Microsoft Adcenter Affiliate Program Shuts Down

I just received an email from Microsoft’s affiliate program with the following:

adCenter Affiliate Program to Close February 29, 2008

Thank you for your participation in the adCenter Affiliate program. Unfortunately, the adCenter offer will no longer be available after February 29th, 2008.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been running the Adcenter “$50 in free clicks” ad at the top of this site. It was a good offer since anyone who signed up would get free $50 in paid advertising and I’d get a commission for the referral. It was a 3-way win.

Way to piss off your affiliates, Microsoft! I feel bad for anyone who spent any amount of effort promoting this only to have it pulled with 9 days notice.

It looks like they’ll be ending the $50 in clicks promo soon, so if you want to try out their ad network, hurry up and check it out. The volume sucks, the interface is horrible, but hey – it’s free clicks and the average bid is usually lower than Adwords.

I really want to like AdCenter (I still use it), but they keep giving me more reasons to dislike Microsoft. Ugh.

Update: Apparently the program still exists, but you have to become a Microsoft Partner first and the terms are a bit different.