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AdSense Referrals Payment Changes are Official – And there’s a $2000 Bonus!

Posted By Darren Rowse 3rd of February 2007 Adsense 0 Comments

The AdSense/AdWords Referrals changes that I reported here yesterday are official with an announcement today on the AdSense Blog. Not only can you now earn up o $255 for an AdSense referral – you can also earn a $2000 bonus for referring 25 publishers who earn over $100 within a 180 day period.

There’s also a bonus for referring 20 advertisers to AdWords who spend more than $100 in a 180 day period. That bonus is $600.

The full details of AdSense and AdWords Referrals are:

  • When a publisher who signed up for Google AdSense through your referral earns their first $5 within 180 days of sign-up, you will be credited with $5.
  • When that same publisher earns $100 within 180 days of sign-up and is eligible for payment, you will be credited with an additional $250.
  • If, in any 180-day period, you refer 25 publishers who each earn more than $100 within 180 days of their respective sign-ups and are all eligible for payout, you will be awarded a $2,000 bonus (bonus payouts are limited to 1 per year).

AdWords Referrals:

  • When an advertiser you refer spends $5 within 90 days of sign-up (in addition to the $5 sign-up fee) you will be credited with $5.
  • When that same advertiser spends $100 within 90 days of sign-up, you will be credited with an additional $40.
  • If, in any 180 day period, you refer 20 advertisers who each spend more than $100 within 90 days of their respective sign-ups, you will be awarded a $600 bonus (bonus payments are limited to 1 per year).

There is also a recursive nature to this. If you’ve referred publishers previously that are yet to reach one of the earning thresholds then you will still be paid out when they reach that mark.

“These rules will also apply to users that you have already referred but who have not yet reached one of the new earning/spend thresholds. For example, if you referred an AdSense publisher who has currently earned $2.00, you will be paid $5.00 if that publisher reaches the $5.00 mark. But, if you have referred an AdSense publisher who has already earned $10.00, you will not be paid $5.00 retroactively for that referral reaching the $5.00 mark. However, should that publisher eventually reach the $100.00 earnings mark within 180 days, you will be paid $250.00.”

This is a much better system than they previously had. Over the last 12 months I’d previously signed up many hundreds of referrals but only a handful had ever converted. At least with this system those using referrals will make a little something out of most referrals and there is some very nice incentive to send more than ever.

Now – if only they’d allow a little more flexibility in how we could use their links. I’d love to be able to use 3 per product per page and to be able to use them as html text for starters.

PS: looking over the AdSense Referrals setup pages there is another change being rolled out too. There’s no more Picasa referrals options to put on your site. No official word on this or whether those of us promoting it have to remove code from our sites yet.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. When a publisher who signed up for Google AdSense through your referral earns their first $5 within 180 days of sign-up, you will be credited with $5.

    Sounds good to me ;)

  2. Problem with most new blogs or bloggers that hasn’t signed up for adsense is that it’s very hard for them to earn $100 for the first 180 days. I reach my first $100 for a whole first year.

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  5. This is a step in the right direction but it is still kind of well, unrealistic. Sure it is nice for those who have one person convert in their first 180 days but how often will that happen. I think perhaps the 250 should stick as a bonus for 180 days but perhaps there should remain a stipulation that whenever the person reaches 100 dollars you still get, say, 20 dollars.

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  10. Hello!
    Are these text-based referral ads what you were hoping for?

  11. Any idea when they are supposed to make these changes live?

    I don’t see anything different in my Adsense account (still shows the old policies)??

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  13. perhaps those 20 new advertisers who each spend more than $100 within 90 days may be attracted only by some marketing agencies. i can hardly imagine a regular site owner who can get this number of referrals spending so much

  14. Dear sir,
    Suppose I am putting adsene refrrral and people start signing up for adsense and I get good conversion suppose 50 , 100,1000 .
    My question is that “Is there any limit on no. of conversiions for google adsense?”
    If more that 100 (may be more than it ) sign up and all are eligible for conversion .Will I be paid for all of them or is there any limit that you can maximum x referral.

    Also if 30 perosns sign up for google adsense from my website. and all of them earns $100 with in time limit .In that case is there any limit on earnign per day on referral.
    Please send me answers. I will be highly thankful to you

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