It didn’t take long for AzoogleAds to get in contact with me, right after I my “New AzoogleAds Referral Terms Screw Affiliates” post went live. Though I was not first to break the news on the new terms and conditions on the changes to their referral program, I have not seen any updates from other blogs since. Today we will look over their term changes again and why AzoogleAds say it was a necessary change for them.
I first talked with Mitch from AzoogleAds about an hour after the post went live. Mitch wanted to make it clear to me that they are still “dedicated to the long term and wants to put the right measures in place” and that “there are custom programs in place for people like u, these changes were more to weed out the bad players who were taking advantage of the program“.
Later that night I was also contacted by AzoogleAds co-Founder Alex Zhardanovsky. Unfortunately, at the time I wasn’t available, so I got to talk with Alex this morning. Like Mitch, Alex just wanted to clear everything up and try to set things straight. A few minutes before talking with Alex, he stopped by the blog and posted a comment response himself:
After talking with Alex and Mitch, I can understand their situation, and I pointed out to that the reason why everyone was so steamed about their announcement, was because their was not listed justification or reasoning behind the change. If you are working at a job, then the boss comes over and hands you a letter stating “You will no longer receive a raise or any bonus”… you would flip out too.
AzoogleAds will make exceptions for their new affiliate referral program on a personal basis, as the new terms are in effect so they basically don’t have to monitor every account for referral fraudulence. Apparently there was a big amount of money of affiliates within the networks that were being referred by “family” or “friends”, then 2% of their earnings were just coming in as gravy, while cutting into AzoogleAds’ margins.
I will continue to list AzoogleAds program and offers on the blog, as they have made the effort to correct things on their end for deserving referral sites. If you are currently sending referrals to AzoogleAds, I would contact them personally to discuss your situation and see what they can do for you. Once again, this fiasco has shown the power of blogging and communication. While some readers were angry that I removed AzoogleAds from the blog, simply because you thought it would be a loss of revenue for me, you are wrong. My referrals and revenue sources from AzoogleAds are minimal and I made the decision to remove their links because at the time, new terms were put in place with no explanations or reasoning. With so many networks and revenue sources available, I will not tolerate drastic changes without reasoning, and neither should you.