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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?
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.
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!.
$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.
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...:-(
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.