Not that it’s much of a surprise, but the official word from Yahoo! on their abandoned Ambassador Program came to me in an email today:
Yahoo! Search Marketing Ambassador program was specifically developed to help
marketers drive sales leads to their clients. For the last four years, Yahoo!
has made an effort to enhance the program to provide the greatest added value to
our users. After a thorough evaluation of the program, we have decided to
discontinue the program.
The Ambassador Program, except for the limited
use of the Ambassador Logo as noted below, shall be terminated as of September
For Prospective Ambassadors
Yahoo! stopped accepting
new registrations to be an Ambassador on April 29, 2008. Ambassadors with
pending certification have until July 31, 2008 to qualify to become an
If you have registered but not yet obtained certification to
be an Ambassador, you have until July 31, 2008 to complete the training and take
the test to become eligible to be an Ambassador. Once certified, landing pages
will be delivered to new Ambassadors no later than August 31,
For Current Ambassadors and Prospective Ambassadors Who Become
Ambassador commissions will no longer be earned or paid for any
Managed Advertiser Account created on or after July 31, 2008. No Ambassador
commission will be earned by an Ambassador or paid by us for any Managed
Advertiser Account created on or after July 31, 2008. All Ambassadors that are
due payment of an Ambassador commission will be forwarded such payment no later
than September 30, 2008.
The Ambassador Logo may Still be
Ambassadors may continue to use the logo of the Ambassador Program
on their web sites only to exhibit their designation as an Ambassador by Yahoo!.
However, all other sales, marketing and promotions relating to the Yahoo! Search
Marketing Ambassador Program must cease effective July 31, 2008.
Program Terms reflecting the above changes are set forth at
or at such other location as we may designate.
We thank you for your
support, dedication and participation in the Ambassador Program, and for your
business with Yahoo! Search Marketing. For further information on these changes,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners at Yahoo! Search Marketing ”
RIP Yahoo! Ambassador Program.