A How-to Guide for Complying with EU Cookie Legislation
There are some exceptions to this policy, but if you are running ads on your site, the safest path is to comply with the EU law. Below find information and instructions to become compliant:
1. What it looks like:
The alert is under the green arrow.
2. How to install it:
The free solution recommended by Google requires you to install a bit of code on your website. The more complex solutions will cost money.
The solution that we recommend is at Silktide – Cookie Consent. It’s free, open source, and it is very simple to implement. It is also approved by Google. Note for developers: The alert code should be included on every page, easily accomplished by placing in the header file before the </head> tag. Full instructions at link.
If your site is built in WordPress, the EU Cookie Law Plugin works well. This is the program that created the alert in the above picture. It is easily configurable for colors, text & link.
3. What it does:
The free solutions do not allow you to only show the alert to EU visitors. Unfortunately, the free versions will show to visitors from everywhere. More complex programming is required to show only to EU visitors.
Here are a few solutions that will allow you more configuration options including geo-targeting (all approved by Google):
Cookie Control – Also has a free version that does not have geo-targeting.
Optanon at CookieLaw.org – Fabulous solution that includes geo-targeting, an auditing service, allows visitors to choose the types of cookies they want to allow, and more. The yearly price is very reasonable (at the publishing of this article approximately $349). Good choice for a site with more than 10,000 pages.
Cookiebot – Free one month trial, pricing is reasonable for a site with less than 10,000 pages (at the publishing of this article $39 or less).