Google's Internet marketing platform AdWords underwent a change recently in its algorithm that determines ad position and cost. The "quality" of affiliate sites are not high enough anymore to do well in the new quality score algorithm. So Google is weeding out these affiliates by inflating their minimum bid to prices that are not economically sound for them.
As an effect, a thread at Web Master World explains even-though spending over $300,000 per year with Google, how Google representatives are treating an affiliate like an unwanted customer. The conversation goes like this-
“So I called the support number. Here is the short of it: Google is deliberately removing all affiliate programs from AdWords listings. They had a quality team go through and rate their experience on a whole wide group of sites, including affiliate sites. The over-all score for affiliate sites was not high enough to pass their new guidelines therefore they are all being flagged and when found are being removed. Indirectly of course with the $10 min bids. When I asked what I could do to make it meet their new guidelines she told me, "Honestly we have not had any good news for these types of sites." No help offered.”
Is that a tiny little blot on good natured Google who sends headache pills to ailing webmasters?