Finally I got approved for adsense but just after earning a few dollars google adsense started displaying alerts in my adsense dashboard. After earning $10 they alert me with a message that my earnings are on hold and I have to verify my residential address via a personal unique PIN (pin send by google to me in a letter) before I can withdraw my earnings.
Problem: Google Adsense mailed me all 3 letters (having PIN) but I received None. Even after waiting for 4 months after the release of 1st PIN I didn’t received it. After 6 months of sending 1st pin Google temporarily stopped displaying ads on my blog and on the other hand asked me to wait for at least 4 weeks to receive the latest PIN they had send. So I was going to lose my 1 month adsense earning? Or I am just going to end up on hold forever? Read the post to resolve all these issue in a few minutes.
The red color alert message that you may see in your adsense account dashboard after earning $10 is “Your payments are currently on hold. Action is required to release payment. More details.” Or ultimately after 6 months (from the day when first verification PIN was sent) “Your pages are displaying blank ad units because you haven’t yet verified your PIN and/or phone number. See the Payment History page for more details.” These all message appears because you haven’t verified or we failed to verify our address with google. The best solution is to verify your address with google adsense to get rid of this issue.
Verify Address with Google Adsense Using PIN Verification
As soon as you reach $10 amount, request google to send you your verification letter (PIN for address verification). After 4 weeks of release of first PIN you can request for a new pin, if you’re lucky you may receive google letter (Same PIN is mailed all the three time so no need to worry whichever you receive first). But if you’re one the guy who didn’t received any mail or PIN then you can switch to second option that is better.
Google Adsense Address Verification FAQ: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/157667
Google Adsense: Address Verification without using PIN
Here is the surprise for you… those PIN’s for which you are waiting for many months aren’t necessary or mandatory for address verification process. You can also choose this method if you don’t want to get into the pain of waiting PIN’s.
My Story: I got my adsense approved! 6th month passed and I found that I didn’t even received the second PIN and decided to request last remaining 3rd pin but unfortunately before requesting it I got message alert in my adsense account’s dashboard “Your pages are displaying blank ad units because you haven’t yet verified your PIN and/or phone number. See the Payment History page for more details.” But I didn’t understand it because my site was still showing ads therefore I requested the last 3rd PIN but next day I found my site was not displaying any ads (pain!), I Googled and luckily found some details at google forum and saved by the alternative and quick method.
To verify your address with google adsense you have to send them your address id proof, it may be anything that is recognizable and provided to you by your Govt. I provided them my Driving License and within 4-5 hours everything was fixed and ads started to appear with no red alert/message in my google adsense account. Go to following links and submit details.
Verify Phone Number (After uploading documents): https://support.google.com/adsense/contact/phone_verification
You’ll be going to get acknowledgement/success message too.
After providing a clear snap of my driving license to them, they removed all red alerts from my adsense account and everything is fine now. I can now withdraw my money and do not have to worry about PIN verification. They really did this great job in just 4-5 hours and that’s simply awesome. I received the following mail from google adsense:
Thank you for sending your proof of identity.
I’m happy to let you know that this fulfills the address verification requirement for AdSense. You no longer need to enter a PIN.
The Google AdSense Team
I hope you’ll also get all your issues sorted out and will be free from PIN and address verification process. Wish you Success!