7 Ways To Get More Repeat Traffic To Your Site

7 Ways To Get More Repeat Traffic To Your Site

by: Ken Hill

1. Make all or part of your site into a valuable directory.
Set up different sections of your site for people to submit their ezines, articles, ebooks or affiliate programs to such as marketing, writing, publishing, etc.
Your directory will not only increase your repeat traffic but will also help you to attract very targeted visitors to your site that are interested in your products or the products of affiliate programs youกve joined.
2. Publish a whatกs new section.
This section will keep your visitors up to date on any new additions to your site and is especially useful if your site is constantly updated by you or by your visitors who submit their own content to your site.
3. Provide resources on your site that your visitors can use on a regular basis such as a search engine submitter, email formatter or meta tag checker.
4. Add a discussion board to your site where your visitors can network with each other.
Post your own tips and advice to your board along with your signature file and use your discussion board to get to know your visitors better.
This will help you to continue to improve your product, copy, and service and can also help you to gain ideas about new products for you to offer your visitors.
5. Create a list that your visitors can subscribe to that announces to them when your site is updated.
For instance if you ran an article directory you could list the titles and descriptions of the newest article submissions to your site along with the URLs where your subscribers can view them.
You could also use your list to increase your revenue by selling sponsor ads to people who would like to advertise to your list.
6. Make polls and surveys available on your site.
Running your own polls or surveys, in addition to providing you with more repeat traffic, can also help you to acquire valuable information from your visitors.
For instance your polls and surveys could be used to find out how effective your copy is and to measure your customersก satisfaction with your products or customer service.
Your polls and surveys can also provide you with needed feedback that you can use when deciding on new products to add to your product line.
7. Publish an ezine.
Your ezine will provide you with a very effective way to keep your visitors coming back to your site to use the resources you provide to them, to view your articles, and most importantly to buy your products.
Provide your subscribers with special sales and discounts to increase the number of your subscribers who purchase from you for the first time and also to garner more repeat sales.

About The Author

Article by writer, Ken Hill. For more articles and a great tutorial on ezine publishing visit Kenกs site today at: http://www.netpromarketer.com

This article was posted on June 12, 2004

by Ken Hill

Can I Really Make Money At Home Filling In Online

Can I Really Make Money At Home Filling In Online Surveys?

by: Nicole Boles

It’s true, this is a very viable approach to many stay at home moms, and dads, college students, retirees, and you name it. No one really believed you could actually earn a monthly income just from getting involved with survey companies and focus groups. It is a simple approach to earning an honest income at home. Most people who desire to work at home, don’t have 8 to 9 hours a day to devote to working, therefore filling in surveys and participating in focus groups is the perfect job. The reason for this is that you can accept whatever assignments you choose and work on them, whenever you choose. The beauty of this job is that when you put your kids to bed at night, you can actually go sit down at your computer and fill out 2 to 3 surveys and earn about $80 to $100 for your time. To give you more assurance that this is a career you can have at home, take today for example, I got a phone call this morning to invite me to participate in a focus group – the pay is $85 for one hour, when I went to my email I had a consumer review survey, paying $15 for 30 minutes. I also had invites to 2 surveys that paid $5 for 10 minutes each of my time. So for one day, I made $110 for less than 2 hours’ work. It is a beautiful thing!

Companies in United States and Canada spend an average of $250 billion in advertising. These companies need to know what the public wants and what they will buy. They also need to know which of their marketing campaigns would encourage consumers to purchase their products. This is where the survey fillers come in. These companies need your opinion and will pay you handsomely for it. It is imperative to their business to have an everyday persons’ opinion on their products and services. For these companies and for the paid survey filler, it is a winwin situation.

Think you would be interested in getting paid for your time, opinions and observations? Read on…

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED EARNING MONEY FILLING IN SURVEYS?

Letกs get started with how to start an at home career by filling in surveys, to do this you need to follow these steps:

Step1: REGISTER WITH ALL THE COMPANIES: This can seem like a long task, but take our word for it, it will pay off. The more companies you register with the more invites to participate in surveys, and thus…more money for you. Even if a survey only gives prizes as rewards, register with them anyways. You would be amazed how many of our members have earned big rewards by winning those survey draws.

Step 2: BE HONEST IN YOUR OPINION: Companies are looking for individuals from all walks of life to fill surveys, there is not one mainstream demographic that they are searching for.

Step 3: CHECK COMPANIES FREQUENTLY: There are several companies that don’t send out email invites to every survey, make sure to browse these companies often to see if there is any paid surveys to participate in.

