When I initially setup the youtube channel I had a personal adsense account. As I will be moving this over to a proper business I set about finding a way to convert this personal adsense account to a business account before I got the channel monetised again. This turned out to be a big mistake.
After doing some research it turns out you can't just switch the account over to a business account. I had read you can have a personal and business account though so I applied with a different email and put in this website as the place I wanted to advertise on. When the youtube channel got monetised I would simply point it at the business adsense account. Well, if you can have a personal and business account I must have done something wrong because I got an email that night saying that I already had an existing account and that I should use that or shut it down before I could apply again (maybe I should have used the business name rather than my own name for the payee, no way of editing this now though of couse)
It sounded simple - I would just shut down the personal account and reapply with the new business one. So that's what I did. I got a confirmation of cancellation and reapplied with the business account. I had a feeling it wouldn't be this easy and I was correct. Again I got the same email later that I already had an adsense account and it had the email of the personal one. I thought maybe it needed some time to filter through the system so I immediately clicked to apply again.
However I am concerned - there's countless threads of similar issues around this type of thing. I applied to reinstate my personal account, but I imagine it will run into something similar. So now I have the personal account reinstatement pending and an application for the business account. At this point I just hope to get the personal account back and I will try to add my business bank account to this - I don't think there should be any issues but will ask my accountant what needs to be done.
So I tried to do the right thing but automation and a lack of actually defining what happens in the instructions potentially means I'll be without adsense revenue. Admittedly it won't be a huge amount but early on this journey it's a blow.
What I suspect is the actual procedure to switch to a business account is.
- Delink from youtube account (must be part of YPP to do this)
- Close personal account
- Wait 90 days for system to make sure all payments have been issued (even if there aren't any)
- Reapply for business account
Or maybe you don't need to go through any of this if you don't name the business payee name as yourself - who knows! The thing is you don't have any way of speaking to an actual person.
So if I don't get my personal account reinstated then I will need to wait until I hit eligibility and then see if I get any further options to sort this mess out...