Blog Tips for New & Experienced Bloggers to Help Stay Within the Law

Blog Tips for New & Experienced Bloggers to Help Stay Within the Law
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This post first appeared in UK Bloggers.

 

There is so much to remember and do as a new and even as an established blogger which is why I would love a blogging for dummies book to be with me at all times!  Which is why I decided to write this post about the legalities of blogging.  The UK laws are slightly different to the US ones.  There are some things we need to do as bloggers to stay within the law.  I thought it would be helpful to list 3 blogging tips for new and experienced bloggers to help stay within the law.  There are more but these ones will get you started.

 

Cookies

Most websites use cookies. Cookies are code that when you visit a website a cookie is downloaded on to your computer.  The next time you visit the same site, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie relevant to that site and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site you are visiting.  The site you are visiting therefore knows if you have been before and in some cases tailor pop-ups or adverts to you.

You will need to disclose by law that you are using cookies if you use WordPress or any other blog, you use Google Analytics, Good AdSense, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other social media ‘like’ buttons or if you have a shopping basket/cart on your blog.

To stay within the law, you need to disclose on your blog that you use cookies.  Therefore I highly recommend you download a plugin called Cookie Law Info.  It’s a quick and easy way to take care of that side of things and you don’t have to worry!

 

Disclosure

An important and exciting development within the blogosphere over the past number of years has been sponsored posts and endorsements.  A sponsored post is when you receive a payment or a product.  You then write an article promoting said product or company.  The post normally contains a contextual link back to the company.  This is a sponsored post and shouldn’t be confused with a guest post!

 

All bloggers should be honest and open about sponsored posts and disclose this to their readers.  The Advertising Standards Agency is a good place to read up on guidelines.  Some of the ways bloggers are disclosing sponsored posts is placing at the bottom of a blog post “Collaborative Post” or “Sponsored Post”.

 

Whichever way you inform your readership it’s important to label your post clearly and explain your relationship with a company be that a sponsored post or being given an item to review.

 

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Images

Using images is essential for blogging.  It’s a way of making posts more attractive to your readers.  Can you use any picture you want for your blog?  The simple answer is no!  Of course, you can use images you have taken yourself or indeed there are many Royalty Free image websites out there.  However, it is against to law to use images that are not yours – you are breaking copyright law.  You can stay within the law by following a few approaches:

 

If you are after more feminine pictures and want them free, then head over to my blog post on 10 Places to Find Free Feminine Stock Photos.

 

These are just a few of the things new and experienced bloggers need to be aware of.  What other regulations do you think are important?

 

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For new and experienced bloggers. Blog tips to help you stay within the law when blogging. From cookies to declaring your sponsored content.

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