How to Create Your Own Free Online Surveys

What's the best online survey tool? With Google Docs you can create your own free online survey tool, collect data and get your responses in real time.

Whether you're trying to get feedback on a recent event, a new offering, or if any of the bachelors are good enough for Ashley (fellow Mainer), an online survey is a perfect tool for collecting that data.

There are plenty of great survey tools on the market from Survey Monkey to Constant Contact. However, almost all of them cost money or have draconian limits on the number of surveys, questions and/or participants you can have.

While there are plenty of benefits to paid survey tools, often we just want a quick, free tool to take the pulse of our prospects and customers. That's where Google Docs comes in.

You can use Google Docs to create free online surveys that you can share via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or even embed into your website or blog.

Start by going to and choosing Form under the Create New pull down.

As you create your online form you'll be able to choose from a number of different form types:

  • Text: short, free-form text answers
  • Paragraph Text: paragraph-length answers
  • Multiple Choice: choose one item from a visible list
  • Checkboxes: choose one or multiple items from a list
  • Choose from a list: choose one item from a pulldown menu
  • Scale: grade something on a scale
  • Grid: grade multiple items on a scale

Once you've completed your survey  you can share it with the world, or just a small subsection of the world. All of the answers are automatically saved to a spreadsheet in your Google Docs so you can review them later, export them, or create charts and graphs.

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Rich Brooks
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