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Google AdSense/Firefox Affiliate Program

by Paul on November 10th, 2005

Last week Google made it easier for webmasters to retrieve links to their Adsense/Firefox referral programs. Each of these programs are easy to setup and are well worth the short time and effort it takes to get them up and running on your site.


The program pays you $100 whenever someone signs up under your account and earns their first $100. Seeing how it is getting easier and easier to reach $100 with Adsense you might be thinking that this is pretty easy money to make. However, you have to take into consideration two things.

  1. Lots of webmasters already have an Adsense account.
  2. After they make their first $100 you no longer make anything.

Now neither of these facts should deter because there will always be new people signing up to Adsense and hopefully you can convince them to signup through you. And since the affiliate program is setup alongside your normal Adsense account it’s basically hassle-free.


For U.S. publishers Google is willing to pay $1 for every first time user that installs from your site. Just like the Adsense affiliate program this is another simple program to setup, but also has the same caveats as the Adsense with regards to the number of people already using Firefox. However, just like Adsense this shouldn’t deter you from placing links across your sites promoting the program considering it is also for a good cause.

This program can go on any site since it is for a general purpose (web browsing), but I think the Adsense program would only work best on sites that cater to webmasters. This is merely speculation though and testing is the only way to confirm or deny this. In any case, I like the fact Google has done both of these programs and wish they had set them up sooner, but there probably wasn’t a need with no other competition out there. God bless Yahoo.

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10 opinions for Google AdSense/Firefox Affiliate Program

  • Tinus
    Nov 10, 2005 at 8:44 am

    They really should hide the “Download Firefox” ad from Firefox users!

  • Ryan Latham
    Nov 10, 2005 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, I saw this email too. However I did not go back through and read both Google’s and Yahoo’s policies. I see that you are running these ads with YPN, but did you actually check to see if this was acceptable?

  • Scrivs
    Nov 10, 2005 at 12:51 pm

    The conflict rests with using both contextual ad programs on the same page which I do not do.

  • Chris Griffin
    Nov 10, 2005 at 1:50 pm

    Just like the Adsense affiliate program this is another simple program to setup, but also has the same caveats as the Adsense with regards to the number of people already using Firefox.

    The number of people already using firefox is around 10%. That still leaves 90%. Most of those users are running IE on Windows so there is potential but maybe not beyond the web development industry and probably isn’t worth it on a blog such as this. Depends on you stats and how many new readers you bring in that are still using IE.

  • Scrivs
    Nov 10, 2005 at 4:28 pm

    Since the program is easy to setup though it really isn’t a hassle to get it up on your blog so even if I am getting only $5/yr from this site from the program I see it as worth it because it is minimal in appearance, time to setup and effort.

  • Joe Maddalone
    Nov 11, 2005 at 3:33 pm

    I always wondered why Google had not established a referral program in the past… I can only assume it has been brought up from the backburner, if it was there at all, now that the arena has become more directly competitve with Adsense.

  • iloveadsense
    Nov 12, 2005 at 4:48 pm

    Finally Google is offering an affiliate program for sign-ups. Is the market already saturated? I guess there are always new publishers… anyway, here is an adsense site you might find interesting …

  • Paul
    Nov 18, 2005 at 7:25 am

    What I don’t understand is why the Firefox referral programme is only for US publishers. Given that everything else to do with Adsense is available in the UK (they’ll even pay you in sterling via bank transfer) and there’s nothing to stop you downloading Firefox over here, why on earth can’t non-US publishers participate? I’m sure there must be a reason but I can’t find it on Google’s web site, nor can I think of one off the top of my head.

  • Armaan
    May 2, 2006 at 9:26 am

    There is no other way to earn-per-download with firefox browser, except signup with google adsense??
    If yes then please tell me. Thank you.

  • Sam
    Oct 26, 2006 at 3:38 am

    Adsense is an great way to make some extra cash, however, to really make big money you need lots of free traffic and low or high paying keyword Ads, or low cost traffic PPC traffic, and high paying keywords.

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