If you are a blogger from Nigeria, then you should be aware that cheque is the only form of payment (at least, at the time of writing this) for all Nigerian Google Adsense publishers. Because this cheque will be sent to our home address in Nigeria, it has become a difficult issue for most publishers to receive their Adsense cheque at their home address. Starting with the issue of PIN, which might have be getting lost somewhere, most bloggers never get this PIN. And no thanks to our NIPOST because they have not been helping mattters in this regard. But taking all that apart, let us look forward to solving this problem.
I understand if you are one of those having troubles with receiving Adsense PIN or cheque, believe me, you are not alone in this. Because of our country inefficiencies and poor geographical navigation, most of our parcels got lost along the way. For that, we can not put the blame on Google, rather our country’s poor system of doing things. Since Google will have to send us our Adsense PIN, we need to make use of home address or any address we will be sure we can collect our package from.
What Address Should I Use Then?
As a matter of fact, we are still going to use our local address for Google Adsense because you must get the PIN and use it to unhold your payment, and for our cheque of course. Since we can not control how our Google Adsense PIN is being sent to us unlike Adsense Cheque, we should find a way out by ourselves. Below are some tips I believed will help you get your Google Adsense PIN and Cheque at your doorstep.
Tip Number 1: Write a Descriptive Address
We are going to work on our home address. The point here is, making your home address descriptive enough, so the Post Office guys can locate you with ease. Going by the word ‘descriptive enough’, I will be showing you two examples of a home address in Nigeria.
No. 1, Peace Street,
Looking at the above, we can agree that it is a home address located at Ogba, Ikeja in Lagos State of Nigeria but is this address descriptive enough for someone who has not been to Ikeja before?
No. 1, Peace Street,
Off Awolowo Way,
Opp. Mr Biggs,
Taking a closer look at both address, which one do you think is descriptive enough? Which one can you locate easily? Of course the 2nd example. What the 2nd address is saying here is this;
To locate me, go to Nigeria, then Lagos State and go ahead to Ogba city and locate Awolowo Way. Along Awolowo Way, you will find Mr Biggs (a popular eatry in Nigeria), then opposite that Mr Biggs, you will find a road leading to Peace Street, then locate No 1 on Peace Street.
Very simple, descriptive and easy, right?
The point here is, make use of a popular building around your home address. If you do not have a popular building around you, use the nearest popular road, junction/bus-stop, or street. A simple phrase like ‘Near’ or ‘Along’ in your address will be okay.
Tip Number 2:
Another point you should note is your Poster Code Number. Make sure it is correct so that it will get to the right Post Office around your locality. To get your area postal code, click here to learn how to find your Nigerian ZIP or Postal code easily. Use the generated postal code in your adsense set up.
Tip Number 3:
If you still do not get your PIN, request for another one to be sent. You can re-request your PIN for 4 times. If you do not get the 3rd PIN, change your address to a P.O Box. Yes, find someone else that has a P.O Box, no matter how far it might be, just use it. Then request for the last PIN. The PIN will get to the P.O Box you provided approximately 3 weeks after your request. Contact the owner of the P.O Box and ask him to send you the PIN Number in a text message, then use it to unhold your payment.
However,if after the last PIN request you still do not get the PIN, you will be given a link to contact Google. Contact them and someone will attend to you. They will ask you to scan any government issued ID Card and send it to them. If you do not have, scan an utility bill and send it to them but explain to them why you did that.
Then if you do not want to continue to use that P.O Box (if the person is fall from you), edit your Adsense account to include your home address and remove the P.O Box number. Then go ahead to change your ‘Method of Payment’ to ‘Secure Express Delivery’. This means, when your earnings get to the payment threshold ($100 or 70 Euros), your check will be sent via a courier service (DHL) and you will be charge 17 Euros. By this, no matter where you live, DHL will find you and deliver your Adsense cheque to you.
Tip Number 4:
Another solution to this is to get yourself a P.O Box Number. It is not too cost. It is around N3,500 to N6,500 depending on your area of residence. If you can afford one, go to the Post Office around you to get it. Then use it for your Google Adsense.
I hope the above tips will helped you a lot in receiving your Google Adsense PIN and Cheque easily at your Nigerian home address. If you have any question, feel free to use the comment form below. That is the update for now.