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