Legal Guide for Bloggers | Legal Tips for Bloggers
If you thinking of starting your own blog that makes money, you should make sure that you blog legally as well. Which means that you need to have 4 very important legal pages in place in order to protect your blog.
You might be thinking, “Wait, What are you talking about! I never heard about this! Where do I start?”
Don’t worry, I felt the exact same. When I started to research how to start a blog and make money from it, I also came across the legal aspects of blogging and it confused the …. out of me! But I am here to tell you it doesn’t have to be confusing or hard!
Relieved? Well, lets jump into it.
Table of Contents
- Beginner’s Guide to Legally Protecting your Blog
- Why do you need legal pages on your blog?
- The 4 Legal Pages you need to have on your blog
- How to easily add affiliate disclosure to your posts
- How to protect my blog legally?
- Final thoughts on protecting your blog legally
Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. Everything I share in this post is for general informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions or need legal help, please consult a lawyer.
*This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please read my full disclosure for further information.
Beginner’s Guide to Legally Protecting your Blog
Let’s be honest, when you are a beginner starting your blog, the legal side of blogging has not even crossed your mind. I know it didn’t for me for a few months!
There is just so much that goes into starting your blog, from setting up WordPress to writing posts to starting an email list and promoting on Pinterest. So the legal stuff doesn’t seem as important (or such a pressing matter) as the other things. Or, you don’t even know about it!
But let me tell you, it is super important!
Why do you need legal pages on your blog?
1. It’s actually required by law to have legal pages on your blog.
It doesn’t matter if you’re blogging to make money or you are doing blogging just as a hobby, you have to have legal pages on your blog.
2. It’s a requirement for working with Brands
Besides the fact that it’s required by law, having legal pages is also important for working with brands.
Also, if you are thinking of making money with affiliate marketing or ads on your blog, most affiliate programs and ad networks requires you to have legal pages on your blog. If you don’t have them, you will most likely not be accepted by them.
So the long and short of it is, if you want to make money with your blog, it’s essential to have proper legal pages.
If you want to learn more about why you need to protect your blog legally, I would definitely recommend this FREE Legal course for bloggers.
The course has lots of valuable information and it’s really good at teaching you the basics of the legal side of blogging. The course talks about protecting your work, legal pages, and all that stuff that we don’t want to deal with but are incredibly important!
And its free! And who doesn’t like free?
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The 4 Legal Pages you need to have on your blog
So I gave you an quick overview of why it’s important to legally protect your blog, but you might be wondering what type of pages you actually need.
Some data that you probably collect includes names and email addresses if you allow comments on your blog or if you have an email list. Other information might be IP addresses and other location data if you have Google Analytics activated.
2. Terms and Conditions
You can also look at it as a set of rules for using your blog or website.
Some things that are included and discussed on a Terms and Conditions page are:
- Limitation of Liability
- Reliance on Content
A disclaimer page lets you disclaim legal liability for the content you publish on your blog.
If you write about sensitive topics, like legal or health-related topics, it’s really important to have a short disclaimer at the beginning of your post. Just like I did at the beginning of this post.
But no matter what your blog is about, its important to have a disclaimer page.
As the word itself says, the purpose of a disclosure is to disclose paid relationships with brands. This also includes affiliate links or sponsorships. You are required by law to tell your readers that you are being paid for something.
Besides having a disclosure page, it is also important to have a short affiliate disclosure in every post that uses affiliate links. Just like the one I used in the beginning of this post
Remember: if you are using affiliate links in your post, you should disclaim it at the beginning of your post and not at the end. This is super important, as required by the FTC Guidelines.
How to easily add affiliate disclosure to your posts
I use WordPress’s reusable blocks to add my affiliate disclosures to each post. This way I do not have to write it out every time and the disclosure writing style is consistent across my posts.
Another great thing about using reusable blocks is that, when you edit or update your reusable block it will update across all the posts that uses that block. Saving you so much time.
How to create a reusable block:
- Open any post to edit, and write your affiliate disclosure in a new block.
- Click on the three dots in the top right corner, then click on “add to reusable blocks”
- Name your block and click save
- Every time you’re writing a new post you can just click on “add a new block” and choose your reusable affiliate block.
How to protect my blog legally?
So now you might be wondering, “how do I go about getting all 4 legal pages on my blog. I’m not a lawyer! And I do not understand all the legal jargon that goes with it!” Don’t worry, I am here to tell you it is really not that difficult to get these pages on your blog.
If you are not a lawyer you have two options. You can either hire a lawyer to write these pages for you, or you can buy legal pages templates that are written by lawyer.
Buying prewritten legal page templates, written by a lawyer, are in my opinion the most cost affective and also the quickest way to get your blog up to legal standards. And this is exactly what I’ve done for my blog.
In my research for legal page templates I’ve come across Blogging for New Bloggers’ school. And in my opinion they are the most cost effective templates that I came across, and the ones I ended up buying for my blog.
What is the Legal Bundle Value Pack?
The Legal Bundle Value Pack is a bundle that contains all 4 essential legal page templates with their courses with the free legal course and a copy right template. So in total you get a total of 6 courses. And you also get some awesome bonuses! Which makes the value of this bundle pack insane.
These templates were written by an experienced lawyer Lucrezia Iapichino. What makes you trust Lucrezia even more is the fact that she is also a blogger. Because she is also a blogger with a lot of experience she knows what bloggers need to include in their legal pages.
How does it work?
When you buy the Legal Bundle Value Pack, you get access to all 4 legal courses, one course for each legal page.
Each course has a downloadable link for the legal page template as well as information about legally protecting your blog, and why you need that particular page on your blog.
Every legal page template comes in a Word document that you need to fill in your information to customize it to your blog’s needs and specifics.
She explains everything you need to add and also whether something applies to you or not.
What makes the template so easy to customize is that all the places that you need to enter information are highlighted and or underlined with the information you need to enter at that the particular point in brackets.
This is really great because you don’t need any special skills or knowledge. (Well, you will have a basic knowledge of legal stuff after you’ve taken these courses!) All you need is Word or Google docs and a few minutes of your time.
After you edited the templates to suit your blog, you are ready to create the new pages on your blog. Remember, pages are different from posts! It is important to create pages for your legal pages on your blog. To create a page: go to pages > add new and then just copy and paste the document, click publish and your done!
If you don’t want the whole legal bundle you can also buy each one of the pages templates individually. She also has a lot of other templates and courses that you can check out over on the Blogging for New Bloggers.
Final thoughts on protecting your blog legally
Protecting your blog legally doesn’t have to be confusing, and you can easily get it right the first time around by using templates that are written by an experienced lawyer.
Sometimes it is necessary for our sanity to make a little investment into our blog and not waste hours and hours to try and figure something out that might not be right!
And these templates might just be one of those investments for you. I know it was for me. They are really super easy to customize and you can have your blog protected legally in under 30 minutes.
You just download the templates, fill in your information, and create new pages on your blog where you paste the text. And voila! You are legally protected and you don’t have to worry about it!
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