July 15th, 2008 | Published in Google Adsense
Since our announcement about retiring AdSense Referrals during the last week of August, we've noticed a number of questions in your blog comments and in our Help Forum. In this post, we'll address some of the most frequently asked questions.
When you say 'AdSense Referrals' are being retired, does this only mean the program where I refer publishers to AdSense?Thanks for your feedback, and we hope this helps provide clarification. Feel free to visit our Help Center for additional details about the AdSense Referrals retirement.
No, all referrals will be retired. This applies to referrals for AdWords advertisers, as well as for Google products.
What's the deadline for generating referral conversions once the program has been retired?
In order for you to be credited for a conversion, the referred user must complete the required action by the last week of September 2008. However, please keep in mind that your referral units will no longer display after the last week of August.
I have referral earnings in my account, but they haven't been included in a payment yet. Will I lose all past referral earnings?
No. If you've had successful referral conversions in the past, they'll still be included in your earnings and future payments. As mentioned above, any additional conversions must occur by the last week of September 2008 in order to generate earnings for your account.
Can I sign in to the Google Affiliate Network with my AdSense login information?
At this time, no. You'll need to create a new login and password on the Google Affiliate Network site at http://www.google.com/ads/affiliatenetwork/ .
Will my ad units and search boxes be affected by this Referrals change?
No, AdSense for content and AdSense for search will still be available to publishers in our supported languages, and you can continue to generate ad and search code by visiting your AdSense Setup tab.