If you have an account with Google’s affiliate network (connectcommerce), or if I have convinced you to join, after reading an article which I have published previously on making money online with Google’s affiliate network:), then this notification I have received from Google should be a matter of concern to you. This change raises some eyebrows as it can be interpreted in various ways, but before going there, let us briefly look at what the Google’s recent notification is about.
It’s starts like this:
Google Affiliate Network publisher payments will soon be made through Google AdSense accounts. AdSense will offer you a wider range of payment options, improved ways to manage payment information, and consolidated payments from Google (if you’re working with other Google products).
You must link to an approved AdSense account in order to receive payments for earnings. Starting on August 13, 2009, if you’re the primary user of your publisher account, you’ll see an account notification asking you to create a Google AdSense account or link to an existing Google AdSense account. (If you aren’t the primary user, you won’t see the account notification.)
You must link your accounts before midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on September 21st, 2009 to receive payments through Google AdSense for July and August 2009 earnings (depending on relevant advertiser payment terms). Please create or link an AdSense account as soon as possible to avoid delays in your Google Affiliate Network payments. Earnings prior to July 2009 will be made through the existing Google Affiliate Network payment system.
In a way this forces all Google affiliates to open an AdSense account thereby encouraging (or discouraging) further the use of Google’s contextual advertising. What it does not say is what will happen if you were previously banned or not accepted by AdSense? How can you create a new account with your same credentials (maybe a different one?).
One other thing is that Google’s affiliate network payment structure differs than that of AdSense. Affiliate checks can be paid bi-weekly and with a minimum of 50$, whereas AdSense pays once a month with a minimum of 100$. If affiliate earnings gets consolidated to AdSense then it could be good for those who have a hard time achieving the 100$ minimum mark. On the other hand, if you have affiliate earnings of say 55$ and no Adsense earnings to complement the minimum required, does this mean that you will only get paid when you achieve that minimum? Google say’s that AdSense will offer a wider range of payment options and improved payment management capabilities. We’ll see.
There you go. If you have a Google affiliate Network account, be sure to link your accounts before the deadline, or you won’t get paid.
Why do you think Google is doing this? I would like to have your opinion is possible.