How To Upload YouTube Shorts From Your PC

Why on earth do you want to upload a YouTube Shorts video from your PC when it’s easier to upload it from your phone using the YouTube app?

Here are a few reasons…

  • Perhaps you don’t own a phone, but you have a camera and computer.
  • The videos you film on your phone are low-quality compared to the videos you film on your camera.
  • You can make a high impact video using a camera and video editing software.
  • You want to edit and save the video on your computer.

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Let me ask you a question….

Are you currently creating YouTube Shorts for your channel? Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would, too.

  1. Film your video.
    If you’re filming with your phone, make sure it’s in the vertical position. If you’re filming with a camera, like I often do with my GoPro when I’m outside, make sure it’s also in the vertical position. If you don’t do that and film in a horizontal position, then you won’t be able to create a Shorts video.
  2. Import your Shorts video in your video editing software.
    Just make sure that you have a vertical document of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. After you’ve edited the video, save the video to your computer so it’s ready to upload to YouTube.
  3. Upload and optimize your Shorts video.
    Here are a couple of optimization tips….
    – Include your main keyword phrase at the beginning of your title. Your title is one of the main ranking factors for YouTube Shorts videos. You also want to add the hashtag Shorts in the title or description. The rest of the description and tags are not really ranking factors for YouTube Shorts videos. If you didn’t create the video using the Shorts app, then you can make the video up to 60 seconds long. If you use the Shorts feature on the YouTube app, then you can only make it 15 seconds long.

    Here’s how to do it…
    – log on to YouTube channel,
    – click the ‘Create’ link at the top.
    – click ‘Upload Videos’,
    – click ‘Select Files’, or drag and drop a file to upload.
    – I’m going to drag this file, “How to increase watch time on YouTube in 30 seconds.”
    – Now it’s uploading. I’ve got my title in there already, because that’s what I named the file.
    – Add a short description. Make sure you include the hashtag #Shorts in the description or the title. Here is the thumbnail frame that YouTube chooses from your video to add to the Shorts shelf.
    – You can upload a custom thumbnail, but it’s not necessary unless you want to integrate thumbnail with your regular video thumbnails.
    – Under ‘Audience’, select ‘No, it’s not made for kids’, no age restriction.
    – Click ‘Next’. I’m not going to add an end-screen or a card.
    – Click ‘Next’.
    – Under ‘Visibility’, you can choose private, unlisted or public. For the sake of this demonstration, I’m going to choose ‘Unlisted’, but if you want to make it public, choose ‘Public’, or you can schedule it.
    – Click ‘Save’.
    – After you finished optimizing YouTube Shorts video, publish it.
  4. Publish and promote your YouTube Shorts video.
    Promote your Shorts video by sharing it on your social media sites. Now, you can share it on your social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Tumbler, LinkedIn, etcetera. or you just grab the link.

    Click ‘Close’. Click ‘Content’ to view your video. Here it is. You can see it has the back bars next to the video.

    Let’s take a look at how the YouTube Shorts video appears on your mobile phone.

    Here is a tip to increase watch time on YouTube so you can get more views on your videos.
    You can also add a section to YouTube channel homepage so it shows up on the Shorts shelf on the mobile app,

    Simply go to ‘Customization’ in your dashboard, click “Add Section’, select ‘Short Videos’. It says this section is only visible in the YouTube app.

    Therefore, I highly recommend adding a Shorts section to your YouTube channel homepage from a computer, so your Shorts videos will appear on the Shorts shelf.

    Where do Shorts videos appear?
    As you can see from these real-time statistics, my YouTube Shorts video appears in suggested videos, YouTube search, on the Shorts shelf on the YouTube app, and also in external traffic sources like Google search.

    Does that mean my Shorts videos can be discovered just like regular videos?

    Absolutely. They can also appear in the subscription feed on the mobile app.

    Are there any best practices for YouTube Shorts?
    Absolutely. Start the first two seconds strong by using motion. Secondly, structure your video correctly by using a beginning, middle, and strong ending. You can even add a surprise somewhere in the middle. Lastly, make sure the YouTube Shorts video is accessible by creating it in a vertical format and adding the hashtag Shorts in the title and description.

    How do I make a Shorts video on my iPhone or Android device?
    Click here to watch this video on how to make a Shorts video on mobile while using an iPhone or Android device.

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