May 18, 2022
3 Min. Read
YouTube is the second most popular search engine behind Google and comes with its own ad services. Despite the massive potential, YouTube Ads are often underutilized due to their complexity compared to Google Ads (or Facebook ads, for that matter). But in truth, they’re packed with many benefits and can be used for promoting the best affiliate marketing products.
In this article, you'll learn affiliate marketing tricks on how to promote products on the video platform using ads, and how to make money using YouTube.
We talked a little bit about YouTube videos in one of our previous articles, How to Use Social Media for Affiliate Marketing, but getting into YouTube Ads setup requires learning about all the available types of ads.
There are four types of ads on YouTube:
Skippable in-stream ads play before or in the middle of watching a YouTube video and users can skip the ads after five seconds.
Non-skippable ads are beneficial for advertisers who want to keep users watching until the end. Advertisers pay by impression for these types of ads (per 1,000 views, for example).
Discovery ads are similar to the ads on Google’s search results pages. They show up among organic search results and send people to the video page or channel.
Non-video ads are best for advertisers on a smaller budget. They show at the sidebar on the right (when watching a video on a desktop) or on top of the video in the form of a banner.
Now let’s have a look at how to set up a YouTube Ads campaign.
Start by selecting your bid strategy. YouTube Ads’ default bidding strategy is cost per view (CPW), where you only pay for views (defined as watching an ad for over 30 seconds).
Follow the instructions to set your budget, where to display the ads, the audience language, and safety guidelines.
It’s best to target your audience by creating a buyer persona of your ideal client.
Define their demographics (age, location, income, gender etc.), interests, and remarketing status (for those who have had previous contact).
Start your campaign by clicking the “Create Campaign” button after entering the link to your ad.
For more tips, check out Google’s Ad Creation Guidelines.
Now that you know how to launch an ad campaign on YouTube, you’ll still want to optimize it.
The key metrics to track include view rates, average CPV, CTR, engagement rates, unique viewers, average impression frequency, subscribers, likes, views, and shares.
The best practice is to review these metrics and test diligently. You can run multiple campaigns and keep the best-performing ones.
After you’ve identified your best-performing ads, you may want to scale up and increase your ad spend. You can keep scaling up to 20% per day.
Re-evaluate if you notice a reduction in clicks or a steep increase in CPAs.
Thanks to YouTube's vast reach and advanced targeting features, it’s a precious resource for marketers - including affiliate marketers. And hopefully, the tips you’ve learned today will help you kickstart a successful YouTube Ad campaign!
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