It doesn’t matter what type of site you run, whether it is a blog or a business, they all require different types of website policies. Common ones are privacy policies, terms of service, disclaimers, and refund policies.
Quite frankly, it is hard to write one of these yourself because they contain a lot of terminologies that you probably aren’t familiar with. And that is why today I am going to share with you a new online service I have been using, and that is WebsitePolicies. They provide a quick and easy way to get these mandatory policies in just a few minutes.
What Website Policies Do You Need?
Before we dive into how to generate your website policies, it is first important to understand what the differences are and which ones you might need or want to add to your site.
Terms of Service Policy
A disclaimer is used to inform visitors that the owner is not responsible for any advice given. This limits their liability. You are protected by freedom of speech online, but I always recommend adding one for controversial topics and or niches just to protect yourself from getting sued. Here is an example of a short disclaimer for a health blog.
The information on this blog is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise program.
A disclaimer also applies to affiliate programs. For example, I have an Amazon Affiliate disclaimer, which is required if you are part of their program. This is taken directly from the Amazon Associates affiliate agreement.
You must clearly state the following on your Site or any other location where Amazon may authorize your display of Content: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”
People have been known to get booted from the program if they don’t properly use disclaimers.
A refund policy, of course, is not required, but highly recommended if you are selling a product or service. Again, this helps protect your business and establishes trust. If you have a free refund policy this could even boost sales for you as people will feel more comfortable purchasing if they know they have a way out. A refund policy generally outlines what a customer must do if they want to return a product or exchange it.
Generate Them Fast With WebsitePolicies.com
Now that you know a little more about the different policies, it is time to start generating them! This is where the service from WebsitePolicies comes in super handy. They allow you to generate the following in just three easy steps:
- Create a terms of service policy
- Create a blog disclaimer
- Create a refund policy
Some benefits of using their service are that you can customize each for your specific needs. The agreements are actually drafted by lawyers, and you can save a ton of money. It is completely free to use for personal use and only a one-time $14.95 fee for business use. The business service includes additional legal information that is required.
A couple of things I really liked about WebsitePolicies is that their website looks beautiful, there is no clutter, and there are no advertisements.
Head over to websitepolicies.com and click on “Get Started.”
Note: If you select commercial above instead, it includes additional disclosures that cover advertising, marketing, processing payments and other topics not covered by the basic free policy. It has a one-time fee of $14.95 and features the following:
- Suitable for commercial websites and businesses
- One time payment and instant download
- Automatic notifications on updates
- Lifetime access to all your policies
It will then prompt you with a series of questions. Some of these below will change dynamically based upon what your answer is. This is just an example of what I am using on my personal site. Once you have filled it out click “Next.”
You’re almost done, it then lets you choose how you want to disclose and update your visitors. Then click “Next.”
Click the link in your email and you will now be on the dashboard. You can generate policies on all of your websites and it will store them in your account. This is another benefit over that of other free generators out there.
You can click into your policy, view it, and grab the HTML code for it. You can then simply paste this right into your website. In my case it is WordPress, so it was a simple copy/paste across. If you are curious, mine came out to 1,210 words for the entire thing. So that is one reason why I would recommend using a service like this. You are bound to miss something important if you try to do this yourself.
And that’s it! You now know how to quickly and easily generate website policies. You should have no excuses now. If you are needing to generate multiple commercial policies, they also have a bundle and save deal in which you can get 25% off.
Hopefully this post on how to create website policies was helpful. If so, let me know below!