Step 4: FILL IN THE ADDITIONAL PROFILES: There are several companies that urge you to fill in additional profiles (i.e.: what vehicle you drive, your spending habits online, etc.) I too, urge you to fill in these additional profiles, as they will qualify you for even more surveys, and you will get more invites.

STEP 5: WORK FOR YOURSELF: You are now working for your own income, and it is up to you how much you earn. Your effort in this process is what will pay off, be determined in your surveys, and you will see the benefits!!!

For more information on working from home opportunities or surveys, please visit us at www.popularpay.com

About The Author

Nicole Boles is the creator of popularpay.com, small businessowner and author of many articles on at home employment, paid surveys, and mystery shopping. She is a professional on กat home employmentก and also publishes a popular quarterly newsletter on working from home. For more information on surveys or more work at home opportunities, please visit us at: www.popularpay.com.

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This article was posted on November 30, 2004

by Nicole Boles

20 Top tips to writing effective surveys

20 Top tips to writing effective surveys

by: Martin Day

Writing surveys is easy; or is it? The truth is that writing surveys is easy but writing effective surveys is more difficult. The following are twenty tips that if followed will help you write more effective surveys.

1. What is the purpose of the survey?

Surveys are conducted for many reasons. By phrasing the questions and structuring the answers surveys can be used in a multitude of ways and for a variety of reasons. When compiling a survey don’t loose sight of its purpose.

2. Title the survey

The survey title is a golden opportunity to instantly summarise a surveys objective and grab the attention of invited respondents. Respondents are going to invest time in completing the survey so make them feel that their investment is worthwhile.

3. Do not make the survey any longer than it needs to be

Every question that is asked should be asked for a reason. Focus on ‘need to know’ questions and minimise ‘nice to know’ information.

4. Use plain English, avoid jargon and acronyms, maintain consistency and don’t ask questions that may result in ambiguous answers

Care must be taken in wording a question. If a question is not clear then there is every chance that respondents may interpret the question differently to that intended by the publisher making any analysis of the data meaningless or at the very least misleading.

5. Avoid long questions

Try to use short sentences wherever possible. Long questions tend to cause respondents discomfort and can lead to a higher level of incidents where respondents abandon a survey.

6. Ask one question at a time

Avoid confusing the respondent with a question like ‘Do you like football and tennis?’

7. Avoid influencing the answer

It is important not to load the question. ‘Should irresponsible shop keepers who sell tobacco to children be prosecuted?’ is unlikely to have any value.

8. Ensure that the answer format used allows the respondent to answer the question being asked

Allow the respondent to answer how they really feel or they may be less inclined to complete the survey. As a last resort consider the benefit of including a ขDon’t knowข, ขCan’t sayข or similar response option.

9. At the same time that you compile the survey consider, when the survey is complete, how the compiled data is going be analysed

If a question is asked that allows a free text open ended response appreciate that such information is likely to be difficult to score and/or summarised. Consider grouping answers. For example ขHow long have you worked here?ข ‘less than 1 year’, ‘between 1 and 3 years’ and ‘more than 3’.

10. Ensure that the questionnaire flows

When asking questions group the questions into clear categories as this makes the task of completing the survey easier for the participants.

11. Target your respondents

In some cases you will want to target a specific group, in others a cross section. If you can’t easily control the respondents consider including questions/answers that will allow you to filter out respondents who don’t fit your target profile.

12. Allow the respondent to expand or make comments

Allowing the respondent to make additional comments will increase their satisfaction level and will also give valuable feedback on the specific questions and/or the survey as a whole. Remember though for a large sample collection it may be difficult to analyse free text open ended responses.

13. If the survey you are conducting is to be confidential ensure that your pledge is upheld

If you have assured the respondents that the survey is confidential ensure that the individual data is not to be shared with anyone and the information is not going to be used for any other purpose. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times and any identifying information destroyed after the survey is complete.

14. Weigh up the benefits of allowing respondents to be anonymous or identifiable

If your respondents are to be anonymous then appreciate that you will be unable to follow up or match ขpreข or ขpostข surveys. However in some cases allowing people to remain anonymous will allow people to respond without possible peer pressure.

15. Give careful consideration to the best response format

It is good practise to maintain a consistency in the format used for responses. Keep in mind that when analysing the data radio buttons are easier to analyse than check boxes that offer the respondent multiple responses. Do not use a check box if a radio response would do.

16. Give the respondent an idea of how much time the survey will take.

Respondent drop out can occur if the survey appears to be a stream of never ending questions. It is good practise to give an indication as to how long the survey is likely to take so the respondents can choose the best time to complete the survey.

