Adding Forms To Your Blog Post

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

How do you create a lead sheet, a contact form, a questionnaire, a call to action in your post?  Google Docs allows you to not only create private forms, spreadsheets, and presentations, now you can embed them into your Website or Blog.  You also have the choice to share those forms and docs with others.  You can even invite others to view or collaborate on your work.  This could be a great tool, it has the potential to take your readers from being a viewer to being a potential lead.  Here's a sample of one I did creating a suggestion box.

First, you will need a Gmail Account.  It's FREE, and this doesn't mean you have to change or even use this email address, it's just your log-in for everything Google.  (Highly Recommended even if you don't use Google Docs) Go to Google and log-in or Sign up for Gmail.

Once you have your account setup, go to Google Docs to create your forms, documents, spreadsheets and presentations on-line. You can also upload your existing creations from your computer.  If you'd like, Take a tour of Google Docs before you begin. There are 100's of Templates already created for you to choose from, or you can create your own. There's even a Help Center for those needing a little assistance and support.

To create your own lead sheet or contact form, go to Google Docs

1. SELECT NEW, THEN SELECT FORM:

2. Give your Form a title, include some supporting text (optional), Label your field or question, add field supporting text (optional), select question type and format for responses, put a check in the box to make field required or not, then click DONE.  Add additional questions by clicking on the "Add Question" button at the top.  Don't worry about the order of your questions and fields, you can "drag and drop" them and sort them later.  Repeat this process for each field or question.

3. Once your form is complete and you are satisfied, click "SAVE" in the upper right hand corner. 

Now you have some options available that can make your form a valuable tool that you can share.

You can send your form to clients and prospects via email, you can also view your responses here. Next, use the "More Actions" button to A) Create and Edit an automatic response form, and B) to "EMBED YOUR FORM INTO YOUR WEBSITE OR BLOG POST."  This is one of Google Docs best features in my opinion.

4. Click on "MORE ACTIONS" to get your code.


5. Once you place the embed code into the proper location on your Website or Blog, you're set to go:

6. To view your responses and new leads, just go to your Google Docs, and open the form.  All your results will be right there for you to follow up with.  How cool is this?

 


Note:
Any updates or edits made to your original forms, documents and presentations on Google Docs are automatically updated in all the locations you have placed them on the Web. There's no need to go back and replace the HTML code on your Websites or Blogs, so place it in as many locations as you'd like.

Now you just have to be creative and decide how you want to use a tool like this.  Decide what questions or fields of information you need to make this a powerful tool for your on-line business and customers. 

TIP:  Don't go overboard with questions, people get overwhelmed easily in many cases, and won't take the time to fill it out if there are too many.  I hope this is easy enough for you to use and to understand.  As always, thanks for reading and taking time to visit.  It's always nice to have you swing by and say hi.

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Brad Andersohn
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Steven - there may just be a glitch in the network, I have forwarded your comment to tech support to see if they can get it corrected. Thanks for bringing tat to my attention.  Now get off the computer and go have yourself a great Thanksgiving Day!  :-))

Nov 27, 2008 03:51 AM #186
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Great post Steven.  I learn something new every day.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 27, 2008 11:03 AM #190
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Greg - everyday you're on here, you'll learn something new.  Just FYI...I'll teach you one more new thing too, I'm Brad, not Steven, Steven left the last comment before yours. LOL~  See, you learned something new once again, and it's another day!  (Big Smile)  :-))

Nov 28, 2008 11:02 AM #193
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Steven - Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving! :-))  Have a great weekend. 

Nov 28, 2008 11:03 AM #194
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hey Brad, Im always very impressed with the tools and depth of your knowledge of the little things we can do to our websites and blogs to improve them and provide more value to our followers. I am going to take a look at implementing this onto my posts.
Dec 02, 2008 02:57 AM #202
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Morgan - thanks for your comment, I am always looking for new and improved ways to enhance and bring value to our members Blogs.  Your gratitude is very much appreciated.  Thank you.  :-)

Dec 02, 2008 03:19 AM #203
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Cindy Edwards
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very helpful!

Jan 03, 2009 10:12 AM #212
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Emmaniece Gordon
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WOW! I am having sooo nmuch fun, so many great information!
Feb 06, 2009 09:53 AM #213
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Lea Deo - REALTOR®
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Woohoo!  I was just thinking that this is something I wanted to do and Active Rain shows me how.  Yay. Thanks Brad

Mar 03, 2010 11:10 PM #214
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OMG, I seem to be going to spend the whole day reading your posts, Brad! I use Google docs with my podcast crew all the time and I NEVER realized I could do web forms there. DUH!

Thanks!

Sep 05, 2010 08:47 AM #215
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Hi Brad,
Google Docs is very cool. Google drive is an excellent storage service.
For example, you can use Google Docs as a backup destination to backup all your data from other cloud services. For example, if you use Evernote and Dropbox, it might good to backup all notes and documents to Google Drive.
So please check out cloudHQ (http://cloudHQ.net) - cloudHQ can backup and sync all your files from Dropbox, Evernote, SugarSync, Box, etc. to Google Docs - even Basecamp projects.

 

Aug 01, 2012 09:16 PM #216
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Hey brad, You just had this blog show up on AR today. I am going to try the Google Docs to creat forms. Are they better than say WUFOO?

Jun 02, 2013 01:35 AM #217
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Helen and Larry - I use Google Docs (Now Google Drive) more frequently than WUFOO so I'm a little partial and haven't really compared the two.  I'd say try them both and see which meets your needs best.  I'm a true blue Google fan and since all their products seemlessly connect and provide the tools and services I use and need, I'd say go with Google.  But that's just my opinion.  :-)

Jun 03, 2013 02:08 AM #218
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Hey Brad!   How are you?  I haven't heard from you in a very long time.. Hope all is perfect!  

It was Andrea Sweitzer who did a blog post on this topic, and brought us to your post.   Her post got featured, so you will see others perhaps reading a commenting....

Ciao and stay safe and happy!

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Hey Dagny, great to hear from you. I've been here and there and a little bit of everywhere!  lol~  Andrea ROCKS for sure, I'll have to thank her for the Blog Post LOVE!  Keep in touch OK?  You always know where to find me...  :)

Jun 03, 2013 10:12 AM #220
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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Just ran into this post. very helpful...even if I am years late in finding it. Thanks, Brad.

Jun 03, 2013 10:06 PM #221
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Thanks Gary - It's NEVER TOO Late!!  :-)

Jun 04, 2013 12:54 AM #222
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I wish I had seen this 4 years ago.  Great post and tool.

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Thanks for sharing, unfortunately, I'm not seeing your screen shots on my computer. I'll have to get my granddaughter to help me figure it out. 

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Hi Kimo, even though this was written years ago it still works and I do see the screenshots I just don’t see the video.

Google docs are easy to embed on websites and into blog posts etc. let me know if you need any help?

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