10 Legal Tips for Bloggers That Will Help You to Avoid Legal Issues

What legal tips for bloggers should you be following to keep safe? Are you willing to pay the price of violating some legal issues while Blogging?

Obviously No. But there are things you might be doing on your blog which can lead you into serious trouble. These may be due to negligence. Or you might not be aware of the rules and regulation regarding Blogging.

So if you don’t want to get sued for any reasons, please read this post thoroughly to learn about 10 legal tips every blogger must follow.

Disclaimer: To make it clear, the owners of this site and I are not legal advisors, attorney, or lawyers. This post is for serving basic global knowledge. If you want a 100% legal tips and advice, I suggest you consult an attorney or your legal advisor.

1: Copyright

Basic, still most important. Even though the copyright section is a fundamental step, it provides a legal defense against copying or theft of your original work. It also stops you from copying others. You have the right to your blog’s content, but displaying Copyright section on your blog is an added advantage.

So if someone copies or reproduces your content without your permission, you can send copyright claim, or if it is in the significant ground then you can even get compensation. The same applies to you as well.

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If you copy from someone else’s site, then you may be subjected to a lawsuit (if the owner demands), or maybe sort it out by some other options. It is not a 100% full proof method for stopping the theft of online materials but a real necessity to curb it in the long run.

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2: Using Branded Domain

I see many people; primarily new bloggers use some of the trademark names in their URL. Like BMWfans, Teslaking, etc. Man, those are trademarks or branded domain. If the owners of these brands should find out about the practice, they will send you a notice to take it down.

Don’t even use something like BMWunofficial etc., because it contains a trademark name. But doing that won’t let you directly into a lawsuit (it can sometimes), but they likely will lead to a cease letter, such as sending you a message or mail saying “don’t use our name” etc.

And you have to stop right there with only two options to consider:

  1. Change the domain name or,
  2. Shut down your Blog.

And in case you do not comply with the instructions, then a lawsuit might be the next option. So better avoid using brand names and trademarks, especially in your domain name.

3. The risk in Affiliate Program

Affiliate programs are great avenues to make money from your blog, but these programs can be risky for you and your blog. How?

Here’s how.

It happened with one guy. (Maybe happened with more people) He was an affiliate for a software product and always make lots of affiliate sales. Overall he and his audience were happy.

One day he got an email saying; “the Software you promote has a bug and it records the transaction details like the credit card, debit card, and other sensitive information.”

The news went viral, and by researching more, they found that he owns millions from users. But all the money went to a software company which exists only on paper. So when you are promoting any product you have to be sure it works perfectly.

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Ensure that you use the product before recommending it to others. Here is a list of few legitimate Affiliate sites. Your blog is your business (even though you are working from home). So follow the best standard for business practices.

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4: Use Disclaimers On Your Blog or Website

Disclaimers are critical legal tips for bloggers you must include to your blog or website.

Your blog is your online space where you publish information for users and also collect personal data from your site visitors. For this reason, the law requires that you have a privacy policy for managing users personal information. Therefore, you need to create a privacy policy page.

Your privacy policy will tell visitors how you intend to use the data they gave you, or what you are going to do with the information. Thus, for a clear view of your privacy policy (PP), it is best to connect it at your blog’s main menu at the top screen or the footer.

Furthermore, if the post you are writing is delicate, such as on legal issues, without a disclaimer some of your readers may take the content as a piece of legal advice from you.

Thus, adding a disclaimer at the beginning of the post or the end of it helps your readers to know that you are merely offering valuable information for their consumption. As a result, they should consult with a legal adviser.

Below is a sample disclaimer in this article;

Legal tips for bloggers that will help you avoid legal issues

These documents will help you stay safe from legal issues.

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5: Use Disclosures On Your Posts

As you monetize your blog via affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, and other blog monetization strategies, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) necessitates you to add a disclosure on your blog posts.

