How Long Should I Wait For My Adsense Pin?

How Long Should I Wait For My Adsense Pin?
How Long Should I Wait For My Adsense Pin?

This is something a lot of people have trouble with as it is like asking "how long is a piece of string?" There are so many different answers and variables that no-one can give you a simple straight answer. Despite my knowledge of Adsense even I can't give you a straight and simple answer, but I can give you some time guidelines to consider...

Consider Your Location

The truth is some contries have better, more efficient postal services than others. But even then there is localization to consider. Here in the UK most people will get letters sent out in just a few days (from the moment they arrive at the sorting office), but people in the Isle of Scotland will often have to wait weeks for the same letter even if it arrived at the sorting office at the same time. Likewise, people who live in contries that have a less efficient postal service might have to wait weeks, even months for the same pin letter to arrive even regardless of when it was sent out.

Where's Wally?

One thing you also need to consider is how easy or hard it is to find your address? Do letters and parcels often get returned to the postal service just because the postman (or woman) couldn't find your address? If this is the case you might need to regularly check with the local postal service to make sure the same thing hasn't happened with your pin from Adsense. Even in a country or area with an easy to find address the same thing can happen so do be patient. Talking of being patient...

Be patient!

This one should go without saying but it is also one of the main reasons people fall into the 3-pin fail Adsense closed loop. How long should you wait? The truth is not easy to hear, but it can take months for a pin to get sent out and then months more for it to arrive in certain areas of the world. You only get 3 attempts at a pin being sent out, so make sure that each one is given the most time to arrive. I know you don't want to hear that it could take up to a year to arrive at your address, but it is the truth! As long as you are regularly checking with the local postal service that has not been returned to them it is just a matter of waiting longer.

The Que

One last thing you should also consider is that there are more and more people applying to join Adsense every year and the truth is the Adsense team is relatively small in Google comparisons. During the busier times of the year like November, December it can take weeks longer than when you request a pin in the quieter months like June, July and August. You are not the only person applying to do have some time consideration for this.

I know, I know. This is probably not what you wanted to read, but it is the truth. As I have said before if you do fail those 3 attempts it is officially game over for you and your Adsense dreams. Being patient sucks, but you really don't have any choice. As always if you have any other questions relating to Adsense do leave them in the comments box below and will answer them there or make a whole post for you with your answer.