How to Conduct a Policy Review For Your Blog

Today’s episode is about some policies or operating standards you might like to consider for your blog. Having policies can save you time, help you to make better decisions, and make you more transparent to your readers.

In this Episode

You can listen to today’s episode above or in iTunes or Stitcher (where we’d also LOVE to get your reviews on those platforms if you have a moment). Today we talk about:

  • Why you need blog policies and operating standards
  • 6 areas to consider having a blog policy for (plus one BONUS area)
  • How to get specific information about your legal requirements as a blogger

Further Resources on How to Conduct a Policy Review For Your Blog

Further Reading:

How did you go with today’s challenge?

Do you have policies or operating standards for your blog? What policies or standards will you develop next?

I’d love to hear your feedback on this approach to reviewing blog policy in the comments below.

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  • I think this is an important issue that most bloggers aren’t aware of. I don’t know if other bloggers set out to intentionally blog to share posts with public but as more readers come aboard – and eventually they do – a policy becomes more important, I know that I will be working on developing one.

  • Thanks for the reminder. I checked my policies. Most are on my Shop page but I discovered that I somehow left out links to the pages! This also led me to review my policies. I’m not entirely happy with them but decided to just leave it for now b/c my Shop page is scheduled for a serious overhaul, especially the images and banner. I also have very little policy statement on the blog itself to cover areas such as comments and moderating.

    One thing concerns me is that my policies are really buried. So I had been thinking of writing a FAQ statement & add it as a drop down on the navigation. On that page, I’m thinking I could include short statement policies, as well as links to the longer ones.

    Great idea. With policies on a blog, I think it adds more professionalism in appearance and helps readers to feel they can trust the site and the writer..

    • That’s a very good point. Policies definitely add more professionalism and trust.

  • Sam Walker

    Thanks for this Darren. I had thought about some of these but not all of them. I hadn’t really considered the reader’s privacy for example or email management. And while I’ve thought about the advertising policy I have been undecided about what to include and what not to include. So it is great to have a reminder to do something about this and make a decision.

  • On the subject of reader privacy, I guess it comes down to thinking what would I like when I visit or subscribe to a blog. Do I want to be notified about cookies? Do I want my email address to be collected? Yes, I would definitely want to know about this.

  • I had a look at the legal requirement for a UK website and found this useful site
    It’s clarified for me that we need a disclaimer and to update the privacy policy. T&C’s, Anti-Spam and registered info are all in place. Like Shirley though I am a bit concerned they’re buried.

    There is a need to add the advertising/affiliate disclosure, which I’d like to do website wide, does anyone have suggestions of where is a good place to put this? does it make sense to have a policy page? or to break it down by policy? and would you recommend dating them?

    On a personal note I treat my blog as business so try not to disclose anything I would not disclose at work, in fact somewhat less because at real reality work you can see/know the person you’re speaking with.

    There is much to think about on some of the suggested areas particularly what kind of advertising/products I want and don’t want.

    Darren I didn’t understand the ‘follow/no follow’ link reference you made? is there somewhere I can read more about this?

    • Marie-Claire Allington

      I didn’t get that either Rosalind.
      I am not affiliated or sponsored by anyone and if I mention for example i am doing this I make a point of saying I am not affiliated i just use and enjoy it. If I don’t find something so good I may mention in passing that it wasn’t for me but even then I won’t say any thing bad about what ever it is – much as I would in face to face dealings.

  • Marie-Claire Allington

    That IS all a lot to think seriously think about – another great Pod Cast session – it has really been worth taking the little bit of time to listen to these – even though I have had your book for some time I just haven’t read it – guilty of ‘if it is on the Kindle then I have the info…’ Not cool – rather like web clipping things of interest and never actually reading them where as before I might have made some notes after reading them… Thanks Darren

  • I’ve never really given this much thought until now. Oops! I’m definitely going to be developing some policy stuff over the next few weeks. Has anyone got some good examples to share?

  • I’ve read a few of the posts linked in the show notes and I’m still struggling with this one. There are great examples of policy statements but I don’t know what policies I would need to have on my family history related blog. Well, perhaps I need to have a policy statement that says I do not official speak for FamilySearch, or other organizations. Would anyone be willing to recommend topics that would be relevant to my niche? I am listening to the podcast again but this one is not clicking for application. I do understand the need to.

    • Do you read other blogs in your niche? I looked at other blog’s in my niche to craft my disclosure page.

      • I do read other blogs in my niche but I hadn’t thought to look at the disclosures before. That’s a great tip

  • I need to update my disclosure policy and add in a privacy policy, but this was the one I wrote a few years ago:

  • There were some ideas in your podcast that hadn’t occurred to me Darren, so I’ve taken the challenge and have updated my ‘legals’ page. I’ve kept the language as close to my blog stye tonally as I can, whilst keeping it professional. I think 🙂 Feedback welcome. It’s here

  • As an aside, when I went to tidy up my policies, I noticed that my responsive theme is soooo responsive, it was hiding a clear link to my policy page when my site was viewed on mobile devices. Uh-oh! So, I’ve remedied this and have forced my mobile theme to show a link, as well as provide an easy search box when users are visiting from mobile devices (also something that was vanishing on mobiles). I mention this as it might be a worthwhile exercise for others to consider ‘what’s missing when I look at my site on a mobile’ – it was time well spent for me!

  • This is one area I know I need to improve. I’ll have to watch what many of you do and see how I can work it in. I especially want to make sure I protect myself, my content and my readers

  • mariakaramitsos

    Thanks for this post! I’m in the process of building my blog site and these items are on my list. Two questions: 1) Do you need a privacy policy, disclosure AND terms and conditions? 2) I have seen some auto generators that ask for your state — guess there are some things required in some states and not others. Is it better to create your own in your own style, or is an auto generator better? Thanks!

  • I Installed a policy page, but I never thought of it the way you state it. This is why I am happy I run into great information like this. I did find a great automatic policy and terms generator that was recommended from a different blog that you could reread and add and subtract what you like. I’m not advertising for the site, because it was free, so if you feel me adding a link is inappropriate it’s fine to delete the comment. Thanks Darren