You could create a few lines of a disclosure template to use on your blog posts. For example, here is a sample disclosure on one of  Arfa Nazeer’s blog post;

Legal tips for bloggers that will help you avoid legal issues

However, should you use declarations only on your blog content? No! Since you share your content on social media, you can also add disclosures on your posts to social sites. You could use hashtags as a way to disclose your promotion campaigns.

If the post you are writing is delicate, such as on legal issues, without a disclaimer some of your readers may take the content as a piece of legal advice from you. Click To Tweet

The following hashtags would do well, nonetheless, depending on what you are promoting:

  • #Affiliate
  • #Ads
  • #Sponsored
  • Etc.

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6: Be Right About What You Say

Your blog is an online journal that can have both positive and negative impact on you as well as on your audience. So don’t ever publish any false or misleading information on your blog. Though only a handful of bloggers do it intentionally. You must know that it is an element of legal tips for bloggers that need your attention.

But there may be a chance that unintentionally you can produce false information. ITs is because many bloggers (especially in tech niche) rush to cover topics quickly, ahead of other bloggers and the mainstream media.

Unfortunately, though, sometimes speed comes at the cost of accuracy. So spreading misleading information can be filed against you for fraud and violation of applicable consumer protection laws.

The same goes if you say anything negative about any company, brand or individual. You have to be right about it. You should have facts to prove your acquisition before hitting publish on your Blog.

7: An Angry Post

Something similar to be correct. You may not mean to harm anyone’s feeling, but if you are defaming someone, or labeling them, which can damage their name and reputation, then you are subject to the defamation act.

I am mentioning this because to gain free, fast traffic a lot of bloggers use an angry or controversial post. So if you are among those Bloggers do remember that this can be a serious issue and you get sued for it.

8: Security

Now security is an important aspect even in Blogging. Also, Google mentioned that having HTTPS connection is an added advantage. And if you are selling anything on your blog and collects sensitive information like Names, emails, and business card details, then implementing proper security is a must.

If you didn’t take proper precautions and if your customer went through any fraud then they may sue you. You can solve through compensation, but if the loss is much higher, then it may be a severe problem for you.

Spreading misleading information can be filed against you for fraud and violation of applicable consumer protection laws. Click To Tweet

Interestingly, HTTPS will boost your blog’s credibility and protect you from any fraud and breeches.

9: Register Yourself as Company

This step is not necessary for the early stage but can be more useful when you establish yourself. You can register your Blog as an online business and can get an LLC for it. And because it is your business, you need to implement the necessary standards and norms.

A good rule of thumb, though, not mandatory you can have a separate bank account for your blog so that you can file tax on your income, because not paying proper fee is a crime in all countries. And if you are making good money from your blog, then you are liable to pay taxes.

You can’t digest Government’s Money.

10 Legal Tips for Bloggers That Will Help You Avoid Legal Issues

10: Have Important Pages

Earlier, we talked about having a privacy policy page and or disclaimer on your blog or website. However, there are other vital pages you may need to add to your website, such as the “terms and condition of use.” The terms of use pages are not necessarily part of legal tips for bloggers since you already have a disclaimer page.

Nevertheless, it is essential for users to know what is involved when using your blog or website. Thus, make sure that you add all the critical pages that would aid you in case of any legal concerns. Given this, your Blog should include: 

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms and Condition
  • Disclaimer

You can create separate pages for each one of them, or create one page for the privacy policy and the disclaimer and one page for the terms of service.

Even now Amazon is strict on its Affiliate section. Now Amazon wants to have Affiliate Disclosure listed adequately visible on your blog. So displaying some critical pages on your blog or website can prevent you from legal issues.

You need to follow the rules and standard.

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Wrapping Up

Just a quick reminder that neither me nor the blog owner “Moss Clement” is an Attorney or a lawyer. This article is an informative post that teaches the basic rules and regulation implemented by all the famous bloggers.

Using the processes mentioned above can be sufficient if you want to stay out of trouble. Just follow the basic blogging ethics, and you will be good to go. Avoid copying anything from other sites, especially images from Google.

