How To Create A Reader Survey On Your WordPress Blog

(Last Updated On: June 27, 2019)
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So, you want your reader’s feedback?

That’s a brilliant idea!

The best way for getting your reader’s authentic feedback is through surveys

Surveys allow everybody to participate even your silent readers who are too shy to leave comments on blog posts

They also make your readers feel involved and they get the feeling of ownership

It shows that they are being valued and listened to

Everybody wants to be head,right?

Adding on to that, knowing your audience’s interests and expectations is a great way of improving your user experience

It is a way of building a strong relationship with your audience which will result in higher conversions

So, how do you go about it?

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How To Create A Reader Survey On Your Blog

The old school way for creating surveys where:

a) Write a survey in the form of a blog post and ask your readers to leave their feedback in the comment section

This worked pretty well back then especially on well-established sites but the downside of this method is that only a few readers would participate

Why? This is the same with blog commenting,

Your mousy readers won’t participate, not everyone is comfortable with sharing her/his opinion in public

Also, your competitors will use the information (provided by your readers) to improve their blogs and obviously beat you in the game

b) Use a survey plugin that lists all questions at once

Some sites use this method but they hardly get the results they want

A long list of questions is so overwhelming and dull, in most cases a reader won’t complete a survey

Honestly, these types of surveys are boring I personally wouldn’t waste my time reading and checking every question

So, what is the best way of creating a survey?

The best way is to make your surveys feel more human

Make your readers feel like they are having a face to face conversation with you

That way almost 80% of your readers will participate,

Even if you have a long list of questions they will probably complete your survey without noticing

To create this type of a survey you need a conversational form plugin

Which allows you to ask one question at a time

I am going to show you the best plugin to use and how to create a conversational form

How To Create Conversational Forms In WordPress

Folks used to create conversational forms using SAAS (software as a service) tools which stored their forms data on its servers

This means trusting the third party for your data security

Amongst all those SAAS applications Typeform was the most popular one but it is expensive especially to small bloggers

Their premium plan starts at $350 USD a year and if you want more features then it will cost $700 USD a year!

They have a freemium plan but it’s too limited which is why it is less attractive for WordPress users

Luckily the WPForms team upgraded their contact form plugin and they have created a Typeform alternative for WordPress

Conversational Forms by WPForms lets you create interactive forms for only $199 USD a year

That’s not all, the WPForms pro plan gives you unlimited forms, surveys, polls and more powerful features

Unlike SaaS tools, WPForms is an open source plugin which means all your form data is stored on your site

Creating Conversational Forms In WordPress

Itching to start creating your first survey?

Let’s get this party started!

First you need to install and activate WPForms

WPForms is a lite weight contact form plugin downloaded by over 1 million WordPress users

It is mainly used for creating contact pages for free, read this tutorial if you haven’t created your contact page

A Quick Reminder: You need at least a Pro plan to access the conversational forms addon

Remember as a Blogger’s Jungle user you get 60% off on all WPForms licences use this code: SUMMER60

Once you have activated the plugin, on your WordPress dashboard visit WPForms >> Settings add your license key and click verify key

You can find your license key information in your account area on WPForms website

Verify WPForms license key

Now that you have verified your license key, go to WPForms >> addons and find the Conversational Form addon

Click install and the plugin will install and activate the Conversational Form addon within a few seconds

Click install addon

This is where we are now,

When you see the addon status as ‘Active’ it means that you can start using it

WPForms conversational form addon active

You can enable conversational forms for any form that you have created with WPForms:

  • Survey forms
  • User registration form
  • Clients feedback form
  • Event registration form
  • Donations Forms

Since we are going to create a conversational survey form in this guide, you need to create a regular survey form first

In your WordPress admin area Click WPForms >> Add New

It’s very easy to create a form with WPForms

It uses a simple drag and drop interface, you can drag form fields on the left side to the form fields on the right side

Here is how WPForms survey form editor (sample) looks like:

Editing a survey form with WPForms

After adding your survey questions, click settings >> conversational forms on your left panel

Check ‘enable conversational form mode’ to activate the conversational form settings and customization options

Enable conversational form mode in WPForms

These options allow you to design a beautiful conversational form landing page with your message, logo and brand colours

conversational form landing page

Enter a short descriptive title for your form on the ‘Conversational form title’ box

You can write anything, for example: Please, Take our Survey!

WPForms Conversational form title

Next, add a short message in the message field to encourage folks to complete your form

conversational form landing page message field

You are doing great! as you scroll down you will see the permalink option

It’s is a unique URL for your conversational form landing page

WPForms automatically creates permalinks for each conversational form by using your form’s title

You can change the URL if you like

You may want to use this URL in your email campaigns or social media posts, so make sure it’s short and simple

Now let’s customize your conversational form by adding a header logo

Click upload image and upload your logo

Below that there is a checkbox option to hide WPForms branding,

Check the box if you don’t want to display ‘Powered by WPForms’ message on your form

Upload logo on conversational form landing page

Do you want to preview how the branding appears? simply click preview conversational form on the top right corner

conversational form preview option

After that, you can customize your form submit button and background page colours by selecting your brand colours in the Colour Scheme

You can use the colour picker if you don’t see your brand colours amongst the pre-set colours

choose a colour scheme for your conversational form

Next, there is a progress bar option, there are two styles: Percentage and Proportion

You have an option to choose one style, the screenshot below shows how each progress bar looks:

Conversational form progress bar styles

After configuring all your settings don’t forget to preview and see how your conversational form looks on a live site

Now click ‘save

Yay you did it!

You have created your conversational form

Congrats!

You can now add your conversational form landing page link to your WordPress navigation menu, social media updates, blog posts or use it in your email campaigns

You may also want to check out this tutorial: How to track your blog traffic in WordPress

Wrapping Up

It’s a good practice to survey your blog readers every now and then.

This helps you build a strong relationship with your readers and improve their experience on your blog

Remember you can not guess what they expect from you or their experience on your blog

You need to ask for their feedback,

A simple and effective way to get their feedback is by creating surveys with WPForms’ Conversational Forms addon

It is guaranteed to increase user engagement and response rate.

Have you ever created a reader survey before? how were the results? what tool did you use? please let me know in the comment section below

Do you have any question(s)? Feel free to ask me I am always ready to help

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