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Google Affiliate Network publisher payments will soon be made through Google AdSense accounts. AdSense will offer you a wider range of payment options, improved ways to manage payment information, and consolidated payments from Google (if you're working with other Google products).
Web page with new payment option announcement [view.emailcomm-google.com] has details. The original email came through the Google Affiliate Network Publisher account.
If the Affiliate and Adsense accounts are then both tied in with Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools, it should facilitate improving affiliate sales for Network merchants.
[edited by: Marcia at 11:11 pm (utc) on Aug. 5, 2009]
As a lot of people were requesting EFT or Western Union or other methods such as Payoneer MasterCard Debit Card options. For certain countries only a few options are available. Now that Google has merged its payouts to GAN and other services with AdSense, they are looking into new methods of payments that will fix the outcry from a lot of its publisher. As of now AdSense publishers in certain countries are charged $50 to get a $100 check cashed. In fixing this Google had to put all publishers payout in one place.
It's a bit unfair to those who made good money with GAN but lost out on AdSense. The other day some GAN publisher posted his earnings from AdSense ($90) and GAN ($2000) so obviously there will be a lot of good GAN earners who will lose out on this
And how do things like this affect GAN publishers?
In addition, Google reserves the right to terminate without notice any account that has not generated a sufficient number of valid clicks on Ads or Referral Buttons or valid impressions of Ads (in each case as measured by Google) for a period of two (2) months or more.
GAN users effectively have their TOS changed to include adsense - right? You violate adsense, you lose GAN too. Maybe this could be pointed out or clarified a little bit more clearly on the GAN homepage.
Going forward, making warnings like this is fine, but the thing is that alot of people already have disabled Adsense accounts (some dating back from incidents or suspected incidents years ago) - they should be given a second chance and have their Adsense accounts re-enabled if they're productive GAN affiliates. Affiliates producing good income on GAN would be extremely unlikely to jeopardize their Adsense+GAN account by breaking any Adsense TOS if given a second chance.