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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

  13. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    These are so important to know. If you want to be a business, you have to abide by the laws! That is for sure.

  14. October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    These are really helpful guidelines to share with newer bloggers or bloggers that haven’t been in the loop lately. Especially about using images. Thanks for sharing this.

  15. Faneshia
    October 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I just started blogging recently and I had no idea there was so much legal behind it. I have started earning money yet but I will remember this. Thanks!

  16. Indrani
    October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Yes it is important to follow these new rules. I try and keep updating myself on this.
    Good compilation of the rules.

  17. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Some great guidelines and you’re right that they’re so important. All bloggers need to declare their earnings and it’s a good thing to be able to do as it means we’re all bossing it x

  18. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Blogging can definitely be complicated. These are all so good to know about, and very important. Thanks for sharing.

  19. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    This is a great source for people who want to start a blog. I don’t think many people realise there are rules to follow etc

  20. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Wow, I wish I could make that much ha ha. I do declare my earnings every year no matter how small it is.

  21. Pam
    October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Great tips. I didn’t realize many years ago that I couldn’t just google an image and use it, but I learned that quickly.

  22. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Blogging is definitely a business and needs to be treated as such, especially when funds are being transferred. I have been paying taxes on earnings since I first became profitable.

  23. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    I have had a blog for 10 years and learning everything that is claimed for taxes is basically the same as owning a mortar & brick store. Very nicely done post on what every blogger should know.

  24. Madeeha
    October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Great post. Wen I started blogging, I was also unaware of all these. I still don’t earn money from my blog but I always declare when I receive products fr review. I think it is the only fair way to blog.

  25. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    There are so many things to consider legally, especially when it comes to sponsored content. I assume that most people know that you can’t use someone else’s work but maybe not.

  26. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Ahh I was dreading seeing something j haven’t done but thankfully I’m doing everything you have said

  27. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    These are some really helpful tips that all bloggers should follow. I try to only use my own images on my own blog, but if I have to borrow, I cite my source. I never thought about asking for permission.

  28. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Really good tips for bloggers who do not know about these important guidelines.

  29. candy
    October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    This is all very important information to know and use when you start blogging. Follow the rules and laws and keep track of everything.

  30. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    what a great resource for so many bloggers- seems like youve been having a great last month- good for you friend!

  31. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    This is great advice. So many bloggers don’t know this when they are starting out.

  32. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    This post is so helpful especially to those who likes to make a career in blogging. I have learned that google punished you for not adding disclosure on your post if it is involve ads. Update Guideline like this is so important.

  33. sara lafountain
    October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    This was super helpful! I am a blogger and I did not know a lot of this information. Thank you for sharing it!

  34. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    I love reading other people’s stories about how they make money blogging or some other area of expertise. Thanks for sharing your story!

  35. October 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    This is SO important! GPDR has been so intimidating, even in the U.S. Thank you so much for providing these guidelines, and it’s also so interesting to see the requirements for a different country.

  36. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Tips that every blogger and social influencer need to know. So many don’t and I’m sharing to my blogging board tips on Pinterest!

  37. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    These are such important tips. So many starting out don’t realize all of the finer print details.

  38. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Some things are a little different in the US but not too far off. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Jessica Taylor
    October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    The guidelines that bloggers have to follow is extremely strict! This is a great guide!

  40. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    This is something new for me. I am from India and I find it pretty intriguing that blogging, as a part time profession, or should I say, passion, has to be treated as income as well. Tough times 🙁

  41. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Great list of guidelines, thank you for sharing, there are still a lot of bloggers who doesn’t follow them.

  42. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Very informative post. A reminder for all bloggers about their responsibility when writing contents.

  43. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    All this is a source of worry to me often…am I doing it right, especially when they go and change things. I am now trying to suss this all out in Sweden too!

  44. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    This is a great post. I think too many bloggers fail to recognise the legal obligations that the industry holds. I think this is probably largely due to blogging being so new, but I think we do need to be doing more to ensure we are on the right side of the law.

