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    GAN: An update on Google Affiliate Network
    Google Affiliate Network has just published the following:

    An update on Google Affiliate Network

    Our goal with Google Affiliate Network has been to help advertisers and publishers improve their performance across the affiliate ecosystem. Cost-per-action (CPA) marketing has rapidly evolved in the last few years, and we’ve invested significantly in CPA tools like Product Listing Ads, remarketing and Conversion Optimizer. We’re constantly evaluating our products to ensure that we’re focused on the services that will have the biggest impact for our advertisers and publishers.

    To that end, we’ve made the difficult decision to retire Google Affiliate Network and focus on other products that are driving great results for clients.

    We’ll continue to support our customers as we wind down the product over the next few months. And there are other products that can help you achieve your goals. Affiliate publishers can continue to earn AdSense revenue through the AdSense network. And marketers can take advantage of other CPA-oriented Google tools like Product Listing Ads, remarketing and Conversion Optimizer to drive valuable online sales and conversions. These areas are growing rapidly and we’re continuing to invest heavily in them.

    Thanks for your support of our affiliate product, and we look forward to helping you grow your business in the future.

    Posted by: J.J. Hirschle, Head of Google Affiliate Network


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    Just signed with an existing GAN merchant today. Let me know if there is any more information available.

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    Just goes to show you - can't trust the Google.

    Mine the data for competitive use, switch merchants over to the Google Shopping, and screw affiliates one more time.

    Not like no one saw this coming...
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    Wow. Crazy news.
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    Will cause a hell of of lot of work to change out links, but in the log run good riddance


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    Now we need to figure out a way to save Jamie...
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    They bought it, mined it, and now abandon it.
    we look forward to helping you grow your business in the future.
    No thank you.

    What a slap in the face to their merchants - sign-up direct, no more access to publishers.


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    Didn't see this thread first; I made my comments here.
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    GAN Publisher Accounts Dead?
    Are your publisher accounts working? Mine is not working and is going to this page. (see screen shot)

    As a merchant, the GAN system is still there.
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    I was just in as an affiliate/publisher. Worked fine for me - checking stats to see whom I need to be most concerned about. Turns out I stopped using a merchant there in March that kept me in 4-bar status. Three others I use only a little and can easily replace those products. One I still depend on will, I'm sure, be moving to SAS or CJ - or possibly merging with another checks manufacturer (who actually owns them).
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    Shocked by this news
    Quote Originally Posted by PDXreader View Post
    Wow. Crazy news.
    Shocked by this news. We've just been a GAN merchant for only three months

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    Any more information about this? It's going to be a pain to update links and change everything to a new network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byagi View Post
    Any more information about this? It's going to be a pain to update links and change everything to a new network.
    I think it's obvious they don't care. It appears no merchants have been notified...
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    Pulled all my links when Google took over Performics, I simply don't trust Google when it comes to affiliate marketing. I don't even use Analytics.

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    In response to an email yesterday asking about some GAN merchants' plans:
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    Hello,

    The news you heard about Google Affiliate Network is not correct. Google Affiliate Network is not closing down.

    Sincerely,

    Affiliate Publisher Support | Google Affiliate Network
    Sign in, click the Advertisers tab, see “Recommended” advertisers that Google suggests you join.
    To find immediate answers to your questions, visit our Help Center:Affiliate Network Publishers Help
    ------------------

    Someone apparently forgot to tell Google, too.
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    Word around the campfire over here is we have till July. I will hit up our merchant account manager and confirm that... and even if the program is shutting down based on what Caseyfern received.

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    Wow, no wonder our rep didn't contact us. She probably hasn't even heard the news yet....

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    While it's not likely that GAN's merchants don't know of other networks, it's probably good to mention SAS, CJ and LinkShare to your merchants who may be just learning of this.
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    Here is what I got from my account manager:

    Thanks so much for reaching out. Unfortunately, I cannot provide much direction at this point in time. There should be an email sent out later today that will have more details. Please let me know if there's anything I can help with in the interim.


    I think Casey is right... the folks we work with everyday at GAN are still finding out/coping themselves. Good luck everyone there.

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    Sad when a change of this magnitude hits the public eye before the involved staff are fully briefed and brought into the planning loop. "Don't be evil" should apply to more than investor and promotional blurbs.
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    Just received ANOTHER solicitation from a GAN merchant.

    Maybe send the news out by telegraph, carrier pigeon and the Pony Express?
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    Sounds like the perfect opportunity to find out where they're moving after the GAN shutdown -and- point them toward the Google announcement page on their blog. "He who controls the news..." and all that noise.
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    I've been e-mailing merchants all morning. Definitely do the same if you can

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    ABW Ambassador Caseyfern's Avatar
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    Can you start a "who's moving where" list here?
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    on it. Give me one second.

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