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What's the difference between earnings and payments?

Earnings are the revenue that you accrue through your participation in AdSense. Your earnings will go through several stages during the payment timeline:

  • Estimated earnings - earnings accrued throughout the month. Appears in your Home Overview and Performance reports.
  • Finalized earnings - total earnings with all invalid activity deducted. Appears in your Home Overview, Performance reports and Payment history.
  • Earnings - same as finalized earnings in your Payment history
  • Balance - total account balance of all finalized earnings, debits and credits

For detailed information regarding when you will receive a payment for your AdSense earnings, read about about our payment timelines.

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