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They're Baaaack - Google CPA Ads
Will They Work This Time?
Sally Stitts

 5:46 pm on Sep 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

They're Baaaack - Google CPA Ads

What do you think? Will they work this time?
I tried Google CPA ads before, with no luck. I did not earn one penny.
Then Google killed them. I speculate it was because webmasters did not respond to the effort/reward ratio offered/experienced. Advertisers were using the CPA ads as free CPM advertising, and they could not have cared less about click-throughs. This irked many webmasters, who ended up offering free real estate.

But this time, they are the "Google Affiliate Network".
Could be a new day. Could be meat, might be cake.

[Google] Affiliate programs are not ad units or campaigns; they are ongoing programs that allow advertisers to reward publishers (or “affiliate partners”) for driving sales or conversions. While your AdSense ads are automatically targeted, you will select which Google Affiliate Network advertiser programs to join and then choose which affiliate ads to add to your site.

You may promote Google Affiliate Network ads on your site. If you endorse the product that you are referring, feel free to let your users know. By adding your personal review of the products you refer, you can help your users make more informed choices.

Note that you may not promote or call attention to AdSense ads in the same way.

It sounds just like the previous system, with another try.
What say you? Are you going to try them?



 10:10 pm on Sep 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Nothing new Sally, they have been running this for quite sometime.

Personally I wouldnt touch Google CPA with a ten meter cattle prod after the first time we ran it and brought in 5k extra a month to only watch our regular adsense earnings drop by exactly 5k per month to balance our account out to within pennies of it's previous monthly average.

Whats was even worse is that once we removed CPA our regular earnings never came back. A perm 5k per month drop.

Sally Stitts

 10:24 pm on Sep 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Ah, not new. Thank you, drall. Where have I been?

I just can't keep up with all the changes, which, in some cases, is not a bad thing, it appears. The complexity of all the options is getting to me. I have become a very late adopter because of this. Let others take the beta bullets, is now my solid philosophy. I want to see evidence that something is good, before I attempt to use it.

Sorry to have rattled some cages. I will go away now.


 11:17 pm on Sep 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Dont go away! :) Ya they just moved this over to the old doubleclick platform after they bought doubleclick.

We took a big bullet when we tested the beta and just wont test anything new anymore.

Was a big shame imho because CPA could have been awesome and we supported it fully.

What would be really cool is if someday Google could integrate CPA into regular inventory using all of the data they have. I know they tried this with the old program and it failed but it could be quite powerful if they did it right.

I can always dream.


 3:55 pm on Sep 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

Tried it -- and still have them -- but not seeing anything at all.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but CJ is doing better for us than GAN


 7:30 pm on Sep 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

i wouldnt mind a good google affiliate network. i even signed up to it ages and ages ago, but i always get put off by the emails they send out promoting their new advertisers.

it is filled with things like 'mom and pops flower shop' in some backwater place that no one has ever heard of. or 'dereks motorbike spare parts emporium' in the middle of nowhere.

no one is going to want those ads appearing on their site. we want ads from recognisable business names.


 7:32 pm on Sep 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

They have a lot more big names now. I noticed that GoDaddy joined up recently.

I haven't had a whole lot of luck with them so far, but I get a few sales now and then for small amounts. Can't say I've put much effort in. I do better elsewhere.


 8:47 am on Sep 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

If they are anything like CPA MKI, then I for one wont be trying them again.


 12:00 pm on Sep 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

Once bitten, twice shy.

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