  45. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I am from India and it is pretty intriguing to know that you have to follow such stringent legal procedures, even though blogging is a part time profession of some. We do it for the love of writing and then there are legal statutes that have to be followed every now and then. Tough times 🙁

  46. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    A very good post for new bloggers especially and as a reminder to be sure you are up-to-date with all the legal guidelines out there

  47. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Great information for new bloggers – registering with HMRC is nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be! GDPR still worries me though…

  48. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    This is such a great resource for bloggers. Looks like you had a great month of September.

  49. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Great tips here. I was so daunted by registering with HMRC but in reality it is quite a simple process.

  50. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I started earning from my blog about a year ago now and have learnt so much along the way. There is so much more to it than people think!

  51. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Well done on your blogging income! It’s lovely to see bloggers doing so well. It’s super important to be up front and stick to the guidelines as you say x

  52. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    This is so important to do! I have seen some bloggers to state if a post is sponsored or not, and you can tell it was. I always make sure I let people know because I don’t want to get in trouble.

  53. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    very useful advice especially for newer bloggers – Photography copyright is very important as you say. I would be unhappy if anyone used my photos without asking me first. Well done on the passive income revenues too.

  54. October 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I started earning this year so I am waiting to start doing the whole tax year thing and start claiming and putting things in order. These are really great tips and information for people who have no idea about guidelines.

  55. October 8, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    This is such a handy resource for bloggers! September seemed like a really great month for you, well done!

  56. October 8, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    It’s so important to adhere to all, the relevant laws and guidelines and of course to be honest and transparent with your readers. Mich x

  57. October 7, 2018 / 10:24 pm

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

  58. October 7, 2018 / 12:30 pm

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

  59. October 6, 2018 / 9:30 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!

  60. October 6, 2018 / 10:46 am

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

  61. October 6, 2018 / 9:32 am

    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

  62. October 6, 2018 / 8:15 am

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

  63. October 5, 2018 / 11:39 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

  64. October 5, 2018 / 6:25 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.

  65. October 5, 2018 / 5:40 pm

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

  66. Kathy
    October 5, 2018 / 3:58 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.

  67. Jeanine
    October 5, 2018 / 2:59 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!

  68. October 5, 2018 / 12:27 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

  69. Madeeha
    October 5, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Great post. Wen I started blogging, I was also unaware of all these. I still don’t earn money from my blog but I always declare when I receive products fr review. I think it is the only fair way to blog.

  70. October 5, 2018 / 7:23 am

    This is a great source for people who want to start a blog. I don’t think many people realise there are rules to follow etc

  71. Indrani
    October 5, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Yes it is important to follow these new rules. I try and keep updating myself on this.
    Good compilation of the rules.

  72. October 5, 2018 / 6:37 am

    Some great guidelines and you’re right that they’re so important. All bloggers need to declare their earnings and it’s a good thing to be able to do as it means we’re all bossing it x

  73. October 5, 2018 / 5:39 am

    These are really helpful guidelines to share with newer bloggers or bloggers that haven’t been in the loop lately. Especially about using images. Thanks for sharing this.

  74. October 5, 2018 / 3:26 am

    There are so many things to consider legally, especially when it comes to sponsored content. I assume that most people know that you can’t use someone else’s work but maybe not.

  75. Faneshia
    October 5, 2018 / 2:14 am

    I just started blogging recently and I had no idea there was so much legal behind it. I have started earning money yet but I will remember this. Thanks!

  76. October 5, 2018 / 1:14 am

    Blogging can definitely be complicated. These are all so good to know about, and very important. Thanks for sharing.

  77. October 4, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Ahh I was dreading seeing something j haven’t done but thankfully I’m doing everything you have said

  78. October 4, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    These are some really helpful tips that all bloggers should follow. I try to only use my own images on my own blog, but if I have to borrow, I cite my source. I never thought about asking for permission.

  79. October 4, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    Blogging is definitely a business and needs to be treated as such, especially when funds are being transferred. I have been paying taxes on earnings since I first became profitable.

  80. October 4, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    I have had a blog for 10 years and learning everything that is claimed for taxes is basically the same as owning a mortar & brick store. Very nicely done post on what every blogger should know.

  81. October 4, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Wow, I wish I could make that much ha ha. I do declare my earnings every year no matter how small it is.

  82. October 4, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    This post is so helpful especially to those who likes to make a career in blogging. I have learned that google punished you for not adding disclosure on your post if it is involve ads. Update Guideline like this is so important.

