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6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

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Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

Last Update June 2021 by Crystallace

Confused about the legal side of blogging? Or didn’t even think about it at all? I get it. It’s boring but it’s probably the very next thing you should think about once you decide that you’re going to launch of blog.

It really saddens me when I see these awesome brands and blogs online but they don’t have any legal pages on their sites. You really put yourself, your brand, your blog, your business at risk when you don’t have the proper legal pages on your site. Every blog needs these three important legal pages.

Here are 6 reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog:

From a Lawyer On Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

1. To Disclaim Yourself from Personal Liability

You want to have a lawyer written legal disclaimer on your website, in the event that someone relies on any information that you write or post on you website. You need to make it clear to your visitors and to your audience, that all information on your website is for “educational and informational” purposes only.

For example, let’s say you are giving your readers tips on how to make money through side hustles, homeschooling, dealing with depression, or dieting; you don’t want to get sued because someone took your advice and lost money, their kid failed a test, or they didn’t lose any weight.  This is why a lawyer written legal disclaimer is important to have on your site. Without it, you can find yourself getting sued and being held personally liable for what you put out there on the internet.

6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

2. To Be in Compliance With the Law

A well written Privacy Policy on your blog is not optional. Both State and Federal laws require you to have one on your website. Due to more frequent data and privacy breaches, government officials are starting to have zero tolerance for companies not taking the privacy of others seriously.

New bloggers have the tendency to procrastinate on getting their legal pages setup for their blog but let me be clear, this is the quickest way to get your blog shut down. If you don’t do what is required by the law, you are susceptible to repercussions, fines and lawsuits. I wrote a blog post solely dedicated to the Privacy Policy here. Because it’s really that important.

6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

3. To Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights

All the content that you write or create for your website, you own it. It’s instantly copyrighted the moment you publish it. But what happens when someone comes along and tries to steal your hard work? Well you could take the appropriate legal action. I talk about that more in this blog post.

This is another reason why it is important to have lawyer written legal pages in place on your blog from day one. It allows you the opportunity to outline your intellectual property rights and let others know that your content cannot be stolen, misused, or reproduced in any way.

6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

4. To Explain Your Website’s Rules

It is best practice to have a Terms of Use policy in place to communicate clearly with your visitors about what is and what is not allowed on your website.  This is important because if someone violates your Terms of Use policy, you can take appropriate legal action towards them. Also, this protects you because your intentions for the information on your website are clear. An example of this is if a visitor exercises spam behavior on your website or uses abusive language.

5. To Work With Advertisers

One of the first things bloggers do when looking to make money with their blog, is apply for affiliate programs, sponsored posts, and ad plugins. But often bloggers find themselves rejected from these opportunities and they don’t know why and it’s because these big companies don’t take the time to tell you why. More often than not, they are rejected because they don’t have proper legal pages on their blog. If you don’t have lawyer written policies on your blog, companies won’t work with you because they don’t want to be sued.

For example, you are required by the FTC to disclose your affiliate relationships to your visitors. This means that anything that you publish on your website that brings you compensation or encourages people to make a purchase, like an affiliate link or sponsored post, must be announced to the consumer. This is something that would disclose on an Affiliate Disclaimer. Ultimately, the purpose of these laws is discourage misleading advertising.

6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

6. To Protect User Privacy

Some bloggers think that they don’t collect data on their site. These days, there is virtually no way you can run a website without the tech collecting data, whether you know it is or not. And emails are data. So if you are collecting emails or running pop ups for any reason, your website is collecting data. But we don’t even have to go that far. When someone visits your website, cookies collects information about them. This is done by both your website and any third-party applications you may be using. 

So you must define what type of information is collected from your website, how it is stored, and how that information is used. The consumer has the right to be informed about these processes upon visiting your website. This goes back to almighty Privacy Policy and why the law requires that you have one on your blog.

6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

So to sum it all up

A Privacy Policy, Website Disclaimer, and Terms of Use, are the three legal pages you must have on your blog. I have taken the time to make easy-to-use legal templates so that you can easily legally protect your blog in 15 minutes. All you have to do is download them, customize them, and them upload them to your blog. Did I mention that I have bundled these three pages together for a special discounted price just for bloggers like you (and myself) in my Website Legal Bundle.

This is the best deal because it saves you a ton of time and money. As a blogger, your time is best spent blogging, not trying to write legal jargon.

6 Reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog

Ideally, you want to have these legal pages the day you launch your blog but if you have already started your blog you want to grab them sooner rather later. These legal pages are too important to procrastinate. If you’ve been getting by without them consider yourself lucky.

 If you have any questions about blogging legally, you can find me in my Facebook group. It is a community of bloggers helping each other blog profitably and legally. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.

from the lawyer next door,
Crystallace Fenn

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4 Comments

  1. Such an informative post! I’ll be tending to my blog later, after reading this ?

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    • Thank you!

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  2. Hi Crystal! Thank you for this information. I definitely need to update my blog as soon as possible. I had not even thought of how much of this I need.

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    • You’re very welcome. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

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