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Try Adding a Survey To Your Blog or Website

Testing

Surveys are like tests!

If you’re a blogger, it’s always great to know that people are reading what you’re posting.  Most people, I would think, take pride in their writing – and like to know that it resonates with some people.

Of course not every blog will have a universal appeal to all audiences.  Some readers prefer to connect with the blogger, and like to feel as if they’re getting to know the person a bit.  Other readers don’t care about such things, and are primary interested in obtaining information that can help them.  I compare it how some TV viewers prefer comedy shows, and others might prefer documentaries – or whatever continuum you might come up with.

Along those lines, personal finance blogs are probably no different.  In addition to the dimensions to which I alluded above, there are also specific topics that some people prefer over others.  For example, people might have different levels of interest in posts relating to debt, jobs, making money, saving money, extreme frugality, taxes, side hustles, investing, and so on.  There are probably subcategories within each of these topics that are of particular interest.  Within investing, as an example, some people might be interested in individual stocks, others in mutual funds, yet others in gold or silver, or Januarybe even real estate.

So, when we are writing posts, how do you we know how well our posts resonate with our readers?  One way might be through comments.  Another could be through people linking back to you.  Yet another way might be through retweets.  Januarybe even analyzing visitors per post.

Aside from those metrics, another way to understand what’s working and what people would like to see would be to simply ask them.  Using a survey to understand your reader preferences might actually help you on a go forward basis.

You could ask them what they like about your blog – and what they like least.  You could ask them about topics that truly interest them in general, and which types of topics generate little interest.  Actually, you could ask all kinds of questions that could help you out.

There are probably all kinds of survey and poll plug-ins that can be used.  Personally, I’ve tried Survey Monkey.  You can create a survey with a variety of different question types (set answers, open ended, etc).  You can also have them rate, rank, answer multiple choice questions, and approach it other ways as well. Each on a question-by-question basis.  Just put a link on your site, and then you can see the results when they come in.  Then take the learnings and apply them!

If you’re purely doing this for fun, Januarybe adding a survey doesn’t matter to you.  If you’re looking to grow a blog, and potentially make money with a blog, it couldn’t hurt to get such information.  After all, companies spend time and money doing market research – so why can’t we do this as bloggers?

Readers, how do you learn about what your readers like about your blog? Or, about what they are interested in overall? Would you ever consider running a survey?

 

5 Ways Bloggers Can Use Fiverr to Outsource Tasks

The Number 5

Taking a chance on $5 Services!

In the world of digital money, we can bank, invest, and shop online.  With barriers to entry weakened, there are many different business and entrepreneurs who can take advatange of this stage to get their products to you.  This can push prices downward, which in man cases helps the end consumer.

One such source for low-cost deals is Fiverr.  Have you ever really spent time to check it out?  I really hadn’t paid much attention to it until recently, just perusing it to see what it was all about.  However,  when going through the site for a specific purpose recently, I realized that there are a ton of different things that one can get for the low cost of just $5.  Yes, are are tons of things that can even be outsourced for $5.

This is where I decided to consider how to use Fiverr for outsourcing blogging tasks.  I almost feel bad that people are just getting $5 for such things, at that doesn’t seem like a lot of money for one’s time.  However, it’s a free market and if that’s the going rate, then I’ll take a look!

In honor of the $5 price point, and to serve as an example of the value of this site, here are 5 tasks that bloggers can outsource on Fiverr:

1) Blog Header

Starting a new blog? Or, do you have a header you don’t want – but don’t want to spend the time putting one together?  This is where you can get low cost help.

Take a look at the header at the top of this page.  Yes, this was purchased through Fiverr.  I offered up my specs, paid the $5, and hoped for the best.  It was my first and only foray into Fiverr, but I thought I would give it a try.  The result was a functional header that was pretty much what I was looking for: black background, with silver or similar lettering.

Granted, I can admit that this isn’t a super glamorous header.  A more snazzy, detailed one might have been able to be purchased for quite a bit more.  However, a basic header was good for this site at this particular point in getting started, and I was pleased with getting this for just $5 while being turned around is 1 day.  The designer even gave a 2nd version, just in case.  I went with this one, and can be considered a pleased customer.

Some other things that you might be able to get for $5 (I haven’t paid for any of these):

2) Twitter Background

Again, I haven’t done this.  But given that my Twitter background is quite basic at this early point in the blog’s life, I might explore this in the future.

Just searching Fiverr, I can see quite a few opportunites to get a Twitter background for $5.  TONS of people were advertising this service, which really speaks to how the competition can be quite intense.  I like that, from the perspective of a potential consumer.  With such a massive number of people trying to do something very similar at the same price, it makes sense that to get a lot of repeat orders they should work to be very good.

3) E-Book Cover

Have an e-book that you’re writing? Or, perhaps you’re considering writing one in the future?  This is yet another option for that $5.  I saw people describing the end product as “professional”, and some noted 24 hour turnaround.  Certainly worth keeping in mind, at the very least!

4) Keyword Research

Now, this appears to run the gamut of possible services.  From specific keywords for niches, or analysis, or other tasks altogether, there is no shortage of people that offer these services.  I haven’t used any of this, so I can’t speak for the output at all.  That being said, you can see the rating percentage as well as read individual reviews of the services.  That might offer some useful information before shelling out that $5!

5) Voice-Over

Considering making a video, or just need a voiceover for something you’re trying to add to your blog?  There are people offering their services on Fiverr that advertise just those types of things.  You could even get things in different accents!  Not a mainstream blogger need, perhaps, but an interesting option that’s there!

Other services I noticed:  facebook fans, twitter followers, blog promotion…and the list goes on.

Readers: have you ever used Fiverr for anything, blogging or otherwise? After checking it out, is there anything that seems interesting that caught your eye as a good deal for $5?