How To Block Specific Ads On YouTube (Advertiser URLS, Sensitive Categories)

Did you know that you have the ability to block specific ads from appearing on YouTube channel rather than blocking all the ads?

For example, if you don’t want to see those Grammarly ads that are served to you, you can block the Grammarly website and all its accompanying pages.

Watch the video below to discover the reasons why you see an ad, the types of ads you might see, and how to block specific ads on YouTube.

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Why You See An Ad

The ads that play on the YouTube videos you watch are tailored to your specific interests. They’re based on your Google ad settings, the videos you’ve watched, and whether you’re signed in or not.

Here are some of the anonymous signals which may decide which ads you see.

  • Types of videos you’ve viewed.
    For example, recently, I purchased the GoPro Hero 9 Black, so I’ve been watching a lot of GoPro videos on YouTube. Every time I watch a GoPro Hero video on YouTube, I get served an ad at the beginning of the video that shows the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan.
  • The apps on your device and the use of these apps,
  • the websites you visit,
  • anonymous identifiers associated with your mobile device,
  • your previous interactions with Google ads or advertising services,
  • your geographic location,
  • the age range,
  • your gender,
  • your YouTube video interactions

Types Of Ads

  • Skippable ad that plays before your video. You can skip it after five seconds.
  • Pverlay ads that appear at the bottom of your video,
  • sponsored cards that appear on the right,
  • non-skippable ads, which means you got to wait ’til the ads finish playing before you can watch the video. I find these types of ads the most annoying. Let me know in the comments below which types of ads you find the most annoying.

Choosing Types Of Ads To Display On Your Videos

If you click on Monetization for an individual video, you can choose which type of ads you want to display on your video. Overlay ads, sponsored cards, skippable video ads, non-skippable video ads. You can also choose the location of your video ads such as before the video, which is a pre-roll ad, during the video, which is a mid-roll ad, where your video has to be at least eight minutes long. Then after the video, which is a post-roll ad.

You can make the ads more useful by making them more specific to you.

Here’s the way that you can edit your information or interests.

  • Go to
  • Here’s a list of how all the ads are personalized to my channel. These ads are based on the personal info that has been added to my Google account, data from advertisers that partner with Google, and Google’s estimation of your interests.
  • If you want to turn off ad personalization, move the slider to the left. Once you’ve turned off personalization, Google will no longer use your info to personalize your ads.

Here’s how to disable interest-based ads from a YouTube channel.

  • Click on your profile icon.
  • Click on YouTube Studio.
  • Click on Settings in your left-hand column.
  • Click on Channel,
  • click on Advanced settings.
  • Scroll down where it says Advertisements.
  • Check the box that says Disable interest-based ads.
  • If you check this box, just keep in mind that if you select this option, personalized ads will not be shown on videos on your channel, such as ads based on viewer’s interests or remarketing ads. This may significantly reduce your channel’s revenue. In addition, earned action reports and remarketing lists will stop working for your channel. Keep that in mind if you check this box.
  • Personally, I keep this box unchecked because I want to get the maximum revenue from my ads.
  • You can also install a browser plugin to opt-out of personalized ads from Google even if you’ve cleared your cookies.
  • Just keep in mind, if you block personalized ads from being displayed on your YouTube videos, you’ll see a decrease in revenue.

How To Block Specific Ads On YouTube

This refers to the creator’s ability to block certain ads on their channel. This simply refers to ads that you don’t want on your channel rather than blocking all the ads on your channel.

  • Go to your Google AdSense account at
  • Click on Blocking controls,
  • click on YouTube Host.
  • You’ve got Advertiser URLs, which means you can prevent ads from individual advertisers.
  • All you have to do is click on Manage Advertiser URLs, then you just enter the URL or URLs separated by a comma.
  • If you want to block all the pages from that specific website and put the top domain URL, such as This means it’ll block all the pages from,, or any other pages under that domain.
  • You also got Sensitive categories.
  • If I click on Manage Sensitive categories, I can use this page to allow or block sensitive categories of ads from appearing on my site.
  • If I want to block ads that refer to get-rich-quick schemes, I can just move the slider to the right, it’ll block those sites.
  • These are mainly ads that offer to share lucrative business secrets with consumers, or which offer significant money or merchandise for little or nothing in return, such as multi-level marketing, work-from-home offers, and other online surveys.
  • I’ve got sensationalism, significant skin exposure, et cetera.
  • I’ve also got general categories. These will block more general groups of ads.

