole about “who is more sexy”

  33. Martin

    May 9, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Maybe you can try this poll. There is 4 type of charts. http://letsgodynamic.com/online-poll-widget.php

  34. UrtakFan

    June 23, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I love this new website that I found! Urtak.com is a polling site that has a bunch of surveys that people have created about all sorts of topics. The coolest thing is that even the surveyed can insert questions into an existing survey. Check it out!

  35. Poll Stain

    June 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Online Opinion Polls is very good for online user with any issue and any topics. Polls advice is direct affect to such issue.
    For more Opinion Polls or Create Polls, go for this url.

  36. obamamama

    August 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    thx

  37. Vanessa G

    June 30, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I have been using micropoll for so long on my website. I think they have the best features for a completely free polling software. I like their geographical response map.

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