How to Write a Blog Disclaimer

by Alyice Edrich

More and more people are using blogs and websites as credible sources--which means that sometimes, they’ll take the advice of the blog without seeking medical or professional help. In our sue-happy society, it’s important to make it clear that the information you provide is for informational and entertainment purposes only and when in doubt, readers should seek help from a professional in the field in question. That’s why it’s important to not only write a blog disclaimer, but to post it on your blog and link in via the footer or sidebar so that it is accessible from every page.

Terms of use. This is where you tell your readers that they are reading your blog of their own free will and that they are taking the information you provide at their own risk.

Copyright policy. This is where you explain that, unless otherwise noted, you are the legal copyright holder of the material on your blog and it may not be used, reprinted, or published without your written contest.

Hold harmless. This is where you explain that the information you provide is for entertainment purposes only and that you are not providing medical, legal or other professional advice. This is where you explain, once again, that your readers are reading and/or using any of the information they glean from your blog at their own risk.

Privacy statement. This is where you tell your readers that you will not put them on spam lists. This is where you tell your readers that you will not sell their contact information to another company. This is where you explain that you are not responsible for the privacy practices of your advertisers or blog commenters.

Reserve rights. This is where you tell your readers that you reserve the right to change the focus of your blog, to shut it down, to sell it, or to change the terms of use (go to a paid platform) at your discretion.

Advertisers and sponsors. This is where you explain that you are not responsible for the actions of your advertisers or sponsors. If your reader purchases a product or service based upon a link from your blog, your reader must take action with that company to resolve the issue, not you.

Letters to the editor. This is where you state your policy on using letters or emails that have been written directly to you. Will you be sharing those letters and emails with your blogging audience, or will you keep them confidential? Will you claim ownership of those letters or emails to later be used in an up-and-coming book or column, or will you allow the writer to keep ownership?

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About the Author

Alyice Edrich is a freelance writer for hire with 10 years of experience and a degree in business administration and a certificate in paralegal studies. She is the founding editor of the "The Dabbling Mum," author of 10 e-books, and a ghostwriter.