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Adsense Referral Ads Unit Ceases By The End Of August 2008

Adsense Referral Ads unit cease by the end of August 2008For those who are using Adsense Referral ads unit, it’s time to housekeep blog theme files to remove the entire Adsense Referral units.

Few hours ago, Adsense blog posted a news stated that the Adsense Referral ads unit will be retired by the end of August 2008. So, everyone should have plenty of time to do housekeeping accordingly.

But, what if you don’t remove them by next month end? No worry, I don’t think that will break the Adsense TOS. The only drawback is that you earn nothing when your readers click the Referral ads of Google Pack, Firefox, Adsense, Adword, etc.

So, you may continue keeping them in theme files and encouraging your readers to click these Referral ads unit. Aren’t these products you’ve used and endorsed? Wasn’t the Adsense TOS suggested that you’re allowed to write comment on the product and point your readers to use it by clicking Referral ads unit of the product?

Ohya, maybe the ads space is too valuable in your blog. So, you’ve no choice, but say sorry to replace them with alternative ads unit, as soon as possible before the Adsense Referral retired by the end of next month.

Alternative Ads Units to replace Adsense Referral ads

As suggested by the Adsense blog, users are encouraged to use either one of these two products:
  • Adsense for contents, i.e. the text/image ad unit or link unit, provided blog page is not showing the maximum units of these Adsense ads unit. At the time of writing, Adsense TOS allows user to place up to three ad units on each page, a maximum of two Google AdSense for search boxes on a page, up to three link units on each page, etc.
  • Google Affiliate Network, which is rebranded from the DoubleClick Performics Affiliate Network after the acquisition exercise. Similar to the AdSense Referrals program, the Google Affiliate Network earning is based on advertiser-defined actions instead of clicks or impressions. At this moment, the product is only for advertisers targeting users located in the United States.

P/S: You’re encouraged to create and save all reports related to the referrals program, so as to serve your valuable campaign information after the Referral is ceased.

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