I reported several weeks ago that some publishers in select countries (US, Canada & UK were amongst those excluded) were able to refer new advertisers to AdWords in exchange for a commission after the advertiser spent a certain advertising value. Now AdSense has released this program to all AdSense publishers in countries and languages where AdSense for Content is currently available.
The program uses buttons and banners very similar to those used for the other referral products (AdSense & Firefox), although these images are definitely red in color. I can only hope they will come out with other colors, as these ones definitely clash with several websites I own!
It is interesting to note that the text on these AdWords images seems pretty pixelated and not quite clear as the Firefox and AdSense images are.
Compare the three 120×60 images from the three different referral products.
Hopefully someone will get in there with handy photoshop skills and make the image a bit sharper.
And on an unrelated note, am I the only one who has noticed that the word “toolbar” has two different sized O’s right next to each other (or worse, one letter O and one number zero) in the Firefox toolbar referral image above? A couple others have this same problem in the image when I looked closer at the generation page for all the Firefox ads. I can understand needing to change the width of some of the words to make them fit, but it does look odd to see two letter O’s right next to each other being such different widths.
Back to the AdWords referral program, publishers will earn $20 when they refer new advertisers to AdWords that spend $100 in advertising within 90 days of signing up.
I definitely find the fact that referring a new advertiser is only worth $20 for the publisher, but referring a new publisher earns $100. Perhaps this was grandfathered in under the old AdWords referral program where the referrer earned $20 after the advertiser spent $20. But I would have thought a new advertiser would have been just as valuable to Google – if not more so – than a new publisher. The only reason I can think of for this is that they are trying to capture more of the publisher market share, especially with new publisher programs for competition out there such as YPN and MSN ContentAds.
Everything else aside, it is nice to see Google launch the AdWords referral program to all publishers instead of the select few who had it before.