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AdSense Lower AdWords and AdSense Referral Threshold and Payments

It looks like AdSense might be changing their payment structure for their AdSense and AdWords referrals.

After a tip from a reader I just logged into my account and saw that today I have XX conversions for my AdSense referrals for a total of $XXX and X conversions for AdWords referrals for a total of $XX (not sure if I’m allowed to disclose actual figures – but the payout is $5 per conversion).

This is unusual for two reasons:

1. They usually pay $100 for a conversion for AdSense and $20 for AdWords.
2. I rarely get any conversions – it’s unusual to have 1 per week, let alone 35!

Either this is some sort of glitch – or this is a new approach to paying publishers for AdSense conversions. Perhaps instead of paying the $100 when a new publisher makes their first $100 (or when an Advertiser reaches $100 in advertising) they are paying a lesser amount at a lower earnings level?

I can’t see any official notice of this yet – but will be watching with interest.

Thanks to Wentworth for the tip

Update: The previous payout structure for AdSense and AdWords referrals was:

AdSense: When a user you’ve referred to AdSense first earns US$100 within 180 days, AdSense credits your account with US$100.
AdWords: When a user you’ve referred to AdWords signs up and spends US$100 within 90 days, AdSense will credit your account with US$20.

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Comments

  1. Stefan Juhl says:

    I’m seeing the same in my adsense stats – conversions for adsense referrals at a rate of $5. I blogged about it here: http://stefanjuhl.com/2007/google-adsense-referrals-shows-weird-earnings/

    Also, there are several people reporting on it in the adsense forums:
    http://groups.google.com/group/adsense-help-earnings/browse_thread/thread/c6fd454d0770971c/e7c86c8bb3037421
    and:
    http://groups.google.com/group/adsense-help-earnings/browse_thread/thread/c7b7f204c0077d00/e8384a675170150f

    I contacted adsense support but I’m still awaiting their response..

  2. Vic says:

    I am having a mixed feeling about Kontera as soon as i started running Kontera, Adsense started doing smart pricing but i do not know if it is related.

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