    Just keep in mind that this may harm your revenue.
  • If I click on Manage General categories, then I can choose any of these particular categories, and go to the right here and say I don’t want anything from autos and vehicles, just move the slider to the right. Then all the autos and vehicles ads will be blocked. You can just choose all of those particular categories and then those particular ads won’t appear on your YouTube videos.

How can I turn off ads from my YouTube channel so nobody will see ads when they view my videos?

That’s simple, just turn off monetization.

  • Click on the Videos tab in YouTube Studio.
  • Under Monetization, you’ll see all the videos that have been monetized. They have a green dollar sign next to On.
  • Keep in mind, your channel has to be enabled for monetization to see this.
  • If you want to turn off monetization for all the videos on your channel, just select this box at the top, click Monetization, click the drop-down, click Off, then click Update Videos.
  • If you want to monetize all your videos, just select On and then click Update Videos.

Turn of monetization for An Individual Video

  • Check the box next to the video,
  • click the drop-down,
  • click monetization,
  • click the drop-down,
  • select Off,
  • click Update Videos.

How can I block all ads that I see on YouTube videos?

  • Just subscribe to YouTube Premium. Just go to A YouTube Premium subscription will allow you to enjoy watching YouTube uninterrupted by ads whenever you sign in on your mobile device, desktop, or enable TV
  • You can also save videos on your phone for when you’re low on data or can’t get online.
  • Your video also plays uninterrupted in the background when you open another app on your phone.
  • You can also get ad-free music offline and with the screen locked that’s available on both mobile and desktop.

Here are some important things to keep in mind.

  1. If you turn off personalization, you won’t earn as much revenue from the ads that are shown on your videos.
  2. If you disable monetization for all the videos on your channel, you won’t earn any ad revenue. I recommend turning off monetization for those individual videos where you’re promoting your own products or an affiliate product.
  3. Watching the ads or putting up with the ads that are displayed on people’s videos, helps support that specific video creator.

    If you’re watching a specific video that has ads on it from your favorite creator, you actually supporting that creator.

How can I make money on YouTube if I don’t have monetization enabled on my channel?

No worries, just watch this video for 21 ways to make money on YouTube without 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers.

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How To Rank YouTube Videos Fast in 2019

Let me ask you a question, do you want to get a trickle of traffic or a waterfall?

Imagine getting views and subscribers on autopilot, even while you’re sleeping or on vacation because your video ranks on the first page of YouTube.

Would you like that?

In the video below, you’ll discover how to write YouTube videos fast in 2019-2020 and beyond, whether you have a small channel or a big channel.

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at   It’s a 100+ page ebook containing screenshots and a table of contents so you can quickly navigate to any section.

If you have multiple videos that get high rankings on the search engines your channel will grow fast. Some of the top ranking factors for YouTube videos include watch time, audience retention, viewer velocity, thumbnail click-through rate, engagement. I’ll explain these more deeply later in this article.

Let me show you the steps to write YouTube videos fast.

1. Research the correct keywords
If you get the step wrong then your time will be wasted, you want to select the correct keywords to place in your title, description, and tags, the key to finding keywords that you can rank for is to find less competitive keywords, instead of focusing on one word, think of three or four words.

For example, if I enter a keyword phrase, how to train a puppy in the YouTube search box, I get a bunch of different suggestions. These are all keyword phrases that people are typing into the YouTube search box to find out information about them.

What you want to do is find a keyword phrase that is less competitive so it’ll be easier to rank for. This keyword phrase should not have too many videos ranked on the first page of YouTube. If your video is the only one rank for that phrase there’s a high probability it’ll appear at the top of the first page.

My recommendation is to create a list of 10 or 20 keyword phrases that you’ve researched and use them as topics for your videos, Instead of creating one video or one topic, you have a series of videos around the similar topic, you can then put them in a playlist and also rank for that playlist.

2. Create an engaging video.
Now that you finished the keyword research for future topics for your videos it’s time to create your first video. As I mentioned before the top ranking factors for YouTube search is audience retention and watch time. The longer someone stays watching your video, the higher probability your video will appear in YouTube search and YouTube suggested videos. Keep in mind that YouTube’s algorithm follows the audience, so you need to create content that the audience wants to watch.

