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Then, I decided to test affiliate waters with my new web hosting provider. I paid $5 to join their referral program (yes, you heard me well) and referred my mom and my friend to their web hosting package. Their website claim affiliates are paid after their referrals' 30 day money back guarantee passes. Well, 30 days passed, still no payment. So I contacted their manager, and he said the payment will be made after 4 months. Yes, you heard me well - 4 months! Why? Because they want to avoid possibilities of so called "chargebacks" by the banks.
You know what, we often complain how Google pays us late etc. The facts are: Google is the best company when it comes to payments. We all get paid by the end of the month, no waiting 4 months, no office politics, no problems.
That's why I hope I stay with Adsense forever. Affiliate programs make you work like a slave, and there is always a question "will you get paid".
Google is the best. Period.
My best regards to those who legitmently use Adsense and to the team who make Adsense possible and Adsense Advisor here at Webmaster World,
My main site is a mediocre fit for AdSense but a good fit for several affiliate programs. I make about 2X from affiliate programs as from AdSense, and I'm far from the only one here who's in that situation.
But as Jomaxx is stating, there are many of us making the big cash with affiliate programs. For them, Adsense is only there to make some change from people who do not order affiliate products. I guess I just didn't work hard enough yet to discover the affiliate gems that fit my sites. But keep reading the forum, cause one day I'll tell you about my great affiliate success;-)
Question to Jomaxx; do you make money as an affiliate or as a merchant?
Affiliate programs are not only hard to set up, but also very hard to find one that will always make you money.
That's another reason AdSense is so insidious. By being so easy to set up and get started, it renders micro-publishers even less likely to do the work required to diversify their income. That leaves them more dependent on Google -- and competing with an ever-growing list of new micro-publishers attracted by the same situation.