“Google are smart”
When Google first launched the referral program for AdSense publishers, I remember exactly that they advertised “$1 for each time a user downloads Firefox through your button and runs it for the first time” and “$100 for referred publishers who sign up for AdSense and reach $100 in earnings”.
It might be that my memory is short or they really changed both programs, since now “when a user you’ve referred to Firefox plus Google Toolbar runs Firefox for the first time, you’ll receive up to $1 in your account, depending on the user’s location”. That’s what the image above is about. I’ve received $0.10 for a user that downloaded and installed FireFox, probably because was not from a location “accepted” by Google. Now, I wonder on what principles are these amounts given. Do they calculate in what countries FireFox is most used and for those countries they pay less than on the countries where FireFox is not so popular? Or do they take into account the probability of receiving donations for FireFox? Who knows. Their help doesn’t say much about this.
Why the “Google are smart” title? Not because Google has a smart algorithm as a search engine or because the people behind Google are smart, but because of this funny sentence I’ve found in their help:
I know my English is not good and that they wanted to say “What is the definition for referrals?”, but that sounds just like the “Joey are stupid” line from “Friends”.
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