17. Inform the respondents of the survey end date

Encourage respondents to complete the survey as soon as possible but advice respondents as to the surveys end date so that they have the opportunity to schedule the necessary time.

18. Pilot the survey

Before publishing a live survey publish a small pilot survey to check for questions that are ambiguous or confusing and to ensure that the survey is aesthetically pleasing.

19. Before publishing the survey proof read the survey several times

Check and check again that the survey is grammatically correct and makes sense. If possible get someone else to proof read the survey before you publish, if no one else is available then take a break before checking again.

20. Remember to say thank you

To complete surveys respondents need to invest their time and should be thanked either in a covering letter, at the end of completing the survey or in a follow up letter. You may even want to consider incentives such as a prize draw or reward.

For more information please visit http://www.SurveyGalaxy.com

About The Author

Martin Day is a Director of Survey Galaxy a website that allows anyone to create and publish online surveys. For more information please visit http://www.SurveyGalaxy.com

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This article was posted on September 01, 2004

by Martin Day

Make Money Online Taking Free Surveys

Make Money Online Taking Free Surveys

by: Brandy Latshaw

Is it really possible to make money taking free paid online surveys? The answer is a resounding Yes!! As a stayathome Mom, taking surveys was one of the first things that I decided to try. I currently am making an average of $100 to $200 per month, not including any prizes won, and Iกd be happy to show you how.

The first thing you should know is that you should never pay money to join any survey company. Any legitimate survey company is free to join.

Survey companies will compensate you for taking surveys in several ways. Most initiative include entries into drawings for cash, free products, gift certificates, points redeemable for various incentives, and cash via check or paypal.

You should sign up for several companies in order to maximize your profits. I am currently signed up with all 200 free online survey companies listed on Melodyกs Mommy. You can view this list by going to Melodyกs Mommy http://www.melodysmommy.com and going to the section called Paid Surveys. This gives me an average of five to ten surveys to fill out per day. It takes me approximately a half an hour per day to respond to all the surveys. The more surveys you take, the more invitations you will receive, and the greater the incentives become. It is very similar to building a business.

Filling out the initial questionairs on each of the websites can be time consuming. In order to cut down on your time you can use a free form filler to process most of the work for you. One that I personally use and recommend is Roboform. It is free and very easy to use. You can download your free copy at Roboform.

Once youกve completed the initial surveys for each website, the surveys will start rolling in. You want to check your email as often as possible. The reason for this is that you want to respond quickly to the ones that offer higher incentives. These invitations sometimes are limited to a select number of responses. If you scan your email frequently, you will ensure that you don’t miss any of these opportunities.

About The Author

Brandy is the webmaster of Melodyกs Mommy and is committed to helping Moms and Dads work from home. She lives in MA with her daughter Melody and is a successful work at home Mom. This article may be used on any site or in any newsletter as long as it is not altered in any way and this signature line remains intact. http://www.melodysmommy.com.

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This article was posted on March 08

by Brandy Latshaw

To Survey Or Not To Survey

To Survey Or Not To Survey

by: Dave Weeks

I have learned over the years that when it comes to online marketing as I know it, itกs not about what I want in my business.Itกs really about what people who visit my website want. For awhile I didn’t understand that philosophy. How do I find out what people want?

Finding out what people want is not something you, I or anyone else for that matter can pull out of thin air. If we are going to be successful online, even offline in the brick and mortar world, we have to take our eyes off of ourselves and put them onto our potential customers.So how do we do this?

The answer is quite simple yet complex.That is to conduct a survey or surveys.Conducting surveys is simple.On your website you can create forms for people to fill out. If you are going to put a form on your website, I would limit only one form. You do not want to bombard people with forms.Keep it simple as the saying goes.

Do not get too personal in your form.In other words only ask for first name and email. That is it when it comes to their personal information.

Now, from their you can use your own imagination on the rest of the form makeup. Whatever it is you want to sell, make your survey easily accessible on your website. The number of visitors visiting your site will determine the number of surveys filled out and sent to your emails inbox. Its all numbers anyway….whether its marketing a product or service and conducting surveys. This is an excellent way of building lists specific to what people want to buy.

Notice how I said whatever it is you want to sell. What that means is, you don’t know yet if you have what people really want. That is the purpose of the survey. To find out if they want what you have. Once you collect the data and you are ready to sell, you have in your hand a ready made list of names specific for that product or service you are offering.

Not too long ago, this year as a matter of fact (2004 currently), I learned what not to do in a survey. I will give you my experience of what not to do and how to remedy this situation.

