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Typepad 101: Use surveys to poll your blog readers

Welcome to Typepad 101! Whether you want to add some new features to your blog's design, or simply make your blog more functional, Typepad 101 has you covered. The tip is suitable for bloggers at all levels - no special tricks or upgrades needed.

From time to time on your blog, you may want to take the temperature of your readership or get input from your blog's community. Surveys and polls are a quick way to see what people think. You can ask your readers what movie you should see this weekend, get ideas of what they want to see more of on your blog, or anything you want to know!

There are many great third-party tools available that guide you through the process of making a survey. SurveyMonkey, Polldaddy, and Google Drive Forms all offer free survey generators and tools to track the responses you receive. (We have detailed information on using Google Drive Forms in the Knowledge Base.)

Simply go to the site you wish to use and create a new survey or form. You'll be guided through the process of adding questions (multiple choice, essay, rating, etc.) and be able to preview the result as it will appear on your blog.

After configuring the survey form, you'll be provided with the code to embed the survey within your blog. Look for the embed on website option to get the code which will work best on your Typepad blog. You can add the survey to your blog post or sidebar module.

To add the survey to a post, you'll need to use HTML > Convert Line Breaks or Markdown mode when composing your post. If you prefer to work in Rich Text, it is best to complete the rest of your post before adding the survey code as you won't be able to switch back to Rich Text. Click on the HTML tab in the editor, open the HTML tab drop-down menu, and select Convert Line Breaks (recommended) or Markdown. Paste the code for the survey in the post where you want the survey to appear. You can use the Preview button to see how the survey will appear on your blog, instead of switching to Rich Text. Click Publish when you are ready for your survey to go live! The same steps can be used for adding a survey to a Page.

If you don't see your survey when previewing your post, don't fret! The survey will display on your published blog.

To add the survey to the sidebar of your blog, you can use the Embed Your Own HTML module. You'll want to make sure to select a narrow width for your survey when configuring it to fit the sidebar. Go to Design > Content in Typepad, select the Embed Your Own HTML module, and click Add This Module. Paste the code for the survey in the pop-up window and click OK. After rearranging the module in the sidebar, click Save Changes to update your blog.

Check out the survey we created using Polldaddy below and let us know what you think!

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