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Google AdSense is no doubt one of the world’s best ad network but until now the most annoying thing about it was that it did not allow fast payment methods such as Western Union Money Transfer or wire transfer. The only payment method available was check delivery which could take weeks to reach you. In my case, using standard delivery usually took up to 3 weeks to arrive, not to mention another 4 weeks for the check to clear at my local Maybank branch.

Now, the best news for Malaysians is we can now choose to be paid by Western Union Quick Cash. Western Union Quick Cash is a payment method that allows you to receive your AdSense payments in cash using the Western Union money transfer service. Payments will be available for pick up at our local Western Union Agent the day after they are sent. This means that we won’t have to wait for a check to arrive in the mail. Choosing to receive your payments by Western Union can also cut down on the bank fees and long clearing times associated with depositing checks.

As far as I know many CIMB and RHB bank branches offer Western Union services.

If you wish to get your AdSense payment through Western Union, you need to change your payment options. Here is how you do it:

  1. Login your Google AdSense account.
  2. Go to; My Account > Account Settings.
  3. Click on “Edit”.
  4. After you have clicked on “Edit”, you will see the following screen. On this page, select the option “Setup Western Union Quick Cash”, as shown below.

    Weatern Union

  5. Click on “Continue >>”.
  6. Check on the option that says “I agree that I have a picture ID that matches the contact name above.” If your IC has a different name, then I guess you have a big problem here!
  7. Click on “Save changes”.

That’s it, you are done. Now, sit back, relax and wait for your next payment date. 🙂

When the magical date arrives, you will be given MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) which is a 10 digit number that you need to put on the withdrawal slip when you are picking up your payment from any Western Union agent such as CIMB. You can find the MTCN by clicking on the “details” link next to the Payment Issued line on your Payment History page. You also need to know the payment amount which is also found in your Payment History page. In short, you need the following items when you go to your Western Union agent:

  • MTCN
  • Picture ID such as your IC or Passport
  • Payment amount to receive
  • Google’s address

In case you don’t know, Google’s address is:

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
USA

Note: Western Union Quick Cash is now also available in:

  • China (Mainland)
  • Pakistan
  • Romania
  • Philippines
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Colombia