I recently got married and five of my family and friends took me to dinner two days prior to the wedding. As we were finishing our meal, the manager came to our table and told us that we have been selected to participate in a survey. She told us that if we participated, we would receive $3 off of our next meal. Come to find out, our bill which totaled over $120 collectively, the $3 off was for the entire group at the table. Ok, I think its nice that they offered this, but lets look at the reality of this situation. First of all, $3 off of over $120 does not get anyone too excited nor does it want to make anyone go through the hassle, yes hassle of filling out a survey when they are enjoying a night out with family and friends. Secondly, the odds of us getting together again and eating at this particular restaraunt are slim to none. So what does that tell me? That tells me one of two things. Either someone did not take their eyes off of themselves and put them onto their customers or, they knew the odds of us coming back as a group were slim and it works completely in their favor.That is disturbing to me. Now for my input on a remedy.

What would I do in this situation? Well first of all, everything I stated in the above paragraph, all of my family and friends after we were กselectedก kind of looked at each other in amazement and disbelief. We all knew that it was a silly thing to do to come up to us and play us like we were born a few days ago. First, If I am going to get a group to fill out a survey, especially if I have been กselectedก, and I am going to give them something in return to do so, I would offer the table, say, free desert now. Why do I say this? remember, you are marketing your business….make it work.Make people who just enjoyed the meal and the service go out and tell someone else.Stand up and believe that the way you are conducting your survey is for your customers, not just you alone. Don’t try and fool people, were not fooled.If you are going to have a couple fill out a survey, how about buy one meal get the second meal half off. After all, it appears this is a random selection. Not everyoneis doing this. Now, I am not looking for free handouts. As a matter of fact, I would have rather given the manager (and no disrespect to her) $5 to leave. Itกs obvious to me in this circumstance that this particular establishment does not want to give away anything. They want it to only benefit themselves.But if you are a business and you want true success in surveys, do it right.

The final approach? Instead of offering anything, put surveys out on the table and let people make up their own minds. People like to be left alone and not annoyed. Its ok to ask for the sale, but no means no. If you continue to push someone, they won’t come back. After all, would you?

About The Author

Visit Dave Weeksก website at http://www.etypewriter.com or write to [email protected] for any comments you may have.

This article was posted on February 02, 2004

by Dave Weeks

Online Surveys Financed My First Website!

Online Surveys Financed My First Website!

by: Jason Glicken

Online surveys alone financed my first web site. Getting paid to take these online surveys is a winwin situation. Large companies want your opinion on their products and services and they are willing to pay you for it. These online surveys give them good insight into their target market, people like you, so they win. You win by getting paid for your time.

It all started about 5 months ago when I had finally decided I wanted to start my own online business. I have a full time job, a stay at home wife, and a 15 month old baby boy. I had no extra money, as you can imagine, and didn’t want to risk my hard earned salary without knowing if this venture would work. With no idea on how to go about starting an online business and with no startup capital, I did what all web surfers do; I surfed, and I surfed, and I surfed.

During the course of my research I ran across some ads for taking online surveys and getting paid for it. I was skeptical at first, but when I researched the companies that offered online surveys I found a few that were for real. So I signed up with 3 of the sites.

Once you sign up you fill out some easy questionnaires about yourself so the survey company can match you with one of their clients looking for your demographic profile (e.g. age, sex, where you live, what you do, etc…). Easy enough, still free, I filled out my profiles and that was it, they let me know that they would contact me when a survey that fit my profile was available.

Without skipping a beat I went back to my research. It was becoming more and more evident that I would need to learn a lot more before starting my own internet business. I decided that for any business venture you should be as prepared as possible. And I still had no extra money to even give it a try. I was still in my hunting and gathering phase.

Then one night while surfing the net, I got an email telling me that a $10 survey was waiting for me. Great! I logged into my account at the survey site and clicked the link to start the survey. It took me about 20 minutes. This particular survey company pays directly to your PayPal account (it took a couple weeks to see the money, but I did see it.)

I was hooked. Over the next several months I received more surveys. There are times when you don’t qualify for a survey. This could even happen a couple times in a row. Don’t worry they will keep sending them and you will qualify for a lot of them.

About 4 weeks ago I decided I knew enough about web sites, web site hosting, web site promotion, newsletters, and most of the basics of starting my own site. So I logged into my PayPal and found $32 (all from surveys), and logged into my other 2 survey sites, $20 dollars in one account and $45 in the other. I had my startup money!

Taking these surveys enabled me to start my own business online using only the money I made online. No out of pocket money was needed to set up my site, get my domain name and start a hosting plan. In reality this is more than enough money to start a website backed business. I used only my PayPal money to set up my web site, and not all of it. Yesterday, I deposited $40 of survey money into my checking account and then transferred it to my PayPal account. I now have a little war chest for financing my online business.