And if there is a need for using someone’s article let them know first or use the legit methods like linking back to the original source. You will succeed in your Blogging journey. What legal tips for bloggers are we missing? Tell us below in the comments.

Keep Blogging.


About the Author

https://mossmedia.biz

Shadab Alam is a young entrepreneur who focuses mainly on improving the Blogging Standards and Building Personal Brand. Author of three Top Selling Novels and Founder of SuccessPiper who love to write about blogging, social media marketing, and Personal Branding. A person filled with multiple knowledge disorder. 


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Moss Clement

Moss Clement is a freelance writer & blogger. Founder of Moss Media and content manager at Writers Per Hour. He is working closely with B2B marketers - helping​ several startups grow their online presence in the digital marketing space. By delivering highly informative content pieces​, he has assisted small & medium-size businesses to build their online reputation and connect them with their buyer persona. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Moss Clement · March 13, 2018 at 5:29 am

Hi Shadab,
Nice to have you on my blog. The tips in your article are great. It is a wake-up call for bloggers who are not aware of these issues, or those who pay less attention to them.

Thank you for sharing this informative post. Hope to see you again soon.

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    Shadab Alam · March 13, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Thanks Moss for providing this amazing opportunity.
    Yes many bloggers ignore this topic giving it less importance. But it is really important to follow basic rules even in Blogging as it is one of the Business and should be given equal importance.

    Glad to be a published on your Blog.

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Ryan Biddulph · March 13, 2018 at 8:06 am

The affiliate disclosure is huge here in the USA Shadab. I literally have a disclosure on all pages – via my footer – plus set up a separate disclosure page. I say how every link makes me money in no uncertain terms. Even if this is not the case, I cover my butt. Ditto for every image; if readers click I say I receive financial compensation. This covers me for everything with the FTC in the USA.

Ryan

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    Shadab Alam · March 14, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Right Ryan.
    But some miss to put disclosures, maybe due to negligence or lack of knowledge…
    Even in some countries it is not mandatory to put affiliate disclosure but by putting it in blog we can be in a safer side.

    Thanks for dropping by providing your insights.

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Bren Pace · March 13, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Hi Shadab! Hi Moss!

Fabulous tips to keep us safe in our online blogging journey. As a web designer and blog manager, I’m amazed at the number of sites that do not have a Copyright notice. The rest of these tips are spot on and I appreciate you bringing them to light. Passing along to the interweb so all can read!

Bren

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    Moss Clement · March 14, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Hi Bren,
    Shadab did a good job in bringing out these legal tips to light. And I agree with you that many do not have a copyright notice on their blog or website, which has a negative impact on their online business.

    I just hope they read this article to straighten things up.
    Thanks so much for commenting and sharing as well.

    Shadab will respond to you later. Thanks a lot Bren?:-)

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    Shadab Alam · March 14, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Yes Bren many sites don’t have copyright notice on their blog.
    And copyright is very important in case you have lot of exclusive images so that no one can use your images without permission.
    Not only images but also to all the content but image theft is most common nowadays.

    Thanks for your comment…
    Let’s create a safe blogging environment..

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chris · March 14, 2018 at 9:36 am

Thank you For Sharing This Information…
And also give to me important knowledge.

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    Moss Clement · April 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I’m so happy that this post is valuable to you. Keep coming back for more.

    Thank you so much!

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Moss Clement · March 14, 2018 at 10:30 pm

Hi MD,
I am glad you find this post helpful and valuable. Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you often.

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    Moss Clement · April 1, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Suresh,

    It is my pleasure to know that you find this article very informative and useful. I happy you like it.

    Thanks for your comments.

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Enstine Muki · March 15, 2018 at 7:54 am

Hey Shadab,
It’s hard to find such blog post so thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Many bloggers fail in point one miserably. We often just go to Google, grab protected images and use on our blogs without knowledge of the dangers.

The Affiliate Marketing point is scary. This is why for such products, we need to use them carefully and make sure we promote what’s not going to land us into such difficult situation.

