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  • There's a funny reason people didn't understand how to use Google when it first launched (GOOG)

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    Back in 2000, Google found itself with a strange problem: People were visiting the site's homepage, but they weren't searching for anything.

    The company couldn't figure out why until it went to do a user study at a nearby college, Google HR boss Laszlo Bock writes in his new book, "Work Rules!"

    The reason researchers found was both surprising and funny.

    Users were so accustomed to sites that "flashed, revolved, and asked you to punch the monkey," that they kept waiting for the page to finish loading, former Google employee and current CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer said at the time.

    That's why they weren't searching for anything: Google's site was so unorthodox that users got fed up while they thought they were waiting for Google.com to fully load.

    "We wound up sticking a copyright tag at the bottom of the page, not so much because we needed a copyright on the page, but because it was a way to say 'This is the end,'" Jen Fitzpatrick, engineering VP, told Bock. Apparently, that fixed the problem and Google took pride in the fact that it never added ads or other distractions.

    See the difference for yourself.

    Here's Lycos in 2000:

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    Here's Excite:

    Excite

    And now here's Google:Old G

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  • FACEBOOK'S ATLAS AD SERVER: What it is, how it works, and why it could finally move digital advertising beyond 'cookies'

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    For years, digital marketers have been shackled to an increasingly outdated technology known as cookies, which are still used to measure and target digital ads.

    Cookies — bits of code dropped into web browsers — are known to generate poor approximations of how many people view a digital ad, inaccurate estimates of how many times any given individual sees an ad, not to mention unreliable measures of clicks and sales. Worst of all, cookies are a non-starter within mobile apps. 

    In a new in-depth explainer and report from BI Intelligence, we dive into how Facebook-owned Atlas aims to take digital marketing beyond the cookie. Atlas is notable for how it leverages anonymous Facebook identity data to correct cookies' inaccuracies and shine a light into what's happening within the cookie-less world of mobile apps. In addition, Atlas' ambition is to be able to connect offline purchases and conversions to digital ads shown across mobile and the web.

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    Here are a few of the report's main takeaways: 

    • Facebook's Atlas is an ad server that also allows ad buyers to measure, target, and optimize digital and mobile ads across digital (i.e., not just on Facebook). Atlas operates separately from Facebook, does not access personal information from the social network or share marketing data with Facebook. 
    • Atlas is pitching itself primarily based on the claim that it can go far beyond cookie-based measurement to more clearly establish the ROI of digital ads, particularly when mobile is involved. Taking measurement beyond the cookie means marketers can focus on metrics beyond the last click, and observe the multi-device process that often leads in purchasing online or offline. 
    • Atlas' ambition is also to be able to connect offline purchases to digital ads shown across mobile and the web. To do so, it must have access to advertisers' customer data or consumer data from third-party data vendors. 
    • Atlas has a particularly strong advantage when it comes to measuring mobile ads. Cookies don't work in mobile apps, so many marketers are flying blind when it comes to in-app ads. Atlas matches device-ID data with anonymized identity data of the user that accesses Facebook on the same device. 
    • It's important to remember that Atlas works with ad buyers, not ad sellers. Some major brands and agencies are already using or at least testing Atlas. 
    • Despite some clear advantages, Atlas has some crucial limitations, which are spelled out in the report. The principal one is that it will be very difficult for Facebook to wean the digital-media ecosystem off its reliance on Google's DoubleClick platform, which is so well-entrenched.  

    The report has charts and data that can be easily downloaded and put to use.

    In full, the 22-page report: 

    • Explains how Atlas plans to take digital advertising beyond cookies, and the advantages this entails
    • Lists the limitations and barriers faced by Atlas in the context of the ad-server space
    • Discusses how a few agencies and brands have moved tentatively to adopt Atlas as their ad server
    • Includes 8 charts and 3 explainer slides on how ad serving works, how Atlas measures mobile ads, and how Atlas measures ads within browsers
    • Analyzes the difference between ad serving and measurement and how Atlas advances each function
    • Delves into market-share numbers for ad servers in the digital-ad industry

    To access the full report from BI Intelligence, sign up for a 14-day trial here. Members also gain access to new in-depth reportshundreds of charts and datasets, as well as daily newsletters on the digital industry

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  • Why Google+ failed, according to Google insiders (GOOG)

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    Last month, Google announced that it's changing up its strategy with Google+.

    In a sense, it's giving up on pitching Google+ as a social network aimed at competing with Facebook. Instead, Google+ will become two separate pieces: Photos and Streams.

    This didn't come as a surprise — Google+ never really caught on the same way social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn did.

