Do Websites Need Disclaimers? In A Word – YES!

Do Websites Need Disclaimers

I’ve often been asked – Do websites need disclaimers?

Yes, your website needs disclaimers. Disclaimers protect your business against legal liability. This is also known as CYA (covering your ass).

In this article, I’m going to cover the different disclaimers you should have on your website, including a few other disclosures/documents that may relate to your website.

All right let’s get to it.

Website Disclaimer (legal notice)

When it comes to your website disclaimer this is the most important one.

Because this disclaimer protects you from legal liability by saying you will not be held responsible for how people use your website or for any damages suffered by users of your website.

For me, you’ll find all my disclaimers and other policy links in the footer of my website.

Earning Disclaimer

An earning disclaimer is needed when you’re selling a product or service that is designed to earn money for your customers, such as a business opportunity.

This earning disclaimer protects you from any customers who may not be thrilled that the product or service you sold them did not meet their expectations of the product or service they bought from you.

Basically, an earning disclaimer is going to state there it is neither implied nor guaranteed people will make money using the product or service you’re selling.

Here’s an example of an earning disclaimer:

erning disclaimer

FTC Affiliate Disclosure

If you’re an affiliate marketer like I am. The FTC requires you to have an affiliate disclosure on your website. And this disclosure must be placed prominently so your visitors can see it.

For example, as an affiliate marketer, you’ll find this disclosure at the beginning of my posts, pages, or articles. There’s not one here on this post because I have no affiliate links in this post.

Here’s a snapshot of the disclosure I place on my posts when I include affiliate links.

ftc disclosure

You’ll also notice that I have included a link to my affiliate disclosure. If you look in the footer on my website you’ll see a link called Affiliate Disclaimer. That link takes you to the full disclosure.

Medical Disclaimer

If you have a website where you sell any health-related products or you’re providing advice about physical fitness or mental health it’s best to have a medical disclaimer.

Now keep in mind this disclaimer will not protect you from everything (all liability) but it will limit your liability.

And if you’re selling a health-related product be sure to be crystal clear when it comes to explaining what the product can and cannot do.

And you want this disclaimer posted where every visitor who comes to your site can see it. And you definitely want this disclaimer posted at the top of all your content.

Website Agreement

The main reason you want to have a website agreement (disclaimer) is for the purpose of limiting the liabilities that may arise from the website.

And this agreement can and usually includes who the owner of the site is, what liability is or is not accepted by the site owner, and the policies of the site and on third-party links.

Terms Of Service

Now by law, you don’t need to have terms of service disclosure on your website. But it’s not a bad idea to have one for best business practices.

With a terms of service disclosure, you can include things such as how disputes will be handled, establish copyright, intellectual rights, etc.

Privacy Policy

If you collect personal information on your website you need a privacy policy.

And your policy includes detailed information on when and why you collect personal information, how you use it, the limited conditions under which you may disclose it to others, and how you keep their personal information secure.

Can I Copy A Disclaimer?

Sure you can copy a disclaimer if you want. But keep in mind one size does not fit all.

The disclaimer you copy may not completely cover the activities of your website. And as a result, you can leave your site exposed to legal liabilities if the disclaimer you copied does not include the right information.

Can I Copy A Websites Privacy Policy?

No, it’s illegal to copy another website’s privacy policy. Privacy policies are protected by copyright laws.

So if you decide to copy a privacy policy from another website you’re exposing your business to legal penalties.

You need to create your own privacy policy that is unique to your website and your business.

How To Add A Disclaimer To My Blog (website)?

Adding any disclaimer or policy to your website is done just as you would add any other page to your website.

Go into the back office of your website. Click on the Pages link in the side menu. Then click Add New.

pages add new

And like any other page on your site, you’re going to title your page with the type of disclaimer or policy this page represents.

So for example, if you are creating your Privacy Policy page this is the title you give the page – Privacy Policy. The title now creates the permalink your going to use on your website.

Once you have finished creating your page, save it and then add it to your footer menu. I say footer menu because your top menu is valuable real estate and you don’t want to have disclaimers and policy links taking up that valuable space.

Besides, you’ll notice on almost every website the links to its disclaimers, and policies are at the bottom (footer) of the website. Scroll down on my site and you’ll see all my disclaimer and policy links.

Resources For Creating Disclaimers and Policies

Now for the everyday online digital marketer like you and me. You don’t have to write your own policy or disclaimers and you don’t have to pay for them either.

If you head to Termly you can create several different types of policies and disclaimers.

Click the appropriate link and create the disclaimer or policy you need using Termly’s free generators.

Wrapping Things Up

Like it or not, this disclaimer and policy stuff is needed in today’s digital marketing world.

And having them is leaving you wide open to all kinds of possible legal headaches. And you certainly don’t want that.

I hope you found this information useful and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.

I believe in you!!
Leo

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