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Who is going to use adsense referrals?
Are you?
Clark




msg:1375110
 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?

 

level80




msg:1375111
 6:13 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

There's a new row when you login now - Adsense referrals.... obviously to tell people using it how much they're earning. I wonder if they're going to open it up to all and sundry?

OptiRex




msg:1375112
 6:21 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can only see one beneficiary at the moment and that is Google.

Why?

Probably lots of less frequented sites signing-up and which will never make it to the $100...am I being too cynical?

I'll read a bit more into it.

skyhawk133




msg:1375113
 6:21 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow, that's some serious cash! Tempting that's for sure!

Frequent




msg:1375114
 6:25 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just put up one of the smaller buttons. I didn't heatmap it but I did put it on the home page.

We'll see what happens.

Freq---

loganz




msg:1375115
 6:27 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

wouldnt that decrease the payout for your niche keyword? because most likely someone who visits your site will make a site like yours, using the same keywords.. meaning more competition?

Zygoot




msg:1375116
 6:28 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm not going to try it. $20 isn't enough for me.

SilverSiR




msg:1375117
 6:28 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hell No! What is Google thinking, if I put something like 'Earn Money with Google' on my Red Widgets site, then that's just asking for more competition for my niche.

OptiRex




msg:1375118
 6:32 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow, that's some serious cash!

Not for people who are already earning more than that per day...loganz and SilverSiR are correct, why increase the possibility of more competition?

Well, insofar as my widgets are conerned!.

web_sense




msg:1375119
 6:32 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

wouldnt that decrease the payout for your niche keyword? because most likely someone who visits your site will make a site like yours, using the same keywords.. meaning more competition?

You are right "loganz" more competition and more money to Google.

perldiver




msg:1375120
 6:34 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Umm... wait! You may be gaining competition with other publishers in the short run, but in the long run, isn't it true that what makes Adsense more successful allows us to continue making more money?

NoLimits




msg:1375121
 6:37 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

It seems like a mundane amount for someone with a site that doesn't target SEO/Webmasters/Advertising.

$20 per referral, but they have to spend at least $20 with AdWords.

I don't believe I will actively participate - but some sites could benefit from this I'm sure. Not to be negative, but $20 for a referral that could potentially run millions through the system doesn't exactly excite me. But as I said, my site would have no chance of referring an advertiser... so perhaps my grasp of the value of this referral program is skewed.

I am however happy that AdSense continues to add more features to the fire.

SilverSiR




msg:1375122
 6:38 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Not for me, I already max some advertisers budgets so I rather not see any competition.

freeflight2




msg:1375123
 6:38 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

can the firefox buttons be placed on a "logout page"?

OptiRex




msg:1375124
 6:38 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

but in the long run, isn't it true that what makes Adsense more successful allows us to continue making more money?

Not if there are a limited quantity of advertisers and a relatively finite number of interested visitors in one's products...it's simply dilution...:-(

NoLimits




msg:1375125
 6:40 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wait a minute... the OP posted AdSense Referrals.

Are we all talking about the same thing? I thought that you could only refer people to AdWords as of current? Is this correct.

OptiRex




msg:1375126
 6:42 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Where's the $20? All I can see is this:

When a publisher that signed up for AdSense through your referral earns their initial USD100.00 and is eligible for payout, we'll credit your account with USD100.00.

Or is this the Firefox thingy? I haven't read into that yet.

ebuilder




msg:1375127
 6:44 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

During the past 18 months my ECPM has dropped roughly 25% every six months. Sounds like it's going to continue.

hunderdown




msg:1375128
 6:46 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

OptiRex, someone confused this with AdWords, where the referral IS $20.

I'm probably not going to use it. $100 per referral is nice, but it is really $100 per successful referral, and for my site I could imagine getting no completed referrals in the course of a year.

Zygoot




msg:1375129
 6:49 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Optirex, sorry I was wrong.

I thought the AdSense referral program had the same payout as the AdWords one.

Clark




msg:1375130
 6:53 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes, adsense referral. What's the adwords referal?

Frequent




msg:1375131
 6:59 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I definately will be choosey where I put the adsense referral button. I'm not planning to encourage/push it hard and it certainly won't be on any of my niche sites.

I put it on my hosting site down towards the bottom of the page. Essentially my plan is to refer existing hosting customers to adsense if it could apply to their site. I figure if they have ANY traffic they'll earn enough to cover their hosting making my hosting seem free. This will also encourage them to set up other sites to make more money, also hopefully, hosted with me.

At least that's my theory.

Here's hoping it works.

Freq---

universetoday




msg:1375132
 7:02 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I don't see the Firefox download referral option. Have they only made it available to some people and not others?

Google must be running this because they're still short on ad venues, as surprising as that sounds.

I'm going to put this very prominently on my site and see how it goes. I'm honestly not that worried about it creating competitors, or diluting the ad stream. Anyone who makes a website and become my competitor will eventually find out about Adsense. I'd rather be the one to make $100 from that.

Competitor + $100 beats just a competitor.

[edited by: universetoday at 7:12 pm (utc) on Nov. 4, 2005]

david_uk




msg:1375133
 7:06 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm going to put one at the bottom of the main index and see what happens. As long as it doesn't detract from my earnings I don't see any harm in trialling it. If it doesn't wok for me there is always the delete key.

PanUK




msg:1375134
 7:08 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is it just me or are the buttons/banners only available for white page backgrounds. :)

Why not transparent background or other color options?

JoaoJose




msg:1375135
 7:09 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, just logged in adsense and decided to try the referral buttons. But the button didn't show on firefox only on IE and Opera....

So I did a test page just in case and it still doesn't show...

This is a big no no...

NoLimits




msg:1375136
 7:17 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I find it a bit in poor taste that AdSense released a "referral" program only after heavy competition started to offer referrals.

I mean, I'm sure it was "in the works" - but even the AdSense referral of $100 isn't too much, considering the alternatives.

Personally I'd rather take my chances with 10% referral commission for a year using Chitika's program. I would guestimate that the amount of sites that start with AS and never reach $100 in earnings is astronomical.

A % based offering would be far more enticing.

webpublisher




msg:1375137
 7:35 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yep I had convinced myself that this would be a % based offering.

Oh well .. it will be fun to discuss the % webmasters are converting at. I reckon a low number of people will sweat it out to their first $100.

It would have been better if there were bonuses for reaching $1000 and $10000.

It doesn't quite cut it with me.

elfred




msg:1375138
 7:55 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

For me a one time referral bonus is not worth the placement on my web site. Furthermore: I did my best to blend AS with my web site. Adding a button where I basically state that I'm making money through AS is not my goal. And wouldn't this drive attention to the ads? Is AS giving us a tool that, if it is wasn't from Google, would be considered as a TOS violation?

NoLimits




msg:1375139
 8:23 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

It would most certainly be borderline in my book. I certainly wouldn't have placed anything of that nature near my ads.

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