Do you have a blog?
Do you know if your site is legal?
You need to address your visitors privacy and what happens to any personal information you collect. As well as protect yourself and your business.
More new small business sites are coming online everyday but many of them do not know the basics needed to make sure they are considered legal. There are several pages that many site over look or didn’t think they needed. Having these Policy’s and Conditions on your site may help prevent issues later.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer or a legal expert in any way. The policy’s and disclaimers in this post are only examples and used for my own site, feel free to copy and use them.
To Be Legal Your Site Should Have These Pages
Do you collect any visitor information? Not just Credit Cards but any information you collect from a visitor to your site.
If your site collects:
- Email Addresses
- Visitor Names
- Customer Address
- Customer Phone Number
- Payment Information
- Customer Past Purchases
- Google Analytics
- Refer Visitors on To An Affiliate
We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission.
Some of the affiliates linked on this site may collect visitor or customer information but this site is not control or responsible for how this information will be used.
A disclaimer is a statement saying what you will or will not be responsible for on your site. Especially if you are referring visitors to affiliate sites. You will want to make sure you spell out that it is the affiliate, NOT YOU, is responsible for all returns, exchanges and complaints involved with the items they sell. You are just referring interested potential customers to the affiliate site.
Also this is a good place to mention that if they do make a purchase from one of your affiliates, you will receive a payment or gift from the affiliate for the sale.
Here is an example of a Disclaimer Page.
The products shown on this site are chosen by myself for review based on either my interest in the product or by request of a visitor to this site. They are rated by my personal opinion of their performance and quality.
Many of the products reviewed on this site are affiliates. This means that if you click on one of the links on this site you will be redirected to a affiliates site, like Amazon.com to make a purchase. If you do buy one of these products I will receive a small commission from the seller AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. Any commissions or rewards I may receive from the affiliate do not influence whether I give the products a good or bad review.
The owner of this site is in no way responsible for product quality, collecting of payments, issuing of refunds, shipping or any other area of the sale of these products and is posting these reviews as helpful suggestions.
This disclaimer was last updated on May 1 2017 and may be changed or updated at any time without notice. Please review to this page regularly for any updates.
Terms and Conditions:
This is were you spell out what happens when someone visits your site and what they can expect to get from your site. You can also set conditions for your visitors to follow while on your site.
Example of Terms and Conditions Page
By visiting this page it is expected that you will follow and obey these terms and conditions while on this site. It is also expected that if you feel someone on this site is note following these terms and conditions that you will report it immediately to the site manager (your sites contact email) .
This site is meant to be a place that visitors can come and read honest reviews about the products they wish to purchase. If you are wondering about a product and would like to have it reviewed or you have a review that you would like to have posted please send an email to (your sites contact email). Once the review is approved it will be posted. Requesting to post a false or in any other way untrue review will lead to being band from this site.
These terms and conditions were last updated on May 1 2017 and may be changed or updated at any time without notice. Please review to this page regularly for any updates.
Feel Free to copy these examples and use them in part or whole for your site.
I know what your thinking, “Who Actuality Reads These pages?”
Have you read them on my site?
Many people don’t even though they sign off on them stating that they did. As long as you have these pages and display a link to each one it is commonly assumed that the visitor to your site has read them. If someone does file a complaint you can show you have these pages and you assume everyone reads them.
The MOST important thing to include at the bottom of each page is the sentence “These (terms, disclosure, Privacy) conditions are subject to change at any time without notice so please refer back regularly.” This lets the reader know that you will not be sending out any notices about any changes. You may chose to send the change notices to your email list, as a service.
About Us Page:
An about us page is a great way to tell our visitors about your business and what you want to accomplish with your site. This is where you can state what your readers will find and how it will help them.
Include In Each Post:
If you put links to affiliate sites or products that you are selling or receiving payment or gifts for into any of your posts to keep it legal you MUST inform the reader in the beginning that these are advertising something and that you will receive some form of payment if they should purchase one of these products. It is always best to do this at the beginning, before they come to the link. That way they know that you are selling something and that if they click on the link they know before hand it is an ad.
Also when you are giving information it is best to state at the beginning that this is only advice and you are. See my disclaimer at the top of this post for an example.
It is increasingly important to make sure your site is legal and you are including all the information required. Privacy laws are always changing and it would be worth it to consult an attorney to make sure you are protecting your visitors, your business and yourself.