Online survey companies (the real ones) don’t charge you to join, don’t spam you when you do (I only get invitations from them, nothing else), and pay you when your done. It can take up to 4 weeks to get paid (sometimes less sometimes more). For me this was not a problem since I was not yet knowledgeable enough to start my web site.

I still spend most of my time surfing and learning but I also understand the concept and dangers of procrastination. I did take my time getting started based solely on financial reasons, now that I have the money to get started that is exactly what I am doing, getting started!

I want you all to know that making money online is a reality. Surveys will make you money, I still take them as soon as they hit my inbox, but you will not be able to quit your day job. If you don’t give up and hang in there you can start your own web business without touching any offline money. If you don’t want to start a business then buy yourself or someone a gift with the money you earn. It truly is easy money!

By: Jason Glicken

About The Author

Jason Glicken Editor The Affiliate Journal

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Create start up capital completing FREE surveys online.

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This article was posted on January 19

by Jason Glicken

Making Money With Online Surveys

Making Money With Online Surveys

by: Paul Clark

Gone were the days when you had to wake up in the early hours of the day, rush your breakfast, drive in frustrating heavy traffic to get to your office and subject yourself to endless such hassles…You don’t have to do all these anymore. The advent of Internet culture is changing our work culture upside down – you can make money staying at home, doing something that you will enjoy and at the same time feel important. The best part is, you can work when you like, enjoying your breakfast or enjoying your favorite TV show. The advantage of deriving income by taking part in online surveys is that you need not have to be working on it full time. You can choose your own work time and that allows you to live your life to the full. Even if you are employed, you can still supplement your income by taking part in online surveys.

Yes! Unbelievable but it is true! You can make money by taking part in online surveys. All that you have to do is to make few choices, express your opinion, and be paid. www.moneymakerbiz.com that has been helping millions to make money through providing an appropriate forum to take part in online surveys is ready to help you too.

Companies conduct paid surveys prior to the launch of a new product to get consumer feedback to ensure success of the new products. In order to gain deeper insight into their product from customer’s point of view, companies spend an enormous amount of money in gathering information through online surveys. They are willing to invest their money on you because they know that your opinion counts.

However, does this offer you any job security? How constant is the income? How long can one rely on income through online surveys? Analysis of current trend will tell us that these fears are undue fears because the realization of the advantages of online surveys is on the rise. More and more people are seeking recourse to online surveys because of its ability to collect a vast amount of data in a short span of time, reduced hassles on manual efforts to enter and process the data as automation is possible. Online surveys also enable automatic data validation. All the above advantages contribute to remarkable efficiency. Thus, the growing popularity of online surveys can only make you rich, that is precisely what www.moneymakerbiz.com will help you do and you need not have to worry about the stability of your income. You just need a computer, internet access, a valid email id and should have completed 18 years of age to make money through online surveys.

About The Author

Paul Clark operates his own successful home based business and also coaches others seeking to start their own home based business. For more information visit his website at http://www.moneymakerbiz.com.

This article was posted on February 20

by Paul Clark

Are Paid Surveys a Waste of Your Time?

Are Paid Surveys a Waste of Your Time?

by: Robert Thompson

Recently ,while visiting one of my favorite business forums, I ran across some interesting comments concerning paid surveys. The gyst of these comments was that taking online surveys is a waste of time. Here is my answer to those comments…

…. Just because you didn’t earn any money with surveys, that doesn’t mean that they are a waste of time.

Like any other online opportunity, it takes time and effort to build an income with surveys. Many people who have failed, say the same thing about SFI, Goji, Empowerism, and dozens of other online stay at home job opportunities. But, thousands of members of these same companies are making good money every month. Try to convince them that they are wasting their time, and they will laugh at you. Meanwhile, their bank accounts just keep filling up with cash!

Survey takers can earn a solid second income. It may not be more than a few hundred dollars each month, but itกs enough to pay the light bill or the phone bill, or maybe both. It takes time to build up a steady stream of business, but the same thing applies regardless of what business you choose to pursue.

The biggest downfall that new survey takers face, is a lack of knowledge of the activity itself. Hopefully, the following will give you a good starting point.

To earn money with surveys, you consider doing the following:

1. Study. Don’t expect things to be all rosy just because the ad looked good when you signed up. Take the time to learn the mechanics of the survey business. This will allow you to identify your particular niche.

2. Continually update your registrations as your survey company updates their data base. New marketing firms are looking to test their products all of the time, so the data bases will constantly grow.

