Get Opinions, Get Answers, Spark Debate -- All by Using Polls!
The poll section is one ideal way to encourage more interaction on your leaf. People love to give their opinions, and it's very telling to see answers to questions with a simple click of the button. There are many uses for the poll section, as you'll come to find out! Add one to your already published Zujava leaves, or add them to your up and coming leaves. Poll, poll, poll your vote!
Open up your leaf to new interaction!
Interaction is another form of information. When readers interact, even if just clicking a poll vote, they're helping to form an interesting and useful poll on your subject matter.
Make your leaf the good looking one in the crowd. Putting a poll in between large blocks of content (just once in a while) can be a good way to break up big blocks of text.
Last, and most importantly, the poll section can give you opinions. Yes, it's passive form of opinion, but nonetheless, an opinion. You'll have a better feel for what your audience is thinking about once you add the right poll.
Ask questions, get answers
The poll section is a very powerful tool. With it, you can find out what your audience is thinking, and can even encourage them to comment based on your questions. How? That's what this leaf is for. Let's give you 5, no make, that 25. Heck, let's make it 50 whopping ideas for the poll section!
1. Ask the reader a question about the topic that would be interesting to see the results of.
2. Pit two characters of a novel against each other in a poll, and see who the crowd likes/roots for.
3. Pit two politicians against each other. Very powerful, and very popular around election time!
4. Start a tournament, and have your readers decide upon the winner in a multi-leaf experience (like the heavy metal tournament).
5. Have readers become the biggest endorsements for an Amazon product. Ask questions about what they like best about the product below an Amazon section. Instant opinions and feedback!
6. Learn more about your audience. Since polling is anonymous, why not ask how old they are, or what search engine brought them here? It will tell you a lot about your readers, which is invaluable.
7. Ask quick yes/no questions. A clear winner will be determined, making decisions much easier.
8. Write your own Zujava biography leaf, and ask the readers to vote for their favorite leaf!
9. Make your reviews even better. Get readers to answer what the biggest problems are with a product.
10. Use the poll section as a marketing tool. Ask readers where they'd like to catch up with you next - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, LinkedIn? Then, link to your profiles below the poll in a text or link section.
Vote below for your favorite!
Don't forget, you can also leave a description in this area as well!
11. Create a biography leaf featuring all of your best work on Zujava, and ask readers to vote on their favorite.
12. Instead of featuring your just your own leaves, create a best-of-topic leaf and ask readers to vote on the best one.
13. Add a poll before the comments at the bottom of the page. This will provide a great basis for the comments they'll leave!
14. Use the description of a poll section as a text section. Include photos, text, and anything you'd normally include in a text section.
15. Promote a charity on Zujava and ask how the reader will contribute to the cause using a poll.
16. Ask readers what they'd like to see next. Give a list of possible additions to the leaf, and you'll get your answers on what they want to see.
17. Also ask what leaf they'd like to see next from you. This is a great way to gauge the feeling of the community.
18. Encourage additional votes by clicking the "share" button located within each poll. Share on Twitter, Facebook, and more!
19. Get more referrals by publishing a writer's how-to, and asking if they'd like to make money by publishing on Zujava. Then, provide your banner/referral link above or below the poll.
20. Ask the crowd where they'll share your content. Pinterest? Facebook? This is a reminder to have them socially share your content.
21. Drive traffic to your blog by highlighting your best posts in a poll section. Link to those posts, and ask the readers to come back and vote for their favorite.
22. Add a visual to your poll by adding an image to the description above the poll (makes it even more appealing sometimes!).
23. Do some testing on your own website by creating an extensive poll with questions. Ask readers about their favorite features, least favorite, and ask for explanation in the comments.
24. If publishing a travel leaf, ask readers to vote on their favorite part of that region.
25. As a quicker option than leaving a comment, polls can aggregate opinions. Leave opinions in the poll, and see what readers agree with the most!
26. Tune up performance on your website by offering a user performance poll on Zujava. How are page loads, site navigation, and other site essentials working?
27. When a poll yields astonishing results, either in volume or by the type of answer that you didn't expect to win, announce it somewhere on the leaf! This will encourage even more voting.
28. Place a poll on recipe leaves, and ask the readers/chefs how the recipe turned out.
29. Create an Amazon product battle by putting a specific product against competing products. Who wins? Good PR for the winner.
30. Utilize the Pinterest section back to back with a poll section. Works great for niche oriented pins/Pinterest accounts.
Photo right of a polling station by secretlondon123.
Make the most of the poll section
by filling out the title, subtitle, and description. You can even add images to the description area!
31. Under a YouTube video, ask the viewer to rate the video in a poll, or ask their opinion.
32. Have a Flickr account? Grab your Creative Commons 2.0 photos, and paste the URLs in a Flickr section. Beneath, have the users vote for their favorite pics!
33. Works great in the pop culture world. Have readers vote for their favorite character, TV show, movie, sequel, artists, or item.
34. Polls are perfect for getting ideas. Get some ideas on how people use a specific product, or how it's changed the way they do things.
35. Instant election poll results! For local or nationwide elections, take your own poll. The results could be interesting.
36. Create a leaf series around your polls. Voting is powerful, and democratic. Competitions, tournaments, and research can all be conducted using polls.
37. Give audiences globally the opportunity to vote locally or nationally. Poll results with a global audience can be far different from those within a specific country (think elections, products, and ideas).
38. Talk about the poll results. Talking about the poll is the best way to get people to vote on the poll.
39. Create a quiz using a poll. Hide the answers at the bottom of the leaf, with a link to see the answers (link to that specific section).
40. Link to your poll, and get more results. Link to the poll (the exact section) from other places on the web, including other leaves.
Picture of question mark by Alexander Henning Drachmann.
41. Vote for a favorite resource.
42. Vote for a favorite website.
43. Have readers come up with a solution. Ask a question, provide potential answers, along with an answer for "other". Link to the comments section for further explanation (and great user generated content!).
44. Build a loyal audience. Tap into your audience's problems, thoughts, and needs by asking questions. If the question resonates with them, the results will be interesting. Now, you'll need to answer the question on the leaf!
45. Find writing topics with polls. Ask the readers certain questions to find out which topics they'll be interested in for future leaf ideas.
46. Blog about your poll or poll results. Get even more readers and voters by building up the importance of the poll in your post.
47. Solve problems that you're having by creating a poll. Not only can you solve others problems, but you can solve your own!
48. Pit bestsellers against each other, including books, electronics, and other hot products. Think iPad vs. Nook vs. Kindle Fire, or Hunger Games vs. Twilight.
49. Change history with a poll. Spark activism by asking readers what they want to see happen in the world, in politics, or elsewhere.
50. Make more money with polls. It's a great way to add a lot more content, ideas, and interactivity on your leaf. Great content drives traffic, which can in turn drive sales and make you, the publisher, more money.
There are plenty more ways to use the poll section. Add #51 in the comments!