Someone tried telling me I didn’t know what I was talking about a few days ago whilst telling me that you can’t use a do-follow link as it’s the law. I rolled my eyes a lot. Virtually of course. This person didn’t understand the difference between a Google rule and the actual legal requirements of a blog.
I’m not a legal expert or professional on this matter. I’ve just worked in this industry for a long time now so there are standards I’ve been around and worked to for some time. There are other things that I’ve been advised on or that are just common sense. As I said earlier, the laws you have to abide by in the real world also apply online. But if you’re ever in doubt about your legal position on something in relation to your blog, seek advice before you hit publish. Better safe than sorry and with a court judgement against you.
I’ve previously written about the legal and ethical aspects of live streaming which essentially has many of the same rules and regulations as blogging, just zero room for correction.
Things like hosting fees, graphics, WordPress themes, cameras are all expenses. Plus many more things that I’m not going to go in to right now. Other than to tell you to keep proper and accurate records and don’t get on the wrong side of HMRC. You won’t win that battle and if you’re claiming benefits think carefully if you’re willing to risk losing them for the sake of your blog. Can your blog replace what income you might lose?
Now imagine how that photographer feels when you just casually use their images without paying or asking?
If, like me, you don’t have the time to take great photos. Or feel that your photos just don’t cut it in our overly visual blogging world, then invest in some good stock graphics accounts. There are plenty of free stock graphics accounts out there but if you want something better and not what everyone else is using then you’re going to need to spend some money. My favourite go-to is Haute Stock. Just stay away from Google images. And don’t rely on the fair use argument. It’s a grey area and not a sound argument. If you use it, make sure you’ve got a license for it or the express, written permission, of the creator.
IT’S MY IDEA – PLAGIARISM
Your website should also have a full disclosure statement linked within the footer.
Every single day I receive a lot of email newsletters that I haven’t subscribed to. Not only is it annoying but it’s a sure-fire way to ensure that I never read the email, click on the links, buy from that company or speak nicely about them. You know how annoying those PPI and have you had an accident phone calls are? Spam email is just as bad. Don’t do it.
GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT
The pen can be mightier than the sword but loose lips sink ships.
STAY ON THE GOOD SIDE