If you have wanted to make money by referring publishers to AdSense, yet haven’t been accepted into the AdSense & AdWords referral program, you are in luck! You can now earn $100 per new publisher, when they sign up for AdSense and earn $100 in revenue.
When you login to your AdSense account, you will see a new tab for the referral program, which you will need to opt-in to if you plan to promote it. You have official buttons you can place on your website, and you need to use the code exactly as it is given to you. There are no options for text links at this time.
When you refer a new publisher and that publisher is approved and has earned $100 in AdSense revenue, you will receive a $100 publisher bonus for that successful referral.
This button will be handy for publishers wishing to comment on how their site is monetized without drawing attention to the ads.
If you are a US publisher, you also have an option to refer visitors to download Firefox with the Google AdSense toolbar installed. For every visitor who installs, you will earn $1. This is one of those times I wish I lived in the US! It is unfortunate this isn’t available outside of the US, especially for those publishers (like myself!) whose traffic is 90-95% US based. I could have done well with that one.
Here is an example of the Firefox referral button.
You can check your referral earnings by clicking on the arrow next to Referrals, and it is split for new publisher and Firefox referrals.
There currently is not an option for referring new advertisers, but I would love to see this option added in the future, particularly if it is tied to the “Advertise on this site” links that some special beta tester websites are displaying.
It is worth knowing that the former invitation-only referral program is now exclusively for AdWords referrals only, so there are no competing services.
Now publishers will need to decide which is the better program to promote… AdSense or the often publicized Chitika referral program that is getting heavy rotation these past few weeks.