Blogging is really cool until and unless you get confused with the legal side of blogging.
However, this post will guide you through these complications in a simple way.
So, let’s get started, and let me begin with “How to legally protect your blog”
I assure you, it won’t be that confusion when you reach the bottom of this post attentively.
Okay, let’s dive in now.
Beginner’s Guide to legally protect your Blog
Why do you need to protect your Blog legally?
In reality, starting a blog consist of installing WordPress, creating content, doing SEO, and many more. However, the legal side of Blogging is the last thing that all Bloggers think at the last.
Bloggers don’t pay too much importance to this legal stuff.
Or many a time, they are not aware of it mainly.
But trust me, it is also a vital part of Blogging.
Like, Having all the Legal pages on your blog is required by Law.
Whether you are blogging just as a hobby or taking it as a money-making business, you are required to have all the Legal pages in your Blog which is required by Law.
It is a basic requirement for a Branded Blog especially.
So, do prioritize creating these pages as fast as possible if you have a professional money-making intention from your blog?
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Legal pages which you need to have in your Blog
Once you are clear why do you need to legally protect your blog, the next thing which you should learn is which pages do you need to include in your blog.
Actually, there are 4 pages that every money-making blog should have,
However, it doesn’t matter if you are blogging part-time or full-time, making money out of it or not, branded blog or unbranded one. All of these blogs need to have 4 legal pages in them.
Eventually, the types of personal data a blog collect may differ on the blog type, types of plugins used in the blog, and types of tools you implement in your blog.
Some common personal data which most blogs collect are email addresses, names, IP addresses, and other location data via analytics.
#2 Terms and Conditions
Actually, this page serves the contract between your blog readers and your blog.
In simple, words it is actually, a set of rules for those who are operating your blog.
Here are some of the things included in your Terms and Conditions page,
- limitation on liability
- reliance on content
A Disclaimer page in your blog is responsible for disclaiming the legal liability for the content you post in your blog.
It is important to have a disclaimer page in your blog irrespective of the type of blog you have.
Moreover, if you choose to write about sensitive topics like health and finance, it is suggested to put a small disclaimer at the beginning of the post like I did myself in this post’s beginning.
It is essential to have a Disclosure page if you work for brands and make money by promoting their products.
As it is published in faith to disclose the purpose of paid relationship with the brands you are promoting. This promotion can be through sponsorship or affiliate links.
By Law, you need to disclose to your reader that you earn some commission for something you are promoting.
Additionally, having a disclosure page is not enough, it is also essential to have a statement of affiliate disclosure in every post of your blog which contains at least one affiliate link.
Your disclosure for affiliate statements should be before any affiliate links.
Here is how to easily add affiliate disclosure to your posts:
- Go to the plugin section on the left side of your WordPress dashboard.
- Click on “Add new” and search for a plugin called “Shortcodes”.
- The red color plugin is the one. Just install it and activate it.
- Now move to those post that contains affiliate links and above your post dashboard you will find an option by “Insert shortcode”.
- Click on it and then go to the box option and then click on “note”.
- Write your disclosure there and submit it.
How do I legally protect my Blog?
Till now I have covered all the aspects including all the legal pages you need to publish in your blog and why you need them. Now it’s time to inform you how you gonna do it.
There are a few ways through which you can add legal pages to your blog.
If you are a lawyer, just write it yourself or hire a lawyer to do it for you. Meanwhile, you can also buy templates that are basically created by a lawyer. iTs that simple.
I would suggest you go with the prewritten templates. it would be really cheap for you.
Maybe protecting your blog legally is a bit confusing unless you are clear with the vision.
Just make all important pages available in your blog and what else do you need?