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  • Do unlisted Youtube videos have ads?

    Posted by Neil Orman on October 18, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Trying to find a way to have YT videos without ads? Do unlisted YT videos have ads now? Read somewhere that changed recently, but in tests with colleagues we didn’t see any ads. I’m grateful if anyone can advise on a way to have Youtube videos without ads, whether it’s the privacy setting or some other setting. We also have Brightcove but would love a YT-based option if one exists.

    Thanks, Neil

    Steven Makari replied 5 months, 4 weeks ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Ryan Holmes

    October 20, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Well…it’s YouTube, so everything has ads (eventually). Since you’re not paying for YouTube, they get their money from ad $$$$. If you want to ensure no ads, you’d need to use a paid service like Vimeo or something to guarantee no ads.

  • Andy Ford

    January 6, 2022 at 2:55 am

    There’s a do not allow ads option in your manage account settings, but my hunch is that your videos are magically going to stop being recommended if you select that.

  • Steven Makari

    October 12, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Neil,

    Unlisted YouTube videos can indeed have ads, just like public videos. The ad eligibility of a video depends on various factors, including the YouTube Partner Program and AdSense settings associated with the channel.

    If your channel is part of the YouTube Partner Program and is monetized, then ads can be shown on unlisted videos, as long as they meet YouTube’s advertiser-friendly guidelines. However, the visibility of these ads may be limited because unlisted videos are not as widely seen as public ones.

    It’s essential to review and adjust your monetization settings for each video, regardless of its privacy setting, to ensure ads are displayed as intended.


    I hope this helps.


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