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Top Blogging Rules to Avoid Trouble

To be successful blogger is not something that’s at all easy, before building your site, before getting enough contents, before getting Adsense, before even getting contents again to keep the blog running and updated.

Understand and make sure to protect your blog by being aware of and following the top blogging rules and regulations that cover copyright, plagiarism, paid endorsements, privacy, libel, errors, and bad behavior.

Always Check Your Adsense Policy Centre

Incase you have posted or done anything againt the Adsense policy, it will show in the policy center of your adsense account as no blogger will ever want to do anything that will lead to disabling of his or her Adsense account.

Make sure to always follow Adsense Policy as we all know to get Adsense approval again after disabling is not a day job.

Always Tour Round Your Blog

Always check your blog to make sure everything is in order as they are supposed to be, to make sure there is no problem with any page, widget or any post.

Always Block Ads While Viewing Your Site.

Adsense will not like you to be viewing your own ads on your own website as it might be something you will always do (Viewing your blog).

It might lead to account disabling if they see that it has always been you viewing the ads on your website the most.

Cite Your Sources

It’s highly likely that at some point while writing or blogging, you’ll want to refer to an article or blog post that you read online.

While it’s possible to copy a phrase or a few words without violating copyright laws, to stay within the rules of fair use, attribute the source where that quote came from.

You should do this by citing the original author’s name and the website or blog name where the quote was originally used, along with a link to the original source.

Disclose Paid Endorsements

Bloggers need to be open and honest about any paid endorsements. If you are paid to use and review or promote a product, you should reveal it.

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates truth in advertising, publishes an extensive FAQ on this topic. These are the basics:

Clearly label content that is advertising.

Disclose affiliates. Either label links that drive your readers to your affiliates, or build a page that explains your affiliates and relationships with them.
Don’t pretend to be an objective third-party if you aren’t. If you work for a company, state that fact in any content that refers to it or its products or services.

Ask Permission

While citing a few words or a phrase and attributing your source is acceptable under fair use laws, fair use laws as they pertain to online content are still a gray area in courtrooms.

If you plan to copy more than a few words or phrases, it’s best to err on the side of caution and ask the original author for permission to republish their words—with proper attribution—on your blog. Never plagiarize.

Asking permission also applies to the use of photos and images on your blog. Unless a photo or image you plan to use comes from a source that clearly gives permission for you to use it on your blog, you must ask the original photographer or designer for permission to use it on your blog with proper attribution.

Publish a Privacy Policy

Privacy is a concern for most people on the internet. You should publish a privacy policy and adhere to it. It may be as simple as “YourBlogName will never sell, rent, or share your email address.”

You may need a full page dedicated to this message, depending on how much information you collect from your readers.

Play Nice

Just because your blog is yours doesn’t mean you have free rein to write anything you want without repercussions. The content on your blog is available for the world to see.

Just as a reporter’s written words or a person’s verbal statements can be considered libel or slander, so can the words you use on your blog.

Avoid legal entanglement by writing with a global audience in mind. You never know who might stumble upon your blog.

If your blog accepts comments, respond to them thoughtfully. Don’t get into arguments with your readers.

Correct Errors

If you find that you published incorrect information, don’t just delete the post. Correct it and explain the error. Your readers will appreciate your honesty.

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