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Legal pages every blogger needs to be protected and compliant in 2020….
Hi there, once you become a blogger, protecting your site is a must.
Protect my site? Blog legally? I had honestly no idea what people were talking about. I mean, I’m not a lawyer!
Before we delve deeper into the legalities of blogging, if you haven’t started blogging you will learn how to start one from scratch here. In the post I will start with where to go to choose your domain name, who to use as a host, and more.
But anyway, let’s talk about the important legal pages you need to have to have a complaint money making blog.
Legal Pages Every Blogger Must Have to be Complaint in 2020
You will find the four legal pages every blogger needs in order to protect themselves and their blog.
Mariam at Freelance & Marketing has made it easy for bloggers with her copy and paste policies and video tutorials.
Legal Templates Bundle
In Mariam’s Legal Shop, she has a Legal Templates Bundle that includes all four important documents:
California Consumer Privacy Act
On January 1st, 2020 there were some major changes with California and their Privacy Act.
I saw the notification first on Google AdSense but didn’t think too much about it because, I’m not in California. Even though I did not physically live in California, I still needed to be complaint with their CCPA in case a reader from California stumbled upon my blog.
If you’re not complaint with the new CCPA Policy you can risk being fined up to $7,500 (max) per violation.
What you’ll need on your CCPA Policy page:
- Do Not Sell My Information page
- Right for users to request deletion of information
- Users right to demand disclosure in case of sale
- No discrimination
- Securing information
A Disclaimer Policy is also important for bloggers, particularly medical disclaimers. You do not want to have someone read your pregnancy tips or breast feeding tips and try to sue you.
The Disclaimer Policy allows you to notify your readers that everything you write is for informational purposes only!
What you’ll need on your Disclaimer Policy page:
- Earnings disclaimer (important if you share affiliate links)
- Sponsored post disclaimers
- Affiliate disclosure
- Product reviews disclosure (if you write a lot of product reviews or testimonials)
- GDPR Visitor’s Rights
- GDPR Compliance & Emailing Marketing Policy
Terms and Conditions
Why do you need a terms and conditions page? A terms and conditions page helps protect you from content theft! I’ve personally have had to deal with this – I recently came across a user who copied my content word for word.
He even took my stock photos and Pinterest image. The nerve right?
Reasons you need a Terms and Conditions page:
- Limits your liability
- Protects you from theft
- Legal contract for you and your readers
BONUS TIP: If you have already purchased the legal template bundle you will receive the CCPA template for free.
My Final Thoughts
As you can see having the proper legal pages on your blog is very important, you do not want to be in a legal battle and losing thousands of dollars! Having important documents like these can definitely protect you and your content in the future as well.
To date I’ve found two blog posts that were stolen – word for word. Very frustrating.