How to turn off ads on your Youtube videos

Sunday, June 29th, 2014|Advice|by Martin Zeman

You have made an amazing video and you can’t wait to share it with the world. The problem is that Youtube keeps showing the annoying pop up banner with third party ads. Don’t worry, you can easily turn that off. Read on to find out how.

It’s really simple, check out the attached images for step by step printscreens.

  1. Log in to Youtube and click Accounts Settings
  2. View Additional Features
  3. On the left menu select Advanced
  4. Select a radio button next to “Do not allow advertisements to be displayed alongside my videos”

Even after you’ve done this, you might find that some of your videos display the ads. This is because Youtube has identified a 3rd party content (typically an audio track) in your video. You can see that if you go to the list of your videos inside Video Manager ( where it says “Matched third party content”.

Upon clicking the “Matched third party content” link you have three options:

  1. Remove claimed song – this will mute the audio in your video
  2. Acknowledge – which gives the owner of the track a control over a decision whether your video will or won’t have adverts
  3. Dispute – If you believe the copyright claim is not valid, you can dispute it. There is a number of options that allow you to successfully dispute the copyright claim which can lead to Youtube turning off the ads. This won’t work for a Madonna song being used as a background music but if you’ve properly licensed the music or got a permission from the license holder, you should be able to turn off the ads this way.

Even if you have millions of views, there are better ways to monetize your video than banner advertising – I believe that annoying your audience is never worth having content unrelated ads on your video.