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Tips for making quizzes on Tangwood.com
Follow these useful tips to create enjoyable quizzes and to maximize their visibility online.
Make them future proof
Over time, some quizzes can fall foul if they contain such information as world records because as we all know, records are there to be broken and if you publish a quiz asking who holds the 100m athletics world record, it may be correct when you create your quiz, but a year later someone else may break that record and you quiz will become inaccurate without you lifting a finger. Unless you are prepared to keep updating that information in your quizzes then it is better the word the question like the following example. "Who broke the 100m athletics world record in June 2015?". That way the answer to the question will never change. It will be future proof.
Use relevant images
Tangwood.com allows you to upload or select images from our library to use as backgrounds for your quizzes. You can use a single image for the entire quiz or different images for each question. The most important point to remember is to make sure you hold the copyright for any images you upload, or have permission to use it from the copyright owner (if you don't have the rights to use images it may result in your quiz not being approved and/or deleted).
There are many sites with many thousands of images that can be used royalty free such as Morguefile.com. When selecting images to use in your quizzes, try to make them as relevant as possible. There's no point using pictures of elephants if the quiz is all about sheep. Of course, you can make quizzes about the pictures, and you can't get more relevant than that.
Beginning your quiz.
The start of the quiz is one of the most important elements. It's the first thing that any potential players will see so you've got to make the title catchy and inviting and the description comprehensive enough to make them want to press that start button. Also keep in mind what people might be searching for on the major search engines. The Tangwood search includes the entire contents of a quiz but other search engines only cover a portion of the first page and that would be your introduction. So if, for example, your quiz was about golf, then try to include words associated with golf in your description.
Choosing the text and background colours for the quiz can also have an impact and in some cases will have some relevance to the quiz itself.
Questions and Answers.
The maximum amount of questions you can create for a quiz increases in association with how many live quizzes you have. Try to pick the right amount of questions for your quiz. Too few will make it less enjoyable and too many may result in them losing interest part way through the quiz. Quizzes with lots of questions are for serious quizzers. 10 to 20 questions are probably ideal for most quizzes.
Choosing the right amount of options for each question is not so important. The average is 3 but any other number of options (maximum of 5) will not make a great deal of difference to game play, but might be relevant to the quiz you are creating. If your quiz is going to be an easy or medium difficulty quiz then try to make the alternatives amusing in some way. This can encourage sharing. Someone may come across your quiz and share it with their friends saying "Check out the hilarous answers".
Ratings and Score.
At the end of the quiz the score can be represented in a number of ways. The calculated score can be a percent or a number of correct answers.
To add to this you can create ratings and rating headings. It's best to experiment and test your quizzes to see what kind of appearance you want for your results.
When most people play online games they like to get the best score possible and nearly always appreciate a few words about their performance. Whether it be good or bad. If you hunt around Facebook for any of the Tangwood.com quiz posts you will very often see screenshots of scores and ratings posted in the comments section. This is where the ratings come in. It's not necessary to create them but it can really help the popularity of your quiz. Especially if you make them memorable. There aren't many out there that don't like "You are amazing!". Some will even deliberately do bad and post the negative ratings such as "The neighbours cat could have done better!". So try to make them something that somebody would want to show off.
Quiz options.
When it comes to putting the finishing touches to your quiz there are several options for you to take into consideration.
First of all the order in which you want your questions to appear. Normally the questions will appear in the order you created them but if you tick the random question order box then the questions will appear in a random order every time the quiz is played. Not only that. You can also choose to have the answers appear in a random order, so if the order of answers is not important then tick that box to really mix things up.
The difficulty level you select will help anybody gauge how easy it is going to be to play your quiz before playing. Don't worry if you select difficult and someone criticises it for being too easy. Any comment, good or bad, lifts your post back up again and you can always revise the difficulty if you want.
You may wish to allow those playing your quiz to see where they went wrong by allowing them to review the questions they got wrong and see the correct answers. There is an option to turn this on and off as well.
Ringing the changes.
Once you have created a quiz you can modify the amount of questions but only until the quiz goes live. Once it goes live you cannot change the amount of questions. The reason for this is because it would make the scoring inaccurate if more questions were added or some were taken away from a quiz that already has statistics.
It's best to test your quizzes thoroughly so that you are happy with the quantity of questions before you submit them for approval.
Just about everything else on the quiz can be altered including options per question. The most important thing to do is to have fun making the quizzes. Then enjoy the commentary when you share them.
Getting your quizzes seen.
If you are one of those people that has thousands of Facebook friends or hordes of followers on Twitter then simply sharing your quiz on these platforms should result in a decent amount of plays. If the quiz proves popular it could be re-shared by others and do incredibly well!
Another way of getting your quizzes seen on social media platforms is to join groups and post quizzes in those groups, but make sure you only post highly relevant quizzes in the groups they are aimed at. If you do this then you can be sure that most of the time the quizzes will be welcome. The amount of plays you might get from that should be linked to the amount of group members.
Avoid posting non-relevant quizzes to groups. It could be considered as group spamming. It will not be appreciated by the group members and may get you blocked from the groups and also in trouble with the social media platforms themselves. Possibly leading to suspension and even account closure. There's nearly always an audience for each quiz. Try to target what you consider to be the right one.