It saddens me when I see people who have awesome brands and blog but no legal pages on their websites. Every website, including blogs need these three important legal pages. Here are 6 reasons Why You Need These 3 Legal Pages for Your Blog:
To Disclaim yourself from Personal Liability
In order to deny personal liability in cases where someone relies on the information on your website, you must have a proper disclaimer in your legal pages. You need to make it clear that all information on your website is for “educational and informational” basis only. For example, if you are giving people tips on how to make money, homeschooling, 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 disclaimers are important to have.
To be in Compliance With the Law
Legal pages are not optional. State and Federal laws require you to have them for your website. New bloggers have the tendency to procrastinate on getting their legal pages together for their blog. Just like any other violation of the law, if you do what is required by the law, you are susceptible to fines and lawsuits.
To Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights
https://heycrystallace.com/blog-legal-pages-website-legal-bundleAnything that you create for your website, all of the content on it is yours. You own it. But what happens when someone comes along and tries to steal all your your hard work? You take the appropriate legal action. I talk about that more in this blog post. This is another reason why it is important to have right legal pages in place for your blog. 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.
To Explain Your Website’s Rules
To Disclose Your Affiliate Relationships
You are required by the FTC to disclose your affiliate relationships. This means that anything that you publish on your website to gain compensation or incentive for like an affiliate link or sponsored post, must be announced to the consumer. Ultimately this is done to prevent misleading advertising. You would disclose these things on an Affiliate Disclaimer.
To Protect User Privacy
When a consumer visits your website, cookies collects information about them. This is done by both your website and any third-party applications you may be using. 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. You would outline these things on a Privacy Page.
This is the best deal because it saves you the painful time and money of getting your blog together legally. 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. So Let me know if you need my help with your legal pages.
Always secure the bag,