6 Most Important Blog Legal Pages That Your Blog Must Have

Do you have blog legal pages on your blog?

If not, then you might face big issues in future. This post will help you to know about all the important legal pages for a blog and how you can create them.

In this world of increasing digitization, everyone goes for a website or a blog to reach more and more customers and spread their ideas to a lot of people.

While creating a blog, we need to follow all the legal procedures laid down so that the rights of our customers, readers, and viewers are protected.

A blog without legal pages itself create scariness for the visitors to fill their personal details like email and payment details in online stores.

Having legal pages in a blog is must nowadays to protect your customers, viewers and users privacy.

What Are The Blog Legal Pages You Need?

There are different types of legal pages that a blog should have. I am going to mention the 6 most important legal pages for blog that you must have:

1. Privacy Policy

The main purpose of this page is to inform your visitors about the type of information you are going to ask from them and the way you will use this information.

It includes children’s privacy, personal data, cookies, email marketing, third-party, other regional requirements. If your blog collects any user information or uses cookies to enhance the user experience, you need to have this policy on your site.

In the Privacy policy page, you should mention what kind of information you may ask from them and how you will use them to provide a good experience.

In India, the privacy policy page needs to follow the norms of Information Technology Rules, 2011.

If you are using WordPress, then a good point is, WordPress itself comes with a basic privacy policy generator that you can use.

2. Affiliate Disclosure

If you are promoting affiliate products on your blog then you must disclose the relations with the merchants, brands and product that you promote on your blog.

In the Affiliate Disclosure page, you should mention that you are promoting these affiliate products and once they buy using your link placed on this blog, you will get a certain amount of money as commission. And it will not add any extra amount in the final cost.

Rather, companies will pay the commission from their part of the profit.

This includes sponsorships, ambassador, affiliate relationships, financial rewards and commissions that you will receive and other compensations. It is crucial both from a legal and ethical viewpoint.

3. Disclaimer

A Disclaimer page allows you to disclaim or deny liability for the content you publish on your blog.

It provides you immunity from lawsuits if any reader finds your content offensive or enters into a problem due to information mentioned in your blog.

Disclaimer designing is done according to the information mentioned in your blog, for example, a fitness blogger includes a disclaimer that information is not for medical treatment.

4. Terms & Conditions

This page includes the general rules that apply to your visitors, and other users regarding prohibition and permission, and covers intellectual property, copyright, refund/exchange policies, termination rights, etc.

It is a legal contract between you and the visitors of the blog. This protects you from legal liability and helps resolve any future disputes.

The terms and conditions page needs to follow the regional and global norms. 

5. Cookies Page

Another a very important page that you must have on your blog. Whenever you visit any blog or website, they ask you to accept their cookie policy.

Let’s take an example of StayMeOnline, when you visit StayMeOnline.com, you see a message like this:

6 Most Important Blog Legal Pages That Your Blog Must Have

It is to notify our visitors that we use cookies to make this website easier to use. and I have added a link there to learn more about our Cookies policy.

Likewise for the other websites and blogs too.

If you are totally new about Cookies then Cookies(known as the HTTP cookie or you can say web cookie) are a small piece of text that stored some information about the website you visit. They are created by the websites or their affiliates and it stores on your computer.

So, you must have a cookie policy page on your blog and mention these informations:

  • What kind of cookies do you use?
  • How long they will be in the user’s browser?
  • What kind of data do they track?
  • What purpose cookies have?
  • Information is being shared and to whom?
  • and so on…

There are many plugins in WordPress that will help you to show a cookie banner on the blog. Some of the good examples are:

6. Refund Policy Page

If you are selling anything on your blog/website or you have an online store, then you must create a refund policy page.

Whatever you are selling, whether they are courses, physical products, online training, digital products or anything.

In the refund policy page, you should include:

  • How long does a customer can return the product?
  • What type of refund will be applicable?
  • Who pays the shipping charges? (if you sell physical products)

There are many tools and templates which you can use to craft a refund policy for your blog.


How To Create Legal Pages For Blog?

There are four ways you can create legal pages for your website–

  • Hire a lawyer 
  • Use a blog legal pages generator
  • Use a WordPress plugin.
  • Legal Templates (Free & Paid)

Hire a lawyer

The best option as a blogger is to hire a lawyer to draft legal pages for your blog. The benefit here is that your agreement will cover all the bases and will be specific to your area which means that they’ll comply with the law of your region.

You can easily hire a lawyer online or can go to any local law firm and get all the essential guidance and support. The cost of hiring a lawyer is bound to vary. 

The disadvantage is that you need to spend a lot of time searching for a good lawyer, and the procedure is sometimes expensive.

