Hey there how there Readers! Today I want to share a little bit of life experience advice and words of wisdom about having a disclaimer on your blog and why you really do need one.
You see, as much as I would love to believe that people are generally good the truth is that there are just as many people who will steal your content, copy your images and then sue you for copyright infringement. Now I'm not talking about social media platforms that will zap you for altering their logos in your social media bar. That's completely within their right. I'm talking about the everyday reader who comes to your blog via Pinterest or wherever and then turn around and use your information as their own. Or even better, the people who read your posts and when they try whatever it may be you are discussing they blame you for it not turning out exactly right. Even better are the people who will click on your affiliate links and then get upset that they were affiliates. You can prevent all of this with one simple thing:
Now I know what you're thinking: Hey Elle, how do I get one of those? Well m'dear I am glad you asked. Because I am going to show you right now.
Crafting an effective disclaimer shouldn't take you very long. It should be a simple and short blurb somewhere on your main page that is easily spotted. It should simply contain the following information
- Who you are
- The nature of your site
- That you are not a licensed >insert occupation relating to your blog | site<
- A link to your TOU & Sharing policy
- And a thanks for understanding.
Once you have all of that, basically you are done. Writing up an actual page sharing the in depth details is something that I highly recommend as well. But that's a post for another day :) Instead of going into all that mess of details, I'm going to hand over a few links you can use to guide you on your way to the perfect disclaimer.
Now on to why you need to post your disclaimer in certain types of posts as well as having it on the main sections of your blog. I'm looking at you sponsored and affiliate posters.
Whenever you are writing a sponsored post or a post with affiliate links, It's a good idea to state up front (yes, in each one of those posts) exactly what the post will contain. You can go into all the detail you like or you could simply say:
This is a sponsored post from >insert company here<. I was compensated for my review however all opinions herein are my own.
I like to include a short blurb about who the post is for/about along with my short disclaimer. This is a great way to transition right into the meat of the posts, which your readers now know is all your own. What I do is simply right up a general disclaimer for the various products, services or companies I write for and then save it in my handy dandy OneNote, modifying only the necessary URLs. If you want to go the extra mile you can also link directly to the service or companies own disclaimer (especially helpful when doing giveaways!)
Overall, the goal is to protect yourself from the many people who seem to love to stir up drama. The bigger your blog gets the more "haters" you will end up having. My general consensus is you aren't anybody until you have haters so embrace them with grace and a smile, having already taken the measures to protect yourself.
Do you use a disclaimer? What are some of the ways you have found helpful in writing one up or adding into in your posts? Follow along on Twitter and join the discussion!