Simple Ways to Withdraw Money from PayPal and Google AdSense

Note: This post was first published on September 30, 2007.

There’s good news for bloggers and anyone making money online. You now have easier ways to withdraw your money from PayPal and Google AdSense.

Withdraw AdSense with Western Union

Google AdSense logo

If you live far from the United States, you may have waited weeks for your AdSense check to arrive, and then even longer for your local bank to clear it. Now, you can withdraw your money through Western Union. Western Union services are available at CIMB Bank and some Pos Bank branches. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to withdraw AdSense money through Western Union.


My AdSense checks go to my Malaysian home address, taking three weeks to arrive and four weeks for CIMB Bank to clear them. Western Union offers a much faster way to convert your AdSense checks into cash. However, to receive your money, you need to prepare the following information:

  • Western Union MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number)
  • IC/Passport
  • Amount to be received
  • Sender’s Address (Google)
PayPal card

Withdraw PayPal with a Credit/Debit Card

I’ve written about withdrawing with VMI, but if you have a credit or debit card with Visa, Visa Electron, or Mastercard, you can transfer money directly from PayPal to your card. There’s a $500 daily withdrawal limit, with each transaction incurring a $5 fee. Read here for more information.


Malaysian banks haven’t yet been integrated with PayPal for direct withdrawals, likely due to past fraud issues. If you have a credit or debit card, you shouldn’t have any trouble transferring your PayPal money. I don’t have issues withdrawing from PayPal as I have a Singapore bank account linked directly to my PayPal account.