Like most people, whenever you have some time to kill, chances are it’s often spent exploring the vast library of content on YouTube. However, the manner in which the adverts on the platform have become so pervasive has started annoying a lot of users.
Instead of getting immediately started with the video, perturbation invades your mind as a 15-second-long, unskippable ad pops up. Your dismay grows even more as you gaze at the bottom-right corner and see a tiny “Ad 1 of 2” written in opaque white on it.
Double unskippable ads, that too of 15 seconds each, are in league with the devil – an underhanded plan to waste your precious time. Here, in this blog post, we’ll discuss why you can’t skip YouTube ads anymore and if there’s anything you can do about it.
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Have Adverts on YouTube Increased?
As YouTube continues to be the largest source of user-generated visual content, Google aims to build on such a strong performance by announcing a few changes in its terms and conditions lately, which is predicted to increase revenue for both creators and the platform alike.
Popularly known as the “Right to Monetize”, here’s what Google says about this change on their platform:
“You grant YouTube the right to monetize your Content on the Service (and such monetization may include displaying ads on or within Content or charging users a fee for access). This Agreement does not entitle you to any payments.”
Simply put, what they mean to say is that they’ll start placing ads on videos from channels that aren’t a part of YouTube’s partner program yet. That’s also why the users have started seeing more ads than usual on the platform post this update.
Additionally, a particular emphasis was also given to non-skippable ads, often now showing two of them consecutively. While the feature was only available for selective creators earlier, it has now been open to entire members of the YouTube Partner Program.
These new ad formats are intended to provide more ad money to creators. Even the creator dashboard has a new metric that shows revenue breakdown and audience engagement amassed through the non-skippable ads.
What Can You Do to Avoid Ads on YouTube?
An ethical way to get rid of ads on YouTube is to get their paid subscription service – YouTube premium. It offers a lot of benefits with the most notable of them being the ability to remove all ads across all the various YouTube Services.
In addition, any device logged in with a premium account can enjoy ad-free videos, background play, offline playback, access to YouTube Music, and more. Also, there’s a one-month free trial available too, so you can assess what you’re getting before you opt-in.
Alternatively, there are certain unethical workarounds too that you can use to enjoy an ad-free experience on YouTube without paying a single dime, such as using an adblocker, switching to YouTube Vanced, and more.
However, it’s not to say that ads are completely a nuisance on the platform. YouTube has given us all a lot of entertainment, and up until recently, hasn’t asked much for it. The surge in the adverts, however, has become ridiculous whatsoever.
Now it’s common to see around 6-8 ads appear on a mere 30-minute-long video. In an effort to market their ad-free premium subscription, they’ve simply amped the ads on videos that, ironically, YouTube didn’t make themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can YouTube ban me for blocking ads?
Although there are not many cases heard of people getting their accounts banned because of blocking ads, it’s a disallowed practice. You could be banned, but there is no assurance for it, so be informed of your decision anyway.
Do YouTubers have other ways of making money than ads?
Yes, there is a myriad of ways YouTubers can make money out of their content without using ads, depending on the type of content they produce. Some of these include referral links, private advertising, partnerships, and more.
Can you automatically skip YouTube Ads?
Yes, there are certain extensions that allow you to automatically skip a YouTube ad as soon as the Skip Ad button relevels on your screen. You can use such tools to automatically skip the ads on YouTube.
As mentioned earlier, the recent surge in YouTube ads seems like the tech giant is making the audience effectively pay for YouTube, but again, it’s all a matter of personal preference.
You can’t watch a video anymore being disrupted by ads constantly appearing on your feed, but at least now you know why.