A common question that often arises amongst internet marketers is, what is the payment procedure and timing of receipt of payment for publishers?

This basically is briefly described below.

Given that payments and “personal identification numbers” are sent to the mailing address you provide in your adsense account, it stands to reason that the first important step is to double-check your mailing address.

Bear in mind that checks and Western Union payments are made out in the payee name exactly as entered in your account.

Depending on your location, it may be necessary for you to provide your tax information to Google.

If applicable, you need to go to the “Tax Information” web page under the “My Account” tab.


Depending on your payment address, there are a number of payment options available to you including checks, electronic funds transfer and western union quick cash.

To find out which payment options are specifically applicable to you, go to your your “Account Settings” page and click the “Payment Information” [edit] link.


When your account balance reaches the verification threshold, Google will forward to your mailing address by standard post, a Personal Identification Number which you will be required to enter into your account. The mailing of this may take 2-3 weeks.

Depending on your location, Google may also require you to verify your phone number. You will be called at a pre-arranged time and required to dial in a verification number that appears in your Adsense account.

When the total unpaid earnings on your Adsense account reaches the payment threshold applicable which varies depending on the reporting currency on your account, Google will forward your payment before the end of the next month.

However, if your total unpaid earnings haven’t yet reached the payment threshold, they’ll roll over to the next month and accrue until they meet the threshold.

If you prefer to accumulate your earnings before receiving a lump-sum payment, you can do that through the setting up of a payment self-hold in your account.

After you remove your hold, Google will send you a single consolidated payment for all your unpaid earnings.


The time it takes for payment to arrive depends on the payment method you select.

Standard delivery checks: This generally arrives within 1-2 weeks of the mailing date in the U.S.; outside of the U.S. usually arrive in 2-4 weeks.
Secure Delivery checks: This generally arrives in 5-7 days.
Electronic Funds Transfer Payments: This should arrive in your bank account within 2-4 days.
Western Union Quick Cash Payments: This is usually available for pick-up at a local agent the following day.
Rapida payments: This is usually available for pickup at your local post branch two business days after they are sent.

If it happens that you do not receive your payment 60 days after it is issued, you can request a re-issue.


You can monitor your earnings through the “Reports” tab of your Adsense account. The Report Tab contains 2 major sub-tabs : Overview and Advanced Reports.

You can also get very useful payment information from the “Payment History” page which you can link from the “Overview” page as well as the “My Account” tab.

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