Blog policies (or guidelines) are simply a set of rules that control your blog.
A blog policy does not have to just be for guest bloggers – it is just how your blog operates. If you do accept guest blog posts (regularly or periodically), make a specific section for guest blog policies.
Having policies can
- help you make decisions
For example, if your policy is to be wholly Australian, it is easy to decide against international advertisers
- save people asking you questions
Policies stating you don’t have advertising or guest blog posts mean fewer people will ask if you will accept their ad or post
- reduce arguments
A no profanity policy is all you need to point out after editing the swearing out of someone’s comment or guest blog post
- give comfort to someone looking for information about your and your business
For instance, if you offer lessons to children, I will trust you more to see your blog is family friendly and moderated
- add to your professionalism
A policy shows you have thought about your blog and what it represents.
Have you made decisions about any blogs based on their policies?