So, as you can see in the above tabs, I’ve now added a page of policies related to this website. I started this project about a month ago, but finally took the time to complete the task. After exhaustive hours in the law library reading Latin legal texts and speaking with a friend who has been to court multiple times (as the defendant), I figured there had to be an easier way. Check out the results. I tried to keep the language as clear and understandable as possible.
Direct Marketing Association – This is the generator I used to create my first rough draft of the Blogging Startup policy. It is very simple with check box selections. Takes about 10 minutes to complete. This is the only policy generator on this list that allows customization to the policies before they are created.
Serp Rank – A policy generator specifically designed for Adsense publishers. This quick generator creates a simple and friendly policy statement. However, the policy should still be compared to the new Adsense requirements since the generator was created in 2007.
7th Space – This generator creates html code for placement on your blog or website. I used a portion of the text from this generator for the Blogging Startup policy. The generator is simple and quick to use.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
1) The policies may or may not meet your specific needs or the legal requirements for your blog. Be sure to educate yourself on what is required. A significant part of this education is reading (yes, actually reading) the agreements you have with any advertiser on your site. For programs like Pepperjam or Commission Junction, this can mean reading specific agreements from each advertiser that you use.
2) The policies are typically written with plural pronouns such as we and us. If your blogging voice is more personal, change these words to I and me. For an example, see the Blogging Startup policies.
3) Consider including policies about commenting on your blog and other blog features. These policies may not keep problems from occurring, but they may help reduce confusion and difficulties. Again, my policies have a section on comments.
4) Most importantly, take the time to customize the policies and make them your own. Don’t simply cut and paste, no matter how good you think the policies are. Read through them carefully and change what you feel is appropriate. Visit other website policy pages for examples.
So, when starting a blog, take some time and create your own blog policies. Even if you don’t use advertising on your blog, the policies will keep your readers informed and reduce potential problems in the future.