This is a guest post by Crystallace Fenn. Crystallace is a blogger and practicing attorney that blogs over at HeyCrystallace.com
Over the past ten years, blogging has become big business. So much so, that creatives, educators, and business owners have begun utilizing it as a main source of income, and we love to see it!
However, as more people embrace this avenue of side hustling, the need to protect your site from theft and yourself from being sued should become your top priority. In this article, we will focus on the 3 essential legal pages bloggers should have on their blog and why they are so important.
Why Most Websites Have These 3 Essential Legal Pages
If it’s one thing that we all can agree on, it is that companies are in the business of making money and protecting their assets. They spend a lot of time, money, and resources building their businesses and brands. The last thing they want is their websites shut down for being out of compliance with federal laws or to be sued because of the information on their website.
The same goes for bloggers and content creators. Weekly, I get asked about the legal side of blogging, why a blog needs legal pages and is it really “that serious.” Honestly, these questions never get old. As a blogger and lawyer, I love helping content creators protect their work and themselves legally. So let’s jump right in!
Why a Blog Needs 3 Essential Legal Pages
The simple answer is because the law requires it. Privacy and data exchange has become a hot topic over the past few years due to technology advancements and how they are used to aggressively market to potential customers. This has led to many countries enacting specific policies to protect consumers from their personal information being collected without their knowledge and used for commercial gain.
Now, I know what you are thinking, “I don’t collect any data like that on my blog.”
Yes, you do. Whether you know it or not, nearly every plugin and app collect data, that’s how the tech is able to work. Your blog is collecting data the day you launch it.
Federal law says that websites are legally required to disclose to their visitors that their personal information is being tracked for the company’s benefit.
The 3 Essential Legal Pages Bloggers All Need
There are 3 essential legal pages that every blog needs.
You probably will see free privacy policies available for download all over the internet. But the reality is you don’t know what they mean, who wrote them, and who they were intended for.
Disclaimers are important to have to tell your visitors that the information that they are reading is for educational and informational purposes only. So that you don’t get sued. People will take what you are saying on your blog and run with it, then come back and sue you because it didn’t work out for them. You don’t want this to happen to you.
You also need to disclaim your affiliate relationships. That means if you are running ads on your blog, using affiliate links, or doing sponsored posts, you need to make your visitors aware. The law aims to protect consumers against misleading and marketing, so whenever you stand to make a dollar from your blog, you have to have the appropriate legal disclaimers for your visitors.
How You Can Go About Getting These 3 Essential Legal Pages
As a lawyer and a blogger, I created the perfect solution for bloggers. I drafted these super easy-to-use legal templates for bloggers to upload to their sites and then bundled the 3 essential legal pages that bloggers need, into one Website Legal Bundle. I wrote these legal templates myself because as a blogger I know what other bloggers need. My legal templates are fully customizable to your blog’s branding, and they only take 15 minutes to complete!
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Crystallace is a lawyer and a blogger that wants to help other bloggers and entrepreneurs by providing D.I.Y. Legal Solutions. She has created a Legal Boutique where you can shop for simple and easy-to-use, legal templates, contracts, and agreements for your blog or other business.
You can follow her socials @heycrystallace