Google adsense has changed the way it pays publishers.
Here is what they have to say on the matter.

Upcoming referrals changes
Are you currently displaying a referral unit for AdSense on your website? Then read on, because there are some upcoming changes to the referral program that you should be aware of. But first let me clarify that only referral units promoting AdSense will be affected by this change; referrals to other products and services remain unaffected at this time. This change to referrals promoting AdSense will differ depending on your location, regardless of where your users are located.

- If you're in North America, Latin America, or Japan, the pricing structure for AdSense referrals is changing.

About a year ago, as an experiment, we changed the pricing structure for AdSense referrals so that when a user you referred to the program earned $5 within 180 days of sign-up, you would also earn $5. When that publisher earned $100 within 180 days and removed all payment holds, you'd receive $250. We have decided to conclude this experiment and return to the original pricing structure. As a result, we'll soon no longer be offering the $5 bonus or $2000 bonus, and the payout for referring a user who generates $100 with AdSense in the first 180 days will return to $100.continue reading adsense changes rules
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3 comments
  1. Jay a.k.a. 'Dat' January 9, 2008 at 2:28 PM  

    I heard other advertising such as Widgetbucks are changing their policies as well.

    But in the long run, I think I'm going to be using them a lot less.

    Hey Steven, thanks for the weekly feature! Definitely appreciate it! Hopefully you get a chance to subscribe to my RSS Feeds thanks again!

    Jay
    DatMoney.com
    DatCurious.com

  2. Full-Time-Blogger January 11, 2008 at 8:19 AM  

    This is very disappointing, I've started to get a few referrals this week over at Full Time Blogger. I've been an adsense user for years and this is the first time I've even seen the referrals registering on my stats!!!

  3. steven wilson January 11, 2008 at 6:30 PM  

    One must get used to google changes they seem to come often these days.

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