YouTube Shorts (sometimes misspelled as Yourube Shorts :), a feature that has taken the internet by storm, offers a new way to engage audiences with brief, entertaining content. Similar to TikTok, Shorts allows users to upload videos that are less than 60 seconds long. These quick videos are particularly appealing to a younger, more mobile audience that enjoys easily digestible content. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to upload YouTube Shorts.
Step 1: Understand YouTube Shorts
Before you start creating and uploading your own Shorts, it’s important to understand what they are. These are short-form videos, 60 seconds or less, and often vertically shot to be optimized for mobile viewing. They can feature anything from comedy skits to how-to tutorials, music performances, and more. YouTube Shorts have a separate dedicated space within the YouTube app and can also be found in regular YouTube feeds and search results.
Step 2: Create Your Short
First things first, create your content. For a video to qualify as a Short, it should be less than 60 seconds long. It’s recommended to shoot your video in a vertical format (a 9:16 aspect ratio), as Shorts are typically viewed on mobile devices. This is not a strict requirement, but it provides the best viewing experience for your audience.
Step 3: Uploading Your Short
Once your video is ready, the uploading process is similar to that of regular YouTube videos, with a few tweaks.
- Via Computer:
- Sign in to YouTube.
- Click on the “Create” button (shaped like a video camera) at the top right of the screen.
- Select “Upload video”.
- Choose the video file you want to upload.
- In the “Title” field, consider adding “#Shorts” to help YouTube identify it as a Short. This is not mandatory, but it can potentially increase your video’s visibility.
- Fill in the other details such as the description, thumbnail, tags, etc., as you would with a regular video.
- Click on “Publish” to make your video live.
- Via Mobile App:
- Open the YouTube app on your mobile device.
- Tap the plus (+) icon at the bottom of the screen.
- Select ‘Create a Short’. Note: This feature might not be available in all regions.
- You can either upload a pre-recorded video from your gallery or record a new one right in the app.
- Add music, text, and filters, if desired.
- Once you’ve finished, tap ‘Next’ to add details like title (again, consider using “#Shorts”), and then tap ‘Upload’ to publish your Short.
Remember, just like standard YouTube videos, your Shorts can be either public, unlisted, or private, depending on how wide an audience you want to share them with.
Step 4: Monitor Your Short’s Performance
After uploading your Short, you can track its performance through YouTube Analytics, just as you would with a regular video. This can help you identify which content performs best and plan your future Shorts accordingly.
YouTube Shorts can be a powerful tool to reach a large audience, especially if your content is engaging, unique, and shareable. Keep in mind, though, that the success of your Shorts, like any other content, depends largely on the quality and relevance of the content to your target audience. Happy filming, and enjoy your journey with YouTube Shorts!
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