Like a cowboy that never killed any indians, received no key’s to the city, or made it’s way into the hearts of profit searching webmasters, Google Referrals is finally riding off into the sunset. Of course, since Google Referrals never worked for anything, their depart isn’t as dramatic as a cowboy riding off into the sunset. In fact, I’ve used Google Referrals and despite getting quite a few clicks, that never turned into a cent of profit. First they had a little red line of text at the top of the adsense control panel, and then they sent out an email to it’s users.
For those of you who don’t know what Google Referrals are, they’re somewhat similar to Clickbank, Click Junction, or Amazon. You’re supposed to get paid whenever signs up for a product that you refer them to, through google. Unfortunately for google, that wasn’t working out as they’d planned, and they decided to just shut it down. Atleast they’re giving us notice, so we have plenty of time to remove the adsense referrals from our sites.
Note: Referrals will be retired during the last week of August 2008.
Luckily I only have 1 unsuccessful page that contains a referral button. Battle of the Browsers never really saw the light of day anyways though.