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GDPR for Bloggers: What You Need To Know + How To Comply

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Have you landed on this page trying to figure out what all this GDPR talk is about, and whether it affects you?

Good news...

This post is designed to:

  • Help you understand about GDPR for bloggers 
  • Direct you to some of the best guides & resources online
  • And guide you through some of the important steps you must take to ensure you're compliant with the new regulations. 
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Please note: I am not a lawyer or legal professional, and this is not legal advice. This post is based upon my own research around GDPR. For further advice, please consult a legal professional.

Here's a brief look at what you can expect from this GDPR for bloggers article:

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What Is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and according to the official website:

The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world.

This essentially means that it gives individuals more privacy and control over how their data is used. 

The deadline for making sure your website is GDPR ready is 25 May, 2018.


What Does It Mean For Bloggers?

If you're a blogger that collects any data from EU readers, such as an email address, then you need to comply with these regulations.

Whether you are inside or out of the EU, these regulations apply to any organisation who is marketing goods or services to EU citizens, and/or tracking their behaviours.

Even if your content is not geared towards an EU audience, there's still a chance an EU citizen can visit your site, purchase a product and/or join your email list. Therefore, you should make these changes to your blog before the deadline.

GDPR For Bloggers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here's a really useful infographic I came across that might help you understand GDPR for bloggers in clearer detail. 

Best GDPR Resources For Bloggers

In addition to the infographic above, I wanted to share a few additional in-depth resources I stumbled upon when researching about GDPR for bloggers:

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4 Quick Ways To Make Your Blog GDPR Compliant

So, now that you've understood the importance of GDPR for bloggers, I wanted to share 4 quick ways to help you make your blog compliant with GDPR.


1) Double opt-in

A double opt-in is a way for getting new subscribers to confirm their subscription to your email list. Ultimately it ensures that your readers actively want to be on your list.

Looking at the screenshot below you'll see how I'm able to add a double opt-in option for my opt-in forms using Convertkit.

Many of the top email marketing services (EMS) will have the option to include this on your opt-in forms. You can usually figure this out which a quick google search "[Name of EMS] + double opt-in".

Not only that...but according to Convertkit, subscribers who confirm their subscription are more likely to open your emails in the long run. So it definitely has it's advantages.

So, if you're building a list, which you should be, then be sure to add double opt-in to your forms.


2) Website cookies

Use a cookie plugin such as Cookie Notice or GDPR Cookie Compliance.

This is important because, according to the GDPR, a user must actively opt-in and consent to the use of cookies, and they should not be forced to accept cookies. 

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3) GDPR Privacy Policy

It's important to have a Privacy Policy within your website, especially one that outlines how data is stored. 

You can take a look at the Privacy Policy available on this blog as an example.


4) Ensure your site is secured

Having a site that's secure with an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate is not only beneficial for search engine rankings, but is now an important requirement from Google. Google is currently "punishing" sites who do not move over to SSL.

Ultimately, in regards to GDPR, having an SSL certificate on your site ensures that any data collected on your website is protected and secure. 

So rather than having the http:// prefix, your site should have https://.

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How to get an SSL certificate for your blog:

  • With SiteDomains you can get free SSL certificates on all domain names you purchase. 
  • If you choose not to purchase through SiteDomains, or you already have a domain, you can contact your domain or hosting provider for an SSL certificate. (You may have to pay an additional fee for this.)
  • SSL for FREE - Using this guide by Elegant Themes, you could potentially install an SSL certificate on your site, for free. 


My Final Thoughts On GDPR For Bloggers

GDPR is not something to be ignored as it can lead to hefty fines if you are not compliant.

However, I hope this article has given you a better understanding of GDPR  for bloggers, and guided you to some relevant in-depth resources to help you get GDPR ready by 25th May, 2018.

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Stephanie
 

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Jay Gumbs - May 23, 2018

Thank you for this timely post. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around all this GDPR talk every since I heard about it and this post is as comprehensive as it gets.

To be honest, the topic is a little boring and I’m a bit nervous and overwhelmed by everything so far. Every day I get about 10 emails in my inbox from companies who I’m subscribed to in some way or the other telling me about their new privacy policy changes or something related to GDPR.

I agree that it’s important but I think I get the gist. I just want to make sure that I’m compliant so I don’t have to learn the hard way.

Again, thank you for making this boring topic a little bearable and I’ve shared this on my FB page and on Twitter as well.

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    Stephanie - May 24, 2018

    Hi Jay, thanks for commenting, and glad this post came at the right time for you!

    I know what you mean. The way everyone is talking about GDPR it can feel very overwhelming. It sounds like this guide has taken away some of that overwhelm for you, which I’m glad to hear.

    Thanks for sharing as well, I hope it can help others the way it’s helped you.

    All the best!

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Kaitlin - May 22, 2018

I’ve read so much on GDPR that it can be VERY overwhelming on what to do. I really appreciate how clearly you laid everything out (esp the links to plugins!) Thank you! Good stuff. 🙂

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    Stephanie - May 24, 2018

    Hi Kaitlin, I’m really glad you found this guide helpful. I agree, all we seem to be hearing these says is GDPR this and GDPR that, it’s hard to know what to focus on, especially as a blogger. That’s why I felt it was important to create this quick guide for anyone else who needed some clarity. All the best 🙂

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Sadia - May 14, 2018

Wow this is interesting, I knew nothing about it at all! Does this all apply if you post your blog through say WordPress or is it just if you have your own site?

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    Stephanie - May 14, 2018

    Hi Sadia, thanks for commenting. These regulations apply to all sites that collect some form of data from EU citizens. So that includes WordPress users. So for example, if you collect email addresses to grow your list then you’ll need to take the steps to be compliant. Even through comments you’d be collecting data such as name and email address, so you’ll need to comply. Hope that helps :).

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