3 Legal Mistakes That Make Your Website Look Shady

internet scams and fraudYour website visitors quickly look for signs to see if you’re legit or a fraud. When you consider how many get-rich-quick con artists operate websites, who can blame them for being skeptical?

Here are three of the most common legal mistakes that can make your website look like a scam even if you’re an honest business owner.

1. No website legal documents.

If your site doesn’t have at least a Privacy Policy and a Terms of Use (sometimes called a Terms of Service or Terms and Conditions of Use), it isn’t ready for prime time. Website visitors want to know whether you respect their privacy plus their rights and responsibilities when using your website.

2. No support contact information.

Whether you’re selling a product or a service, you’ll want to have at least two easy ways for prospects and customers to contact you. These can include your company email address, a contact form, online chat, telephone number, and/or a snail mail address.

Let’s face it. If your contact information isn’t readily available on your website, there’s an appearance you’re running a scam.

3. Inaccurate website ownership information.

One of the easiest ways to lose trust is to represent your business as being one thing on your website while having the domain name registration say something entirely different.

For example, if you’re claiming to run a successful tech company from your Silicon Valley office, it screams “fraud” to have your site’s domain name registered to you personally at a home address that’s an apartment located in Boise, Idaho.

Although there are other legal pitfalls when running a business website, these are three of the most common that are simple to fix. Your Internet lawyer can review your website for other legal risks and advise you on what to change to protect yourself and your online business.