When you work online, you will need to keep a track of your income. Below are the steps to getting paid; how to track your earnings and info on holding payments.
IMPORTANT: Make sure that you have completed all the following steps that form part of your AdSense account. You need to make sure that you have provided all the important information requested, including your tax information, and your selected payment method. You also need to include your PIN or a phone verification number. If you have done that by the 15th of the month, you will probably be included in the next payment cycle.
1. Ensure that your details are correct
If your details are not correct, payments will be delayed until they are corrected.
1.1. Check your address
Checks are sent to your mailing address and that's why it's important to confirm that your address is correct. Check your payment address, and payee name. Cheque and Western Union payments will be made out to the exact name on the account, so make sure that it is correct.
1.2. Add your tax information
Google AdSense collects tax information for certain locations. The AdSense system provides all the requirements and forms for your particular location and situation.
Simply visit your Account Settings page and look for Payment Settings and click on "edit" next to Tax information.
1.3. Select a payment method
Depending on your location, there are a variety of payment options available, including Western Union Quick Cash, Electronic Funds Transfer and cheques.
Under Payment Settings, click "edit payment method" to select the one that suits you best.
1.4. Verify your contact details
Your earnings need to reach a verification threshold. Adsense will send you a PIN by standard mail to the payment address in your account. It will take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to reach you.
You need to enter the PIN into your AdSense account before you can receive payments.
In some cases, you will need to verify your phone number too. The system will call you and ask you to enter a verification number that appears in your account.
1.5. Reach the threshold
AdSense will pay you at the end of the month after your finalised earnings balance has reached the payment threshold. The threshold amount will depend on the reporting currency, or your location.
Earnings below the threshold will roll over to the next month and accrue until the threshold is met.
Payments are usually sent within 30 days of the end of the month. You can see more information on the Payment Timelines section.
2. Track Your Earnings
Your Adsense Homepage contains a daily summary of your estimated earnings. The Performance Reports tab and the Payments page contain more detailed information.
2.1 Payments Page
The Payments page offers a great way to track past earnings and monthly account calculations. The Earnings Details link has a monthly breakdown of total finalised earnings and adjustments made to the account. Once a payment has been made, it will be listed on the Earnings Details page and the Payments Issued page. When you click on the link, you will see more information regarding the exchange rate.
2.2. Payments Timeline
Understanding when to expect payments makes it easier to track your income. Here's how the payments timeline works:
Finalised earnings: On the last day of the month, AdSense will identify all the accounts that have reached payment the payment threshold. The accounts are then sent in for approval. In the first 10 days of the new month, AdSense will post a link with earning details to the Payments page.
Payment issued: Towards month-end, AdSense will post a Payment Issued line to your Payments page. That's an indication that your payment has been calculated and that your payment will be processed and forwarded to you.
2.2.1. Standard Delivery Cheques
Standard delivery cheques will usually arrive within 1-2 weeks to addresses in the U.S. and 2-6 weeks outside of the U.S.
2.2.2. Secure Delivery Cheques
Secure delivery cheques usually arrive in 5-7 days.
This is currently the best option for South Africa as EFT is not supported yet.
2.2.3. Electronic Funds Transfers
EFT payments usually arrive in the user's bank account within 4-10 days.
2.2.4. Western Union Quick Cash
Western Union payments are usually available for pickup at local agents the day after they have been issued.
2.2.5. Rapida Payments
Rapida payments can be collected from a local post office branch within two days of being sent.
AdSense will post a notice on your Payments page if there are any problems with your payment, and if you have not received it within 60 days after issue, you can request that they re-issue the cheque.
3. Holding Adsense Payments
Should you prefer to save up your payments, you can set up a self-hold on your AdSense account, allowing them to hold the payments for you.
While your payments are on hold, you will continue to accrue earnings, which will be paid to you in a single consolidated payment in the next payment cycle. You should make changes to your hold settings by the 15th of any month if you want them to take effect for the current payment cycle.