Miss Natalie’s School of Netiquette For The Busy Entrepreneur

Natalie MacNeil talks about online etiquette

Lately I’ve been thinking about a little something that falls by the wayside in our noisy, crowded digital space: etiquette.

Now I’m not talking about the kind of etiquette you might have learned when you were younger, like preparing for “how to eat at a state dinner,” with all the forks and spoons and how to cut your food and then how to eat it (my goodness; I was horrible at it!).

No, this kind of online etiquette—or as we digital entrepreneurs call it, netiquette—is sooo much easier to learn, and as a business owner it helps to be aware of the basic rules to follow so you don’t find yourself in hot water with your colleagues or your customers.

In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV I’m going to give you some great tips on netiquette and show you:

  • The right way to source your content (aka “How to avoid a Cease & Desist email in your inbox tomorrow”)
  • How to keep your Facebook group growing, through simple politeness
  • A major faux pas you *must* avoid when looking for new team members
  • Why “repurposing” content is a HUGE offense

Ready to learn more? Join me for today’s tutorial in the fine art of netiquette.


Do I believe all netiquette rule breakers are just plain old mean-spirited people? Of course not!

It’s easy to make less-than-awesome assumptions and take bad advice as you get your business going. I realize that when people are starting up they don’t always understand that what they are doing just isn’t right or is maybe even illegal.

But out of respect for every single entrepreneur out there, it really should stop.

Imagine working so hard to launch anything, only to have someone straight up copy you. It sucks. And, on top of that, when you choose to be a copycat you are hiding your unique genius from the world and that’s something you ought to be celebrating and sharing.

Okay, end of rant. Now, I want to hear from you. Do you have anything to add? Has this happened to you and you’d just like to rant a little too? Add your voice to the comments below.

Today’s actionable goes beyond just an immediate “ask.” I say to you, wonderful people: if you see someone clearly breaking copyright laws and blatantly not crediting creators, don’t just click away.

I encourage you to speak out, as gently as you want, when you see something that you know isn’t right.

By doing this you’re standing up for the creative process and honoring the unique talents that each of us contributes to this amazing community of digital entrepreneurs.

Cosmic hugs,

Natalie MacNeil's Signature

Leave a Reply to Jessica | Blisskeeping Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

22 thoughts on “Miss Natalie’s School of Netiquette For The Busy Entrepreneur

  1. I lead a women’s networking group in Jacksonville, FL. Our group discussion today was on “netiquette”. Thank you for addressing this topic in a much larger scale to a much larger audience!

  2. Hi Natalie,

    It was interesting rant. 😉

    I think it happens a lot with copy. For the most part, I think it’s unintentional.

    I would love people always refer Instagram post, but it doesn’t happen. And let’s face it – it’s not going to happen. I don’t think it’s about intentions – it’s just about the way we share information these days. My policy is to put my website on all of the images I put out there. Where they go from there is not up to me. But at least, I’m sourced.

    It’s hard to believe that people would copy programs that aren’t theirs. And I believe it. I’ve seen it.

    For me, the more interesting question: who owns what? With the advent of the internet, information becomes general knowledge versus sourced content. The line (at least for me) is clear on the fact that you have books, trademarks, websites, programs, but what about the information within them? Does anyone really own NLP coaching exercises, or intuitive information? I’m curious to know where we will be in 10 years time with this question.

    1. Things are definitely changing. I agree there is a lot that happens unintentionally, and there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding around legal rights these days. Thank you for taking the time to comment – I always love hearing others’ opinions!

  3. Nicely ranted – you did well not to use the “F” word 🙂

    My rant is against spammers who use other people’s names and create very similar email addresses, to try and get their junk through. It’s especially annoying that the “fake me” uses this trick to send spam even to the real me. And even more annoying when Google etc adopt an “it’s not our problem” stance… a rant that will never end, LOL 🙂

    1. Thank you for your rant 😉 And that sucks. There is a lot of shaddy stuff that happens online, and also a lot of great things like getting to connect with so many beautiful people from around the world through our platforms.

  4. A fellow passionate ranter here which is why I have included a whole video on e-Course ethics in the e-Course Launch Formula because not enough online marketers are taking a stand and teaching their followers what is right and what is in fact illegal. I think we have a responsibility to inform and teach those less experienced in the online world because otherwise how will they know it is wrong or illegal.

    1. You’re welcome Heather! I’m glad for you that it sounds like you haven’t seen much of this in your business.

    1. Wow, that’s pretty amazing Jessica (and by amazing, I mean amazingly ridiculous). Too bad people who do this sort of thing don’t realize just how off-putting it is.

  5. Fantastic (polite) rant 🙂
    My content has recently been copied by someone on several occasions and it’s infuriating when you see your ‘words’ splattered over someone else’s blog and website. I’ve trademarked my business name and copyright is now on my site.
    Completely agree re: authenticity. You can only imitate for so long. If you want long term, positive success you need to find your own way and speak/share from the heart.

    1. Thanks Joanna, and so sorry to hear you’ve had your content copied like that. Speaking from the heart is a great mantra for any entrepreneur…I’m glad you shared your authentic thoughts on this. 🙂

  6. I’ve seen people copying my blog posts without giving me any credit and it happened more than once! The most annoying was when someone literally copied my “services” page!

  7. Natalie! I soooo understand what you are talking about.

    One of my current rants is when someone ties to take my carefully curated and maintained space to set up their own shop in – like another spiritual business mentor who posts ads for HER spiritual business mentoring program in my group. It’s jawdroppingly rude, in my opinion.

    Or the drive-by ads in my groups. Hi! I’m a reader! Contact me for a nice reading! Um… no! Come in, partake in conversation and get to know the people. Don’t just use the group as a billboard!

    Phew. I guess it takes all kinds and that is what the delete button is for???


    Thank you for pointing out the big legal issues, too. So many newbie entrepreneurs simply don’t know HOW to properly attribute text and pics! What’s funny (or not so funny) is when someone uses an obviously watermarked image for a business meme. OOOPPPS!

    Have a great one and keep up the good work!

  8. Yes!! As a Content Creation Coach, I am really passionate about people creating their OWN content – not using other people’s stuff. Of course, there are some legal/ethical ways to do it, with links and approvals. But, even then, the only way to really build your own brand and business is to create your own unique stuff. Period.

    Whew… that felt good. 😉

    1. Haha, glad you go that off your chest Sarah! And yes, I agree – although it can support your message to share content that resonates with you (with proper permissions, attributions, etc.) building your unique brand ultimately means sharing your own special ideas with the world.

bite-sized wisdom to read & share