    Technically, tons of people use Google+, since logging into it gives you access to Gmail, Google Drive, and all of Google's other apps.

    But people aren't actively using the social network aspect of it. 

    Here's a chart made by blogger Kevin Anderson, which is based on data compiled by researcher Edward Morbis. His research estimates active Google+ users, defined as those that have made a post to Google+ in January 2015. Morbis analyzed sitemaps from Google+ and sampled profile pages based on them to arrive at his conclusions, which he explains in a post on Ello.

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    Rumors have been swirling for months that Google would change its direction with Google+. Business Insider spoke with a few insiders about what happened to the network that Google believed would change the way people share their lives online. Google+ was really important to Larry Page, too — one person said he was personally involved and wanted to get the whole company behind it. 

    The main problem with Google+, one former Googler says, is the company tried to make it too much like Facebook. Another former Googler agrees, saying the company was "late to market" and motivated from "a competitive standpoint."

    There may have been some paranoia — Facebook was actively poaching Googlers at a certain point, one source said. Google+ employees within Google were sectioned off, this person said, possibly to prevent gossip about the product from spreading. Google+ employees had their own secret cafeteria called "Cloud," for example, and others on the Mountain View campus weren't permitted.

    "There was definitely an aura of fear for a time," this person said. 

    Another former Googler, however, said the secret cafeteria was just a standard security measure; there are multiple places on Google's campus where only particular employees' security cards can be swiped. This person also said he or she didn't experience any paranoia about Googlers being actively poached by Facebook. 

    Here are some other things we heard from former Google employees:

    • Google+ was designed to solve the company's own problems, rather than making a product that made it easy for its users to connect with others. Google doesn't have to manage a ton of user profiles for its various apps and services. Logging into Google+ connects you to all of Google's products, which is useful. But it didn't yield a social experience that was as simple as those like Facebook or LinkedIn. People had to think about who they wanted to add to circles rather than simply adding someone as a friend on Facebook or adding someone to their network on LinkedIn.
    • One person also said Google didn't move into mobile fast enough with Google+. Facebook, however, realized it was slow to move into mobile and made up for lost time — now most of Facebook's revenue comes from mobile and it owns a bunch of apps. Instead, Google+ focused on high-resolution photos, which were great for desktop experiences and the Chromebook, but took a while to load on mobile.
    • Google+ was a "controversial" product inside Google, according to this person. But that's not too uncommon within Google, since it's a large company with many employees. People have opinions on everything.
    • When Vic Gundotra, who led Google+ and played a big role in creating it, left the company about a year ago, it came as a complete surprise. There was no succession plan, one former Googler said. It was like "here one day and gone the next."

    Although Google+ didn't boom into a massively successful social network, that doesn't mean it completely failed. Google made a solid platform that makes it easy for the millions of people that use its products to seamlessly log in to all of the company's apps. It made a really useful tool for organizing your photos online.

    But it's not a mainstream social network, and it never caught up to giants like Facebook and Twitter in that regard.

    Google declined to provide comment for this story. 

    Have anything interesting to share about Google+ or any of Google's other products? Email leadicicco@businessinsider.com. 

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  • Google executive among those killed on Everest after massive Nepal earthquake

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    Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among more than a dozen people killed on Mount Everest after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal on Saturday.

    A woman who identified herself as Fredinburg's younger sister, Megan, said on his Instagram page that he had a major head injury after the avalanche triggered by the quake. He didn't survive.

    The catastrophic earthquake Saturday killed more than 1,900 people and leveled ancient buildings in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The quake was so strong that it also killed people in nearby India, Bangladesh, and Tibet.

    Fredinburg — who was head of privacy for Google Xsurvived last year's deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, according to media reports and his Instagram account.

    Earlier this month, he was featured in an article in the Guardian about his 2015 adventures on Everest with two other Google employees. 

    "They’re not licensed to talk on Google’s behalf to journalists and Google’s press office declines to confirm any details," the Guardian noted. "But last month, Google announced that it had joined up with a local non-profit organisation to launch a Street View of the trek into base camp and it’s an open secret that another Street View camera is being carried to the summit."

    Fredinburg posted this to Instagram three months ago: 

    We've got the Teton now. What mountains. #noquestion

    A photo posted by Dan Fredinburg (@danfredinburg) on Jan 31, 2015 at 5:00pm PST

    A 2004 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Fredinburg has worked for Google for eight years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He described himself on his Twitter page as an "adventurer, inventor, and energetic engineer."

    Here's the entire Instagram post that the woman identified as his sister wrote:

    This is Dans little sister Megan. I regret to inform all who loved him that during the avalanche on Everest early this morning our Dan suffered from a major head injury and didn't make it. We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us. All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us. Thank you.

