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 and Reports pages.
  • Finalized earnings - total earnings with all invalid activity deducted. Appears in your Home and "Payments" pages.
  • Earnings - same as finalized earnings in your "Payments" page
  • Balance - your total account balance including 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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