How to Run Ads on YouTube

Unveiling the Power of Video Marketing

YouTube has emerged as a powerhouse for advertisers seeking to captivate audiences through compelling video content. With its massive user base and extensive reach, running ads on YouTube has become an essential strategy for businesses aiming to boost brand awareness, engagement, and conversions. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of running ads on YouTube, covering various ad formats and best practices.

How to Advertise on YouTube:

Create a Google Ads Account:

The first step in running ads on YouTube is to create a Google Ads account. If you already have one, ensure it’s linked to your YouTube channel. If not, sign up and follow the prompts to set up your account.

Link YouTube Channel to Google Ads:

After creating your Google Ads account, link it to your YouTube channel. This connection allows for seamless ad management and performance tracking. Navigate to your Google Ads account settings to link your YouTube channel.

On the navigation bar of your Google Ads account, you will find ‘Tools & Settings’. Click on that and under ‘Setup’ you will find ‘Linked Accounts’. Now choose YouTube and you can add your YouTube channel.

In this way you can link your YouTube Channel to Google Ads.

Understand YouTube Ad Formats:

YouTube offers several ad formats, each serving specific goals. Familiarize yourself with these formats:

  • Skippable In-Stream Ads:

Played before, during, or after the main video. Viewers can skip after 5 seconds.

youtube skip ad

  • Non-Skippable In-Stream Ads:

Shorter ads viewers can’t skip, usually 15 seconds in duration.

nonskippable youtube ads

  • Bumper Ads:

Non-skippable ads lasting up to 6 seconds.

bumper ads

  • In-Feed Video Ads:

Displayed in search results, on the homepage, or in related video suggestions.

Before starting the YouTube Ads campaign, make sure you advertising goal is clear and create a compelling video.

Define Your Advertising Goals:

Clearly define your advertising goals, whether it’s increasing brand awareness, driving website traffic, or boosting conversions. Your goals will influence the ad format and targeting options you choose.

Create Compelling Video Content:

Develop engaging and high-quality video content tailored to your target audience. Craft a concise and compelling message that aligns with your advertising goals.


Set Up a YouTube Ad Campaign:

Step 1: Log in to your Google Ads account.

Step 2: Click on “Campaigns” and then the “+” sign to create a new campaign.

Step 3: Choose the “Video” campaign type.

youtube ads campaign

Step 4: Select the campaign subtype

Select the subtype which aligns with your campaign goals.

campaign subtype

Step 5: Enter the name in the ‘campaign name’ section

After naming the campaign, you can select the Bid Strategy either CPV (Cost Per View) or CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions), based on your goals. Usually, it is better to go with CPV bid.

Step 6: Define your BUDGET

Set Your Budget and Bid.

You can choose either ‘Daily budget’ where you can set budget on a daily basis or ‘Campaign total’ that is budget for entire campaign. Initially it is better to go with Daily Budget because it helps you go with low budget and ensures you don’t run out of money too quickly.

After that, you can choose the Start and End Dates.


Step 7: Choose Networks, location and languages

In Networks, you can choose where you want your ads to appear. You can choose from the options like YouTube, Google TV and Video Partners.

  • If you choose YouTube, your ads can appear on YouTube videos and channels, YouTube home, and in YouTube search results.
  • If you choose Google TV, your ads can appear in video-streaming apps available with Google TV. (This campaign is only available in the United States.)
  • Video partners extend the reach of video ads to a collection of sites and apps in the Google Display Network.


Now you can choose the Location where you want to run the ads.

Then you can choose the Languages which your target audiences speak.

Step 8: Configure Additional Settings

In this section, you can:

  • Choose on which DEVICES you want your ad to be shown.
  • Control the limit of how many times that ads in this campaign can show to the same user
  • Schedule your ads. Your ads will only run during those scheduled times.
  • see measurement data.

additional settings

Step 9: Set up Demographics and audience segments

Refine targeting based on demographics, interests, behavior, and more.

Under Demographics, you can pick the age, gender, parental status and household income of the audience you want to target.

You can select audience segments to define who should see your ads.

Step 10: Choose Keywords, Topics and Placement

Here you can narrow your audience. You can choose the YouTube videos, channels, or keywords where you want your ads to appear.

Step 11: Create your Video ads

  • Select the ad format that aligns with your goals.
  • Upload your video content.
  • Write a compelling headline and description.
  • Choose an engaging thumbnail.

Once done, click ‘Create Campaign’.

Your campaign must be live within short span of time.

Make sure you:

  • Regularly monitor your campaign’s performance.
  • Analyze metrics such as click-through rate (CTR), view rate, and conversion data.
  • Make data-driven optimizations to improve ad performance.


Running ads on YouTube is a powerful way to leverage the platform’s vast audience and engage potential customers through compelling video content. By following these step-by-step guidelines, advertisers can navigate the intricacies of YouTube advertising, choose the right ad formats, and optimize campaigns for maximum impact. Stay informed about evolving trends and continuously refine your strategies to stay ahead in the dynamic world of video marketing on YouTube.

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