One source of income I got from running my online business is through affiliate marketing. And after applying for one of my first affiliate program I got asked the question:
And the answer obviously was no. I started my blog with no previous experience, I learn on the go and keep learning. The most important is to not commit the same mistake twice. So I did my little investigation and turns out that if:
- You are collecting emails to create your mail list
- You are using cookies to track your traffic and audience behaviour
- You are selling products or services as an affiliate marketer
So how to get one you may wonder?
Luckily there are some FREE generators online that can solve your problem. So here are below your top priority legal things to do as a blogger.
If you do not want your hard labour worked to be stolen by a copycat who will then promote it on their website legally without crediting you, you have to copyright your blog so that everything you publish on your blog is recognised legally as being your intellectual property.
2. Terms And Conditions
You can use this website to generate the document for you
You can use this website to generate the document for free.
4. Disclosure policy
As I said earlier, if you are making money via sponsored posts or are running ads on your website, for instance, you need a disclosure policy. Many sites require you to have one easily accessible on your blog or website.
You use this generator to make yours
5. Disclaimer Policy
Finally, you need a Disclaimer Policy for your blog. A disclaimer policy protects you– your rights, free speech, your content, etc...
This protects you in case someone follows one of your recommendations and it does not work for them - they can't sue you and make you pay for their failure.
Here is the free generator also you can use to legally protect your website.
Overall, it is just a matter of filling the forms on each generator, copy/paste the content, create a new page on your website for each policy and display it somewhere visible at the bottom of your website. It took me less than an hour to do it and I'd rather be safe than sorry. So if you are thinking of using your blog to run your business, I highly recommend you to do it as soon as you can!
Also, note that from May 25th, 2018, your business will also need to be GDPR compliant or you might risk paying a fine up to 20,000,000 euros (that's a lot of zeros!!) or 4% of your annual turnover. So make sure to take care of this as soon as possible, you still have couple weeks. If you need some information, here is what you need to know about GDPR as a marketer.
Note: I am in no way a legal expert, and this is just my opinion from my own experience. It is always good to have the recommendations of an expert when dealing with legal documents.