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

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

First, I am not an expert and don’t proclaim to be and I’m certainly not a lawyer!  However, on my blogging journey I have come across some hints and tips that have really helped me along the way.  Indeed, just the other week I found out I was not following the Cookie Law requirements properly!   So, I thought you would find it helpful to share with you my three blogging tips for new and experienced bloggers to help you stay within the law.

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, 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 label your post clearly and explain your relationship with a company be that a sponsored post or being given an item to review.

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:

  • Take your own pictures
  • Use royalty free image such as Pexels or Unsplash.
  • Ask for permission

So, these are just a few of the laws that will keep you on the right track as you blog and keep you out of trouble!

What other regulations do you think are important?

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Ellen is a lifestyle and parenting blogger at E L Feelgood’s Vintage.

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