Adsense Referrals to be cancelled by August 2008

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Sad to see the adsense referral program to be canceled in 60 days from now.

If you didnt receive the google email with the advise, here it is


Thank you for participating in the AdSense Referrals program.
We’re writing to let you know that we will be retiring the AdSense
Referrals program during the last week of August. We appreciate
your patience during this transition and here are some alternative
options to consider:

* Google Affiliate Network: As part of the integration of
DoubleClick, the DoubleClick Performics Affiliate Network will now
operate as the Google Affiliate Network for advertisers targeting
users located in the United States. Similar to the AdSense
Referrals program, the Google Affiliate Network enables publishers
to apply for advertiser programs and get paid based on
advertiser-defined actions instead of clicks or impressions. For
further details, please visit:
* AdSense for content ads: If you have less than three AdSense
for content ad units on a page, you may wish to replace the
referral ad units with standard AFC ad units.

If you currently use referral ads, either to promote Google
products or offerings from AdWords advertisers, AdSense Referrals
code will no longer display ads beginning the last week of August.
We encourage you to take the following steps before the product is

* Remove the referral code from your site(s): Please take a
moment to remove all referral code from your sites before the last
week of August, so you can continue to effectively monetize your
ad space.
* Run and save all referrals reports on your desktop: Create
and save all reports related to the referrals program on your
desktop, so you continue to have access to your valuable campaign

Why is this happening?
We're constantly looking for ways to improve AdSense by developing
and supporting features which drive the best monetization results
for our publishers. Sometimes, this requires retiring existing
features so we can focus our efforts on the ones that will be most
effective in the long term. For this reason, we will be retiring
the AdSense Referrals program. If you have any additional
questions, please visit our Help Center:


The Google AdSense Team

For the official inks, visit:
Referrals Retirement

It's really a sad move by google

Many Online TV shows and movies web site will be in heavy loss and will eventually close down coz their FF referrals is the main source of earning...
I just hope they have exempted FF referrals and will allow us to use it even after August... :(


ya ,i too got such mail from google,i think referral ads r not good,did anyone got benefitted by such ads!!!
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ya ,i too got such mail from google,i think referral ads r not good,did anyone got benefitted by such ads!!!
my blog->
Buddy all watch TV shows and Movie online website will FACE huge loss...
And remember all sites which are dependent on FF referrals will also face huge loss..this may include some proxy sites too(i have 2 :sad: ) :(

FF referrals used to pay a good revenue to some people..
I have heard that google pays 1$ for every US FF + toolbar install and 0.25 $ for other countries

IMO it's better than normal ads if one can earn from it...


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Actually i didnt make much out of referral than custom search...

So i am least affected...instead i would be happy if they allow us with more ad option like voice ads... And other link ads like from adbrite and also full page ads...

So does that mean we can now use 4 content ads on a page? That would be great...


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You'd be surprised to know how rewarding the referral program was. The clicks may have been fewer, but one purchase of a softie and you could land youbwith 20-30 USDs. Hopefully its alternative offering from Google should also be good.


!! RecuZant By Birth !!
Do you mean google adwords, firefor with google toolbar...etc?

Whatever the referral unit may should be replaced by a fresh java script code as you usually do with other units...
Or else as said above, that space will be blank...
Hope this helps...
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