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Who is going to use adsense referrals?
Are you?

 6:09 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I only peaked at it quickly. Sounds like you need to put up one of those images. They aren't allowing you a text link, are they? Imagine the keyword targetting adsense could achieve if they did...

I might have tried the referral if it was a text link, but personally not going to add more space to an ad just for a referral link.

How about you? Using it or no?



 8:30 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wouldn't it make more sense for adsense publishers to refer people to adwords?


 8:33 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I put the adsense ref button on the left and the firefox near the bottom. (index page)

Have to see how it turns out. Income go down, referrers go off.


 8:48 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can see a lot of webmasters replacing their 'please click on the ads to support the site' messages with a nice graphic from Google stating precisely how the site makes money.


 8:49 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

no adsense referrals for me. i 'might' look into firefox one tho.

IMHO adsense referrals, has the potential to turn Adsense to yet another Amazon Affiliate program.


 8:51 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Excellent idea 2oddSox! I'll be right back! I've got some code to paste!



 8:52 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Where can you select a FireFox button? All I see is AdSense buttons.


 8:58 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

zoltan - right under "show referrals in" language setting on the referral page there's a firefox tab.


 8:59 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

FireFox button > for US publishers


 9:07 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)


"For US publishers, there is the added referral feature for promoting the Firefox browser with the Google toolbar, which pays $1 for each download. I am disappointed this isn't available for non-US publishers, especially for those with primarily US-based traffic."

Ah darn... :( This is so wrong! I'm not a US publisher but some 90-percent of my trafic comes from the US!
This button looked like a great thing for my site, but nooooo.
For non-US publishers the only remaining option is the AdSense refferal, NO way I will use this!
Bad move Google!


 9:09 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've added the AdSense button on every page of one site and a few selected pages of another. My competition already knows about AdSense. I'm targetting those who visit this site who might have their own page.

On another site I've had the spread Firefox button and I'll replace that with the Google one.


 9:15 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

So can publishers click on their own referral buttons to see what the landing pages look like? I would guess so, but as I hovered my mouse over the button, I thought I'd better ask the class.


 9:18 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I too have most of my traffic in the US and me outside it.

Come on Google, let us have the full options outside the US!


 9:19 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'll try anything once.

I just put it in my 20 most visited pages... expecting 10 signups a day :)


 9:21 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

When a user youíve referred to Firefox plus Google Toolbar runs Firefox for the first time, youíll receive up to $1 in your account, depending on the userís location.

You gotta love the depending on part, only google can pull this off... so anywhere from $0.00-$1.00 referral. What a joke, even though I just added a small button to over 1500 pages.

Anyone made a firefox referral yet, and how much did you get?

[edited by: jahfingers at 9:36 pm (utc) on Nov. 4, 2005]


 9:33 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wouldn't it make more sense for adsense publishers to refer people to adwords?


NL pointed out something I thought of only later too.

You are wasting space if you put an AS referral unless you give equal or more space to Chitika.

Chitika referrals are more likely to convert. Everyone heard of AS. Almost no one (relatively) heard of Chitika. 10% of a big pie can be huge income stream. Because of the Chitika model, your dilution effect is less likely to matter and the amount they pay you for it is certainly worth it.

And NL is right, this is probably a response to Chitika's program.

The sad fact is Google will probably get lots more links for this than Chitika. The rich get richer.


 9:36 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

i just added the firefox referal all over my website. id rather have users visiting my site from firefox anyway.

i personally think the adsense referal is a bad idea, it may as well say "click on my ads, thats how i make money" and i wouldnt want anymore competition taking my income away..


 9:41 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

JoaoJose, I'm trying an adsense referrel now and the button is showing up on my site in Firefox. In fact, out of Opera, FF, and IE, only FF shows the button with transparent edges.



 9:41 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm trying the Moz/FF referral program - but I'm very disappointed that G did not make the background color transparent on these ads. Why white? This defeats the purpose of the nice "rounded" edge look.

