The Follow up of Google Adsense Referrals Announcement

I thought I heard the last of the news regarding Google Adsense referrals issue. But suddenly, Google comes back with this announcement after receiving feedbacks from the publishers.

A follow-up to our referrals announcement

You may have seen our recent post about the upcoming changes to referrals promoting AdSense. Since we made this announcement, we’ve received a number of responses about the program being dependent on the location of the referring publisher. We’ve carefully considered your feedback, and have decided to modify the original plan.

The changes to referrals promoting AdSense will now depend on where your users are located, regardless of your location as a publisher. You’ll earn $100 for every user you refer to AdSense who is located in North America, Latin America or Japan when they generate $100 in AdSense revenue within 180 days and they remove all payment holds. You’ll no longer be paid for users you refer who are located elsewhere. These changes will go into effect the last week of January.

The above statement is taken from Inside Adsense.

I still feel a bit strange with this announcement. It feels like Google Adsense took $100 from you and then gives you back $50. Sounds like my pay check got reduce and then throw me a bonus right after that. Google Adsense should of targeted publishers that can earn them money regardless of where they came from. The main goal is to make money, so why the zoning part matters. Unless this has something to do with the cost. They should have said it like this:

You’ll earn $100 for every user you refer to AdSense when they generate $100 in AdSense revenue within 180 days and they remove all payment holds.

Make it 90 days if 180 days is a bad deal. That’s better then zoning the area.

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