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Changes To The Google Adsense Referral System

Written by Matthew Tutt  · January 22, 2008

Guest Post by Matthew Tutt

Although this was announced on the 8th of January 2008, some people may not have been aware of the changes that will soon be implemented by Google regarding the Adsense referral system (I had only noticed an e-mail from Google the other day mentioning their changes), and some of you may not have realised how/why Google is changing the system.

Basically, Google have decided that the Adsense referral system isn’t working well enough for them (not making them enough money, no doubt). Therefore, they have decided to scrap the referral system for those of you who are based outside of Latin America, North America, and Japan. This hardly seems fair that someone should be favoured based on their geographical position, but that’s the stance that Google has taken.

If you do live in Latin America, North America or Japan, then congratulations. However, there is still some bad news for you. Google will be reducing the payment structure to that of previous years. You will now only be earning $100 when your referrals earn $100. Obviously this is quite a drop from the previous system, but at least you can still earn from the referral system. A lot of people will be forced to remove their Adsense referral units from their websites and will probably end up resorting to promoting other advertising programs, too.

Obviously, this won’t affect everyone. Not all people will have Adsense referral units on their websites, but I’m pretty sure that those of you who do will be pretty annoyed with Google. As of yet there seems to be no real alternative, so it seems that some webmasters will simply have to suffer a drop in revenue from their website. However, it appears likely that the main blogs and sites that will be affected are those who discuss ways to make money online, just like the Can I Make Big Money Online blog does.

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5 Responses to “Changes To The Google Adsense Referral System”

  1. George Manty on January 22nd, 2008 11:35 am

    The Adsense referral system has never been really good from an affiliate marketing perspective. I am surprised they have not come up with a better affiliate system.

    Albeit, they don’t really need to pay others to promote it when everyone talks about it for free.

  2. Matt Tutt on January 23rd, 2008 2:55 am

    Yes, that is a fair point George. As long as an advertising program is good then people are sure to talk about it with other webmasters and such.

    I just think its a bit unfair how they seem to have based the success on the program on your location. I’m sure there are some very successful Adsense referrers based in the UK alone who won’t be too happy at Google’s decision.

  3. Barb on January 23rd, 2008 9:20 am

    I agree with Matt. Word of mouth is a fantastic way of getting people to check out what you are offering. As far as where you live, I don’t see where that would be the basis of a successful business. Not when it’s an internet business. You put your sites out there all over the world and adsense ads are being seen. People should do well at recruiting no matter where they live.

  4. robert on February 29th, 2008 9:23 pm

    I am so tired of hearing about Google and what their going to do next, I wish there was a competitor as big as them so they had more competition.

  5. Kaplan on June 2nd, 2008 1:58 pm

    I’m still seething angry over this stupid decision by Google. Already had many referrals hovering near that $100 mark which could have gotten me the $250 bonus…but no, Big G does what it wants to do and no one can stop him because he is too powerful.