  83. sara lafountain
    October 4, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    This was super helpful! I am a blogger and I did not know a lot of this information. Thank you for sharing it!

  84. Pam
    October 4, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Great tips. I didn’t realize many years ago that I couldn’t just google an image and use it, but I learned that quickly.

  85. October 4, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    what a great resource for so many bloggers- seems like youve been having a great last month- good for you friend!

  86. candy
    October 4, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    This is all very important information to know and use when you start blogging. Follow the rules and laws and keep track of everything.

  87. October 4, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I love reading other people’s stories about how they make money blogging or some other area of expertise. Thanks for sharing your story!

  88. October 4, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    Tips that every blogger and social influencer need to know. So many don’t and I’m sharing to my blogging board tips on Pinterest!

  89. October 4, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Really good tips for bloggers who do not know about these important guidelines.

  90. October 4, 2018 / 9:49 am

    These are such important tips. So many starting out don’t realize all of the finer print details.

  91. October 4, 2018 / 4:05 am

    This is SO important! GPDR has been so intimidating, even in the U.S. Thank you so much for providing these guidelines, and it’s also so interesting to see the requirements for a different country.

  92. October 4, 2018 / 3:49 am

    Very informative post. A reminder for all bloggers about their responsibility when writing contents.

  93. October 4, 2018 / 2:56 am

    Great list of guidelines, thank you for sharing, there are still a lot of bloggers who doesn’t follow them.

  94. Jessica Taylor
    October 3, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    The guidelines that bloggers have to follow is extremely strict! This is a great guide!

  95. October 3, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    This is great advice. So many bloggers don’t know this when they are starting out.

  96. October 3, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Well done on your blogging income! It’s lovely to see bloggers doing so well. It’s super important to be up front and stick to the guidelines as you say x

  97. October 3, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    All this is a source of worry to me often…am I doing it right, especially when they go and change things. I am now trying to suss this all out in Sweden too!

  98. October 3, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Some things are a little different in the US but not too far off. Thanks for sharing.

  99. October 3, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    This is so important to do! I have seen some bloggers to state if a post is sponsored or not, and you can tell it was. I always make sure I let people know because I don’t want to get in trouble.

  100. October 3, 2018 / 10:51 am

    I started earning this year so I am waiting to start doing the whole tax year thing and start claiming and putting things in order. These are really great tips and information for people who have no idea about guidelines.

  101. October 3, 2018 / 10:14 am

    I started earning from my blog about a year ago now and have learnt so much along the way. There is so much more to it than people think!

  102. October 3, 2018 / 9:58 am

    very useful advice especially for newer bloggers – Photography copyright is very important as you say. I would be unhappy if anyone used my photos without asking me first. Well done on the passive income revenues too.

  103. October 3, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Great information for new bloggers – registering with HMRC is nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be! GDPR still worries me though…

  104. October 3, 2018 / 8:39 am

    I am from India and it is pretty intriguing to know that you have to follow such stringent legal procedures, even though blogging is a part time profession of some. We do it for the love of writing and then there are legal statutes that have to be followed every now and then. Tough times 🙁

  105. October 3, 2018 / 8:37 am

    This is something new for me. I am from India and I find it pretty intriguing that blogging, as a part time profession, or should I say, passion, has to be treated as income as well. Tough times 🙁

  106. October 3, 2018 / 7:20 am

    Great tips here. I was so daunted by registering with HMRC but in reality it is quite a simple process.

  107. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    October 3, 2018 / 1:38 am

    This is such a great resource for bloggers. Looks like you had a great month of September.

  108. October 2, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    It’s so important to adhere to all, the relevant laws and guidelines and of course to be honest and transparent with your readers. Mich x

  109. October 2, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    This is a great post. I think too many bloggers fail to recognise the legal obligations that the industry holds. I think this is probably largely due to blogging being so new, but I think we do need to be doing more to ensure we are on the right side of the law.

  110. October 2, 2018 / 9:55 am

    A very good post for new bloggers especially and as a reminder to be sure you are up-to-date with all the legal guidelines out there

  111. October 1, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    This is such a handy resource for bloggers! September seemed like a really great month for you, well done!

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