Sunday, September 09, 2007

What Can I Write About In My Blog?

Blogger blogs are so versatile, and so easy to develop, that some folks don't see the forest for the trees. Every week we see the anxious query
Can I write a blog, and sell stuff?
Can I write a blog, and make up stuff?
Can I include ads in my blog?
or even
Can I include ads from outside Google in my blog?

Well, there are quite a few things that are forbidden by law, or by Blogger Terms Of Service, that will get your blog cancelled (and maybe land you in court - dohh!). In alphabetic order (as with most of my lists), you should not write about
  • Child porn (period).
  • Counterfeiting currency or financial instruments.
  • Explosives manufacture.
  • Planned assassination of a political leader (actual or fictional).
  • Terrorism.

If you include dynamic content from other web sites, like ads, you are responsible for the content - it came from another server, but it's your blog, and you take the responsibility. Any graphic porn in the ads will get your blog TOSsed, eventually. And when you do get TOSsed, please don't post, and whine about it.
I do not post adult pics ..there are just some rotating ads which may be topless sometime ...

Blogger is a personal website publishing platform, and Blogger blogs are about people. Some people (aka "bloggers") may publish blogs which focus on their business - but a Blogger blog should include original content about the business, that's intended to help or interest readers of the blog. A blog which has no content except advertisements, and links to advertisements, will likely be classified as a spam blog (aka "splog") by the spam classification process.

If a Blogger blog is about a business, the business should provide a legitimate product. A blog which teaches bloggers how to make money at the expense of legitimate Internet businesses will likely be classified as a spam blog.

Blogger / Google has several referential documents, which you may read.
Remember too, that when you include content from other web sites, you should comply with the wishes of the owners of the web sites in question. Don't just copy and paste, without asking for permission, or at least researching the web site in question. If there's a copyright notice on the web site, comply with the requirements stated in the notice. Be a respectful and responsible web citizen.

And having written into your blog, there are concerns about how to write about your blog. There are ways to publicise it, and there are ways to not publicise it, too. Advertise your blog, but advertise it responsibly.

Other than these restrictions (most of which are common sense, or seem so to me), and a very few capacity related issues, you are free to write, and to promote, your blog as you see fit.

Non-Google ads, content, and links, as long as it's legal, are all fine. Google encourages networking with other platforms, such as Blog This!, FaceBook, and Twitter.

Write about what matters to you, for there is your passion. And your passion will get you your readers, which will encourage you to write more. And that's the rule, here.

Write about what you know about. Just get started, now. Write some now, and more later.

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zanygrey said...

So,if I want to sell the handmade crochet and knit items I make, I can post them for sale on my blog, and then advertise say on my business card that I have Items for sale on my blog? Can I also set up paypal buttons on my blog, so customers can pay direct. Thanks for your help.

Chuck said...


As long as you provide legal and legitimate merchandise, advertise it properly, and sell it honestly, there's no reason for Blogger to mess with you. They make a nice profit from providing network and server resources to folks like you and me. Small businesses are perfect content for the Blogosphere.

If you need confirmation of that advice, spend some time going "Next Blog" surfing. But you will have to protect your computer first, and you will have to ignore the numerous obnoxious porn splogs.

ha said...

Is it ok if i add content from another site to my blog and provide a link to the official website? im not exactly copying and pasting, just gathering information from a couple of sites and putting it up together...would that count as illegal?

Chuck said...

Is it ok if i add content from another site to my blog and provide a link to the official website?

I do that, a lot. As long as you make the links naturally easy to find (not hidden or anything), I don't see that too many people should have a problem with what you do.

Aaron Johnson said...

That's a an extremely helpful post!! I create my own content by default. I'm always careful when creating my own work.