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Hello Victoria! I understand your confusion regarding ads appearing in your YouTube videos despite not being monetized or part of the YouTube Partner Program. Let’s explore some possible reasons for this situation:

  • Ad targeting: YouTube’s ad-serving algorithm considers various factors to determine which ads to display. Even if you’re not monetizing your videos, YouTube may still show ads based on factors such as viewer demographics, video content, or user interests. These ads are not directly tied to monetization or revenue generation for you as the video creator.
  • Ad formats: YouTube offers different types of ads, including skippable and non-skippable ads, overlay ads, and sponsored cards. While you may not be part of the YouTube Partner Program, some ad formats could still be displayed as part of YouTube’s standard ad-serving practices.
  • Third-party claims: In some cases, copyright holders or third-party entities may claim ownership of specific content within your videos. If these claims are valid, YouTube may allow ads to be served on those portions of your videos as a way to compensate the copyright holders or claimants.
  • Ad placement by YouTube: YouTube occasionally includes ads on videos that have the potential to attract a significant number of views or engagement, regardless of monetization status. This can be a part of YouTube’s strategy to maximize ad revenue across the platform.
  • Technical issues or errors: Occasionally, technical glitches or errors in the ad-serving system can result in ads being displayed on non-monetized videos unintentionally. These issues are usually temporary and get resolved as YouTube addresses them.

To gain more clarity and potentially resolve the issue, you can try the following steps:

  1. Review your video settings: Double-check your video settings to ensure that monetization is disabled. Go to the YouTube Studio, select the specific video, and verify that monetization is turned off.
  2. Contact YouTube support: If the issue persists and significantly impacts your viewer experience, it’s advisable to reach out to YouTube support. They have access to specific tools and information that can help investigate and resolve the problem.
  3. Monitor copyright claims: Keep an eye on any copyright claims or third-party ownership disputes related to your videos. If there are valid claims, it may explain the presence of ads on your videos. You can review and address these claims through YouTube’s copyright management tools.

I hope these suggestions help you understand some possible reasons behind ads appearing in your non-monetized YouTube videos. Let me know if you have any further questions or need additional assistance!