Google AdSense Referral Changes and How It Affects You

Posted on 14th January, 2008

If you are promoting Google AdSense referrals, you may no longer able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The change will affect publishers from certain location regardless of where their users are located.

Specifically, if you are NOT from the US or Canada, Latin America, and Japan, Google will no longer pay you for referring new publishers to Google AdSense and that would include Malaysian publishers and those from other big countries like the UK and Australia.

The reason given was Google have found that AdSense referral has not performed well in these regions. The option to create a referral button for AdSense in you account will be removed soon and this change will come into effect during the last week of January. So, yes, you can stop promoting Google AdSense from your blog now.

Now for those who come from North America, Latin America and Japan, you’ll still get paid but there will be some changes to the system.

While the average publishers won’t be affected much by the change, I imagine those who have been actively referring others to the program won’t be too happy it, to put it mildly. Here’s how the current referral system pays you when you refer new a publisher

  • If you refer someone to AdSense who makes $5 within 180 days you get a payment of $5.
  • If you refer someone to AdSense who makes $100 within 180 days you get $250
  • If you refer 25 people who make $100 within a 180 day period you get a bonus payment of $2000

Now, by the end of January you’ll only get paid $100 (not $250 as above) if you refer someone to AdSense who makes $100 within a 180 day period (about 6 months). The $5 and $2000 bonus will be retired too.

Another moved by Google which seems like a bad decision is that this change is going to affect all those referrals made even before the last week of January, i.e. during which the change is officially come into affect. So if you refer someone in December and that publisher earns $100 in February, Google will pay you $100 instead of $250.

In order for you to qualify for the $250 bonus, the referred publisher must earn $100 before the last week of January, but that’s quite unlikely considering that most people will take sometime to make their first $100 from AdSense.

If this sounds a little complicated to you, just keep in mind that if you are NOT from North America, Latin America and Japan, you can stop promoting AdSense referral now.


  • Terry says:

    Thanks for the summary sabahan. I am thinking of taking it out and replace it with other referral links. What say you?

  • Kay Kastum says:

    ..I’m ‘already’ am not making money in that area but yeah.. pretty sad I guess.

  • limadang.com says:

    bad news i guess.

  • Rice Blogger says:

    is this for north america and japan only? I got this email too

  • Rice Blogger says:

    i think referral does not work for malaysian anymore

  • Jaxon S says:

    This is just one of the many things that a giant as big as the Big G could wield against mere Internet mortals. And the best part is, it doesn’t even need to explain the reasons for doing so.

    Anyway, this is immaterial as far as I’m concern, but I feel for others who have been earning income from the referral link. Cheers and regards 😉

  • My says:

    i noticed that in my adsense panel also…i thought they goin to ban malaysian … he he

  • papajoneh says:

    No wonder lah… aiiiyoooh… how come im not making anymore moeny from that section. Damn. Rugi besar ni.

  • papajoneh says:

    oopps… wrong spelling AGAIN from me..
    moeny=money 😀 soliloh.

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  • Yusuf islam says:

    Referral no more in Adsense?

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