3. Create a seperate Email account just for survey business, and make sure that you turn off all of the spam filters for this account. Often, surveys will trigger a spam filter, and you will never even know that someone wanted you to take part.

4. When you fill out a questionaire for a potential survey, you might find out that you don’t qualify for that particular survey. Send a thank you note and ask to be considered for future surveys.

The magic words, กPlease and Thank Youก never go out of style.

5. When you are offered surveys that result in points, coupons or drawings, fill them out! These are often used as qualifyers by different companies. By completing them, you show that you are serious about participating, and as a result, you increase your chances of being contacted with cash offers.

6. Be truthful and give complete demographic information when applying. Don’t pretend to be a 24 year old woman, when you are actually a 35 year old man. These companies have junk filters too, and they can see through this nonsense in a New York Second.

7. Search for forums that concentrate on surveys. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you find. There are folks out there who are willing to share what they have learned. Take advantage of that help to refine your survey skills.

One of the keys to running a successful stay at home job, is to establish multiple streams of income. Each of these streams might only provide a few dollars each month, but with enough different sources, you will find that you are able to earn a substantial second income. Paid Surveys can provide a terrific income stream, that will continue to grow as you become more knowledgable and experienced with them.

You may not get filthy stinking rich by completing surveys, but if you follow these seven steps, you stand a good chance of earning enough to pay a couple of extra bills each month. Besides, its fun!

About The Author

Robert Thompson is retired from the United States Air Force. He has owned many successful businesses, and is a proud Team Leader with SFI. He enjoys helping others to create wealth from the comfort of their homes. To learn how to share in the multibillion dollar home business industry, visit http://www.stayhomeandearn.com

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This article was posted on April 02

by Robert Thompson

Conduct Online Articles Or Be Left Out!

Conduct Online Articles Or Be Left Out!

by: Nick Hill

In a world where websites and email have become ubiquitous, conducting online surveys has become so convenient that everybody is doing it. Are you? If not, here are 10 reasons why you should.
1. Develop quickly Most survey softwares have a sample survey library, question library, and a response library that enables you to develop surveys quickly. You can also develop surveys from scratch very quickly.
2. Present the best way possible You can use a dropdown list for questions with many responses, or you can also use audio and video where it is appropriate. Online surveys allow you to present your questions in the best possible way.
3. Prepopulate with data You can prepopulate your surveys with data that you already have about each respondent.
4. Distribute easily You can distribute online surveys very easily, and in many different ways: link on website, entire survey on website, link in email, entire survey in email or newsletters, or handheld devices.
5. Skip questions You can skip questions based on the answers to some questions. The logic to determine whether to skip or not can be simple or fairly complex.
6. Personalize your surveys You can use answers of questions in the following questions. This allows you to personalize your surveys, like saying ‘thanks Steveก instead of only ‘thanksก. You can also ask questions like กWhy do you like most about Coke?ก if the respondent selected Coke as his/her favorite drink in the previous question.
7. Validate the responses You can validate the responses given by respondents thus ensuring that they enter valid data. This increases the quality of the results.
8. Eliminate errors associated with manual entry With online surveys, respondents take the survey themselves. This eliminates the need for manual entry and its associated errors.
9. Get fast results With online surveys, you can begin to accumulate responses in hours rather than days, and complete surveys in days rather than months.
10. Save time and money You save lot of time developing surveys due to the timesaving features that survey softwares have. You can also save money compared to the traditional method of conducting surveys since you have to send out postal invitations, hire call personnel, hire data entry personnel, and generate results manually.
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This article was posted on June 24, 2004

by Nick Hill

Greenfield OnlineA Paid Survey Site Comparison

Greenfield OnlineA Paid Survey Site Comparison

by: Jennifer Hall

If youกve done enough web browsing, looking for ways to make a little cash online, the idea of getting paid for surveys has probably come up. The great thing about it is, itกs truly an easy way to make some cash, and itกs legitimate. As a member of over 80 paid survey sites, with my own site recommending the best of these sites, I have come to know a good survey site from a bad one. And I do believe that Greenfield Online is one of the best.

One reason being that if you check their site every few days, you can always expect to find new surveys, and can expect to get paid cash for a lot of them. The way it works is you go to their site and choose from a list of available surveys, fill it out (most take me less that 10 minutes these are some of the easiest, shortest surveys out there), and in most cases, if you’re one of the first thousand people, you get $1 for the survey. Although Iกve seen others that pay $2$10 to the first 500 or thousand people…if Iกm on the ball and check the site regularly, Iกll easily get $2 for a survey here and there. On average, if you check back often, you can expect to easily make $10 in less than a couple of months, and usually for a very short amout of time taking the surveys. It may not seem like much, but considering that most surveys generally just take a few minutes, itกs really worth it. Especially if you combine that with active membership in a few other good survey sites.

