Polls are great when you want to gauge how people feel about certain things. To date I’ve run 1o polls on this blog, the top two involved comments. The poll that got the most votes was Is Disqus Costing You Comments? with 162 people participating. This actually turned out to be a very popular post with 815 views and 140 comments. As it turns out 56% of people refrained from commenting on a Disqus blog, something you may want to consider if you run Disqus on your blog.
The second most popular poll with 107 votes was Will Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success? That also turned out to be a popular post attracting 109 comments. I wrote this post because someone tried to tell me that replying to comments on your blog was a harmful practice. I disagreed but rather than argue the point I put it to the vote and as it turns out I won with 89 people saying that interacting with your commentators was not harmful to your blogging success.
My last poll came about because I was trying to work out how often I should email a newsletter to my
list subscribers and naturally the best way was to ask by way of a poll. This was the fourth most popular poll with 51 votes and the one that polled the highest with 43% of the votes was getting an email every time I wrote a post; once a well polled second with 37% and fortnightly came last with 20%.
Naturally as one poll ends another must take its place. I submitted one of my posts to Helium as it fit very nicely into the Bloggers Being Paid To Post: Is It Ethical? As I said in the article it’s always been a hot topic amongst bloggers. Many are dead against while others are for it. I thought it was about time I found out what my readers thought about it by running this poll.
Naturally I expect a little more from you guys than just participating in the poll as I, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, would love to know why you voted the way you did.
In my last post, Big Brother Google Opts For Interest-Based Advertising, I talked about how Google is introducing a new form of ads, one that is supposed to target a user’s previous actions displayed while they go along their merry way visiting various sites. The way they are able to do this is by dropping cookies into people’s browsers in order to keep track of their surfing habits.
Now, whilst Google isn’t the only one to do this it has never bothered me before because I was never in the procedure. This new endeavour of theirs will now directly affect ever person who displays AdSense and I have decided, just like John Dillbeck, that I will not take part in their latest venture and so I have just opted out of their mischievous program.
I feel that if enough people take this stance then Google will have no choice but to listed to the majority and put an end to this latest money making ploy of theirs. I’ve added a poll to this post so that we can get a quick view of how the rest of you feel towards this so called Interest-Based Advertising.