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
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.
2. To Be in Compliance With the Law
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.
4. To Explain Your Website’s Rules
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. 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 to sum it all up
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.
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.