    Two other people in Fredinburg's group faced non-life-threatening injuries, according to Jagged Globe, the group he was hiking with

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan’s family and friends whilst we pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation," the group said in a statement. 

    Last year around this time, Fredinburg posted this image of Everest base camp: 

    The avalanche at Everest in 2013 killed 16 sherpas, after which Fredinburg posted this on Instagram:

    Today we paid our respects to the 16 lost in the icefall and attended a Sherpa rally afterwards. I gave my thanks to the Sherpa community for the chance to be one of very few to go on the mountain this year."

    Google released this statement on Saturday:

    I just had the immensely sad task of sending the following to all Google employees. My thoughts are with everyone in Nepal, and with Dan's family and friends.

    "Early this morning, Nepal experienced the worst earthquake in its history, registering 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Current reports are that over 1,000 people were killed. It's a terrible tragedy.

    Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. +Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly.

    The Crisis Response team has launched Person Finder[1] for Nepal, and is working to get updated satellite imagery to aid in the recovery effort. Google.org is committing $1M to the response, and we’ll have gift-matching available soon.  

    Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time."

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  • Why this Google exec would always keeps 200 random resumes lying around his office (GOOG)

    Jonathan Rosenberg

    Google values and invests in its employees. 

    It provides resources like free meals and in-house dry cleaning to save their time and improve their health and productivity. 

    It "defaults to open," to prove it trusts employees, and encourages them to work on projects they feel passionate about

    By investing in employees and giving them mission-driven things to do, Google attracts great people.

    In fact, its employees can be one of the company's best recruiting tools.

    Former VP of product Jonathan Rosenberg used to keep the resumes of 200 current Googlers lying around his office.

    "If a candidate was on the fence about joining Google, Jonathan would simply give them the stack and say: 'You get to work with these people,'" Google HR boss Laszlo Bock writes in his new book "Work Rules!" 

    The candidate could then thumb through the pile, seeing that he or she would get the chance to work next to "Olympic athletes, Turing Award and Academy Award winner, Cirque du Soleil performers, cup stackers, Rubik's Cube champions, magicians, triathletes, volunteers, veterans," and people who had worked at some of the most revolutionary companies, developing landmark products. 

    Rosenberg swears he didn't select certain resumes to keep around — it was truly a random selection. But according to Bock, Rosenberg never lost a candidate.

    Which isn't to say that Google has an ideal work force. Last year, Google published its diversity statistics, revealing that it employs mostly white and Asian men. 

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  • Google's HR boss says the best managers practice these 9 habits

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    In July 2001, three years into the company he founded with Sergey Brin, Google CEO Larry Page decided to fire all of his managers.

    It was his statement against corporate bureaucracy, but it was soon reversed. And eventually Page determined that managers were a necessary evil at Google.

    By 2008, however, there was still a gap between many of the engineers and their managers, Google's SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock writes in his book "Work Rules!." A team was tasked with bridging this gap, and in the process discovered what makes a great manager.

    Michelle Donovan, director of talent development, and Neal Patel, technical project lead of the human/social dynamics program, wanted to determine a way to optimize management and have it organically fit within Google's unique culture.

    Their undertaking, named Project Oxygen, found that employees who had switched from the lowest quartile of managers (those with relatively bad performance and unhappy teams) to the highest quartile of managers (those with the best performance and happiest teams) performed better.

    Donovan and Patel used their research to develop a semiannual "Upward Feedback Survey," a checklist that employees use to anonymously rate their managers. Each manager then gets a report with percentages of favorable answers, measured against their last report and the global average. They're strongly encouraged to share the results with their team to foster a discussion on how to lead better.

    The surveys are subject to change, but Bock provides a sample survey that he considers inclusive. "If you perform every behavior on the list, you'll be an amazing manager," he writes.

    Here are the nine behaviors this survey judges managers on:

    • They give actionable feedback that helps their employees improve their performance.
    • They do not micromanage by getting involved in details that should be handled at other levels.
    • They show consideration for their employees as individuals.
    • They keep their team focused on its priority results/deliverables.
    • They regularly share with their team relevant information from their own manager and senior leadership.
    • They have meaningful discussions about career development with each member of their team at least once every six months.
    • They communicate clear goals for their team.
    • They possess the technical expertise required to effectively manage their team.
    • Their employees would recommend them to their colleagues.

    Bock writes that these surveys have resulted in better managers. The average overall score for managers across Google rose from 83% in 2010 to to 88% in 2012, and the lowest quartile of managers' overall score rose from 70% to 77%.

    work rulesBock says he's seen the results firsthand. The first time he had his team take the survey, he averaged 77% favorable across the 15 questions asked that year, placing him below average. And only half his team felt he gave clear performance evaluations.

