5 Policies to Add to Your Blog
Policies for your blog aren’t something that you hear many bloggers talk about. Honestly, many bloggers aren’t even aware that there are some policies that they NEED to have on their blog especially if they’re planning on monetizing their blog (making money with their blog). I thought I’d give you the rundown on the policies, some are required and some are ones that I highly recommend.
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If you’re planning to make money with your site or already make money from your site, you need to have a disclosure policy. Not only is it the law, it’s also the right thing to do! A disclosure policy lets readers know that although you’re making money from your site, you’re doing it in a way that is totally upfront and honest, and you truly have their best interest at heart.
How to add a disclosure policy- First off, make a page, not a post, with your disclosure policy. By making it into a page it wouldn’t show up in your blog post feed, unless your blog automatically shows pages when they’re made. There are disclosure policy template sites out there to help you in creating your disclosure. I’ve used http://disclosurepolicy.org with all of my sites.
After you’ve made your disclosure page, you need to make it seen on your blog, whether it’s a link in your sidebar or in your footer, it needs to be accessible to your readers. I like putting mine in the footer of my blog, that way it is seen on every page of my blog.
If you’re monetizing your blog, you need to have a disclosure statement with your post that have affiliate links, are a sponsored post or if you’re getting paid for the post in ANY way. I did a post for The SITS Girls on this topic a few months ago. You can view it here.
If you want to know how to automatically add a disclosure to your money making posts, you can view my tutorial here.
A link policy is a statement that gives fellow bloggers permission to share a sentence or two from one of your blog posts and then link it back to you.
An image policy gives fellow bloggers permission to share one of your photos on their blog. For instance, if I wanted to do a roundup of mint chocolate cupcake recipes from several different bloggers and I wanted to make a collage of images from the other bloggers’ posts to create a great image titled 15 Delicious Chocolate Mint Cupcake Recipes, if they had an image policy I wouldn’t need to email them asking permission to use the image. Their link policy would give me the permission which would save me time.
You can view my link/image policy, that’s on my other site, here.
This one is totally optional. I’ve only seen a handful of bloggers use this policy. A comment policy lets readers know what’s expected on your site and helps to set some ground rules. It tells them what it tolerable when making comments on your blog. Will you let them tear each other down with negativity? Allow them to argue within the comments? This one is up to you. How much and wheat will you allow to go on in the comments. If you get a lot of comments on your blog, then this one might be a good idea to have.
Questions on policies? Let me know in the comments.