Google Launches Referrals 2.0 to All AdSense Publishers

Posted on 29th June, 2007

The AdSense team has announced the availability of the CPA referrals to all AdSense publishers. This launch greatly expands the inventory of products publishers can make money from.

I am quite excited really because I think promoting products on a CPA basis can be more profitable to publishers as compare to the existing CPC AdSense ads, provided that they know how to properly promote such products.

If you don’t see referrals 2.0 right away, check back in a few days, as the feature will gradually become available in all accounts over the next few weeks. It’s not yet available in my account at the moment.

Below are the highlights of referrals 2.0:

  • Expanded product inventory : While many of you have had success referring one of our Google products, some of you weren’t able to find a product that fit the context of your site. Referrals 2.0 offers products from thousands of AdWords advertisers, so you can find the right ads for your sites.
  • Category and keyword targeting : With thousands of products available, it can be difficult to decide which ads will perform best on your site. That’s why we give you the option to refer products by category and keyword. You can narrow down the types of ads you want to display and let AdSense figure out which ones will perform best on your site. Whether you want ads for a specific category, advertiser, or product, referrals 2.0 will give you the control to decide.
  • Ad unit optimization : It can be tricky picking the best ads for your site, so we’ve included ad unit optimization for referrals. When you create a new referral ad unit, simply select the Pick best performing ads option. We’ll then compare your selected ads to other relevant ads, and serve the ads we expect to perform best on your site.
  • Better targeting for pages with multiple themes : With standard contextual targeting, ads may not match up directly with the text around them if there are a number of themes on the page. With referrals, you can select unique “keywords” for each ad unit to narrow the targeting directly to the theme you want. Better targeting means higher earnings for your site.
  • Greater compensation for high-quality traffic : Since referrals are paid on a cost-per-action (CPA) basis, your traffic matters. If the traffic you send to advertisers is more likely to turn into a completed sale or lead, you will earn more with referrals.
  • Add your seal of approval : Unlike AdSense for content ads, our program policies allow you to make specific references to referral ads on your site. If you endorse the product that you are referring, feel free to let your users know. By adding your personal review of the products you refer, you can help your users make more informed choices.


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An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

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  • dotnetnuke says:

    Not at my account too.

  • pinolobu says:

    Already on mine

  • wandira says:

    It’s not on my account yet.

  • Wahlau.NET says:

    There would be plus and minus out of this…as there is minimal people buying online CPL action for a malaysia website would be hard.

    • Gaman says:

      I agree. That’s why we need to make our sites appeal internationally. Also, keep in mind that CPA is not necessarly about selling something. It can be a newsletter signup, a trial software download, trying free offers and so on.

      • dott-com says:

        The new features give all publishers a new lead in creating more profits. Like you says newsletter sign up or other related action will lead you to more profits.

  • dott-com says:

    Google new features here are great news to adsense publisher wordwide. But these new features not supports all language yet. Some have to wait before it fully implemented.

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