Haven't been online for a while, so my apologies for not answering.
First off, I live in South Africa (which is a third world country)... this sucks balls because I only receive my cheques after about 4 - 6 weeks. After receiving them I obviously have to bank them... guess what... then i have to wait another 4 - 6 weeks for the banks to send them back for verification!!
This is sort of acceptable, but what really gets my balls in a twist is that we over here in good 'ol South -suck-big-hairy-donkey-balls- Africa CANNOT accept Paypal... can you believe it???!!!! The biggest joke of all is that Paypal was developed by a SOUTH AFRICAN!!!
So with regards to wether im getting cheques, YES, but its a bloody mission!
Secondly to the dude who asked about the placement of the ads... Have you heard of a guy called Joel Comm? This dude knows his shit and he's got a nice little book called Google Adsense Secrets.
Here's the link should you be interested:
Enjoy and I hope it helps