Every month it's the same thing, and every month it isn't just new publishers that freak out if their earnings aren't finalized one minute after midnight on the day the finalizations begin (the first of the month for websites/blogs, and the 11th of the month for YouTube).
One minute after midnight ... really people? Have a little patience. Please!
I get it - new publishers who just started might not understand how this works, but a lot of people in the forum who squawk about it happening late are not new publishers. Just because last month or the month before you got finalized earnings on a certain day doesn't mean it's going to happen EVERY month on the same day. Finalizing earnings happens during a time period - "from" and "to" means anytime in between those days.
Getting earnings finalized isn't like getting a paycheque from your employer. Employer's issue paycheques on a schedule, like every Thursday or Friday (weekly), or the last day of every second week, or the 15th and 30th of a month. That's entirely different than what AdSense does. You don't work for AdSense. They aren't your employer, and things don't work the way they do with a real world job. AdSense isn't your "job".
If you have a website or blog, you should see finalized earnings every month from the previous month, and that happens ANYTIME between the first of the month, and the 7th of the month. So using this month (Feb. 2017) as an example, January's estimated earnings from your site would be finalized sometime between the 1st and 7th of February ... not necessarily 12:01am on the 1st of February.
C'mon people, you're driving us nuts with this stuff. Sure, we like to help people understand things but it's getting a little much. After one or two months of it, you should be understanding how it works.
So, no more freak outs because you didn't get it on exactly the day you "normally" do ... there isn't any "normal" day with Adsense and if you use AdSense long enough, you'll eventually (I hope) come to understand that there is very little in the way of "normal".
The payment process and timelines are pretty regular, but because they aren't specific days the day it happens (or the date) may not be the exact same all the time, nor will it be the same for all publishers. There's a time frame because it isn't even possible to review and finalize the earnings for over 2 million publishers in a day or two.
I've written about the payment process before ... and even updated it but finally guys, finally in the end ... you got to me. Stop freaking out over the finalizing of earnings and take time to learn what the time frames really are.
Oh, and on the off-chance that you don't see finalized earnings come payment time (the 21st of the month), maybe then you can worry a little.
posted by J. Gracey Stinson