WEBSITE POLICIES (what you need to legally protect your website)
I'm going to teach you the three website policiesthat you absolutely must have, not only to be legally legit, but to protect your brand as well. I'm Sam Vander Wielen, anattorney-attorned-entrepreneur who helps coaches and creativesprotect their online brands with my DIY legal templates, and my Ultimate Bundle Program. For the best legal tips and trainings subscribe to my channelso that every Tuesday you know when I come out with a new video.
The second most important website policy that should absolutely be on your website is a website disclaimer. Now, a lot of peopleconfuse a website disclaimer for a medical disclaimer. And I work with a lot of people in health and wellness industry, but I work with tons ofonline coaches and creatives and consultants who dolots of other stuff too, and they need a websitedisclaimer just as much. So a website disclaimer isnot just a medical disclaimer. So you might be thinking of the check with your doctor first language, that's just one partof a website disclaimer or a disclaimer in general, but that only really applies to you if you do something in thehealth and wellness industry. Or, maybe like self-care or life coaching. But even for those of youwho are not in those fields, you need a website disclaimer because a websitedisclaimer, for everyone, tells people who you are, what you do, and what you don't do. I always say that thatlast part is actually what's most important becauseyou want people to know, "Hey I'm a life coachbut I'm not a therapist." "I'm a health coach,but I'm not a doctor.
I'm a business coach,but I'm not your lawyer or your accountant." right? So you really want peopleto know exactly who you are and who you're not, becausethen essentially from there they can take that information and apply it as they wish, right? So if they want to read your blog post and then go ahead and applythat to their business, their life, their exercise routine, then it's kind of on them. So with our website disclaimer we're really putting it out there so that later on peoplecan't blame us for something and say that we didn't tell them something that we should have told them upfront. So it's kind of a buyersbeware type of document. It's really legally important. If you don't have it, youmight lose that opportunity. And again, this is a greatexample of a time where it doesn't matter if someoneactually works with you or not because people might come to your website and read all of your incredible content, and run off and apply it on their own. So it's really importantthat you have that website disclaimer there,to legally protect yourself.
And last, but not least, we getto the terms and conditions. So the terms and conditionsis our third website policy that's absolutely essentialif you want to maintain a legally legit business and website. And our terms and conditions are really where we put all of the rules and regulations of our business. It's where we house a lotof our business's policies.
A lot of my clients who getone of my legal templates, I offer all the legal templates,fill in the blank documents for all of these website policies. They'll often say to me that they find theterms and conditions one to be the most interestingfor their business because you really get to be the driver and decide what yourbusiness policies are. So, in our terms andconditions we go over things like payment policies and procedures,
which is especially importantif you sell digital products or downloads, or any self-studyproducts on your website. We also go over thingslike returns and refunds, our sharing policy for our content. So a lot of my foodblogger clients will say that they love this policy because they get to set howpeople can use their photos, or share their recipes,or any of their content.
We also go over thingslike third party links, endorsements, affiliate disclosures, so when you're writing those blog posts and you're recommending products, or you're talking about a review of something that you've done or tried, this is a great place to house your policy in your terms andconditions where you say, "I might talk aboutproducts from time to time, but
I am not legallyresponsible if you go out and buy something and itdoesn't work out for you." It's also where we house allof our affiliate disclosures. So if you're linking to things on Amazon, or other affiliate programs, or you get some sort of percentage or fee, we are required to disclosethat not only in our policies, but wherever you actuallyput the link as well. It's an FTC policy. So those are our three legallylegit website policies. Before we go,
I want togive you a bonus tip. So, this bonus tip isall about where these go because often times I will teach women what kind of website policies we need, but then they'll say, "Wheredo I need to put these?" and,So it's essential terms and conditions. And that each of those threeare independently housed pages on your website, if this isn't something that you feel comfortable doing yourself, then this is something a web designer would be a great person to have do for you, but theyshould be three separate links, they should be availableacross your entire website.
So whether I go to yourcontact page, your about page, your whatever other pageyou have in your website, they should always be there on the bottom and they shouldn't be too tiny either. It's really importantthat people are able to easy find them, and they can click onthem to read your policy. You definitely wanna make sure that these are professionally prepared because I have seen a lot ofbad DIY'ed versions of these where people tried to putthem together themselves. And what I find most oftenis that when you do that they are not tailored to you, they don't actually applyto you and your business, and they wouldn't actually end up covering you in the long run because they don't saywhat you need them to say to legally protect you. So, with that,
I help womenimplement these website policies and contracts for their business through my DIY legal templates and my Ultimate Bundle Program. I'll drop the links belowso that you can check out all of my legal templates,which are instant download fill in the blank, and takeless than 15 minutes to fill out and you can check out myUltimate Bundle Program in case you need these website policies and some contracts. But before you go,
I knowyou're probably thinking, okay, so now I know whatthree policies I need to have and what they really mean, but how do I go about using them to actually legally protect my business? Well, I've created afree workshop for you, it's completely on-demand. You can click the link below, you can pick a day and atime that works for you to watch my free workshop, and in that workshop
I'llteach you my 5-step strategy to legally protect andgrow your online brand. So, before you go, drop me a comment below. Let me know if you have any questions about how to legally protect your website using these 3 website policies. And, make sure you hit thatsubscribe button before you go so you can get the best legal tips and trainings every Tuesday.
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