–If you’re outside of North America, Latin America, and Japan, AdSense referrals will be retired.
For publishers not located in any of the three regions detailed above, we’ll soon be retiring referrals promoting AdSense. We’ve found that this referral product has not performed as well as we had hoped in these regions. Again, please keep in mind that you can still generate referrals for the other products listed under the ‘Referrals’ section of your AdSense Setup tab.
Soon, you’ll no longer see the option to create a referral button for AdSense in your account, although existing buttons will display as normal. This specific referral type will then be retired during the last week of January – any users who meet the conversion criteria (reaching $100 in earnings within 180 days of sign-up and removing all payment holds) before the change will generate earnings of $250 for the referring publishers. Any conversions which occur after this change is made will not be recorded in your account. You may wish to begin replacing any existing referrals promoting AdSense with referrals for another product or an AdSense for content unit.
The above statement is taken from Inside Adsense.
Yes, that’s right. Those of you that are outside of North America, Latin America and Japan will not getting any more money referring Adsense. That’s including me as well. Frankly speaking I do feel a bit unhappy with Google’s decision. Taking the referral part out will not reduce new account sign up around the world. Just that bloggers like us will not get that little bit of referral commission and Google will reduce a big chunk of their cost. That’s good for Google because business still coming in and cost reduces. No benefits for those bloggers that help generate their income. It’s really unnecessary to just stop the referral part only. If referral product is not preformed well, then Adsense itself should be not good as well. Mind as well stops the whole Adsense services instead of just the referral product. I just feel that they cut down the bonus to those that work for them outside of North America, Latin America and Japan.
What can we do about this? I think there are only 2 things that you can do. Either you keep using Adsense by removing your Adsense referral links or you can stop placing Adsense on your site. If you really want to use Adsense then you’ll just have to bear with them and play by their rules. This is not the first time Google changing their rules. At this moment I have no choice but to use Adsense because I don’t have many source of income. Until I can get better source of income, Adsense will still be there.