Chaos for Bloggers As Adsense Payments Are Declined

Bloggers in Pakistan went into chaos as Adsense payments were declined this month.

The issue cropped up for people who were using Western Union as a method to receive their Adsense payments. Usually, Adsense payments go through automatically by the 25th of each month. However this month, users were instead notified of a payment error:

Automatic payment declined: Western Union for ($xxx.xx). No reason provided by your financial institution

Payment declined: We were unable to charge your payment method.

A lot of freelancers and bloggers in Pakistan rely on Western Union to receive their payments and the internet was flooded with comments and reports of the error.

We should mention that this is not the first time an issue with Western Union has come up. Last year, they stopped all Adsense payments to Pakistani accounts but the issue was resolved within a few days. But it was altogether a different matter.

The good thing is that Google might already be aware of the issue. According to a user on WiredPakistan, they released a statement that said:

We’re expanding the number of Western Union payments that we’re sending through our new payments system this month, primarily to publishers in the Asia-Pacific region. A small number (~5%) of the payments we sent to publishers in the following countries were incorrectly declined by Western Union and need to be re-issued.

No action is required on your part. We are working with Western Union to complete the configuration changes and will automatically reissue the payments. We expect to complete this in the next 24 hours.

Affected countries:

  • Egypt
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Thanks for your patience, and we’re working to resolve this quickly

However, we have not been able to verify whether this statement was released after the current wave of issues or due to a previous occurrence. We will update the story as soon as we know one way or the other. Even with the statement, a time frame for resolution of the issue has not been established yet.

We hope that Google tries to send the payments through after the issue is resolved. There is also a chance that payments for this month are deferred to January, which would be a disaster for many bloggers.

Are you facing the same issues or are your payments going through just fine? Let us know in the comments below.


We are getting reports that publishers are being issued the Adsense payment. With this, the issue is now called as resolved by the Google.

Talal is a Director and the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]

  • i have more then 8k payable and they block my account last night and i am just dam tensed there is no way to get it back and all my work is now go to hell without any reason i follow all the tos of google but they do bcoz of payments only

  • Anyone please tell me how much Western Union charge you when you get your Adsense payments through Western Union Quick Cash method?

    Suppose Google sends me $100 finalized earnings. And I receive it through Western Union. Then, how much amount will be deducted by Western Union from this $100 ??? Is there some fixed percentage they deduce, etc ???

      • I know Google sends me the exact amount and currently does not charge anything for using Western Union method.

        I just wanted to know how much Western Union charges us for its service of transferring the money from Google to us. It is not possible that Western Union transfers money for free?

      • Google claims that the services/features in both individual & business accounts is same:

        “There’s no difference in the services or payment structure between
        Individual and Business accounts. Business account payments will be made
        payable to the Company Name, while Individual accounts are paid out to
        the payee name of the account holder.”


        • Then bank wire facility is probably not available to all publishers. We often see a service is rolled out in phases. You should expect it for your account soon.

  • Hi can any one tell me i want to start a blog and how much time it will take me to approve my adsense account ? i am very unclear about this. Should i build up a blog or not .

    • Yup, 1 month add in high quality content and then apply. Mostly, you will be approved if your host is blogspot or wordpress.

  • How someone can get adsense earning in bank account. Which pakistani banks are supported if not all. N will there be any deduction. N how many days it would take to transfer money. N what are the requirements of bizz a/c account?

  • I still wonder why was my adsense account disabled when youtube got banned in Pakistan. I was earning $250 to $300 every month from the ads on my YouTube videos.

    is there any way to get it back?

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