How does Google AdSense Pay Zimbabweans?

This may be something that’s hard for some people to believe, but there are Zimbabweans who are making a living on the internet. Most people believe we are still stuck in the prehistoric stages of development, but that is hardly the case. I make a living over the internet. I won’t say I have grown fat and rich from what I do. It’s hard work, and it has become ever so difficult, what with the incessant power outages. Nevertheless, depending on your line of work, you can either become rich online or die trying. So, how does Google AdSense pay Zimbabweans?

How Zimbabweans get paid by Google AdSense

I own and run a couple of websites, and the way I monetize them is through Google AdSense. If you go to most of the major websites in the country, including news sites like The Herald, you will discover that they use this method of website monetization. Google AdSense doesn’t pay that much. You need to have loads of traffic in order to make work. So, it works better for these news sites than with my websites. Anyway, I do have Google Ads on there. It’s a passive source of income, and I am not going to spurn an extra dollar or two, wherever it comes from. So, how do I get paid by Google AdSense?

Google Pays Zimbabweans via Wire Transfer

Google Pays Zimbabwean Publishers via Wire Transfer
Google Pays Zimbabwean Publishers via Wire Transfer

Google Ads will only pay Zimbabweans via Wire Transfer. Not that that’s the only mode of payment that’s available on the platform. There are, in fact, other modes of payment, such as Western Union, but for Zimbabwe, the only available option is the Wire Transfer route.

What do I need to get money via wire transfer in Zimbabwe?

What this all means is that you are going to have to open a Nostro account if you are to receive money via wire transfer from Google (or from any other international source for that matter). The major challenge, as I discovered, is that nostro accounts charge monthly maintenance fees. So, if you get only a few dollars from Google every month, that’s not going to be practical in terms of breaking even. Upon inquiry from FBC, my bank, I was told that the maintenance fees for Nostro accounts is USD5 per month.

The FBC Prepaid MasterCard Option

Fortunately, I was presented with another option, the Prepaid MasterCard from FBC. This card also accepts money via wire transfer. However, it does not charge a monthly maintenance fee. Before you think FBC has become very charitable, it’s worth pointing out that the FBC MasterCard does attract 10% per transaction. So, if you wish to have $100 in your account, you are only going to be able to withdraw $90. I don’t know whether or not this makes the card more expensive than the Nostro account option.

Other Payment Options available for Zimbabweans

Away from Google AdSense, another option that I use when receiving money from my clients the United States is through World Remit. The great thing about this is that World Remit is available in a wide range of banks, making withdrawing your money easy. The option that I use to get money from my clients abroad is through the Payoneer MasterCard. I have previously reviewed this card in my articles.

I actually used to withdraw my money from ATMs in the country. That was before the de-dollarization. Now, I only use the card for online payments. And If I really need to withdraw cash, I go to Botswana or South Africa and get Pulas and Rands there. Anyway, don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you know of another way that’s used by Zimbabweans to get money from abroad.

16 thoughts on “How does Google AdSense Pay Zimbabweans?”

  1. This was way too helpful, thank you BUT:
    I wanna talk to you personally on this, I HAVE A PRACTICAL ISSUE TO RESOLVE WITH ADSENCE. Please give me you contacts.

    • That’s probably because there hasn’t been much movement in international freight due to COVID 19. Kare tsamba dzaifamba nendege but now, very few planes are going around. I am sure you verification pin will eventually arrive. Under normal circumstances, it would have arrived by now. Mine arrived in less than 2 weeks.

    • Hi. They actually use both clicks and page views. Clicks pay way more. And traffic location matters. EG, if you get a click in Zimbabwe or in the Philippines, that may only be 6 cents. But one click in the United States can get you as much as a dollar. There are many considerations, of course. You really need to get lot’s of traffic to do AdSense. I get around 400 and I get about $2 per day. That’s paltry, but it’s okay because I have evergreen content. So, my income can only continue to grow. News sites probably do better because they get lot’s of visitors. So, you need Clicks. In terms of views, I see in my Analytics that I get abouit $1 per 1000 views on some keywords. That’s way, way little. By the way, if you have a site, let’s exchange guest posts to help grow our sites.

    • Yeah. That’s too bad. The problem was mainly mail got disrupted by COVID. I was reading somewhere that you can verify using a passport or a gvnt ID. Why not try that? All is not lost man. Google what I am talking about.

  2. Ooh yeah its like you have to keep on requesting pin up to 4 times,so i was aware. Up tot his day the pin did not arrive however i did pin verification back in december and managed to cashout

  3. Hi

    I am about to receive my very first payout via adsense, but I am not sure where to receive it. I did open a Nostro account but again not sure how they will react to this transfer. How much do they charge? I asked the lady at the bank and she really did not have a response to my query, she said it depends on the source and why you are getting the payment. Can I get in touch with you to get some clarity plz?

    • Sure. Feel free to get in touch using and I will send you my number. But to quickly answer your questions with a reference to myself; I get my payouts through my FBC mastercard account. It’s a nostro account. They charge 10% per transaction. Or that was their previous charge. I havent checked recently maybe it’s now less. They don’t charge annual fees, so it’s a cheaper option. Withdrawing is a breeze. I simply walk into the bank and fill up some Mastercard withdrawal forms. Last month they had an ATM dispensing USDs in Southerton. So, getting my money was a simple matter of remembering my long unused PIN! All in all, you shouldn’t have any problems. And don’t worry, they won’t withhold your money or something. The only challenge that I face is on Google’s side. They are so finicky. One month you are okay, the next, they hit your site over some unknown issue and you lose all your traffic. So, it’s probably not a very reliable way of earning money. But hey, maybe your method is better!


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