Ask yourself, what kind of content does your audience enjoy? If you create videos that offer solutions to peoples’ problems they’ll remain engaged with your video.

How do you create an engaging video?
1. Create content that your audience wants to watch.
The content of your video should expand upon what you promised in the title of your video.

2. Hook
The first 5 to 10 seconds of your video is crucial for people to continue watching your video. Use a hook like a question or tell people what’s coming up in the video.

3. Add a bumper
This could be a motion graphic of your logo where you just introduce yourself. The main thing is to keep it very short because you want to be there for your audience.

4. Meat
The meet is the main content that you’re providing to your audience, this could be a series of bullet points that explain more deeply what you conveyed in your title.

5. Call to action,
End your video with a strong call to action. One of the best ways to do this is to point people to another video that’s related to the video that they’ve just watched. Alternatively, if you’re trying to collect leads, you can point them to a cheat sheet or a free e-book that they can download.

Just keep in mind that when you do this you take them off YouTube. Don’t do this in every video, YouTube wants to keep people on their platform as long as possible.

A couple of important things to keep in mind is to actually say the title in your video, this helps Google to recognize the topic of your video, also when you transcribe the content of your video these keywords will be in the transcript.

3. Optimize the video.
The most important factors when it comes to optimizing your video are the thumbnails, the title, description, and tags.

Think about the path of the viewer. A thumbnail is the first thing they see in the search engine. According to YouTube if you have a high click-through rate on your thumbnail then YouTube will surface more of your videos. When you create a thumbnail make sure you use contrasting colors, bold text, use few words and include your face if possible. It’s a good idea to create several different thumbnails even before you shoot your video so you have different options to choose from.

Click here to watch my video on how to create clickable thumbnails

Use exact keyword phrase that you came up with in your keyword research. Your titles and your thumbnails should work together to preview the content of your video. You might also want to make the title more catchy by adding an emotional trigger to the title. Instead of just satisfying the search engines you also satisfy your viewers.

Descriptions help viewers find your videos in the search engines. I often read the first three lines of description while I’m watching the video because the first three lines appear under the video. It should be a summary of the content of your video.

Place your most important keywords at the beginning of your description. Use the rest of the text in the description to provide extra information. This could be linked to a playlist or related videos plus your social media channels. You also have the option of including hashtags in the description. These appear as clickable links under the video.

Click here to watch my video on how to add hashtags to your videos.

The purpose of your tags is to make it easier for YouTube to find your video. Make sure you include keyword phrases that relate to the content of the video. I usually have the title of my video in the first tag. I then add related keyword phrases for the other tags. One of the best tools for doing keyword research and finding the correct tags is TubeBuddy.

Click here to watch my video on how to find the best tags using TubeBuddy.

Cards and End Screens.
The main purpose of Cards and End Screens is to redirect viewers to a related video from the video that they’ve just watched. Instead of linking to a solo video, link to a playlist so they binge watch your videos.

As I mentioned before, the longer they keep watching one video or successive videos in a row, the higher probability your videos will appear in youtube search and youtube suggested videos.

4. Promote your video.
Now that you’ve optimized and published your video, your work has just begun. The first 24 to 48 hours of your video going live on YouTube it’s crucial for ranking success.

This is called view velocity which you’re going to find in YouTube analytics. If you can drive a lot of views in that period of time your video has a high chance of ranking well on the search engines.
* Post your video to all your social media sites
* Email your list if you have one
* Embed your video on your website
* I also recommend transcribing your video because Google picks up keywords that are mentioned in your transcript. You can then repurposes that transcript by converting it into a PDF file and uploading it to documents sharing sites. This will help to drive traffic to your video.

5. Track the performance of your videos.
If you go to your Traffic sources report, you’ll be able to see where most of your traffic is coming from. Most traffic will come from YouTube search and suggested videos. If you click on those links you’ll be able to identify the videos that brought that traffic.

My recommendation is to keep doing more of what works. If you find a video that ranks really well and gets a lot of traffic, create more of the same types of videos. According to YouTube, when you create something that’s working for your audience, create more of it. You’ll deliver more of what your viewers like.

Here are some important things to keep in mind…
1. YouTube follows your audience.
Make sure you always create content that your audience wants to watch and your videos will do well. Your audience will decide if your video will get high rankings or not. It’s not up to the YouTube algorithm.