I support Moz/FF 100% without being paid - but I'd like this to look nice on my pages.

Any chance of getting this fixed ASA, I'm almost positive it was intended to have a transparent BG Color.

Ahh, so it displays properly only in firefox currently?


 9:43 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does the Firefox/AdSense referral box count for one of your three AdSense ad blocks, or can it be used in addition to a trio of ad blocks?


 9:51 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Good Q TampaLou.


 10:00 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Firefox buttons not showing here (UK).

I'm not planning on using the Adsense buttons. Here's why:
- It's more competition
- Few referrees will convert
- Those who do convert only give one single payout (nothing recurring).

To get me to run these referral buttons for Adsense, Google has to make it a recurring payment. Make it just 5% or 10% of the income of the referree, even if you only pay it when they get paid.


 10:08 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Would you give 5-10% of your revenues for life, for a referral if you were as branded and powerful as google? I think 100 is a good amount, but like you said, very few referrals will reach 100.


 10:11 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I would LOVE to be able to promote FF and get paid at the same time. Indeed, I do it for free at the moment. G, please let non-us publishers do this too!


 10:14 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Funny they even have an attitude when asking for referrals. What's wrong with a plain link like Chitika? Do they need those images so they can track EPC, CPC, ECPM, CPM and then determine "smart pricing" on the referalls too?


 10:16 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm another European publisher with a high percentage of US traffic. My site is a perfect match for Firefox+Toolbar referrals, but I don't have that option. Also, Adsense referral buttons don't show (set to English, US).


 10:20 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

While your users learn more, you can earn more -- US $100 for every new AdSense publisher who earns $100 and up to $1 for every new Firefox user.


These googlers are getting really desperate... and looking stupid doing so. AdSense is by far the most popular online ad service, so what makes them think that people are going to refer them? Just about every web publisher worth his/her salt already knows about or is using AdSense.

And the $100 (and up to $1 - whoopeee!) is an absolute joke. Google is so secretive, how can anyone actually trust them to pay out.

Now, if they would PAY to advertise on my site, I might be interested. In the meantime, I'd consider something along the lines of this (with appropriate referral links):

Want to make money with your website?
Try these:

Chitika eMiniMalls
Google AdSense
Yahoo Publisher Network

That's how I rank them.

My experience with Google has been admittedly less than perfect. Earnings never came close to my expectations, though I tried very hard. The fluctuations - day to day and month to month - with no plausible explanation from Google, and the "secret" revenue sharing plan, became too unbearable.

Since finding alternatives, Google is now the least of my worries. I still put their code on most pages, but the results are still not encouraging. Meanwhile, the other services I am adding are all growing and performing well (except YPN, which I rarely use).

I think Google has peaked and alternatives will look better and better in coming months. Thank God for that.


 10:52 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I put both ads on my key pages. Remember, there are TONS of newbies making websites and who never heard of Adsense. They barely know about Google... I hope to make some money with these ads...I put them on the pages where I teach folks how to build their own website...I'll let you know how it goes...


 10:55 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just wanted to confirm that on each page of your site you can display up to:

1 Firefox/Google Toolbar referral button
1 AdSense referral button
3 ad units
1 link unit
2 AdSense for search bars

Hope that clarifies!


[edited by: AdSenseAdvisor at 11:09 pm (utc) on Nov. 4, 2005]


 10:58 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just wanted to confirm that on each page of your site you can display up to:
1 referral button
3 ad units
1 link unit
2 AdSense for search bars

Where do we put the content? ;)


 10:58 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thank you ASA.

Sorry for the hard time you're being given lately. Hope you know it's nothing personal.

I think many are a little frustrated and want to see Google more as our smart helpful techie friend than the next Microsoft.... So a little "push" in the right direction can't hurt, right?


 11:00 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)


I was hoping that we could display 2 referral buttons (1 for each product). Now I have to pick one over the other. Doesn't seem fair.

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