The surveys can literally be over anything, if itกs being marketed, itกs possible that a survey over it will be available from food to movies to banking. They, as well as most other survey sites, cover it all. However food seems to be the most prevalent.

The layout of the site is nice and professional, with attractive, rounded, and green design. Itกs very easy to navigate. The feel is always friendly and thereกs no need to wait until your account reaches a certain amount you can request a check at any time. Even if you never check back, you will get email survey opportunities occasionally, making it as convenient for you as possible.

About The Author

Jennifer Hall is the founder and editor of http://SavvyCafe.com, a journal for fun home ideas and an online guide to saving money which publishes http://www.savvycafe.com/surveys/; and http://onetimesone.com, an online magazine featuring independent music and film. When sheกs not online, Jenniferกs spending time with her family, gardening, or playing the piano or accordion.

This article was posted on October 19, 2004

by Jennifer Hall

Making Money Filling Online Surveys In Your Under

Making Money Filling Online Surveys In Your Underwear

by: Keith Watson

Online surveys are big business and you are being encouraged to take part, as companies are keen to get your opinions on new products or services…

And why not get involved? On the surface this appears to be an attractive and easy way to earn extra money, wherever, whenever. This is not from personal use though, so as always กbuyer bewareก.

But here is something that makes me smile.

What follows is a typical sentence from a website promoting the lifestyle that is possible by carrying out online surveys as a way of earning a living.

กImagine waking up, logging on, filling out a few surveys, and getting a paycheck at the end of the month! You can do it in your underwear!ก

I see this approach all the time!

Why is the idea of working in your night attire or under garments so appealing? Perhaps it is I feel a survey coming on!

Anyway I digress.

Online Market research is a £500 million pound a year industry, and this money is being paid out every day to people like you! These companies need your opinion about new products and advertisements, and this information is so valuable to them that you can earn a lot of extra money by taking part!

In my thirst for knowledge, I decided to dig a bit deeper and find out why these companies spend so much money, and how they use the data.

Whoops! Mistake.

Now, Iกm a simple man, and I had waded in too deep. Read the next paragraph. I mean it.

กWhen the site, documentation or software has been modified to incorporate the prescriptive input from the usability testing, online survey work can once again measure how well the designers have captured the essence of the usability counsel. It is at this phase that some confusion has occurred when surveybased assessments have been referred to as usability testing. In out opinion, this should be more correctly referred to as perceptual affirmation, because although some online surveys include taskbased stimuli, the feedback is generally not the probative and iterative measurement found in the classical usability assessment procedure…ก

Try it again and then Iกll test you.

Who spotted the spelling mistake? Well, you couldn’t expect an academic to worry about the spelling of a three letter word (in out opinion).

I digress again.

If anyone wants the reference source, just email me, because there are pages more like this.

Now, Iกm sure that the academic quoted here has a point, and has probably contributed more than I will ever fathom, to the way we live and shop today. And frankly, good luck to him/her, as we all have to earn a living.

However, I have surfaced again just to say look they are prepared to pay for your opinion, so if you are seeking a stayathome, but mustmakemoney solution to your needs, this may provide an answer.

Right Iกm off to get dressed.

Oh, and apologies to any academic that should read this.

About The Author

Keith Watson has been developing websites and advising about marketing and sales on the Internet since 1992. For further information about making money on the Internet, visit www.creativeeye.co.uk/recommendations/cbmall.asp

This article was posted on August 03

by Keith Watson

Understanding Survey Software Features

Understanding Survey Software Features

by: Nick Hill

If you take a look at the features that different survey softwares offer, you will quickly realize that understanding all of them is no mean task. But it is very important that you do because only then you can choose the right survey software. It is important for one other reason, it determines your price. More features invariably means more dollars. So if you don’t choose the right survey software, you might end up paying more for features you don’t need.
While it is impossible and not even worthwhile to look at all the features, here is a look at some of the important ones. Chances are that these are the ones will make or break your decision. The features have been divided into 6 categories based on their function in the process of conducting an online survey.
Survey creation

