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Referrals text links
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 1:34 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone --

I wanted to let you all know that in response to your feedback, we've launched text link format options for referrals.

Currently, text link referrals are only available for U.S. English language publishers. However, we'll soon offer this option for all AdSense for content supported countries and languages.

Let us know what you think!




 2:01 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

I was about to start a thread on the new text referrals when i saw this.

This is really cool. When i saw the post on adsense.blogspot.com, it was as if G know why i don't put referrals on my sites, now i don't think i have any other reason(s) not to try referrals.

Now pages will definately load faster and those nifty words will really fit nicely within an article.

Good work G.


 2:23 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Fantastic! Text certainly looks better than some of those graphic boxes.

Now, if we could only choose the color of the link it would be perfect. Blue, or at least that shade of blue doesn't fit with every site.


 2:43 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks ASA. Is there an extra "traffic" in the next to last link? It reads:

"Bring targeted traffic traffic to your site with Google AdWords"


 2:42 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Now that we got text links for refferals, is it ok to put on the same page both a text link and a button for a referral product?
In the TOS it says one button for each product per page.
I'm not sure if a text link is considered a button.
I actually think that putting them both makes sense because some people might click on the image and some will go directly to the text link.


 4:08 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

How about this:

Is it OK to put the Firefox text link next to a small Firefox logo?


 4:14 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thank you very much ASA, this is very good!


 4:18 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just added it to one of my pages. The text link actually blends in with the rest of the site style!


 10:46 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone --

You can use one referral (i.e., either a button or a text link) per product, per page.

For example, if you'd like to include an AdWords referral on a specific page in your site, you have the option of using either a text link or a button, but not both.

I hope this clarifies.



 10:50 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Play_Bach --

Just wanted to let you know we have corrected the typo you mentioned in your post. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!



 1:34 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have an advertising directory with AdWords as one of the featured 'Agencies'

It has the Google Adwords Logo and a short description of what adwords is. Could I put the link on that page, or is this calling undue attention to the ad?

I can sticky you the link if you want.


 1:44 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think you can draw attention to referral buttons, since clicking on them won't cost any money, and you won't earn any money from the click.
Only when a a user signs up for Google AdWords through your referral and spends their first $100.00, you'll earn $20.00.
Same about Firefox, only when a user downloads and installs Firefox through your referral, you'll earn something.
But I'm not sure that I'm right. This is what I think.


 7:29 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I agree with you, it sounds logical, but I don't know if G would agree with us though, hopefully AdsenseAdviser is still around.

Otherwise I will have to go and annoy the Adsense Support team with my emails again ;)


 7:39 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

This site monetized by Google Adsense

Shouldn't those read...

This site monetized by Google AdSense

It's AdSense [webmasterworld.com], not Adsense. Arrrggghhh. You guys/gals even have Google doing it themselves.


 3:59 am on Apr 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sometimes its better to avoid branding--some ads/text are designed for branding others are not. The referral link may not necessairly want to convey that purpose. If you get into marketing, you will learn to realize when these branding initatives may inadvertently detract from the overall intent of the respective phrase or ad.


 1:29 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)


When will this be available for UK publishers?

Will there also be an option to refer people with referal URLs at some point? (rather than text link ads).

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