Google Adsense and Moving Countries

My Experience of Changing Countries in Adsense

Although I live between two countries - the UAE and the UK - I had started my adsense account when I first when to Dubai in 2004 and had set up my own website. My adsense account was therefor registered in Dubai and was registering payments in US Dollars although a Couple of years ago this changed to Euros.

What I wasn't aware of at the time was the cumbersome proceedings I would need to undertake should I wish to change my adsense country.

To start off with I wasn't earning that much in Adsense and so when I got my first cheque for $100 I was very pleased and excited! The cheque was sent to me in Dubai, whose currency the dirham was actually pegged to the dollar so there was a lot of correlation between the two countries and I didn't think it would be difficult to cash my cheque through my Dubai bank account. However, I was wrong and as it turned out, I had to take the cheque back to the UK with me and get it paid into my Uk bank account.

So I thought it would be better if I could get the money paid directly into my UK bank account. However I couldn't do this unless I changed my country to the UK and that is where the trouble started!

Changing Adsense Countries

So I went to my account and tried to change the country to the UK - no joy, a message cam up saying you can't change countries. You have to close down your account and open another one! I couldn't really beleive that someone like Google couldn't figure out a way to change someone's country in an account in some way, but no, that was the only way forward apparently.

By this time I had about 8 blogs, 6 websites and a number of revenue sharing sites (some of which I am sure I cannot remember even now) that I would need to change all the code for.

In the instructions it said that I would need to close one account before applying for another one, getting that approved and then adding all my code back in. Well, I had read a few posts from people in the Google Adsense help that had been helped by Google to do this and had been given at least a day or 2 to change all the code on their websites so when I queried this with Google and got a reply from an individual this is the way I went.

I applied for a new account and got this lady to approve it which she did (although I also got another email saying it had not been approved) and started on changing the code on all my websites, blogs and revenue sharing sites. As I had to create a whole new set of Ad units this took me over a day to do. Even now I am not sure if I have covered everything.

Transferring Old Adsense Earnings

So I was asked if I wanted the Adsense earnings from the old account sent by cheque to my Dubai address or if I wanted them to be transferred to my new account. I took the option of the transfer as I will not be in Dubai for a while and anyway I would only have to bring the cheque back to the UK to cash it. However, I was advised that it will take up to 90 days for it to be transferred. Shame, as I was not far from another payment and will now have to wait for that.

Lessons Learned on Changing Adsense Countries

So these are the things to remember:

  • If your new country has a different reporting currency to your old one or you are on a list of designated countries then you will have to close your account and open a new one.
  • Keep a list of all websites that you have installed your adsense code on - including revenue sharing sites.
  • If you have a lot of adsense sites, try to contact someone on adsense to get a bit of changeover time when you change adsense accounts so that you have time to update your code.

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Dr Satish 5 years ago

Great post, his experiences should be taken note for cross learnings

Dr.Sb


suresh 3 years ago

I have a similar problem with adsense payment issue. I hope you can help me.

I had opened adsense account when was residing in Europe(Austria) and I was receiving payment through EFT monthly. When my earnings drop down, I put self-hold on for payment for the past two years.

Now I came back to my country-India. Due to legal constraints I can able to change the country. From adsense tech support, I came know that I have to close the account, release pay hold and I should open new account for the payment to be issued.

But when I close my account it does not ask for new address to which pay cheque to be sent. Also, I cannot able to open new account and it gets disapproved.

How can I change new address after closing the account or how can I contact tech support to say that pay cheque should be sent to Indian address not the Austrian address?


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Azure11 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi suresh, unfortunately you can only change the address within the country so maybe if you still know someone in Austria?

Secondly I think I got hold if someone through the Adsense forums but it is difficult to get hold of anyone at google. Also you may have trouble opening a new account in India as I understand it but if you can get hold of someone and let them know you previously had a good account that might help. Good luck.


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C L Mitchell 20 months ago

Thanks for posting this article. I was about to sign up for a Google Adsense account for my hubpage but am planning to move country in 5 months. After reading your article, I think it might be easier to just wait and sign up once I've moved.


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Azure11 20 months ago from UK Author

Good plan. Unless you already have an address and bank account in the country you are moving to...

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