Your mind is cramped with ideas, solutions, words and visions that you want to share with the world one of the last things you want to think about are blog rules and regulations when you’re itching to hammer the keyboard.

Even as a hobby blogger you need to know the potential issues you could face if you are not protecting your content and do not have disclaimers. I know it’s massively dull when you are itching to just write and

When you start to make money from your blog this is crucial to cover yourself.

What you must have:

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Legal Disclaimers

What Is A Privacy Policy?

privacy policy is a statement that discloses all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses, and manages a customer or client’s data. It fulfils a legal requirement to protect a customer or client’s privacy.  

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Do I Need A Privacy Policy?

Yes! A privacy policy isn’t just about telling your users what they can expected from your website, products, and services. It’s about protecting you against potential liabilities that could arise from those aspects.

Did you know that you should also have your Privacy Policy and possibly your T&C’s especially if they include your legal disclaimers in an accessible document on your Facebook Page.

Not only is there legal implications but it also helps viewers to come up with a conclusion on if they should deem you a legitimate source of information and trust you.

If you work with Google Adsense on your site you certainly need to have one as it’s part of your agreement within their T & C’s.

What Terms & Conditions Do I need?

Unlike a Privacy Policy you may not need a terms and conditions page however I would advise you have one. Yes it’s dull and boring but head over to my resource page for information on how I created mine within literally a few moments.

How many T&S’s have you read before? You only really do it if a problem arises however these days there is a higher need as people rightly or wrongly like to complain and place blame on others.

You need to limit your liability, this can just be a basic disclaimer removing your liability from errors in your web content. Your content may be correct the day you posted it but if you’re building a passive income site the chance are that you build it and possibly move onto another. You shouldn’t do but you may not look back at the content and update it for a month or two so it can become non relevant or even factual wrong.

One of the key things to remember is do not promise things to people, you cannot guarantee anyones success in what you are selling to solve a problem, service you provide or training you give. You need to be clear that all the information/suggestions and opinions are your own.

For example relating to this blog you are reading I cannot guarantee that you will make money from the information that I give you but the details I will show you is how to start and move through your journey without the unnecessary crap that others will promote. After many years of blogging and trying different methods these are the ones that I found actually work.

I offer training and support to help you on your way but because I am not supervising your work I cannot see if you are really putting the effort in to make this work.

Unfortunately there are people out there that may take offence to what you right as they may not agree with it, you may have written a recipe on cooking beef and a vegetarian jumps on and posts comments that can be see to the general public in bad taste. Worse than this you could be spammed through commenting for inappropriate products.

To cover yourself when you have a site that let’s people post content to your website, you need to add a disclaimer that limits your liability from offensive postings. Add a disclaimer that you don’t endorse users and aren’t responsible for the statements made by third parties.

Bloggers Etiquette

How to play nice whilst running around in the massive entity that is the blogosphere.

There are so many blogs out there, so many ideas and people chasing for the glory Google sweet spot. It is very competitive but you need to play nice and not step on anyones toes.

  • If you quote someone else blog make sure you link to them to give them credit for their work.
  • If you use someones picture that they have allowed to be used online make sure you give credit to them.
  • Do not copy people.
  • Do not accuse people of copying unless you know for a fact they have. There are many PLR articles for sale, it could be a post they have paid for and unknowingly be using your original work.
  • Be respectful at all times, people often may not agree with your opinion but that’s OK. Don’t make a big thing of it and move on. How you move around the internet and interact with others can easily be traced.
  • Don’t leave spammy links on other peoples blogs to get your link out there and don’t be controversial on purpose to get traffic.