The Risks Of Blogging (And How To Avoid Them)

No matter what you use your blog for, be it for personal or business use, there are risks involved. As a blogger then, you need to take steps to avoid these risks by taking some precautionary steps to avoid them.

Here are two of the more common risks involved with blogging, with some handy tips to help you reduce them.

Risk #1: Your blog content

Be careful what you say online. Sure, your blog is a useful place to share your opinions, but remember that it’s online for all to see. If you say anything that is scandalous, controversial, and perhaps even slanderous, you may be targeted by people who don’t like what you have to say. And if what you say is particularly harmful, you might also suffer at the hands of a hacker, receive negative media attention, and find yourself blocked from continuing by your blog provider. Your personal safety might also be at risk, especially if you can be easily identified.

Tip: Think before you write something down. While you want to be honest and true, you don’t want to attract a lot of negative attention. Verify any facts before compiling blog posts, and if you suspect what you are trying to say is harmful to others, consider the consequences before any posts go live. You might ask a trusted friend or family member to have a read through your post too, as that second opinion might just save your bacon!

Risk #2: Your finances

This works two-fold. For starters, if your blog contains a lot of personal information, such as anything related to your personal identity, then some nefarious person may have just what they need to open up credit using your name. And if you use your blog for business purposes, perhaps within the realms of ecommerce, you might also be hit by hackers able to steal both your financial information and that of your customers.

Tip 1: For starters, don’t post your personal information online. While you might use your name, you might still want to avoid using your postal address, and any other identifying features, such as clues located within photographs. Know too that If you have registered your own domain name, your personal information may be accessed online through the WHOIS service, so opt for domain privacy when registering.

Tip 2: Ensure your website is secure using the steps listed here. This is the best way to defeat the hackers, as while you may not think you are a target, you may be if a) your blog content is controversial, and b) you are using your blog for business purposes.

Tip 3: If you are using your blog to sell anything online, then you need to remember KYC (Know Your Customer) compliances. This is the process of identifying who your potential customers are, as you don’t want to be the subject of online fraud. To protect yourself and any customers who may have had their information stolen by a nefarious miscreant, consider using Jumio. Jumio replaces slow KYC processes, using cutting-edge solutions to ensure you stay compliant when operating your business.

Finally

Blogging can be both fun and financially profitable to you, but the reverse is true if you don’t take care. Follow our tips, and you should have a safer experience when operating online. Let us know your thoughts, and if you have any other advice for our readers, be sure to share your wisdom with us. Thanks for reading, and happy (safe) blogging!

Are You Spending Too Much Money On Video Games?

Forget about how much time you’re spending on video games – many of us are also guilty of spending too much money on video games. As the price of games continues to increase and the amount of DLC increases, gaming is progressively becoming a more expensive hobby. However, there are ways to spend less on games. Here are just a few tips for lowering your gaming expenses.

Resist the urge to buy games as soon as they’re released

When it comes to new releases, many gamers want to be able to play the game the day it comes out so that they can be a part of the initial buzz. This often means pre-ordering the game and buying it at its most expensive. If you have the patience to wait out the hype, you could see the price drop and save money on these new releases. Besides, waiting it out can have its advantages – you’ll be able to read reviews and justify whether it’s really worth the money, plus initial bugs will have been ironed out.

Don’t buy brand new

Used games are always significantly cheaper than brand new ones. Whilst you can always head down to your local second-hand games store, you may be able to find cheaper rates online on sites like Glyde. Always make sure that you’re given information on the condition so that you know what you’re getting – games that are scratched or don’t contain the manual are likely to be cheapest.

Hit the sales

You could wait until a sale period to buy new games – Black Friday and the January Sales are popular times for slashing prices on games. There may also be bundles available during these sale periods that allow you to buy multiple games for a cheap price.

Be wary of DLC, in-game purchases and other extras

A lot of people end up frittering away their money on small extras. This is particularly the case with mobile games, many of which are free to download but contain lots of in-game extras to purchase. Try to resist constantly buying these extras and avoid purely aesthetic content such as character clothing (it may look cool, but it’s just digital clothing at the end of the day!). When it comes to PC-based MMORPGs you may be able to shop around for these purchases such as OSRS gold for Runescape. Always buy content from trusted sellers to avoid being ripped off.

Swap and share games with friends

You may not even have to buy games. Swapping and sharing games with friends is a great way to enjoy gaming on a budget. It’s also a great way to test out games and decide if you really want to own them yourself. How many of us have ever bought a game that we played for three weeks and never picked up again? Borrowing from friends can stop you from wasting your money on games that you don’t enjoy by giving you a free taster first.