The Legal Pages Needed For Your Website

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Something you won’t want to overlook when you’re launching your website is making sure you’ve taken care of the legal aspects. Many business owners don’t realize this, but these documents are essential for protecting your website and yourself. I’m not lawyer, and if you need clarification on any legal requirements regarding your website, please seek legal advice.

Some legal requirements might include a privacy policy, terms of service / terms and conditions, income disclaimer, and affiliate disclaimer. This blog post will discuss why each of these documents is important and how to create them

Website Privacy Policy

A legal website needs a privacy policy that discloses how you collect, use, and share personal information with others. For example: “We may collect your email address when you sign up for our newsletter.” This policy should also include an explanation of cookies (how they work on the site).

Terms and Conditions

This legal document outlines the rules and regulations that users must adhere to when using your website. It’s often used as an agreement between you and visitors, but it can also be used to protect yourself from legal liability or disputes. For example: “By visiting this site, you agree not to steal any content.”

Income Disclaimer

Some websites will need to have an income disclaimer that states your financial results are not guaranteed. For example: “Any statements made on this site do not represent typical earnings.” This policy helps protect you in case someone decides they’re unhappy with their financial situation and tries suing you because of what happened to them while using your website/services offered.

Affiliate Disclaimer

If you include affiliate links anywhere on your website, these links need to be disclosed, and you are required legally to have an affiliate disclaimer notice above the first affiliate link on each page. For example: “This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on them and make a purchase, we will receive a commission at no additional cost to you.”

Resources for Legal Website Templates and Policies

Here are a few of the best and top-recommended resources for legal websites templates (and even contracts for service work or coaching.)

  • The Contract Shop
  • Creative Law
  • The Legal Paige
  • A Self Guru
  • Termageddon

I personally use Termageddon and recommend it to my website design clients. Rather than paying for for the template upfront, you pay a smaller monthly subscription and your policies automatically update as the laws change. This way you are always protected, without having to manually update your policies and terms of service pages.