Using a Legal pages generator

Several legal page generators are used to generate legal agreements for blogs.

They require details e.g. the name of the website, business name, the region it’s based out of, etc., and the page generator will output a legally binding agreement.

They are both paid and free of cost. Here are some most popular legal page generators which you can use:

Termsfeed: TermsFeed lets you create premium custom legal agreements that can be legally binding for your users – easily and online. TermsFeed allows you to create, Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, EULA, Return and Refund Policy, Cookies Policy pages. 

Freeprivacypolicy.com: This company provides a few compliance verification tools to help limit your liability while also protecting the privacy and security of visitors to your site.

Shopify: Shopify has a free privacy policy generator that can help make sure your business complies with the law. It’s really easy to use and gives you the customized policy as per your company’s products and services. It also provides a refund policy generator and terms of service generator.

Trustguard: This company provides a trust seal that you can place on your site. It tells people your blog is secure and safe. Trust-Guard ensures you get the most informative, accurate privacy policy available.

Using a WordPress plugin

WordPress plugins are also used to generate and publish different legal documents for blogs. These plugins let you create a Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, Cookies Policy, and other legal agreements. 

WP AutoTerms: WP Auto Terms will help you to create the three most important legal pages that you need for your blog, Privacy policy, Terms & Conditions and Cookie Policy page.

WP Legal Pages: WP Legal is a popular WordPress legal pages generator with 180,000 downloads, you can use it to create a Privacy policy, Terms of use, Disclaimers. It has 25+ legal page templates for all kind of websites.

These are the two best plugins for creating legal pages for your WordPress blogs. However, there are many other also available in WordPress plugin directory which you can check out.

Using legal templates:-

There are many predefined legal templates available in the market with all the necessary norms and some of them can be easily modified.

These templates are available on many portals that include both free and paid ones. Paid templates are drafted by lawyers and are the best ones to use.


Why Do We Need Blog Legal Pages?

A website without a Privacy Policy statement and a full page of its Terms & Conditions and several other legal pages, regardless of how good it is, may attract no notable recognition.

It is not even worthy for your consumers and viewers to submit their details and subscribe to your blog. Things go serious if you are advertising a product or trying to sell your products. 

Having legal pages attached to your blog is a part of the now-popular international practices when trying to create a blog.

It enhances the credibility of your blog and also makes it look more mature and developed than those raw and unprocessed ones. It also provides you with additional protection against legal actions.


FAQ About Legal Pages For Blog

You might have some questions still unclear, I hope this FAQ section might help you:

How can I legally blog?

While choosing your domain name/brand name, make sure you do not end up going with a trademarked name of any brand. It will lead you to face legal issues in future. I have seen many cases like this.

And must create all the legal pages on your page, pages like disclosure, disclaimer, terms of service etc. I have shared the four methods above which you can use to create all-important pages for your blog.

How do I write a privacy policy for my blog?

You can hire a lawyer if you can afford to create a privacy policy and other legal pages for your blog. Otherwise, there are many free and paid tools & templates available which you can use.

Do I need a privacy policy on my blog?

Yes, you do! If you are asking any kind of information from visitors then you must have a privacy policy page on your blog. In this page, you must clear what kind of information you are asking and how you are using them.

Is blogging illegal?

No, not at all! Blogging isn’t illegal but it can be for you if you are doing illegal stuff through your blog and it can throw you in serious troubles.


Conclusion

If you are a blogger then it is a good idea to have your blog in compliance with the law and with any third party services that you might be using.

Above are the 6 must-have blog legal pages that you should have on your blog. It protects you from getting into legal trouble and also ensures the credibility of your blogs.

I hope you found this post useful if you did then must share it with others to help them in creating legal pages for their blog.

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8 thoughts on “6 Most Important Blog Legal Pages That Your Blog Must Have”

  1. Hey Ravi,
    Thanks for this detailed article. I have a question.

    Is it important to create an affiliate disclosure separately? Don’t we put the disclosure on Privacy Policy page?

    Reply
  2. Hey Ravi Dixit ,

    Great post with good information. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. It is my first time commenting on your blog post and i must say that you have done a fantastic work and suggested helpful tips about blog legal pages.

    I totally agree with your points that having legal pages enhances the credibility of blog and provide more professional look.

    The above listed blog legal pages are so important and must be included by every blogger. Your suggested tips to create legal pages for blog are also great but i truly like an idea of hiring lawyer, using blog legal pages generator and using wordpress plugin.

    Again thanks for including the links of each legal page generator, whereas using these legal page generator will be helpful for several users and will allows them to create legal pages for their blogs.

    Truly helpful post and thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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