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Weekly Update - November 3, 2018: AdSense, Photos, Flickr

This week I attended both the annual YouTube Contributors Summit and Google Product Experts Summit in California. I learned a lot and had an excellent time with my fellow experts. If you enjoy helping people with YouTube or other Google Products, learn more about the YouTube Contributors program and the Google Product Experts program. It also meant I didn’t have as much time to put this report together, so this week has fewer stories than usual, although I think I got the highlights.
  • Up until this week, once you had a fully approved AdSense account you could place your ads on any website. It was up to you to ensure it complied with the AdSense program policies. Now you must add any new site to your AdSense account before it can show ads. Once you do that, ownership of the domain will be verified, and the site reviewed for complain with the AdSense Program Policies.
  • Flickr announced two major changes this week. First off, the will be moving away from Yahoo login. That’s unsurprising,The bigger, more controversial news, is that free accounts will no longer be allowed 1 terabyte (1000 GB) of storage. Instead they will only be able to have 1000 total photos and videos, which is a huge change. Paid Pro accounts will have free unlimited uploads. One reason they provide for the change is the idea that it will discourage people who just want Flickr as a free backup service, and shift the focus back to “community interaction and exploration of shared interests”. That, and it’s a way to financially support the service without having to sell user information. The change will go into effect in January 2019.
  • Did you take some Halloween photos and videos? Make a scary movie with the free tools from YouTube
  • Or if movies aren’t your thing, create a photo book in Google Photos. You can now add up to four images per page.
  • Reminder: if you are an eligible US voter, Tuesday is election day. Get out there and vote!
Plus there are more tips and updates for Plussers looking for a new home, business owners, webmasters and more. Read on for details.

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