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How to Deal with Processing Delays of Earnings in Adsense and Writing Sites

Updated on November 7, 2013

Dealing with delays in earning such as in Bubblews, Hubpages, Squidoo or the like may be cumbersome. They cast a doubt on whether you'll get your earnings, but fret not, you just need to understand what's going on. Hence, in this article we will try to explain what these are and what they imply, for both the Google & writing sites and for you!

Updates Concerning the Delays in Hubpages

Processing Delays we experienced starting August 6 was primarily brought about by the upgrading Hubpages executed such as updates in the Q&A, updates in the profile layouts and etc.

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Last July 24, 2012 (some say it's July 25, 2012), Google had a Google Panda Algorithm update. This may be the cause of the delay we are experiencing with our Hubpages Ad Program earning.

What causes delay in issuance of payment in writing sites?

  1. Presence of problems with Google - most Ad Programs of the writing sites such as Hubpages is tied up with Google Adsense. Hence, a problem encountered by the latter will also affect the program (e.g. misunderstanding). Subsequently, problems encountered by Google may surface from major updates on Adsense (or in any tools associated with it), technical difficulties or bugs and etc.
  2. Delays Emanating from Advertisers - it is through advertisers that there are ads appearing in our pages. And these are the people sourcing and funding our earnings here in Hubpages. Hence, if there would be problems with the advertisers, Google (or other advertising sites) might encounter some problematic delays. Ultimately, the ad program will also be affected and incur delays because of number 1.
  3. System Complications (Technical Difficulties) - there may be system complications occurring in the writing site you are in that affected the timeliness of the earnings report. It may be a matter of priority. They may opt to shift all the efforts towards fixing the problem that might result to a delay in the earnings. Also, writing sites may encounter problems with the calibrations of earnings; hence, instead of providing inaccurate amount of earnings, they might choose not to provide anything at all.

As a hubber, are you bothered by the processing delays?

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Processing Delays for Writers

Not only the admins are affected when there are processing delays, writers are too. And here are some of the effects of these delays:

  1. A Reason to be Worried (Fear of Closing Down) - let's face it, some of us get paranoid when something like this happens. We hypothesize that the writing site we are in is facing a tremendous predicament that may lead to its closing. Although this is highly unlikely, we can't seem to eliminate the thought especially for people who get their primary income streams from this community.
  2. Losing Track of Progress - when there is delay, writers will temporarily lose track of their progress. This is because hubbers widely use the amount of earnings as a gauge of their performance. When there is a 4-day delay, Hubbers will also lose track of their progress for 4 days and be clueless about the performance of their posts (although this can be temporarily substituted by the search traffic counts).
  3. Cutting Down of Earning Streams - for people who have writing as a major source of income, the delays may be highly significant, Think of it this way, if a writer has $48 dollars 4 days prior to the end of the month and experience a continuous delay in earnings (while the writing site imposes a $50 threshold), he won't be able to cash out as scheduled (or as he expected). This may be damaging to this person, especially if he has bills to pay as soon as he supposedly receive just after he cashes out. On the contrary, people earning about $0.05 daily wouldn't see it this way.

Regardless of any reasons, it would be completely beneficial for the entire community if this problem gets fixed as soon as possible. And hopefully, it would not take any longer before the writing sites we are in (and/or Google) address the processing delays. This will do some of the writers a great deal of favor!


What are your processing delay horror stories? Share them here!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Thanks NC4Life078! I really appreciate the comment. Actually, when I first encountered a Hubpages Processing Delay, I also searched through some hubs or Q&As that would provide me some clue about the delay. Since, there was no sufficient post about it, I tried "researching" more about it. And so, I came up with this hub.

      But on the contrary, this hub isn't really receiving huge amount of traffic, just some trickle. And views only rise up when there is, well, a processing delay in earnings. I guess other Hubbers were able to foresee this, which discouraged them to write about it (but this is just a wild guess).

      Regardless, though, I want to thank you for such a wonderful comment! :)

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      NC4Life078 5 years ago from United States of America

      Thanks for the great information! I was surprised to see a hub made about the issue as I usually have to sift through Q&A's. You must be getting a lot of traffic, I commend you for being "first to the punch" to market the problem.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      @robhampton Oh. Sorry. Thanks for pointing that out! I'm not yet fully aware that you can only cash out during the end of the month.

      Probably that's because I wasn't able to have my first cash out yet. Anyway, I really appreciate you mentioning it. I'll include this in my revisions. :)

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      Rob Hampton 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Author, you said "especially if he has bills to pay on that day in which he expected to cash out" You can't really "Cash out" anytime you like on HP. They pay out at the end of each month

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      eazy20 5 years ago

      How about keeping adsense separate from the HubPages Ad Program just like the ebay program. Once someone's google adsense is clickbombed(through no fault of his/hers) and the adsense program is suspended then their Hubpages Ad program is automatically suspended. How about adding alternative PPC programs to the HubPages Ad Program so that the Hubpages Ad Program would not depend almost 100% on google adsense? Just a suggestion.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      A wonderful insight and perspective! Thanks for the comment Marla! I'm sure this will be an added usefulness for concerned hubbers.

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      Marla J Neogra 5 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      Although I do not use Hubpages as a major source of income (yet!) I am possibly too optimistic and do not see the delays as overly disconcerting. In the world of technology there are always short periods of delay and rather than give an explanation that then generates an exponential quantity of responses requiring their need to reciprocate, if they choose to not start such a nightmare, it is only prudent. We are not talking about a large staff here. Putting on the "hat" of solving issues always detracts from the ability to then communicate/discuss the ramifications with all the ancillary fringe entities, even those within one's own staff, let alone the mass of users (us) until the problem has been resolved.

      I am sure that an explanation is forthcoming in due time.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      I agree with you. Everyone who is part of this community (which is us writers), has the right to be informed about what's currently happening. Fortunately, they updated the earnings now (well, except for May 13 and 14 earnings). Thanks Daughter of Maat!

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      Melissa Flagg OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      And unfortunately, Hubpages isn't telling us anything except "there's a delay." Well, the fact that there is no information in regards to a cause, it makes me wonder even more. Us writers have a right to know what's going on so that we can make decisions as to whether or not we should make other arrangements. The other site I write for has recently made drastic changes in how they approve content, and it's because of the google penguin update. But the site wrote an entire article explaing what, when , why, how etc. Go figure.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Yup, I'm kind of worry too. Hopefully this not something serious that would alarm all of us. Let's just hope for the best!

      Also, I'm having the same questions. Fingers crossed for some good news. :)

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      Melissa Flagg OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      This is unusual. I've seen a one or two day delay before, but today is the 14th! That's almost a week delay. That kinda makes you wonder if the site is going under. I've been noticing I get better traffic with less articles on another website and this leads me to believe that hubpages is no longer ranked as high as it was by google. I'm sure that would cause a lack of revenue. Scary stuff. If hubpages goes down, and I haven't made my first pay out, what happens to the money I did earn? Does it get lost in cyber space? It makes me wonder if I shouldn't stop writing for hubpages altogether.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      You're welcome tipstoretireearly! Yup, when there's a delay the values may not be all accurate (since more often than not, these are not yet audited and finalized).

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the explanation. Earnings are a good way to measure progress, so its good to know why this measurement might not always be accurate.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Thanks brackenb! It's been 4 days (or more) already. Are you affected by these delays? Just wondering.

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      brackenb 5 years ago

      Very helpful. Thank you.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      You're welcome Phelcky! I sure do hope that this will get fixed as soon as possible.

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      Lilly 5 years ago from Denmark

      Thank you for this information :)