Google Adsense Gnaws On The Hand That Feeds It

There aren’t too many reports these days of mother-ship Google doing something and people bending over backwards to exclaim how pleased they are with the change. Their record is more in the realm of royally pissing people off all over the globe about as fast as possible lately.

Case in point is the recently announced change for Adsense referrals. Darren Rowse of ProBlogger announced that changes in the payment system will affect the amount of money a publisher can earn for referring new sign-ups to Adsense. But that’s not such a big deal when part 2 rears it’s ugly head. Google Adsense will no longer accept referrals for publishers outside of North America, Latin America and Japan regardless of where their traffic comes from.

If you can believe the insanity of this decision it actually means that Darren who has referred thousands of new Adsense publishers to Google can now no longer do so. The majority of ProBlogger’s traffic comes from the US, but that doesn’t count says Google, because he lives in Australia. Here’s what Darren has to say about this:

I’m just one example (I’m the example I know best) and a quick look at my stats shows me that I’ve displayed AdSense referral ads close to 20 million times. I’ve sent them tens of thousands of visitors and have been responsible for thousands of sign ups. I cannot even begin to imagine how much money those signups have made AdSense – yet today they’re telling me that they don’t feel that that kind of evangelism for them is worthwhile paying for?

You have heard the saying that you should never bite the hand that feeds you, but Google seems to be gnawing the hands of publishers like Darren Rowse into a bloody stump. One more example of Google drilling holes in the bottom of their ship.

Story discovered via Shoemoney. Watch the video at the end of his post.


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One Response to “Google Adsense Gnaws On The Hand That Feeds It”

  1. It’s really a shame that no company out there (the new ones such as Wikia Search are definitely dissapointments) is capable of threatening G’s position as market leaders. I doubt they would be making such…let’s just say “controversial” decisions if they would feel that their position is threatened.

    Alan Johnson

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