Many people start blogging because it’s fun, some start because they want to make money. But have you ever stopped to think: is your blog a business?
Many people turn their hobbies into a business, not just bloggers. Unlike many businesses, the blog is mostly internet based and mostly virtual. This subjects a blogger to a whole different set of laws and regulations.
So, is your blog a business?
What is a business?
a : a usually commercial or mercantile activity engaged in as a means of livelihood : trade,line in the restaurant business
b : a commercial or sometimes an industrial enterprise; also : such enterprises the business district:
c : dealings or transactions especially of an economic nature : patronage took their business elsewhere https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/business
How does that apply to blogging?
It is of my opinion, that as soon as you start monetizing your blog, then you have started to transform your blog into a business which means you need to know the laws surrounding your
business. So, I am going to give you my thoughts about why I think your immediate monetizing makes you a business.
Why do I think this?
1. You are trying to make money
Even if it’s small, like 1 affiliate link or just a couple of adds, then you are no longer working just as a blogger. You are in fact becoming a business, even if your revenue is small or non existent.
You are now hoping your ideas and thoughts will bring in traffic to your site, which in turn into a profit for you.
2. You and your blog are a product.
In many cases, blogs, especially new blogs, don’t have their own products to sell. They sell add space and sometimes the products of others (affiliate links). So many times, bloggers don’t really see themselves as a business, however that’s exactly what they are.
As a blogger who is monetizing, you want as much traffic as possible to come to your site. The more eyes on your blog, the more chances to make money. You are using your thoughts, ideas, reviews, and experiences to help sell products, even if they are someone else’s.
If you sell your own products, such as Ecourses then are selling a product as well.
3. You are a service
When you’re promoting products and receiving commission, you are like a referral service. People value your opinions. The more people trust you, the more they want to buy from you, which again means more money for you.
It is very important to determine at which stage you and your business are in, because as soon as your turn into one, you are subject to the laws that govern businesses.
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****Hey there sunshine! I just wanted to let you know that yes, I am an attorney, but I am NOT YOUR ATTORNEY. The information above does not put us in an attorney-client privilege contact type setting. Even though you are reading this, it doesn’t not mean that I am giving you legal advice as an attorney.