    He says he was terrified. "I'm in charge of all this stuff for the company! I'm supposed to be the expert!" he remembers thinking.

    He went over the results with his team and determined how he could communicate more effectively with them, which proved to benefit all involved.

    "I'm still far from perfect (90% favorable overall), but managed to get my rating up to 100% favorable in giving quality feedback, and 100% of my team would now recommend me as a manager," Bock writes.

    He considers Project Oxygen an ongoing success at changing the concept of managers at a company that was once hostile to them.

    "And since we know that manager quality drives performance, retention, and happiness, it means the company will perform better over time," Bock writes.

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  • Google launches tool to help victims of massive earthquake in Nepal

    nepal earthquakeGoogle launched a “person finder” tool on Saturday to help users find loved ones affected by the earthquake that devastated Nepal.

    With communications to the region badly affected by the 7.8 magnitude quake, buildings flattened and more than 750 people dead, it can collate information from emergency responders and allows individuals to post details about relatives missing or found.

    The result is a searchable, online database.

    Within hours of the disaster hitting Kathmandu and its surrounding area just before noon, 200 names had been uploaded.

    The tool has become a regular feature of recent disasters, when reliable information is needed rapidly.

    My thoughts go out to the people affected, and to those caring for survivors.Nepal earthquake Google person finder: http://t.co/iKgPV97ilY

    — The Ginkgo Tweets (@theginkgopages) April 25, 2015

    Google engineers first launched Person Finder in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 100,000 people.

    But it had been under development for years, part of an open-source effort to solve a problem identified during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As more and more people turned to the internet for help in searching for missing persons, developers realised that relatives and aid workers were having to sift through dozens of websites to find information.

    Since then it has popped up at a string of major emergencies, everything from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

    It has been deployed twice before in India: for an earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir last year and flooding and mudslides in Uttarakhand a year earlier .

    While individual users can either upload information about a missing person or search by name, it also offers emergency workers and crisis response organisations the opportunity to add their own databases – by using what programmers refer to as an API key, essentially a means of ensuring that only accredited groups can send information to the online database.

    It is part of a suite of applications developed by Google's crisis resource team. Some are built on existing apps – such as overlaying crisis data on Google Maps – while others involve a new platform, such as tools for delivering public alerts.

    This article was written by Rob Crilly New York from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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  • 9 ways Google’s smartwatches are better than the Apple Watch (AAPL, GOOG)

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    With new market research showing that Apple managed to sell more watches in a single day than Android Wear did in a year, it's easy to dismiss Google's smartwatch software as a bust. 

    But there are still some big reasons why an Android Wear watch is a better pick. 

    Android wear has much more variety.

    Right off the bat, you have many more Android Wear options because a bunch of different companies have taken their own shot at an Android-powered smartwatch, including Motorola, LG, Huawei, Samsung, and Sony. There are 8 different designs so far. 



    ...Including circular designs if you don't dig the Apple Watch's square screen. You can get a more traditional-looking round watch with the Moto 360 or the LG G Watch R.



    You also have much more freedom about what band you get. For now, if you want an Apple Watch you have to buy one of the company's bands. Most Android Wear watches use industry standard 22 mm bands so you can choose almost anything.



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  • Google's core business is slowing down (GOOG)

    Google’s total advertising revenue was $15.5 billion last quarter, up 11% from the same period of last year, it said in its earnings Thursday. The number of clicks on ads (“paid clicks”) was also up 13% year-over-year.

    But it’s not all good news for Google, whose advertising revenue accounts for nearly 90% of its total sales.

    According to BI Intelligence, Google’s ad sales growth has been on a steady decline over the last few years. Just 3 years ago, it was growing more than 20%, but by last year, the growth dipped to around 15%.

    Google’s cost per click (CPC), or how much it can charge its ads, has also dropped by another 7% last quarter, which hints the company could possibly be having trouble with its most important business.

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  • Here are the 19 companies that reportedly signed on to the EU's antitrust complaint against Google

    Euro coins are seen in front of a Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, April 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

    The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from official complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

    The list of complainants in the European Commission's charge sheet, which includes companies not directly involved in the charges around Google's shopping service, would make it easier for the regulator to expand the case beyond its preliminary focus on price-comparison shopping sites.

    Being an official party to the case gives the companies an insider track on the regulatory proceedings as they will be able to get a copy of the detailed EU charge sheet and argue their case at a hearing of competition experts should Google ask for one.

