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Upcoming AdSense referrals changes

pricing structure changes plus retirement

12:34 am on Jan 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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- If you're in North America, Latin America, or Japan, the pricing structure for AdSense referrals is changing.

- If you're outside of North America, Latin America, and Japan, AdSense referrals will be retired.


Adsense referrals will no longer be offering the $5 bonus or $2000 bonus, it will return to the original payout structure. That part if fine.

The part that mystified me was the fact that European publishers could no longer promote this product.

So, if I get this right I cant promote Adsense refs because I'm a UK webmaster, even though the majority of my traffic is North American and over 90% of my site visitors are webmasters?

That decision makes absolutely no sense to me.

3:32 am on Jan 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Interesting. I wonder what the thinking is behind it?

I'd assume the specified foreign referrals are being used as a proxy to cut down on signups from countries that Adsense doesn't see as great performers. I guess that makes sense from a business perspective, but I would have thought a vastly more intelligent method would have been to not credit sign-ups from certain countries (nothing ground-breaking there) rather than ban the referrals according to the country you're based in.

Why aren't foreign Adsense publishers "performing"? Oversupply of publishers, lack of relevant Adwords advertisers -- both very credible causes.

Still there were better ways to go about this.

1:39 pm on Jan 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Maybe it's got to do with the recent complaints by Adsense/Adwords users regarding unfair treament in the light of currency exchange disadvantage...?
2:54 am on Jan 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If they were pulling it back to just being the US market, I'd get it, but why are Latin America and Japan still in? Seems like a weird combo.
10:48 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Very disappointed. I referred a bunch of webmasters to AdSense and it was always a nice boost to earning.

My busiest website has visitors almost exclusively webmasters and website owner - in 2007 almost 70% of visitors were from US. And now I can't refer them.

Thanks Google! I wish Yahoo would expand their services to non-us and get more advertisers, I'd love to try them.

11:00 pm on Jan 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've complained several times about crappy translation of referrals and instead of fixing it they decided to shut it down. :-/

And what is the point of having website in English targeting US if Google is constantly placing you in category based on the country your living in?

Maybe its time to translate my websites to Chinese? :-)


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