If you saw the title of this post and thought ‘wait, should my blog have a disclaimer?’ then don’t worry. I was in the same place up until a couple of weeks ago.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but when you first start a blog, doesn’t it seem like there are a million things to learn? Between building your site, deciding on a theme, and figuring out SEO, blogging feels like an endless cycle of information. I think that’s what makes it so easy to forget about something like a disclaimer page. With all these other things taking up your time, it simply doesn’t appear important, even though it very much is.
Today I thought that I would share a little bit of information on blog disclaimers and explain what everything in mine means. I really didn’t want to make any changes to my site without going into detail about them, so hopefully this will give you a clear idea of why I added this page.
What is a blog disclaimer? In essence, a blog disclaimer prevents a reader from pursuing legal action against a blogger for problems that they have with the information on the blog. It’s basically a way for bloggers to protect themselves and their work.
Here’s a screenshot of my blog disclaimer:
What does it mean?
The copyright section simply informs the reader that the content on your blog is created and owned by you. Here is a good place to explain your policies regarding republishing or reprinting your work. In my disclaimer, I state that I have no problems with my content being redistributed, providing the person wanting to reprint or republish my work asks for my permission first. Regardless of if your policies are similar or different, I suggest you include them in the copyright area.
If photos or graphics are a big part of your blog, it’s important to say that images on your blog belong to you unless it is otherwise stated. If you allow people to repost your photos, explain your policies here.
This section informs readers that you cannot control other sources that link to your blog content. If another site provides a link to your blog, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re associated with it.
The comments section is pretty much up to your discretion. In this area, I explain that I reserve the right to delete comments from my blog. I also include the basic criteria that I look for in deleting a comment. This helps give readers an understanding of why their comments may have been removed from your blog.
Here I explain that I will not sell my readers’ personal information, nor submit it to spam lists. It’s important for your readers to know that you value and respect their privacy, and that reading your blog will not result in a violation of that privacy.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope this made it easier to understand how crucial it is to protect your blog legally and clarified what my blog disclaimer actually entails. If you have any other questions regarding my disclaimer (or disclaimers in general), I’ll be happy to answer them. While I’m not a lawyer or a blogging expert, I’ve done a decent amount of research on this topic and would be happy to help.
Do you have a blog disclaimer?