Have you ever used a Poll capsule in one of your hubs?
My first time was today, in four new hubs which make "A Hitchhiking Saga." Fun way to invite participation from readers!
Where have you put the code outside Hubpages to bring traffic to your hub?
Yes and it works so well it keep readers engaged and focused in your article
I have quite a few with polls. Its a great way to get readers engaged and most everyone loves to have an opinion!
Well, that is what I thought as people gave their opinions on the subject of being safe and turning the other way or taking risks to help someone who is hitchhiking, in the Question which inspired me to rewrite my experiential stories into four hubs.
Yes I do have a few with pools but not only does it get your readers more engaged it can also help you to gain information about your readers and what they like vs what they don't like. here is an example: http://masata.hubpages.com/hub/iphone-o … -the-judge
Yes, sometimes the polls work well but usually I get more comments than poll responses. The best one was here: http://mslarayne.hubpages.com/hub/Basic … -Recording
I do use the polls quite often. The results are very interesting.
I haven't used one off site yet. I may give that a go. Thanks for the idea.
Welcome to hubpages.
Thanks for the welcome. The Tip from HP to use the code off site came up when I was publishing a new hub. I have found that my hubs do get traffic from my web site, so it makes sense if the polls can be an outpost for connecting with people.
As a matter of fact no.I am of the opinion that I had to sit and work out some metrics and I thought it might be too time consuming
I haven't really experimented with the polls, as there always seems to be that awkward time frame when my hubs have little traffic. It's almost like other people will realize the hub is still "fresh".
I use it in some of my hubs. It's a good way to elicit responses from readers. I usually share my hubs on fb, twitter, pinterest, or write another post about it on my blog then link it to my hub.^_^
I have polls on quite a few, but this one has plenty of votes. I added one poll at the top and one at the bottom, helps me find out how many people read all the way through:
http://lobobrandon.hubpages.com/hub/Gre … een-apples
Yes I have. I would only do it on my behalf if it's something that I would personally like to figure out. Polls are effective.
I may have one or two among my Hubs, but I'm not even sure about that. I generally don't use them for a few different reasons (although I'm NOT saying that using them isn't the good idea that so many people, including HP, seem to think/say they are). Here are my reasons for not using them:
1) A lot of my subjects don't necessarily lend themselves to something like a poll. I don't want to add a poll for the sake of adding a poll.
2) I've often answered polls on Hubs, then checked "results", only to find that I'm apparently the only one who answered the poll, and I'm the "100%" who voted one way or another. I don't know.... I don't get the feeling a lot of people bother with answering them.
3) When I first started on HubPages there were things Hubbers were encouraged to put on their Hubs (like news feeds). Then when it turned out they "weren't good" for Hubs HP stopped making them available. Then there were links to other Hubs we could put in. A bunch of people left, and that meant having to go over 300-plus Hubs (I've since trimmed them out)and getting rid of tons of broken links. So, I'm reluctant to add anything to a Hub that runs the risk of suddenly being discontinued if/when, for example, Google shows signs of "not liking it".
4) Google has its own agenda, and HP has its. I'm not entirely convinced that Google wouldn't see the polls as being something that's just being added "for entertainment value" or "page-staying value" only, rather than being something that adds substance/quality to the writing. Of course, if social linking and traffic is the aim, rather than hoping Google "likes" a subdomain then I guess the poll thing is less risky (and is probably a good idea).
Don't go by me, though. My traffic hasn't been all that hot over the last couple/few months anyway. What I don't know, though, is whether it's something I'm doing on here or elsewhere (which it may be because I'm always doing something with my online writing and taking my chances), whether it's something that HP doesn't like or something that Google doesn't like, or whether I'm just like so many others who have seen a big drop in traffic for reasons other than anything any one person does or doesn't do.
All I know is that if I search for information and/or just something to read I don't want to run into something with a poll that has nothing to offer but how many people voted one way or another on one Hub. BUT, I'm often out of sync with what a lot of people do.
Yes, I try to include a poll or a quiz in almost every hub I write. Creating interaction keeps readers interested. Sometimes, the polls are just fun; other times I'm hoping to collect useful information to guide future writing, and sometimes, when I try for it, I get it.
Yes, my friend, I have. Used properly, I find they can add some clarity to the subject at hand, while allowing the readers a chance to participate.
I have a hub that is about the former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. I used a poll in that hub asking what type of Government readers think would be the best type of Government in Pakistan. The poll proved very successful and was a useful way of measuring public opinion for me.
by Paul Deeds 15 years ago
We just released an update to the site. The biggest change is the addition of the first new capsule in a long, long time -- the often requested poll capsule. Here is a sample hub with a poll. We've also added a new forum called Extreme Hub Makeover. It's a place where people...
by Ryan Hupfer 15 years ago
One our super-amazing engineers, Fawntia posted her first blog over here last night: http://blog.hubpages.com/2008/09/the-new-poll-capsule/She gives a great insider's look on the new Poll Capsule that she developed, how many people are using it and some of the more interesting Hubbers who have...
by Margaret Perrottet 11 years ago
I have poll capsules in two of my hubs that don't seem to be working properly. They don't seem to give the user a chance to answer, but instead show what has already been answered. I'm not sure if there is a flag set once you've answered the question so that you can't answer it again,...
by Shadesbreath 14 years ago
I'd like to be able to use the poll capsule as a rhetorical device. Right now, you "click to see responses" and it opens up a "complete" poll with the results. Is there anyway you could add an option to allow for the "right answer" to show up after the...
by Joel Lantz 6 years ago
I have a poll capsule at the end of a recent Hub asking readers to evaluate its helpfulness. Dozens of readers but only two voters. I even asked people I know to evaluate the hub in this way, but apparently none have done so... OR might they have tried but been blocked? Might HubPages block...
by YogaKat 9 years ago
I have one hub in particular where a poll after comments from guest users could really up the traffic. I think guest users would find it fun to echo off each others responses.
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