2. Make small tweaks to every video.
Try to improve every video that you publish. For example, you could improve the thumbnail, your audience retention or the way that you deliver the content.

3. Not every video will rank well.
Every video that you create no matter how long you spend on it will not rank on the first page on the search engines.

Keep in mind that sometimes a video will rank after a few months or even after a few years, so patience is the key. Of course, sometimes a video will do really well if you follow a trend.

Click here to watch my video on how to capitalize on trending topics so you get views and subscribers really fast.

4. Multiple ranking videos will generate a river of traffic.
The more frequently you upload engaging videos, the faster your channel will grow.

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at   It’s a 100+ page ebook containing screenshots and a table of contents so you can quickly navigate to any section.

7 Mistakes To Avoid To Get More YouTube Subscribers

Are you struggling to get more subscribers to your YouTube Channel? If so, you may be making mistakes that you’re probably unaware of.

In the video below I’m going to give you 7 things you definitely
SHOULD NOT DO to get more subscribers and views to your channel.

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1. Don’t ask sub4sub
People who comment on your video with “I subscribed to you now subscribe to me” are spamming you. They are not interested in your content and only want to boost their subscriber count. Therefore they don’t offer any value to your channel.

2. Don’t add a link in the comments on other channels
Another annoying thing that people do is spam your comments by inserting a link to their channel or to a product they are trying to promote. Fortunately this kind of comment immediately gets flagged by YouTube as possible spam and is sent to the spam section so it won’t be seen by the public.

3. Don’t be boring
When filming a video you can’t use the same energy as when you’re talking to a person. The video camera reduces the energy you normally have so you appear on camera with little energy and enthusiasm. Instead double the energy and enthusiasm you normally have so it will motivate viewers to subscribe to your channel.

4. Don’t use clickbait
Clickbait is content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular video but the video is something completely different. For example posting a thumbnail of cleavage to make people click on your video about ant farms. This tactic will work against you because the audience will feel fooled and angry and will be less likely to watch any more of your videos. If someone clicks on a video and leaves quickly, this tracked time on screen will bump you lower in search results.

Clickbait is actually against YouTube’s Terms of Service and you’ll
actually get a strike against your channel for doing such activities.

5. Don’t use other people’s content (except creative commons videos)
Instead of stealing other peoples’ content, just be yourself and give your unique slant on a specific topic. By all means watch other peoples videos, read other people’s articles, listen to other peoples’ podcasts to get ideas but don’t just copy their content so there is no originality to it

This is one of the biggest things that is against YouTube’s Terms of Service. This is called Piracy! So, taking other people’s content without their permission is against YouTube’s Terms.

6. Don’t use inappropriate words
Watch How To Block Or Blacklist Certain Words On YouTube – Tutorial

7. Avoid infrequent uploading
The more frequently you upload the more exposure you’ll receive on your videos. People can then count on viewing your videos every week.

If you want to learn how to grow your audience on YouTube and
generate views and subscribers on autopilot check out my
YouTube Markting Course at:

How To Find The Traffic Sources Of Your Videos On YouTube

Do you know what search terms or keywords people
are using to find your videos on YouTube?

If you videos appear on the first page of YouTube or
Google you’ll receive a continuous stream of free traffic.

This is a great way to generate new leads or subscribers on autopilot.

Here’s how to analyze the traffic sources of your YouTube videos:

Watch the video below

The traffic sources report in YouTube Analytics shows the sites and YouTube features that viewers use to find your content. You can use it to get insight into the many ways viewers find your videos.

For example, you can see if viewers are searching directly on YouTube, clicking “suggested videos” thumbnails, or following links from social networking websites like Twitter or Facebook.

Here’s how to view your traffic sources using YouTube Analytics:

  • Log into your YouTube channel
  • Click the profile icon
  • Click “creator studio”
  • Click the drop down box next to analytics
  • Go to traffic sources
  • Click on “YouTube search”
  • Here are all the keyword phrases that people are
    using to find your videos on YouTube.
  • It gives you the watch time, number of views, average view duration.
  • You can also get the geography…as you can see the
    United States is the most popular.
  • If you go back to traffic sources and click on “suggested videos”…
    these are views from suggestions appearing alongside or after other videos.
  • Here you’ve got a list of the top 25 videos that appear as the “suggested videos”
  • This is the last 28 days but you can also adjust it
    if you want view the last 90 days or this year, last year, etc.
  • If you go back to traffic sources we can see the other sources of traffic.
  • External..this is traffic from websites and apps
    that embed your videos or link to your videos on YouTube.
  • YouTube advertising..this is ad playbacks that qualify as a view.
  • Direct or Unknown…is traffic from direct URL entry,
    bookmarks and unidentified apps.
  • Suggested the views from suggestions appearing
    alongside or after other videos.
  • You can see most of my traffic is coming from
    YouTube search and from external.
  • If I hover over the graph, I can analyze these statistics for April 2016 so I’ve got suggested videos, direct or unknown, YouTube advertising, external sources and YouTube search.
  • YouTube search is my highest traffic source.

That’s it!

Now you know the traffic sources that people are using to discover your videos. You’ll also know the keywords that people are using to find your videos on Google and YouTube.

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How To See The Tags Of Any YouTube Video

Do you want to be able to see the keywords that
your competitors are using for their video tags?

For many years you could view the tags of any YouTube video directly below it’s description. Back in 2012 YouTube removed the tags from view because they were being abused.

Even though video tags are hidden from view, you should still use them so your videos can be found when somebody searches on Google or YouTube.

Getting tag ideas by spying on your competitors’ videos will help you generate more ideas for your own video tags. Just don’t abuse this feature by copying and pasting ALL your competitors’ tags.

How To Find The Tags For Any YouTube Video:


  • Install the VidIQ Chrome extension at:
  • Click “Install Chrome Extension”
  • Make sure that you are using the chrome browser
  • For you video, it will give you the video IQ score, number of views, number of subscribers, likes, FB shares, etc. So it gives you a lot of valuble statistics for your video.
  • You can also see all the tags that have been used for the video.
  • And to get them all just click on the clip button.
  • Copy all the tags (Command+C on the MAC or CTRL+C on the PC)
  • Paste all the tags into a text editor
    (Command+V on the MAC or CTRL+V on the PC)
  • Now you’ve got all the tags of that particular video

Some of the keywords used in the tags of this popular video you may never have thought of but you can use them in your own video.

Keep these 2 important things in mind:

1. Don’t abuse video tags
Avoid copying all the tags of a competitor’s video to use for your own. Instead sprinkle some of the tags that you never thought of for your own video.

2. Don’t keyword spam your tags
Avoid using the same keywords over and over again in your tags. Instead use secondary keyword phrases that include or are related to your main keyword.

Now you know how to find the tags for any YouTube Video.

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5 YouTube Video Marketing Myths Busted

YouTube videos are an excellent method for generating more sales and leads for your online business because they engage your audience in a greater way than text plus videos rank faster in the search engines. No longer do you have to wait for months before they appears. I’ve uploaded videos that achieved first page rankings on Google within a few minutes.

So what prevents most people from using videos to market their business?

Here are the top 5 myths busted
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Local business owners typically use Yellow Page ads to generate new leads for their stores however most customers now go online to find products and services they wish to purchase. One of the most effective methods for marketing local businesses is uploading videos to YouTube.

Let’s look at the traffic stats of YouTube:

  • Receives over 800 million unique users each month
  • 4 billion hours of video are watched each month
  • 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute

Wouldn’t you like to tap into some of YouTube’s traffic to generate a consistent stream of new leads to your local business?

Let’s look at the top 10 benefits of using YouTube videos to market your local businesses
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How To Promote Affiliate Products With YouTube Videos

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The beauty of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to worry about creating your own product or preparing marketing materials. Instead you simply choose from the hundreds of affiliate programs available and begin making money right away. This saves you a ton of time and money.

So how do you choose what type of affiliate programs to promote?
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Why I Love Video Marketing

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Creating videos can be very scary if you’ve never spoken on camera before. For 12 years my primary method of marketing was creating textual content. I never thought of using videos until I realized it is a very powerful medium for conveying my ideas. Now I actually prefer creating videos to writing content even though I utilize both methods.

Here are my top 7 reasons why I love creating and marketing content using videos:
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YouTube Video Marketing: 10 Steps To Create Your First Own YouTube Video


When I created my first YouTube video several years ago it was jumpy, contained insufficient lighting, wasn’t scripted, had unclear sound and was too long. I hope that by reading through this article you’ll avoid the mistakes I initially made and give you the inspiration to create your own YouTube videos for attracting traffic and leads to your business.

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