When I started blogging, it didn’t occur to me that I needed to protect my blog and myself legally. But think about this: your blog is your business. You must protect yourself from legal proceedings. While doing some research to start my first blog, A Grammar Nerd’s Life, I stumbled upon Amira at A Self Guru.
Amira is a lawyer who provides legal resources for bloggers and an amazing example of how it is possible to have a successful and profitable blog. Protecting your blog and yourself legally is extremely important. Let’s see why.
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I discovered Amira through Cate Rosales’ course Becoming a Blogger. As I said, I had absolutely no idea that legal protection would be required for a blogger. But think of your blog as your business. You are the CEO of your brand. Therefore, the liability of your blog rests on your shoulders. And no one wants a lawsuit…
Now, an appointment with a lawyer is quite costly…
Enter Amira and the legal templates from her blog A Self Guru. For a reasonable price, you can get one of the Comprehensive legal bundles:
- The Starter Legal Bundle includes 3 website legal policies
- The Premium Legal Bundle includes 6 legal templates
- The VIP Legal Bundle includes all the 16 legal templates.
Amongst these legal templates, you can find:
- Website Disclaimer
- Terms & Conditions
- Freelance contract
- Coaching agreement
- Partnership agreement
And so many more!
These templates are fully customizable to suit your business needs, and Amira made it even easier by highlighting the important elements to insert that are unique to your blog or services.
From the beginning, you must invest a bit in your blog. We’ve talked about your website hosting and many other aspects such as stocks photos and online courses. Legal policies are probably going to be the most important investment you’ll make for your blog.
Are you having doubts?
You sign legal contracts and agree to legal policies all the time. With your employer, with your cell phone company, with Netflix. Why do you think these were put in place? To protect their business in case of liability issues or other legal matters. This also applies to your blog.
Why should you pay for legal templates when you get find some on Google for free?
Just like I mentioned above, when it comes to starting your business from scratch, you will need to invest a bit in it. The legal aspect of any business should not be taken lightly.
First, free legal templates have not been specifically written for bloggers. Sure, you can give it a try, but you will spend hours trying to find something that suits your needs for your blog, then you will waste more time trying to make it fit.
Don’t waste your precious time
Second, we’ve all seen terrible stories about bloggers, such as the Ell Duclos case about plagiarism. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wrote FAQs about what could happen to you if you haven’t legally protected yourself, including (quoted from the EFF website):
- Intellectual property
- Trade secret
- Publication of private facts
And much more. To learn more about this topic, check out the EFF FAQs.
Protecting your blog and yourself legally
To be honest, if like me, you don’t have a background in legal, you should definitely trust a professional lawyer and blogger. Amira created the templates specifically to help protect bloggers from legal concerns. That doesn’t mean that you can go around and copy/paste content from other bloggers into your blog and pretend it’s yours. However, better be safe than sorry, right?
I hope I didn’t scare you! Protecting your blog and yourself legally is very important, but luckily, there are trustful resources around that made that aspect of blogging easier for you. If you want to see the different templates offered on A Self Guru, you can check them out here. For my blog, I got the Starter’s bundle, then I got the Independent Contractor template for my translation and review services.