Blog Must-Haves – Privacy Policy, Disclosure Policy, and a Disclaimer

In case you didn’t know, if you own a blog, you do need a publicly displayed Privacy Policy and Disclosure Policy.  I put them under my “Other Info” tab.  I also have a disclaimer displayed sitewide on my sites’ right sidebars as well.  I personally was caught off guard with these necessary steps after starting Budgeting in the Fun Stuff in February 2010.  I did not pay attention to Google Adsense’s fine print or anything else apparently, but thankfully a friend clued me in a couple of months after I started. 

The good news is that these are all REALLY easy to add.

Here’s a sample of the Privacy Policy Google requires if you use Adsense – feel free to cut and paste if you wish:

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Privacy Policy

Personal Information Collected on this Website
No personally-identifiable information is collected on this website from persons that browse our website. The only personally-identifiable information collected on this website is gathered in our comment area, where fields are provided so that you can provide your name and email address to leave a comment. We collect this information so that we can respond to the comments or questions that you post.

Anonymous Information Collected on this Website
We record anonymous data. Most of the information that we collect from this website is anonymous information, such as the pages you visit. Other anonymous data we may collect might include the name of your internet service provider, the website that you used to link to our site, the websites that you visit from our site, and your IP address. The data is used for statistical purposes, but you, as the individual user, remain anonymous. We use this anonymous information to help improve the content of this site and to compile aggregate statistics about individuals using our site for internal market research purposes.

Cookies
We use cookies on this website. We use Google, as a third party advertising company to serve ads when you visit our website. Google a DoubleClick DART cookie to serve ads to you based on visit to this sites and other sites on the Internet. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these Google, click here.

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For the disclosure page, I’d suggest going to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org and using it to create your own.  Here is the one I use here at How I Make Money Blogging:

Disclosure Policy

This policy is valid from 20 June 2011

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact Crystal at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail *dot* com.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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And lastly, here is an example of the general disclaimer I have sitewide.  Feel free to word this as you wish.

Disclaimer

I am not a professional or a financial advisor. These posts are informational opinions only. Please make your own decisions based on personal research.

Also, there are paid links on this site. There is no obligation on your part to purchase any products advertised on this website.

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In this world of CYA, don’t forget these three important parts of blogging.  Let me know if you run into any questions!

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5 comments to Blog Must-Haves – Privacy Policy, Disclosure Policy, and a Disclaimer

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  • i’m still new in here, thanks for informations

  • Cam

    Cool post. Very informative. I’ll be sure to use this information for my blog. Thanks

  • Great blog thanks for sharing.

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