How to Use YouTube Ads on Your YouTube Channel
Have you considered YouTube ads?
YouTube lets you pay to run ads on others’ videos, as well as get paid to let others run their ads on your videos.
In this article, you’ll discover how to use YouTube to boost brand awareness and generate revenue for your business.
#1: Increase Brand and Product Visibility
To create an ad that will be shown on other users’ content, go to YouTube’s advertising pages and click Get Started. Now you’re ready to launch your ad campaign.
The first step is to select which video you want to promote. It’s a good idea to copy and paste the URL to your YouTube video or you’ll be searching for a while. (All YouTube videos will pop up as options to promote.)
After you choose your video, you can see a preview of how it will appear to people who are watching it on YouTube after browsing the Internet and finding it via YouTube search.
Next, enter the information needed to complete the ad, including the headline and two lines of description, and choose a thumbnail. As you enter your information, you can see a preview of how your video will look.
Then specify where you want to send your traffic when users click on the video or ad. You can send them to your website or YouTube channel.
Now set your budget. If you opt for a daily budget, you can specify a maximum cost per view (CPV) so you won’t pay more than a view is worth to your business.
Next, you can choose a target audience if you want your ad to be shown only to certain audiences. YouTube’s targeting criteria include age, gender, web activity, and interests.
As you create your campaign, a small tab on the right side of the page lets you see approximately how many video views your budget will get you.
Now sign into your Google account (if you haven’t done this already), and enter your billing information to pay for the ads. Then review your ads and submit them for approval.
#2: Generate Revenue
If you allow YouTube ads to play before your videos, you can earn money for video views. To enable this feature, click on your business’s profile picture in the top-right corner of YouTube. Then click Creator Studio.
In the sidebar on the left, click Channel and select Monetization from the menu.
Click Enable Monetization so all of your eligible videos will automatically be enabled for monetization.
After you agree to YouTube’s Terms of Service, you can choose what types of ads you’ll allow on your videos. Your options include overlay ads, skippable video ads, and sponsored cards.
All videos that you’ve published up to this point will automatically be updated for monetization. You’ll be paid through a Google AdSense account after you’ve linked to it, as described next.
Link YouTube to Your AdSense Account
To get paid from or run ads through YouTube, you need to link your AdSense account with your YouTube account. Click on the Monetization tab in the left sidebar and then click the Learn More link shown below. Now you’ll be able to link your accounts.
First, sign into your Google account or create a new one to sign up for AdSense.
Next, select the content language for your site.
If you’re creating a new AdSense account, fill in your contact information and then submit your application for review. The approval process for AdSense can take up to one week (although mine only took a few hours). Once approved, your account will be automatically linked to your YouTube account.
Edit Monetization Options for Individual Videos
If at any point you want to enable or disable monetization for specific videos, go to your Video Manager and look for the video in your Video list. All of the content that’s monetized will have a green $ next to the number of views. Click on that green dollar sign to view that video’s information.
You can disable monetization or certain ad types for that specific video by deselecting any of the options.
YouTube video ads are a great resource that more businesses should be taking advantage of. While learning and managing a new ad system can take a little time, the potential benefits are worth the effort.
What do you think? Have you used YouTube video ads before? What’s your experience with their advertising platform? Please share your thoughts and knowledge in the comments below!