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Google Adsense, Is Your Account On Hold? Pink Box? Are Your Payments In Suspense? Release It And Take Action Now!

Updated on April 5, 2012

Your payments are currently on hold.  Action is required to release payment.  Sounds familiar?  No?  Well if you are new to Google Adsense, the pink box will rear its ugly head sooner or later.  What isn't familiar now, will soon be!  This hub is going to save you a whole heap of trouble, loss of revenue and stress!  I will cover:

  • What to look out for in your Google Adsense
  • How to action the dreaded pink box
  • What to expect when you receive the message

What to Look Out For In Your Google Adsense

So you are new to this. You are as keen as mustard to start earning advertising revenue from those articles you have been writing. You sign up for adsense and the advertisements appear on your blogs or hubs spontaneously. Great you think! The revenue starts trickling, penny-by-penny and, although it isn’t much, you feel proud that people are reading what you have to say.

One day you notice that there haven’t been any pennies building up in your account. So you decide to leave it so it can build – you don’t want to be obsessing about it too much, now do you? You might, therefore leave it for a couple of weeks. When you check, you notice a little pink message saying your account is on hold. You might want to leave it – it might resolve itself. You know that you have done nothing wrong. My advice is DON’T LEAVE IT!

This pink notice STOPS you from getting any further revenue until you complete a set of actions. This can take up to three weeks to complete. This will delay your revenue stream. You will not get any revenue during the hold period. This means NO PAY PER CLICKS on your hubs or blogs until the process has been actioned!

The message in pink states the following:

‘Your payments are currently on hold. Action is required to release payment. More Details’

Now look at the image to remind yourself of what this message looks like...

A Message That Looks Like This Needs Action!

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How to Action The Dreaded Pink Box and What To Expect

This message could make you think that you don’t have to do anything. After all, you have a long way to go before you reach the payment threshold. Don’t kid yourself! If you don’t action this, you will be waiting forever for payment. There won’t be any further increase in the payments. All that wonderful click revenue will go directly to Google Adsense coffers! Your article clicks will be worthless to you but like gold to Google Adsense! The longer you leave it, the longer it will take before you can sort it out and the more you are working in aid of that great Google in cyberspace!

Now, you need to click on ‘More Details’. This will take you to a set of verification actions. The whole process takes approximately three weeks. This, undoubtedly, is Google Adsense’s tactics to generate more revenue for themselves, so you will need to accept this lost time and therefore, loss of revenue during the verification process.

  • You will need to confirm your details online – you might even need to enter tax information, methods of payment and update your address details.
  • If you choose to have Adsense transfer your money to your account, you will have to wait for a deposit to be made to the designated account. This is called verification of funds.  It is then that you go to your adsense account and enter the amount that has been deposited in the instruction field.
  • Confirm, via your account, an electronic automated telephone call.
  • Await a pin postal verification note in the mail.

Once You Have Verified and Completed All Actions, Adsense will return... phew!

Once all these actions are completed, then Google Adsense will operate to your revenue benefit and not theirs!

I have included a link as a lesson to learn from a fellow writer who made the mistake in overlooking the deadly pink message. Click here to learn more.

Now don’t make the same mistake…

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    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you cheeky girl... it is one of those pitfalls that we all face on our journey through article writing and adsense. Hopefully, forwarned is fore armed :)

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      An often overlooked fact that you have thankfully addressed here. This will be great comfort to many newbies starting out in Hub Pages! Cheers!

    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Much appreciated silvergenes - glad to have helped!

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! I'm bookmarking it and rating it UP!

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      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hey...marieryan - it is helping people like you that makes this all worth while! It is a relief to know that the explanation is easy to understand - sometimes one doesn't see it with your own eyes. Thank you for your comment, much appreciated!

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      Marie Ryan 8 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      What great community spirit! This is networking, Baby! After your comment on my latest hub, I went into your profile to meet you properly, saw you were on Twitter, so joined you there, as I'm trying to develop Twitter myself! As I scrolled down your Twitter posts out of curiosity, aand realised how you were posting your hubs on Twitter, I noticed the mysterious words: 'Pink box?'. So I actually accessed this hub via Twitter. I have been wondering for weeks now what the pink box meant! But you are right in commenting that because I was no where near the minimum of 70 euros (11.07 euros at the moment after almost 4 months and 16 hubs) I just assumend I had to wait until I reached 70 before any action would be required.

      your explanation was so clear!

      Thanks soooo much for sharing this.

    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      YIPPPPEEEEEEE GLEN! I've saved a soul!!! Go baby go! Clear old pinkie and get your adsense really working for you!!!! xxxx

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      Glenn Stok 8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I love you shazwellyn. I tried to enter my test deposit for two months now and the box to enter it was always greyed out (not available) with a comment that said to check back later. I stopped checking back after several weeks. But in the past week I suddenly got that dreaded pink box you mentioned. So now I have to go through all the stuff you explained here. Thank you for this timely hub. Everyone needs to read it.

    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      @Rafini .. Yes, Im afraid. This is what brought my attention to the fact. Try not to worry, just keep an eye out for the pink box and action quickly.

      Thanks for reading x

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      Rafini 8 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Will the same issue apply to someone having a check sent in the mail? I wasn't about to enter my account # online...

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      thank you dear at the moment I have this one, I need to verified an account where to deposit, Maita

    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Well researched mynameispaul. However, during the activation process, you can not access the information of earnings earned. Thanks for reading x

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      mynameisnotpaul 8 years ago from Kentuckeh'

      Nevermind, it is cleared up now. The Pink box on the "My Account" page said this:

      "As part of our effort to protect the accounts of AdSense publishers, we have mailed a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to the payment address entered in your account. This PIN must be entered on the PIN Information page before any payments can be issued to you.

      In the meantime, your account remains active, and you may continue to show ads and accrue earnings..."


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      mynameisnotpaul 8 years ago from Kentuckeh'

      So, the way I understand it is if, you have the pink box, you aren't getting any money for your clicks? I am just waiting for the Google Deposit to confirm payment option and my PIN number as well. Will these factors stop me from earning revenue? If so, are the "lost clicks" credited to my account when I do what the pink box tells me?

      Thanks for your information! :)

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      TattoGuy 8 years ago

      I of course knew to do this but what a fantastic lil hub for a newbie and so easy to follow, it took me ages to figure it out so this is great for newbies, well done, rated up !

    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks mel22. I hope it has been helpful to you x

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      mel22 8 years ago from ,

      Good 2 Know, and Knowing is half the Battle !. Thanks 4 sharing this.

    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Caraval.. good you are aware now. The pink box is sure to sense out your adsense sooner or later!

      Thanks for reading!


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      caravalhophoto 8 years ago from Northern California

      Great hub...would have never known all this.

    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Maita.. lets hope that drawing people's attention to this might help!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      very nice explanation, you will help a lot Shaz, Maita

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      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      thanks mtsi1098.. I could see the potential devistation this can have on people so thought that if I share the hubber love it will decrease the hubber stress! Thanks for reading! x

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      mtsi1098 8 years ago

      I rated this up because I recently went through the exact situation you mentioned here. Your explanation is spot on.


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