Is the legal side of blogging confusing and overwhelming for you?
Then this post is perfect for you!
Today, I’m going to walk you through how to legally protect your blog
Trust me, it doesn’t have to be so confusing and hard!
Okay, let’s go!
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.
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Beginner’s guide to legally protecting your blog
Why you need to protect your blog legally
Let’s be real, when you are starting a blog, the legal side of blogging is the last thing on your mind.
There’s so much that goes into starting a blog, from setting up WordPress to writing posts to starting an email list and so much more.
The legal stuff doesn’t seem as important as the other things.
Or you don’t even know about it.
But it’s actually a lot more important than you think.
It’s required by law to have legal pages on your blog
Having legal pages on your blog is required by law.
It doesn’t matter if you’re blogging as a hobby or making money with your blog, you are required by law to have legal pages on your blog.
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.
Therefore, if you’re planning on making money with your blog, it’s essential to have proper legal pages.
If you want to learn more about why you need to legally protect your blog I would definitely recommend enrolling in this FREE legal course. The course talks about protecting your work, legal pages, taxes, and all that boring (but incredibly important! ) stuff.
It’s a really good course to teach you the basics of the legal side of blogging and has lots of valuable information.
Plus it’s free!
And who doesn’t like free things?! (I know I do 🙂 )
4 legal pages you need to have on your blog
I talked about why it’s important to legally protect your blog and now I’ll go over the 4 legal pages you need to have on your blog.
It doesn’t matter if you just started your blog or if you’re a full-time blogger who is making 6 figures, you need to have these legal pages on your blog (well maybe not all of them, but you’ll find out which ones apply to you in a second).
The type of personal data you collect will vary based on what you offer on your blog, types of plugins and tools you use on your blog, etc.
Some data that you probably collect are names and email addresses (if you allow comments on your blog) IP address and other location data (through Google Analytics).
2. Terms And Conditions
It’s a page on your blog that serves as a contract between your blog and your readers.
You can look at it as a set of rules for using your website.
Some of the things that are included and discussed in a Terms and Conditions page are
- reliance on content
- limitation of liability
A disclaimer is a page that lets you disclaim legal liability for the content you publish on your blog.
No matter what your blog is about, it’s important to have a disclaimer page.
Also, if you write a post about sensitive topics (like health and legal) it’s good to also put a short disclaimer at the beginning of the post (like I did with this one! )
A disclosure page is necessary if you work with brands and make money with your blog.
As the word itself says, the purpose of a disclosure is to disclose paid relationships with brands (that relationship can be through 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’s also important to have an affiliate disclosure statement in every post that has affiliate links.
Your affiliate disclosure must be BEFORE any affiliate links.
How to easily add affiliate disclosure to your posts:
- 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.
That way you don’t have to write your disclosure every time.
Another great thing about reusable blocks is that when you edit it, the changes are automatically made to all the posts where you used that block.
How do I legally protect my blog?
Okay, I talked about all the legal pages you need to have on your blog and why you need them to legally protect your blog, but how do you actually do it?
There are a few different ways you can get legal pages on your blog.
You can write your own legal pages (only if you are a lawyer ), hire a lawyer to write them for you or buy templates that were written by a lawyer.
In my opinion, the best (and cheapest) way to legally protect your blog is by buying legal page templates that were prewritten by a lawyer.
And that’s what this post is about.
I want to talk to you about the legal templates that I use on my blog.
What is Legal Bundle Value Pack?
The legal bundle value pack is a legal bundle that contains templates for all 4 essential legal pages.
These templates were written by an experienced lawyer Lucrezia Iapichino.
What makes Lucrezia stand out from other lawyers is the fact that she is also a blogger.
Lucrezia has years of blogging experience so she knows what bloggers do and what they need to include in their legal pages.
What the Legal Bundle Value Pack includes
- Terms and Conditions template
- Disclosure page (and affiliate disclosure notice for posts)
How does it work?
When you buy the Legal Bundle Value Pack (you can do that here) you get access to 4 legal courses, one course for each legal page.
Each course has a downloadable link for the legal page as well as some helpful information about legally protecting your blog.
Every legal page comes in a Word document that you need to edit and fill in with your information.
All the places where you need to enter your information are underlined with a different color and have the exact information you need to put in brackets.
What I love the most about Lucrezia’s legal templates is the fact that they are so easy to customize and understand.
She explains everything you need to add and gives information on whether something applies to you or not.
I didn’t have any problems with customizing my legal pages and was finished with it in only a couple of minutes.
The whole process was super fast and simple which I love.
What I love about these templates is that anyone can easily customize them and use them on their blog.
It doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge.
All you need is Word (if you don’t have it, you can just upload the document to Google docs) and a couple of minutes of your time.
And your legal pages are ready.
Once you’ve customized your legal pages just create new pages on your blog (go to pages > add new) and paste the document, click publish and you’re done.
Final words on legally protecting your blog
Protecting your blog legally might seem confusing at first but it doesn’t have to be if done right.
That’s why I think that buying these legal templates is the way to go.
They can help you legally protect your blog in under 30minutes.
You just download the templates, fill in your information, create new pages on your blog where you paste the text and that’s it.
You are legally protected and don’t have to worry about it.
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