How To Add Surveys To Your SiteBy: Dave Taylor
May 26th, 2009
Giving out a link to take a survey is pretty easy, but I think it would be much easier if I could just put a survey directly it into my website. So my questions is, how do I put a survey into my website without having to send out a link?
[I am good friends with the folk at SurveyGizmo.com. In fact, we used to share an office suite! When I saw this question arise, I asked them if they'd be willing to answer it, and I'm glad to have received the following terrific response from Brittany Heidtke on the team.]
To get started, you'll want to create a free account at SurveyGizmo.com and click "Create Survey" to get started. You can use one of the pre-made templates, or start with a blank survey.
You'll start adding questions to the Question Editor page, which looks like this:
You can add as many questions as you need, as well as insert more advanced features like email auto-responders or conditional question logic. If you do plan on embedding the survey in your website one gotcha to look out for is under the Look & Feel tab. You'll want to set the survey theme to the "Embeddable Theme" which will strip out most of the formatting and let the survey appear more seamless in your web page.
When you're done with Look & Feel, go over to the Publish tab and Click the "Launch Your Survey Now" button:
Once you do this, you are given a variety of link options to hand out to survey takers, and if you scroll down a little bit you'll see the three embedding options.
It also gives you two other embed options, the iFrame, as well as the HTML for the first page of the survey (this is ideal for embedding surveys into sites like MySpace).
VoilĂ you're done! It's pretty easy to embed a survey into a website, where ever you need it.
About the Author: Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is internationally known as an expert on both business and technology issues. Holder of an MSEd and MBA, author of twenty books and founder of four startups, he also runs a strategic marketing company and consults with firms seeking the best approach to working with weblogs and social networks. Dave is an award-winning speaker and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs. AskDaveTaylor.com http://www.intuitive.com/blog/