Posted January 21, 2008 5:57 pm by with 5 comments

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Two weeks ago, Google announced some changes to their AdSense Referral Program. In addition to reverting to a simpler payment structure, they were also going to be discontinuing the program outside of the Americas and Japan. This meant that not only would referrals from other countries not be credited toward their referring AdSense publishers, but publishers located outside these areas would be forced out of the referral program altogether.

As you can imagine, this was upsetting for many publishers. Possibly among the most vocal was Darren Rowse of As an Australian publisher (and A-list blogger), Darren stood to lose a major source of revenue. He announced the changes and his critiques of the new rules on ProBlogger, followed by an open letter protesting the changes. He certainly wasn’t alone in protesting the changes.

Over the weekend, however, Google made an announcement worthy of a new ‘love’ letter from Darren: they rethought some of the pending changes. AdSense referring publishers outside the Americas and Japan would still be eligible for payouts. However, only referrals located in the Americas and Japan will constitute “referrals.”

The changes are still slated to take effect next week.


  • It’s nice Google hear the words of international publishers. At least particial. 🙂

  • To be honest I am not happy with google’s adsense referral changes. We Indians have been using it for quite a some time to earn and run our blogs. But now it has surely damaged our source of earning. Google will have to change its policy. It is and will be criticized for its stupid policy.

  • Letting go of publishers such as Darren Rowse was just pathetic, they should have thought about this aspect before making the changes in the first place and a situation such as this one could have been avoided.

    Alan Johnson

  • Gail Nobles

    I have nothing against Google, but when you are dealing with their Adsense and there are just too many problems, the best thing to do is just leave it alone.

  • I am totally disappointed with Google’s Foolish Action !