We’ve covered quite a bit so far and by now your cruising right along in the new blog thing:
- decided to start a blog
- found our niche
- bought a domain
- chose the blogging platform
- set up your blog and made it all pretty 🙂
- signed up for and installed Google Analytics
- added copyright to the website footer
Today we’re going to talk about some crucial pages that some people overlook, but, they are necessary:
The difference in Posts and Pages:
You’ll notice in the dashboard sidebar of your blog that you have Posts and you have Pages. Pages don’t show up on the homepage of your blog or in the blog section. Pages are only visible with web address they are given.
Posts show up on your homepage (unless you have chosen to have a static homepage that stays the same all the time), and they are in the blog section on your blog.
What Are They?
A Disclosure policy lets readers know if a blogger has been paid to write certain posts or if they were given other forms of compensation in exchange for their opinion about a product(s). It lets them know if the blogger writes unbiased opinions, or if their opinion will be influenced by the compensation.
When Do I Need To Add Them?
Disclosure and Privacy policies are usually added very early on as they are important to companies and PR reps that will be searching your site, as well as Google and other search engines that will be checking out your blog.
Why Disclosure and Privacy?
How To Produce Them
Here is a free, simple multiple choice Disclosure Policy generator that you can use. Once you choose each of your answers by clicking the button next to the one that describes what you’ll be doing, it automatically generates a Disclosure Policy you can copy and paste on to your page.
How To Implement
Once you have copied the info you’ll need for your page, come back to your dashboard and choose Pages in the sidebar, and choose Add New.
Hit Publish and you’re done!
Do the same for the next one and you are done with your Privacy and Disclosure Policy pages! Good work!
Be sure to read all of the posts in this How To Start Your Own Blog series. Don’t miss any of them or you could be setting yourself up for failure. Each one is as important as the next. Remember, you’re skipping all of the mistakes I have made over the years.