There are a lot of things to think about when you are starting a website & blog.
But there’s one really important question that rarely crosses an online entrepreneur’s mind in the beginning …
Am I right?
I know I definitely didn’t think about whether my website & blog was legal when I was first starting out. Heck, I didn’t even know this was something I needed to concern myself with until I started working with my first coach. This was a BIG mistake that could have cost me thousands of dollars!
Whether you had no idea that you needed to address this or you have known and have just been putting it off, let me assure you, you want to make sure that making your website legal & blogging legally is at the top of your to-do list.
In this article, I am explaining how to legally protect your website & blog easily & quickly with 3 legal pages you must have on your site from the very start. I am covering:
Follow my super simple process so that you can quickly do this and move on to doing what you do best with the peace of mind of being protected legally.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. The information in this post is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice in any way. I am not liable for any damages resulting from using the information in this article. Please consult a lawyer for advice on your unique situation.
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There are a lot of fun aspects to starting a website and blog, but figuring out the legalities generally isn’t considered enjoyable, so I want to make this as simple and painless as possible.
There are a minimum of 3 legal pages that you must have on your site to help you legally protect your business.
At a minimum, the three legal pages that you want to make sure you have on your site are:
This page will help protect you legally and provide your audience with clear details on exactly how you use their information.
There have also been new changes to the privacy laws in 2023. These include things like the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) and the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA). There are also state privacy laws from Colorado, Utah, Connecticut, and others that are coming later this year.
Some things that should be included in a Terms and Conditions template:
Do I need a disclaimer on my blog? Yes definitely!
Because you don’t want to be held legally responsible for anything you publish on your blog, this page helps protect you from lawsuits.
This page is where you “disclaim” or “deny” liability for the content you publish on your blog and warns your visitors that they are solely responsible for any kind of actions that they take, as a result of the information published on your blog.
Some things that should be included in a Disclaimer template:
Okay, now that you know what legal pages you need on your site and what each legal template should include, let’s discuss how to create these pages.
The two most frequent questions I get asked about creating legal templates are: Are legal templates free? and If not, how much do legal templates cost?
There are 3 ways that you can create these pages. 2 of which are paid and one of which is free.
You can work with a lawyer to create customized legal pages for your specific business. Albeit, this will be your most expensive option, but if you want/need legal documents highly customized to your specific business and have the funds to do so, this may be the best option for you.
You can buy legal templates written by a lawyer for your blog. Legal templates written by a trusted lawyer are the perfect option for those who want to make sure that their website is legal and that they are blogging legally without spending a ton of money or using free ones that don’t always cover the specifics or updates that must be included. This is what I did.
Accordingly, I spent a ton of time researching legal templates and this is the legal bundle template I ended up purchasing for my website & blog. It was the most comprehensive and by far the best price out there for what you get. These templates are used by some of the biggest bloggers and online entrepreneurs and I confidently recommend these legal bundles to all my students & clients.
To see the different packages, click on this link, then click the Give Me My Bundle link at the top to see the different packages and pricing.
Finally, there are lots of sites on the Internet that offer free legal templates. If you are on a tight budget you can always start here. However, I personally do not recommend them.
You typically get what you pay for and in my opinion, most of the free legal templates lack the specifics you need on your legal pages. Investing in legal templates from an actual lawyer can save you thousands of dollars if not more and legal headaches down the road.
Having said that if you want to explore your free options, here are a few to help you on your search:
Again, I am not a lawyer, so I can’t advise you on what to do or how good these free ones are, but I highly suggest investing in a professional service like the paid legal template bundle as soon as you are able.
For a tutorial on how to add legal templates to your WordPress website, check out the video above starting at 10:37.
For a tutorial on how to add legal templates to your Showit website, check out the video above starting at 11:54.
You are working hard to grow your business, so make sure that you are taking the steps to protect it and yourself now.
I have researched A LOT of paid legal templates and these have been the best price for the quality and comprehensive templates you get. This fairly small investment into your business is, in my opinion, 100% worth it for the peace of mind you get when it comes to knowing your website & blog is legal.
Do you have legal pages yet? If not, did this post help you understand the need to make your website legal? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
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This is such a great comprehensive post. Many bloggers forget about the legal side of their business or just don’t think that they might need to address such issues, until they actually do! So it’s best to be prepared.
Thank you Martha! You’re right, a lot of bloggers don’t think of the legal side of blogging until something happens. Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