    While around 30 firms have since gone public with their complaints, to date no one other than the EU enforcer and Google knows exactly which parties have been included as official complainants on the charge sheet.

    Two Google competitors with a long history of complaints against the company, Microsoft and Yelp, are on the list, according to one of the sources.

    Other parties include French legal search engine eJustice (including 1plusV which runs the Ejustice.fr legal website and search engine), British price comparison site Foundem, a German association of business listings VfT, and German magazine and newspaper publishers VDZ and BDZV.

    The list also includes online mapping providers Euro-Cities, Hot-map, and Streetmap, Italian news aggregator nnpt.it, Dutch football site Elfvoetbal, amd French price comparison site Twenga.

    Online travel sites Expedia, Odigeo, TripAdvisor, U.S. comparison shopping website Nextag (including its German unit Guenstiger) and German publisher Axel Springer's price comparison fashion site Visual-Meta are also in the list.

    Lobbying group ICOMP and an anonymous complainant complete the official list. In addition British price comparison site Moneysupermarket.Com is recorded as an interested third party.

    Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso declined to comment, reiterating that it was the regulator's policy not to disclose the names of complainants in antitrust investigations. Google did not respond to an email for comment.

    The EU antitrust enforcer last week accused the world's most popular search engine of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting web search results to favor its own shopping service in a move which could change the rules for online business.

    BDZV and VDZ have a strong case with possibly the broadest complaint against Google's actions in two areas, said Thomas Hoppner at law firm Olswang who is advising the two associations.

    "We would certainly like to be at the oral hearing to express our views. Being an official complainant will ensure that we may comment on the statement of objections and, more importantly, any points Google may raise in its defense."

    Yelp said that U.S. rivals have been a driving force behind the EU action.

    "It's been clear from our meetings that U.S.-based companies have helped lead the charge by providing substantive evidence of Google's harm to consumers," said Luther Lowe, Yelp's public policy director.

    Yelp, Expedia, Foundem, ICOMP, Hot-Map, Euro-Cities and 1plusV confirmed that they are official complainants but did not know if they were named in the EU document. Other companies did not reply to requests for comment.

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    Switzerland
    United Kingdom

    Learn more about this transition. If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in all 94 countries.

  • Affiliate Reporting Holiday Shutdown 2013-12-18T18:46:21Z

    As a reminder, the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown schedule will also impact the affiliate program tools.

    Affiliate program reporting may be impacted from approximately from Saturday, December 21 to Friday, December 27, 2013. Some of the affiliate tools will be temporarily suspended or updated less frequently.

    • The Enterprise Partner Feed will be taken offline for the duration of the iTunes Connect shutdown.

    • The Search API, Link Maker, Banner Builder, RSS Generator and Widget Builder will be kept online.

    We thank you for your understanding and wish you the best of luck in the coming weeks with your affiliate sales.

    Happy Holidays,

    The Affiliate Team

  • Affiliate Reporting Planned Downtime 2013-10-16T02:04:16Z

    As part of a planned downtime affiliate reporting will be delayed this week by 3 to 4 days.

    All sales are still being recorded and will be recognized by PHG and TradeDoubler respectively once reporting is resumed.

    • Clicks will still be reported to PHG and TradeDoubler
    • Free items will still be reported daily on the PHG platform

    Only paid items are impacted by this downtime.

    If you have any questions please contact the Affiliate Helpdesk at http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/support.

  • 20 Additional Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-30T19:07:38Z

    We are happy to announce the continued expansion of the Affiliate Program with 20 new countries added today to the PHG platform. This brings the total of new countries to 43. The total number of countries on the PHG platform (existing plus new) is 49, providing a tremendous opportunity for iTunes affiliates.

    If you are already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG then you are automatically opted-in to start earning commission in these new countries.

    New Countries
    Armenia
    Bahamas Bahrain
    Barbados Belarus Bermuda
    Botswana
    Cayman Islands Croatia
    Dominica Kenya Mauritius
    Moldova Nigeria Oman
    Tanzania Trinidad and Tobago Uganda
    Uzbekistan Yemen

    Click here for a full list of all countries in the Affiliate Program.

    If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in all 49 countries.

  • 17 New Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-04T23:03:54Z

    We are very happy to announce the expansion of the iTunes Affiliate Program with 17 new countries now available on the PHG platform.

    If you are already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG then you are automatically opted-in to start earning commission in these new countries.

    Egypt India Indonesia
    Israel Jordan Kazakhstan
    Kuwait Lebanon Macau
    Malaysia Philippines Qatar
    Saudi Arabia Thailand Ukraine
    United Arab Emirates Vietnam

    Click here for a full list of all countries in the Affiliate Program.

    If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in all 29 countries.


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