Very useful knowledge bro

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    Shadab Alam · March 16, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Hi Enstine Muki
    Thanks for stopping by..
    Yes many blogger do copy images from Google without understanding the copyright issue. Though now Google stopped saving of images rather it redirect to the original website.

    BTW glad to hear that this post proves to be helpful.

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Jane · March 15, 2018 at 9:01 am

Hey Shadab,

Great tips, I must say. Some of these are very basic, yet very crucial ones.

As bloggers, we are mainly focused on tips on blogging – tips that help us create more content, tips that help us with SEO, and things like that!

We mostly forget about the legal stuff until some kind of issue pops up!

Thanks for bringing this up!

Cheers,
Jane.

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    Shadab Alam · March 16, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Hi Jane glad to see you here.

    Yes as a blogger we usually search for tips and tricks and never takes time to think about it’s legal aspects.

    Cheers ✌️

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Donna Merrill · March 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Hi Shadab,
Here in the U.S. we have to really be careful with affiliate and images.

When it comes to affiliate products, it is always good practice to either use it yourself or get the most information you can from the producer BEFORE you ever suggest it to someone else.

Thanks for putting all these legal tips together. We all have to pay attention to them.

-Donna

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    Shadab Alam · March 16, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Hi Donaa, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    And yes it’s is almost mandatory to. Havs affiliate disclosure but even for the countries where it is not mandatory, bloggers should follow these basic rules.
    Because as a blogger we can reach worldwide and can sell-purchase our products.

    And even having disclosure doesn’t harm the blog. Instead it wil help to build authenticity and credibility.

    Cheers ✌️

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Ritik Sasne · March 19, 2018 at 11:47 am

nice informative article

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sukhbinder singh · March 26, 2018 at 11:46 am

nice article

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Akhil Gupta · April 3, 2018 at 7:59 am

hii Moss Clement… nice article written, very helpfull and informative also…

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    Moss Clement · April 8, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Hi Akhil,
    Thank you so much. Im so glad that you like the article. Howe’ve, it was actually written by Shadab.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    Moss Clement · April 8, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Hi Akhil,
    Thank you so much. Im so glad that you like the article. However, it was actually written by Shadab.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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Moss Clement · July 25, 2018 at 12:55 pm

I’m so glad that this post is helpful for you. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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Arfa Nazeer · April 17, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Hi Shadab, and Moss,

I’m glad you did this post as many bloggers are still unaware of these legal tips. It’s so important to follow these tips to make sure you’re not against any rule. For example, it’s recommended to make affiliate disclosure whenever you recommend a product. That’s huge. Affiliate marketing sites have made it clear several times to always disclose that you’re being paid.

Similarly, you should be cautious of using images. Know that, you can’t just pick an image from Google, and upload it your site. You have to actually get images from sites that are royalty-free, and allow users to use them for free. Otherwise, go for paid images to reduce any risk.

P.S : Thanks for including my blog example.

Arfa

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    Moss Clement · April 18, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Hi Arfa,

    You are so right about that. One needs to be extremely careful in these areas of blogging and content marketing. However, you realize that several bloggers are not paying attention to it. I’m happy that you highlighted the use of images and the cautiousness that one must apply when using visuals. Than you for coming and commenting.

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Gaurav Kumar · April 19, 2019 at 2:52 am

Hi Moss,

It is necessary to avoid legal issues and focus on more productive parts of blogging. One can use Disclosure and policy pages to let users know about the way he is running the business and managing data.

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    Moss Clement · April 23, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Hi Gaurav,

    You are so right about that, and I agree with you. It is vital that your readers know what you do and how you are using the data. The disclaimer and privacy policy pages will take care of that. These should be essential elements of your blog or website. Thank you for coming by and commenting.

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Ann V. Friend · April 20, 2019 at 7:08 am

Great and informative post! Blessings✨

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Erfan · April 21, 2019 at 9:21 am

Hi,
Thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge, to help us in this busy and wild world of marketing.
Thank You

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    Moss Clement · April 23, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Thank you, Efan. Im happy you like the post and finds it valuable. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

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