Images, sounds, video This allows you to insert images, sounds, and videos in your surveys, and can enhance the appearance of your surveys. However, use it only when necessary since it increases the time it takes to download and display your survey, and certainly don’t overdo it.
Question library, response library, sample surveys These allow you to create surveys quickly since you don’t have to create them from scratch. They are a must if you do a lot of surveys regularly. And they don’t impact the price that much, so you might as well opt for them.
Skip logic This allows you to skip questions depending on the answers to previous questions. Most survey softwares allow either AND or OR logic to decide whether to skip or not, but some allow a combination of any logical conditions. It might sound like a กnicetohaveก feature rather than a กmusthaveก, but you will be surprised how often you need to skip questions in your surveys.
Data piping This allows you to use the answers to some questions in the following questions. This is a very neat feature and it allows you to กpersonalizeก your surveys. For e.g., you can say ‘thanks Steveก instead of only ‘thanksก if you know that the name of the respondent is Steve from a previous question. It also allows you to ask questions like กWhat do you like most about Coke?ก when the respondent has selected Coke as his/her favorite drink in the previous question.
Advanced survey creation features (spell check, autocorrect, thesaurus, import from MS Word) These are fairly advanced features and not really required in most cases, especially if you don’t do surveys regularly. You can spend the time to spell check the survey yourselves. However, if you do a lot of surveys, then you might want these features. But they will impact the price quite a lot since they are considered as กpremiumก features.
Branding (your logo and background color) This allows you to place your company logo and use your company websiteกs background color for your surveys. This is good enough in most cases, but not if you are looking to customize each and every aspect of the survey. It is quite an important feature since it gives your respondents the feeling that they are still on your website.
Advanced survey presentation features (predesigned editable survey templates, new templates, fullcustomized look) These are fairly advanced features and allow you to customize almost every aspect of the survey. Survey softwares do this in a variety of ways: they have predesigned editable templates, ability to create new templates, or create surveys with a fullcustom look. These features are also considered as กpremiumก features and will impact the price quite a lot.

Survey Distribution and Tracking

Handheld device This allows you to distribute your surveys on hendheld devices. This method of distributing is not as common as the other methods like placing link on website, embedding entire survey in websites, sending email invitation with link, or embedding entire survey in emails and newsletters. But it is definitely becoming popular because of the convenience it offers for taking surveys กon the roadก. As of now though, it is considered as a กpremiumก feature and will impact the price.
Track respondents These allow you to track your respondents after they receive your email invitations. The simpler ones allow you to maintain an email list and send email invitations to all or some email addresses in the list. The more complex ones allow you to create an กaudienceก from the list in a variety of ways. They also allow you to track who read your email invitation and clicked on what links, who took the survey and who didn’t, send reminders to the ones who didn’t, etc. All these complex tracking activities fall more under the realm of กcampaign managementก than conducting surveys though. If you need these features, you are much better off going for a fullblown campaign management solution than a survey solution with half of what you need.

Taking Survey

Password protected surveys This allows you to protect your surveys with a password. The respondents have to know the password to be able to take the survey.
Save and continue later This allows your respondents to save the survey and continue later. It is a very good feature to have especially if your surveys are going to be long. Some survey softwares make the respondents explicitly save a link and bookmark it to continue later. These don’t work that well compared to some others that don’t require the respondents to do as much.
Response validation This allows you to validate the responses your respondents enter. These features are very important since they ensure that your respondents enter กvalidก responses and increases the quality of the results. Always prefer survey softwares that have more types of response validation.
Respondent uniqueness control This allows you to ensure that a respondent takes the survey only once. There are a few ways to do this and not all of them are กfullproofก. If you want to strictly enforce respondent uniqueness, make sure that the survey software allows you to send unique URLs to every email recipient. It is the only กfullproofก method of enforcing respondent uniqueness.

Response Collection

Email notification upon response submission This allows you to get email notifications when a respondent completes a survey. It is the only way to get the responses with survey softwares that don’t store them in a database. But it is also offered as an addon by those that do store them in databases.

Survey Analysis

Graphical reports This allows you to graph the results and not all survey softwares have this feature. If you like to see results in neatlooking graphs, make sure that the survey software has this feature. Check out the sample reports; most companies have them on their website. Or better yet, try out the product and generate them yourselves!
Advanced analysis features (crosstabulation, subset analysis, 360 degree feedback, etc) These allow you to perform advanced analysis on the results. Crosstabulation allows you to relate the responses of one question to those of another. Subset analysis allows you to perform analysis on a subset of the responses by filtering out certain responses. These are definitely กpremiumก features and will impact the price.
Export data This allows you to export the responses so you can do analyses in your favorite tool, like Excel or SPSS. Make sure that the survey software has this feature, especially if it doesn’t natively support the advanced analyses that you want to do.

Report Distribution

Save in PDF, Word, Excel, Powerpoint format This allows you to save the report in one of the mentioned formats. It is a very convenient feature to have if you are going to distribute your report a lot.

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This article was posted on June 24, 2004

by Nick Hill