Poll Widget for Blogger

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

There are several ways to interact with your readers. The comments section for each post is one way for your readers to interact with you. If you need to find your readers' response on a particular issue, then you could use a poll.

For example, you want to find out whether your readers like your template. Then, you can include a poll on your blog with a question "How would you rate my template?". You might want to give your readers choices like "Very Good, Good, Average, Poor, Very Poor". You will get some useful information for you to take a decision.

Blogger has a standard Poll widget included as a Page element. It is quite easy and intuitive to install this widget. I won't call this a Blogger Hack. This post is mainly intended for new bloggers coming on to the Blogger platform. If you are already familiar with installing page elements, you may not find anything useful. You could go on to read my posts on related posts widget, recent posts widget or recent comments widget.


  1. Log in to your Blogger account.


  2. Click on the “Layout” link just below your blog name. This will take you to the “Page Elements” tab.


  3. Layout Link
  4. Click on the “Add a Page Element” link at the section where you want to include the poll question. You can include it in the sidebar or just below the post.



  5. In the Page Elements pop-up window, you will find the page element “Poll” on top of the window.



  6. Click the “Add to Blog” button. This will open the "Create a Poll" window for you.


  7. Poll Question
  8. Type in the question for your readers. Add the choices, one of which your readers will choose as answer. You could add more options by clicking on "Add another answer" or remove some options by clicking on "remove".


  9. By default, your reader can choose only one answer. If you want to allow your reader to choose multiple answers, then click the check box "Allow visitors to select multiple answers"


  10. You could set the closing date of the poll; the default is one week.


  11. Click on “Save”
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51 comments:

Lucky Girl May 8, 2008 at 3:10 PM  

Thanks--I never noticed the poll button. Now I have a poll on my blog!

Manick May 8, 2008 at 7:56 PM  

Hi Lucky Girl,

Thanks for your comments.

ELOI July 31, 2008 at 4:37 AM  

hello, i want to put a poll per page on my blog. but the poll of the other page shows up on the next page. how to display a poll one on every page?

Manick August 4, 2008 at 9:48 PM  

Hi ELOI,

As far as I know, you cannot do this with blogs. The blogs basically have one template and only the post content changes according to the post you choose. The widgets remain the same.

Still you could achieve different elements for different pages. But, you need to edit the HTML code and use if statements to check which page is being currently displayed and display the widget accordingly. If you are good at HTML codes, then you can try this. If not, my advice is to just keep the default.

Thanks.

The A of DNA June 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

How come this doesn't work against my black background?

Manick June 30, 2009 at 6:28 PM  

Hi "The A of DNA",

It has got nothing to do with your black background. Most likely, the CSS code on your customized template may have some problems. Please check. Thanks.

bigskinsfanj July 17, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

thanks

Manick July 17, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

Hi "bigskinsfanj",

You are welcome.

Sophia Alexandra January 9, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

it's awesome!

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i love it

80s Child August 30, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

How do I change the font? It doesn't go with the rest of my blog.. thanks.

Anonymous December 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

how can I vote more than once on a blog..plss..

A day in a tester's life December 10, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

Hi Just set the poll button in my blog : http://softwaretestingqajobs.blogspot.com/

but I want to display the results as status bars beside each answer.How can I do that

Software test training December 19, 2010 at 3:03 AM  

Polling on blogs is indeed a great tool. We, as bloggers, just have to keep them interesting enough for people to not only want to vote but also to come back and check the results. Will this tool work for any bloggin site, btw? Like wordpress and blogspot? Thanks!

Nurza Diana February 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM  

tq! i just notice the poll widget!

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Does blogger have an option to include a picture with the poll?

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Isac Lee February 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

thx alot:)

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Thats that was a great help

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thx for all information...

Anonymous May 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM  

I have added the gadjet to http://www.morecinema.com
Thanks

in the vanguard July 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

Does anybody notice a strange duplication of the POLL widget's text, being displayed in two fonts?

Rajesh Kumar August 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

Thanks,
I have started Poll on my blog www.theFunLearning.com

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart ! Very helpful

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poll gadget is broken. How do I fix it?

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are there any alternatives ? because this one is broken

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I have tried repeatedly to put up a poll on my sidebar and every time it won't save it and says I should correct errors, but doesn't say what errors. I am trying to enter six choices, but it invites you to add another choice. Frustrated.
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