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PS: I don't referr anyone. I never put the buttons up. I'm scared of selling our most valuable secret to all our visitors and thus possible competitors.
Who in the world makes 100 from AdSense with a brand new site in less than 3 months?
I have a new site that made more than $100 in less than 90 days. I agree it's not easy but it's possible. The real question is, are there any webmasters out there not using AdSense with enough know-how to make $100 in 90 days or less. I'm beginning to wonder if the market isn't already saturated. I'm hoping it's not, I've got the buttons up.
1) It takes time (on our clock) specially for international publishers to receive the pin code card by snail mail, that is if they get it the first time and not request it again.
2) Not everyone who gets the pin will put the code on their pages immediately, I didn't.
3) There will be a lot of initial hit and miss till those new webmasters figure out what contextual means, and learn about optimizing.
4) The bot takes time (on our clock) to crawl those new sites after the pin is verified and the ads are placed correctly.
It should be 90 days from the first day they start earning their first dollar.
I don't expect money from publishers that will put ads on their personal home pages, but it's not fair to miss out on good leads that reach hundreds in earnings on the 91 st day.
One final thing, how about not counting it as a signup till the publisher has been approved and received their pin and logged it in?
based on feedback, we've updated the time limit for an AdSense referral to earn $100 from 90 days to 180 days
ASA, you have made my day, not for the potential earnings, but for the quick action and response, thanks ASA, and wow webmasterworld, aren't we lucky!
Pssst: the referrals-settings page still says 90 days.
a) any webmaster that could earn enough to make sure I get paid most likely already has adsense in the first place
b) by the time a noob signed up and made enough for me to get paid it would be at least 6 months which isn't the timeframe I like to collect for affiliates
c) why would I want to encourage my competition to sign up and dilute the pool of available advertisers that could be paying me instead
d) the bounty was pitiful and considering I make more before noon every day from AdSense than the bounty offered there was no reason to waste prime real-estate on my web pages hyping something that would pay very little by comparison, if ever
So no, I don't expect to ever see those referrals ;)
Well, I went through the some adsense button and tried again to apply, got accepted almost an hour later. (I tried once in 2002/2003 and got rejected)
I have been running a ad-less site since 2000, never really did want to spoil the look-feel of the site with the bad quality banner system that where going on (anyone up for hitting the monkey?)
I made the 100$ in half a day. I was pretty stunned I would have applied long time ago if I knew it was that good.
It slowed down a few days later and I am averaging around 100$ a day now. (been running for 2 weeks)
So I guess at least one guy got his share of the profit. (I dont even rember which site it was, I just remember thinking that if this guy qualifies then they must have loosened the restrictiosn and decided to re-apply after these 3 years)
I consider the $100 a gift voucher into the future, been getting one new signup daily and an additional $100 here and there will for sure come handy in one of them low days.
As for the argument that it encourages your competition to join, I think it does not hold water, if your competition haven't heard of AdSense and discover it through your banner, then you are competing with green webmasters, and even if they are not, you might as well make some money for they would join with or without you, then again everyone sees "ads by goooogle" in each banner and don't need a referral banner to figure out where you're making your money from.
$100 from one click on AdSense, even $33 assuming 1/3 of the signups pay, is way above what the absolute majority of publishers can make from one click on AdSense.
If a new webmaster does not make the $100 in 4 months, he most likely will move on to other networks anyway or give up on advertising all together.
What most are missing here which is more important than the 6 months window, is the amazing response of the AdSense team within few hours changing the rules based on feedback, very indicative of the effect that webmasterworld has.