Is your blog legal? Have you covered all of your legal bases? There are certain things that every blogger needs on their blog to be compliant with FCC laws and to cover themselves from potential lawsuits.
Legal Stuff for Bloggers
Yup, believe it or not there are some legal necessities to get out of the way- who knew that being a blogger could bring about legal issues- I didn’t realize until this week that you could be sued! SCARY!!
So I decided this needed to be a TOP Priority for our blogging series! Don’t worry, there’s not a whole lot that you have to do.
First, you need to copyright your blog. You may not think you need this but you do!
So, why should I copyright my blog? I read about a blogger who’s articles were copied verbatim along with the pictures and even the typos and someone else claimed it as their own with no link back to the original post. Well the site that stole the blogger’s information got ranked higher and therefore received more traffic and wasn’t even producing it’s own content. So the original writer lost out on getting recognized for his/her work, didn’t get the backlink (which increases SEO- we’ll be going over this soon), and people interested in the original blogger’s content were dupped. Plus, stealing is wrong and I don’t think people should profit from stealing other’s work. By placing a copyright on your blog you are letting potential thieves know that you don’t tolerate intellectual theft! It took less than 5 minutes to place a copyright on my blog.
Go to Web Weaver and use the copyright generator for free to get a copyright. Then add an html gadget to your main page with the copyright inserted. You can see mine at the bottom of the page.
an app a generator for that! Go to http://www.freeprivacypolicy.com/ or http://www.generateprivacypolicy.com/ to generate one in less than 5 minutes. Then copy and paste it into a blog page.
4. Disclosure Policy
Do you have any ads running on your blog? Do you make money from sponsored posts? Do you receive or accept free product for sponsored posts? Do you get or want to get compensated in any way through your blog? IF so, then you need a Disclosure Policy. Many sites like IZEA require you to have a Disclosure Policy easily accessible on your blog in order to participate. You can use this Disclosure Policy Generator to easily make one. And, yet again, just cut and paste it into a page.