Now that you’ve started your blog, you’re probably wondering what your next steps are. There are certain pages a blog should have and I’m going to cover them in this post. Creating them will establish you as a credible source of information online and help you avoid any legal issues down the road.
Google employs people called Quality Raters and their job is to analyze the web and make search results better for their users. Their guidelines are extensive and put together in a PDF that you can read. They’re looking for a satisfying amount of information about the website or the creator of the website’s content.
Every blog should have an about page. This is your chance to tell your readers who you are, tell your story, and tell them what’s in it for them if they read your blog.
One of my biggest pet peeves online is finding a website that provides no way for its users to contact them. At the bare minimum, I believe every webmaster should link to their site’s social media profiles and provide a contact form.
If you’re on WordPress, I highly recommend using the free WPForms Lite plugin to set up your contact form for your contact page. Once you’ve uploaded the plugin to your site, you’ll want to then create your contact page.
After you’ve created your contact page, you’ll need to create your form using the WPForms Lite plugin. Once you’ve created your form, you’ll take the shortcode it provides, navigate to your contact page, find the Shortcode Gutenberg block and drop the shortcode into the box.
It should look like this:
3. Terms & Conditions
“Terms and Conditions is the document governing the contractual relationship between the provider of a service and its user.” Iubenda
You’re not breaking the law if don’t have this page, but it’s strongly recommended that you do. It’s a contract between you and your users. The top reasons to have this page are: to prevent abuse, declare that own your content, terminate accounts, limit liability, and set the governing law.
4. Accessibility Policy
As a blogger you want to make your site accessible to all people, and that includes people that are disabled. By having an accessibility policy on your site, you’re making a public statement of your commitment to online accessibility.
6. Affiliate Disclosure
“If you’re not properly disclosing that your promotions are paid advertisements, you could end up in trouble with your affiliate program or even the Federal Trade Commission that could mean big fines for you or whoever sponsored you.” Kinsta
Anytime you put an affiliate link in a blog post, you should include an affiliate disclaimer at the top of the post. My disclosure looks like this: “Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. At no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.”
If you’re an Amazon affiliate, you must include this sentence in the post whenever you use an Amazon affiliate link: “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” To be super safe, you can also create an affiliate disclosure page.
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This page recommendation might seem out of place, but it’s here for a good reason! A good resources page will save your users time and provide them with a lot of value. It’s also an excellent way to boost your site’s income.
Take a look at my resources page for inspiration. I share some of my website’s top posts, fashion tips, and all the tools I use in my business.
If you have any questions about these pages a blog should have, feel free to contact me. I’m happy to answer them!