Elsmarc - 4:32 am on Mar 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
"AdSense is what it is. As I have often said, the price we pay for the ease of implementation, better payouts than most similar programs, relatively reliable payment (used to be reliable payment, but they've been goofing on that in recent months) and low bar to entry is almost complete lack of control. If you want more control, you know what you need to do." - @netmeg
Exactly. I will say I don't know where you live or where G sends your checks (I have direct deposit to my company bank account), but no problem with payments here (US). Right on time. I "pencil them in" in my accounting software and tracking graphs I keep in an .xlsx file on what they show on the 16th for the last day of the previous month. They're usually 3 to 5 days "early".
I started using adsense in Dec 2003 and never a problem. Then again, I see people on here that check their adsense account every 10 minutes as if they're watching the stock market and they're watching for "adjustments" as if they are seeing what's happening in real time. That is - They believe they know the algorithm and processing sequence. If people would lay back, check maybe once a day or so, and watch for long term trends, their heart rate would go down. I mean really. Tell me someone can reverse engineer adwords-adsense algos *including* the week to week and *probably* day to day changes they're making, and I'll - Well, eat my hat. All they're doing is a lot of guessing.
If I remember correctly adsense is finalized around the 14th of each month for the previous month. I usually check about the 16th and see what they show. That's the bottom line.
Some people should chill out, cool off, take a siesta or something and then look at things long term. My personal opinion is that people who check their adsense account more than once a day are really insecure and will set off trying to "correct" perceived problems ending up causing more problems than they probably had. I haven't done any serious SEO on any of my sites in years.