has greatly increased the money that is earned by sending more members for Google Adsense and Google Adwords their way, especially by issuing bonuses. This increased referral revenue is sure to switch referral links from Firefox and Google Pack to Google Adsense and Adwords referrals…
Speculation was abuzz about these changing referral incomes, so they decided to announce the official word on this.
For AdSense Referrals, when your referral earns their first $5 within 180 days, you will be credited with $5. If he earns $100 within 180 days, you will be credited an additional $250. Now here is the bonus - In any 180 day period, you refer 25 publishers who each earn more than $100 within 180 days, you will be awarded a $2,000 bonus (limited to 1 per year).
Similarly for AdWords Referrals - when your referral spends $5 within 90 days (in addition to the $5 sign-up fee) you will be credited with $5. He spends $100 within 90 days, you will be credited with an additional $40. If, in any 180 day period, you refer 20 advertisers who each spend more than $100 within 90 days, you will be awarded a $600 bonus (limited to 1 per year).
Another amazing part of this deal is that these rules will also apply restrospectively to users that you have already referred. So if you were using Adsense referral unit before, you might suddenly start seeing new payouts coming through in your account.
The $2000 bonus (and $5 per referral - easy to achieve) is sufficient to motivate the widespread usage of Google Adsense referral logos and banners in the blogosphere. I am already seeing this happenning.
Did anyone notice that they have started 2 new links in the Referral code generation screens called "Sign up with Adsense" and "Sign up with Adwords". Lets see what Yahoo is thinking about… they need to internationalize soon or they will lose out on the international webmasters quickly switching to Google.