Blogging + Legal Guidelines {+Passive Income Q3 2018}

Did you know that as a blogger, there are certain legal guidelines that should be followed? Bloggers earning money from blogs or received products for review have a legal responsibility to declare such.

Before I started blogging, I had no clue that there were certain guidelines to be followed. Fortunately for me, I followed a lot of bigger bloggers who declared sponsored content. I learnt and it because a habit to always declared sponsored content and product reviews.

Did you know that as a blogger, there are certain legal guidelines that should be followed? Bloggers earning money from blogs or received products for review have a legal responsibility to declare such.

Whilst this is honours and all, there was still a lot that I was not familiar with yet. In this post, we aim to share some of the legal guidelines bloggers should adhere to.

Blogging + Legal Guidelines

*Disclaimer, I am not a lawyer and information being shared is that found during personal research.*

As bloggers, I have found it is best, to be honest, and upfront than being found out and penalised. Blogging for most starts out as an outlet for creativity or personal doodle board. But then suddenly it changes and becomes a business, it is at this point that legally things change too. Though I might say for defamation and copyright, it starts when the blog starts.

In order to ensure compliance as a blogger, we’ve compiled some legal guidelines to follow.

DECLARE YOUR EARNINGS

In the UK, the best way to declare your earnings is to register with the HRMC. I am registered as self-employed and declare my earnings yearly though this is now changing.

Make sure you keep track of all money earned from the blog and declare with Her Majesties revenue. I track my earnings in Passive Income Reports and via Paypal Reports.

Did you know that as a blogger, there are certain legal guidelines that should be followed? Bloggers earning money from blogs or received products for review have a legal responsibility to declare such.

DECLARE COMMISSIONED {SPONSORED} WORK

Over the last couple of years (though slowly) ASA has started to knuckle down guidelines for bloggers. One thing I have picked up on reading that guidelines are to always declare and don’t be vague.

You need to allow your readers a chance to know the content they are reading was commissioned. Whether you were sent product or you were paid to talk about certain topics or even link insertions. Let your reader know they are being advertised to by declaring any commissioned content.

FOLLOW GDPR + BE COMPLIANT

Back in May (25th) 2018, GDPR came into effect and everyone in Europe should be compliant. You will have noticed many companies sent out emails asking for your permission to retain your personal details.

For bloggers, by now you should have emailed all your subscribers and asked their permission. Those who didn’t respond should be deleted as they have not given consent. Your website should have a privacy policy and should request permission to store personal information.

Did you know that as a blogger, there are certain legal guidelines that should be followed? Bloggers earning money from blogs or received products for review have a legal responsibility to declare such.

DON’T USE OTHER PEOPLE’S IMAGES WITHOUT PERMISSION

Back when I just started blogging, I used to google search for images to use in my posts. Little did I know this was a big NO-NO, it wasn’t until a few bloggers mentioned I learnt. Now I use images that are free for commercial use and no attribution is required.

The best way to use another person’s images is, NOT to use them. First get permission, only then can you use the image in your article. Also, remember to link you to the sources of the image. I know other bloggers just link up those ‘borrowed’ images but I think the best practice is to ask first.

If you wish to read more about legal guidelines, visit ASA’s page.

Passive Income

PASSIVE INCOME REPORT – Q3 2018

Now that we are all a little clear on the legality side of blogging, let’s move to passive incomes. Recently I shared Ways to Earn Money Blogging and Q2 2018 passive income report.

Continuing with the trend, here is the rough estimates of my earnings in Q3 2018. As I have previously stated for ambiguity sake, exact amounts will not be shared. This is in hopes of trying to keep my side hustle slip a bit hidden but also share for other bloggers.

During the month of July 2018, I made roughly £400 before PayPal fees. Then in August 2018 which was fairly quiet, an estimate of the earnings is £200. And finally in September when things picked up, I made roughly £900. The third quarter was not a bad month either, I am always grateful to be able to make money blogging.

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112 Comments

  1. October 8, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    These are really useful tips, Yes Disclaimer is important when you dealing with sponsored post.

  2. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Such a great resource and providing some great advice for bloggers x

  3. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    This is such a helpful post and such a great resource for bloggers everywhere, too. Thanks so much.

  4. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    These are some great tips to share as I’m sure a lot of newer bloggers aren’t aware. I have lately been seeing people post other bloggers images and it’s so annoying! Hopefully this can become enforceable somehow too soon.

  5. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Great post, I love reading your income reports. Congratulations on your £900, that’s great going.

  6. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Very good reminder! I always tend to forget about passive income and need to set myself a regular reminder – I will be returning tax papers first time next January, so I’m a little bit nervous!

  7. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    This is such a handy post! It’s important that all bloggers are compliant with the rules/guidelines!

  8. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I’ve always been scared to make the big step of monetising my blog .. the whole process seems so daunting, but I can imagine it being very rewarding

  9. Kathy
    October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I make sure to keep track of everything as well. That includes all items I’ve bought for my blog and such. It can be a pain keeping track of everything, but I love working from home.

  10. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I am in the process of looking into monetising my blog, so a post like this is super helpful. Thank you for sharing this information

  11. Jeanine
    October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Wonderful post! I know quite a few bloggers who this will help greatly. I think its always important to keep sharing this kind of knowledge and hopefully helps many!

  12. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I had no idea about the legal hoops of blogging when I first started – really wish I’d had this guide back then.
    C x

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