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85% of UK bloggers do not use affiliate marketing to monetize content

A new survey of UK bloggers by affiliate marketing network Paid On Results found that most are not taking advantage of affiliate marketing to monetize content.

by Helen Leggatt

Affiliate marketing is not a new concept but it is currently booming in the UK. However, very few of the country's bloggers are grabbing a piece of the £9 billion in revenue being generated by the industry, according to research carried out by Paid On Results and reported in The Drum.

Of 967 surveyed, 85% said they did not implement affiliate marketing activity to monetize content on their blog. While 20% either could not be bothered (12%) or were not fussed about making money (8%), it is a lack of understanding of the marketing technique that was the reason most (37%) did not use affiliate marketing. Another 17% preferred not to use affiliate marketing so they could remain impartial towards brands.

"Whilst the affiliate marketing industry has exploded in recent years, there are some people that are clearly missing out on the financial rewards it can bring," says Graeme Sandwell, managing director at Paid On Results. "Bloggers should definitely do their homework on affiliate marketing, because even one reader that goes on to make a purchase though an affiliate link on your blog could make you a decent bit of money."

Earlier this year, the Mail Online became the first national newspaper in the UK to implement affiliate marketing.

"It is a bold move, as publishers have shied away from this model in the past because they were worried that such an approach would lead to questions about editorial integrity," writes Helen Southgate of The Guardian.

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Tags: affiliate marketing, blog trends, blogger, content marketing, UK

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