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Google Stop AdSense Referral Payments

January 9th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Google AdSense executives admiring the view

So you would have thought that after the Oktoberslapfest that Google would do everything they could to keep web publishers on their side in 2008 wouldn’t you? Well you would have been wrong.

Ladies and gentlemen. Let me present the latest initiative from some of the most gifted minds of our generation.

Stop paying half the planet for referring Google AdSense.

Not content with penalising publishers for having the audacity to use alternative methods for making money with their websites, Google is now drastically reducing the AdSense referral payments for US, Latin American and Japanese sites and removing it for everyone else on the planet. And get this. They finish off their official release with the following text:

“We appreciate your support of this referral product, and hope it won’t cause you any inconvenience.”

Has someone from Yahoo! or Microsoft infiltrated the Plex and spiked the water supply with LSD? Has Charlie Ayers replacement been slipping some *special* mushrooms into his omelettes?

My flabber has been well and truly gasted by this announcement. Darren Rowse at ProBlogger refers to the decision as stupidity and the Shoemeister is spot on when he says that this is cold blooded.

Reading the official statement almost makes me think that this is coming out of a company that is in some kind of financial difficulty.

They’re trading at $631, FFS!

OK, so they’re no longer trading at the rather apt stock price they were pre-Oktoberslapfest but is this any reason for removing the referral payment for the vast majority of the world? As Darren points out in his post, it’s insulting. He’s displayed over 20 million referral ads so why should he be penalised just for living in a country other than the US?

I honestly cannot see what Google are hoping to achieve with this change of policy. Suddenly, despite my reservations, ShoppingAds is looking more attractive. Like AdSense, it’s a crap product but at least they pay you for referrals…

Tags: Making Money Online

13 responses so far ↓

  • Mike // Jan 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    As ever, Andy Beard has an interesting take on the change of policy which he backs up with some figures.

    I can see where he’s coming from but I’m still not convinced that it’s all down to the bottom line for regional offices. One of his commenters makes an interesting point regarding the timing of the changes coinciding with the DoubleClick purchase going through.

    Coincidence? Could be but without a definitive statement as to why they made the change I guess we’ll never know.

  • Andy Beard // Jan 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I wish I had got over to read this earlier, you always raise a laugh with the images and captions.

  • Mike // Jan 11, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Not a problem, Andy. Always good to see you over here.

    How are you getting on with your connection problems over in Poland? Must be Hell using dial up :(

  • Tal // Jan 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Things like that always make me think big changes are ahead and this is just one symptom of it. There’s no way for us ordinary people to explain these changes.

  • Mike // Jan 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Andy does an interesting job of explaining it in his post above but, like you say, I think there are bigger things afoot.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment

  • Mike // Jan 20, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Seems like Big G are backtracking somewhat following the adverse reaction to their initial release.

    AdSense Referral Update

  • Debbie Dolphin // Jan 27, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Based on your Google Ad Poster, looks like he is looking for his Google Pork Rations (PR), too! :)

  • Mike // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Pork rations. Hehehe….I like that :)

  • yanuar // Aug 23, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    “We appreciate your support of this referral product, and hope it won’t cause you any inconvenience.”

    This IS absolutely causing us a lot of inconvenience
    How come you came up with that statement?

  • Mike // Aug 24, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Well I guess it was part of the whole change in policy regarding referrals and they felt they had to say something other than “Up yours, webmasters”…

  • Joe // Aug 25, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    thats the funniest image i have ever seen (top right)

  • Torcaspi // Nov 24, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    As an Israeli blogger, this doesn’t shock me’ though Some of the best super affiliates comes from here, and Israel is actually #1 in the “make money online” field if we’re talking about affiliate marketing and Adsense, in terms of rate and growth.


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