Last updated on September 12th, 2018 at 06:03 am
Everyone who has a blog needs some type of blog disclaimer to help them stay safe and legal. Unfortunately, we live in a world where people don’t like to take responsibility for anything. So it’s up to you to protect yourself and create a website disclaimer.
Most new bloggers have no clue which pages to create right away. Most of them usually create an about page and then start writing their first blog post.
I’m not an attorney, but after having several blogs, I can tell you that you definitely need a disclaimer page to keep your blog legal and safe.
What Is A Blog Disclaimer?
A disclaimer is nothing more than letting people know that the content you write is for informational purposes only.
You are not held responsible for the content and how they use it. Any results or any losses they may experience from using your content.
I know that’s kind of vague, but we’ll take a look at a couple of examples in a bit.
Why is this important?
Well as I mentioned above, people don’t like to take responsibility for anything. They would rather blame someone else if they try something and fail. It sounds like a lot of work to run a blog, but it’s not. Be sure to check out the advantages and disadvantages of blogging and you’ll understand why so many people choose to do it.
Who Needs Disclaimers?
Personally, I think anyone can who gives any type of advice should have a disclaimer. However, I think if you blog in the following niches, you should definitely write one:
- Financial blogs
- Health related blogs
- Food blogs
- Medical blogs
I’m sure that other niches should use them too, but these are the ones that pop into my mind.
How to Write A Disclaimer
Just like growing a blog, there are different ways to write one. I’m going to share a free WordPress plugin you can use to create one for your blog. I’ll also share some examples so you can see what they look like.
Feel free to consult an attorney in your area if you need more help.
What Should Be In Website Disclaimer?
What Your Site Is About: Let your readers know what your site is about and what type of content they can expect to find on it.
You’ll want to let them know that you are not held liable for any of the information and it is only for educational purposes and you share your opinions and experience.
Terms and Use: You share your personal opinions and experience, and you do the best to make it as accurate as possible. However, there may be errors or omissions and you are not held liable.
You’re Not A Professional: Don’t be afraid to let them know that you’re not a professional in your field. You don’t claim to be a doctor, engineer, dietician, tax professional, medical professional, Therapist or etc..
Whatever the topic of your blog is about, you’re not a professional and you’re just sharing your opinions and your content is not to be construed as professional advice.
How to Add A Disclaimer in WordPress
The only WordPress disclaimer plugin I’ve used is the WP Legal Pages in the past and I can tell you it does everything you need it to do. You can also use this free disclaimer generator if you don’t want to use a plugin.
Install the plugin and activate it and it will walk you through step by step on how to create all the pages you need for your blog.
The cool thing is that it comes with pre-built templates which will save you a ton of time. I’m all about saving time when it comes to writing terms and services and policy pages.
Create Your Template
Once you accept the terms and conditions, you’ll be taken the process of creating your pages. Once you are done, all you have to do is click publish and you’re done.
Where to Put Disclaimer on Blog
Personally, I put mine in the footer and you can see it if you scroll to the footer. All you have to do is go to
Appearance >> Menus
You might have to create a footer menu for your blog. Here’s a tutorial that will show you how to create menus in WordPress.
Once you create your footer menu, you can add your new page to your footer by:
- You’ll see the disclaimer title page and a checkbox, make sure you select it
- Click the Add to menu box
Blog Disclaimer Examples
If you’re like me, you’re a visual learner. Hopefully, these examples will give you some idea of how to word yours and what to put in it.
Food Blog Example
If you’re a food blogger, you’re sharing recipes and may even sell a cookbook on your blog. There are thousands of people who suffer from food allergies, diabetes or other health-related issues.
Let’s say you share a great shrimp pasta recipe on your blog. Someone follows the recipe and gets a food allergy from something in the recipe.
If you have a disclaimer on your blog, you’re protected because it lets people know that you are not responsible for any issues that arise from them following your recipes.
Disclaimer Wording Example for Food Bloggers
I’m NOT a food blogger, but I found some examples that you can visit that will help you write your disclaimer for your personal blog.
Cookie and Kate: Nutrition information disclaimer
Personal Finance Blog Example
Another popular niche is the finance niche. People love sharing information on how to invest money or how to make money from home.
Anytime you’re giving professional advice on how to invest your money, you definitely need a disclaimer for your intellectual property.
Financial Disclaimer Example
Let’s take a look at a few personal disclaimer examples to give you an idea of what to include for your finance blog.
- Good Financial Cents: Financial cents terms and conditions
- The Investment Blog: Disclosure & Disclaimer
These are also known as disclaimers of liability and they are commonly found on business websites. They are written to keep your business from being held responsible or liable if something goes wrong by someone using something on your website.
Use At Your Own Risk Disclaimer
We see those signs at public swimming pools that say “swim at your own risk.” This means that you agree if you use the swimming pool and something happens, you’re the one that is responsible. This works the same for a website, anyone who uses the content is responsible for any outcomes.
Errors and Omissions Disclaimer
You will find these on both websites and blogs to let people know that they are not responsible for any omissions or errors. As a content marketer, you are providing information to the best of your knowledge. People need to take the time to do their own due diligence.
Fair Use Disclaimer
If you use anything that falls under the Fair Use Act, you’ll need to include this on your this on your disclaimer page. It will prevent you from the copyright infringement issues. The Fair Use Act allows you to cite information from another author only if you’re using it for commentary, research or educational purposes.
Copyright Notice Disclaimer
This lets people know that all the content, images and intellectual property rights belong solely to you. Therefore they are not allowed to use them without first contacting you.
Google Adsense Disclaimer
Whether you’re using Adsense or another ad network to monetize your blog, you’ll need to create let your users know that there are third-party ads that may be reading cookies on your browser. You’ll also need to inform them web beacons will be used.
Affiliate Disclaimer Notification
In 2009 the FTC released guidelines that need to be followed if you’re using affiliate links. Basically, you just need to let people know that you’re using affiliate links on your site and if they purchase something from your blog, you’ll make a commission.
Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer
I put mine in the footer of my blog.
Do You Need One for Your Website?
If you are unsure of what to write in yours, the best advice I can give you is to contact an attorney in your area to find out.
Final Take Away
Blogging can be a great way to share your knowledge, expertise, and opinions. However, you need to protect yourself with notices and disclaimers that are explicitly stated correctly to let people know that you’re not responsible for the results from using your content.
Hopefully, this didn’t scare you from starting your own blog. If you still haven’t started yours, here’s a step by step tutorial that will walk you through on how to install WordPress on SiteGround.
As long as you’re an honest blogger and let people know that you’re not a professional, I truly think you’ll be fine.
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