Having a blogging website is a proud feeling. But having a legal blogging website feels beyond proud. When you start your blog, making it safe to law is the last thing people will tell you. But here you are, because maybe it’s not the first step to start a successful blog, but it sure is important. So let’s look at the legal pages to add to your blog now.
If you are new to the blogging and just crossed the threshold, it might not have been in your checklist. But adding this legal page to your website not only ensures the visitors of their data use, it also protects your website from any lawsuit against offensive data use (under conditions).
The most common use of personal data is individuals’ names and emails when they comment. And their IP address and location through Google Analytics. You have to address them and make it crystal clear. Even though you might not be directly responsible for third party’s usage of data, but leave a mention for people to be aware.
2. Terms of Services
Terms of services, also known as ‘the terms’ and ‘terms and conditions’ is another one of the important legal pages. It is basically the legal agreement between the provider (AKA you and your blog) and your consumers or audiences. It provided a set of rules and guidelines to have a legal access of your website as a user.
Terms of services include your ownership and copyright with an acceptable website and content. It runs the users through the security procedures, availability and purpose of your website. It also mentions your other legal pages.
Again, you can use a template or consult legal pages provider to have one for yourself.
It’s one of those legal terms that you might have heard or rather read a thousand times. Cookie is a small piece of data file saved in user’s device when they visit your website. It stores some information about your website, like your blog’s name and an ID that represents the users. So if a person visits your website again, the website will know they have already been there.
The cookies are used to differentiate one user from other. When a user visits your website, your site’s computer asks the users’ computer for permission to store the fie in a part of their hard drive.
So there you have it. 3 legal pages that you should have on your website. These legal pages not only guide your users through the ins and outs of your blog, but also represent your blog as a trusted place where they can feel aware of your intentions. Legal pages push your website in a positive light.
It makes your work look more professional. It makes your users feel safe to know about their data use and their say in it.
There are a few other legal pages that play a role in your blog. With legal pages become a law in some places like under the new data protection act of Europe, the GDPR. It is important that use all precautions while providing services to the users.
The disclaimer is a general statement with the intension of clearing what kind of services you provided. You provide a head up to your users if they can expect a certain information or services from you that they might not be aware of.
It covers any liabilities on your part for the visitors. If the services might be of great risk or might not be taken as lightly, such as medical or health related information. It works as an acknowledgement on your part.
This is an important legal page. Especially if like most bloggers you are using or planning on using affiliates in your blog. When you write a blog post on any topic, you will most probably use a few outbound links to help your users get all the efficient information they need. That’s totally fine.
But if you are using an affiliate link along with the outbound, in which you will earn a percent if the user click on it. You need to have a discloser page or notice on your blog. It discloses the confidential about how you are using affiliates on your blog posts and will earn a percentage if they decide to click on them.
Make sure that any kind of disclaimer or disclosure is that the top of your post before that said data or link. Otherwise there’s no use of it and your users might feel cheated.
So I hope that your head is a little clear about the legal side of the blog. If you are planning on having a blogging website, you should put these in your checklist. And if you already have your blogging website running, then add them in your pages now.
If you have a new service or change in your legal pages, you will notify your users (more specifically subscribers) so they are aware of it. Giving them the opportunity if they want to receive these notifications or not by adding an unsubscribe link in each email is part of the policy.
While writing or adding a policy legal page in your blog, make sure that the language is simple and not too strong. It’s best if the policy speaks to the users directly to grow the sense of trust. Therefore, use of ‘you’ and ‘your’ instead or collective users in plural form.