Easiest Way to Get Your AdSense Earnings in Kenya

With the lack of traditional jobs, it's no surprise that a lot of young Kenyans are venturing into online jobs. The favourite seems to be the writing segment, and more specifically, academic writing, which promises quick returns on the work done. However, if you're in it for the long haul, you've probably ventured into web ads from which you can earn something from displaying them alongside your content. It could be your site, blog or even streaming videos.

In the web ad space there's no bigger name than that of Google's AdSense which allows you to run ads on their very own hosted products and more often, in third-party platforms like self-hosted sites. The hosted products include Blogger sites and the more common one, YouTube. I take it you've any one of this and you currently have earnings in your AdSense account that you wish to withdraw.

Before You Can Withdraw

If it's your first time withdrawing from AdSense, then you should know there are some few requirements that you should meet first. These include:

1. Your AdSense Account should be verified
Account verification is done after a certain threshold (address verification threshold) is reached in your earnings. The earning threshold is determined by the currency used in your AdSense. If it's US Dollar, Euro or Great British Pound the threshold is 10 [i.e. $10, €10 & £10]. Google sends you a physical mail with a PIN to the mailing address you registered the account with. Submitting this PIN in AdSense verifies your account.

Note: You can't change the type of currency reported in your AdSense Account.

2. You must have reached your payments threshold for Google to release your earnings
The earnings threshold is also determined by the currency used in your AdSense Account. If it's US Dollars, the threshold is $100, Euro is €70 and if it's Great British Pound, its £60.

3. You must have set up a payment method
The first time you reach your payment threshold as stated in the previous point, you'll be prompted by AdSense to set up a payment method.

You can get more info regarding all these here.

Setting Up Payment Method

Assuming you've completed those first two steps, let's see how you can now get your earnings. Google, depending on your country (payment address, gives you the following payment options:
  • Checks
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • EFT via Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)
  • Wire Transfer
  • Western Union Quick Cash
If you're in Kenya, you get three options: Checks, Wire Transfer and Western Union Quick Cash. Of these, the simplest way to get your earnings hassle free and within the quickest time is the last option - Western Union Quick Cash. The benefits of using Quick Cash are as follows:
  • You money arrives instantly after release unlike a check which you've to wait to arrive in your mail box.
  • You don't need a bank account to get your cash, and with that no bank fees.
  • You won't be charged any fee to get your cash.

To get your cash using Western Union Quick Cash, you only need two things:
  • Your Google Payment receipt info, and
  • Your national ID
Armed with these two things, you can pay a visit to any one of the hundreds of Western Union agents countrywide and withdraw your cash. If you wish and if the agent supports it, you can get you cash in the currency it was sent with (either Euro or Dollar); otherwise it will be converted to the local currency (KES).

So if you've not yet set up a payment method yet, go to:
Settings >> Payments >>  and select >> Western Union Quick Cash

Getting Your Cash

After setting up your payment method as Western Quick Cash and assuming you've reached your payment threshold, Google will release your earnings and send them via Quick Cash. A receipt of this payment will also be available in your Payment Settings. This receipt contains all the info you need to withdraw your money from a Western Union agent that supports Quick Cash.

The info that is needed in this receipt is the:
  • The amount of money being sent
  • Western Union MTCN Number
  • The person sending you the cash e.g. Google Ireland, Ltd., Dublin 4, Ireland or Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA

The payment receipt looks like this:

AdSense Payment Receipt

Save this info somewhere or better yet, just print it to a PDF or a physical paper and carry it with you when you go to withdraw. Don't forget your ID and do a photocopy of it as it will be needed.

A list of the Kenyan Western Union agents that support Quick Cash countrywide can be found by searching your nearest location here. Most banks however do support Western Union QucikCash and you can withdraw from them without having or opening an account with them. I've done this before with an Equity branch in a "mashinani" somewhere, though not after a KCB branch told me that I needed an account with them after telling them the amount's currency.

Alternatively, you can simply withdraw the cash to your Bank account if your Bank has Western Union Qucik Cash, which it should.

NOTE: If you don't withdraw your cash within 60 days, the money is credited back to your AdSense account.

I think that covers everything on how to get you Google AdSense earnings but if I've left out anything or you've a question regarding any of this, just drop me a comment below or reach me through my contact page and I'll get to you as soon as I can.


Hi plz let you tell me your email i want to ask you a question not public


Hi, i can't publish my personal email here but you can instead leave me a comment on my Contact page (link at the top and bottom or http://www.journeybytes.com/p/contact.html) which goes straight to my email.


hey I have a problem nko coast and I don't know how to write address line in my google AdSense account for me to receive verification pin , pls help me.


Hey, I used the following:

[Your Names Here]
P.O Box 1234
[postal code here]

Use your real names with which you registered your account with and an actual mailbox where you can receive a letter.


can i verify my adsense account without the pin-i dont have a box number


The only way I know for those in Kenya is via a box address. For some other locations Google may allow you to upload government documents for verification at which point it will prompt the user in the AdSense homepage (more info here: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/157667?hl=en)
You don't however require a personal box address registered to you. You can use one from a relative or a friend, that is, somebody you know can forward the mail once it arrives. After you verify your account you don't need the box assuming you choose to get paid via western union rather than banker's cheques.


Hello, i have set up a payment method via western union quick cash, how do i now access my cash? do i just go to a quick cash point and withdraw now or am i to request for an amount to be made available by adsense? and if so then how?


Hello Kevin, if you've reached your payment threshold then you'll get an email from Google Payments notifying you to check your payment in your Adsense account 'Payment' settings. In there you'll find the payment receipt containing all the info you need to withdraw your cash from a Western Union agent as I've outlined in the post. Hope this answers your question.


I have reached the $100 threshold and set up the payment method (Western Union) but i can't see the link to the Payment receipt. Do you know if this takes a while before reflecting? Thanks


Have you gotten an email from Google Payments informing you that they have sent a payment for your Google AdSense earnings? If not, just wait until you get it first. It will have the instructions. I'm assuming you've just set up the payment method and that's why you haven't been paid yet . They usually release the earnings towards the end of the month.


Hello, you have said (in the comment above) that you don't require a personal box address when dealing with Adsense, but Google is talking about using PIN to verify billing address. What is this billing address and can I use a bank address to receive the PIN and also verify with the same Bank address?


The billing address is the address where the PIN is sent for you to verify your adsense account. Once you've verified your adsense and you've reached the payment threshold, adsense will prompt you to set up a payment method, in which case you can use Western Union as I've outlined here or electronic funds transfer to be wired the money to your bank account. There's also a cheque option. So i don't think using your bank address is necessary, just use an address you can receive the PIN with, then if you intend to use western union quick cash the billing address won't be an issue as long as the country of residence is correct.


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