How To Make YouTube Shorts On PC or Laptop (Film, Edit, Upload)

YouTube has been rolling out the Shorts Camera App to everybody in the US, but what about those people don’t have it yet, or want to upload a shorts video from their PC or laptop?

In this video, I’m going to show you how to make a YouTube shorts video on your PC, on your laptop, starting from scratch or resizing a regular YouTube video.

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Film Your Video

If you’re filming with a mirrorless camera like I have here on the Canon M50, you want to change it to the vertical position. Like so. If you don’t have a professional camera, you can just use a cheap webcam like this one attached to my iMac computer. If your laptop or PC has a built-in webcam, just use that. After you’ve filmed a shorts video, take the SD card out of your camera and insert it into your computer. If you’ve filmed your shorts video using a built-in webcam or the external webcam, it’ll already be on your computer.

Edit Your Shorts Video

To edit your shorts video, I highly recommend using Kapwing, a free online video editor. I’ll place a link to Kapwing in the description below this video. I recommend signing up for a free account so you have the watermark removed from your shortS video. I already have an account, so I’m just going to sign it. Click sign-in, click continue with Google, click new content. You can start with a blank canvas. You can upload a file or drag and drop a file onto the canvas. If you already have a YouTube video that you want to rescale for a shorts video, you can enter the URL in here and rescale it.

Later on, I will show you how to rescale or resize a regular YouTube video into a vertical shorts video. Click start with a blank canvas, for a shorts video, it has to be 9 by 16 to be a vertical video. I’m going to click 9 by 16, I’m going to click upload so I can drag and drop a file here or I can choose a video URL from YouTube. This my shorts video file, so I’m going to drag and drop that onto the canvas. Now, it’s converting the video file 87%. Now it’s uploading. Here’s my shorts video that’s been added. Now, that the shorts video has been uploaded, we can edit the shorts video.

Let me explain the interface of Kapwing. You can add text, images. You got the timeline below here. You can add more scenes by just clicking add scene, you can add audio. You can even add your own voiceover, you can add subtitles, you can add elements so you can add all these different shapes to your video. You can also record. Record the screen, record camera only, record audio only. Over here on the right under edit, you can adjust the speed, the volume. We can do zoom to adjust the canvas and also adjust the corners on it. You can also rotate, you can flip upside down and also make an outline and add some layers.

You also have the ability to animate, add affects and adjust the timing. You’ll stick with edit. Want to add some text, just click texts. I’m going to add increase audience retention, expanded it by just moving the handles here, and I can also change the color. If I go over here, I can change it to red, yellow, blue if I want. I’m going to stick for black for now. I can also add a text outline so I can do light, dark. I’ll stick with light so that you see it better. You can also add a text background color. Currently, we have no color, so we could add a yellow background if we wanted as well.

I just use the eyedropper tool here, but for now, I’m just going to choose transparent. If you want to undo a command on the Mac, use command plus Z. If you want to redo a command use command plus shift plus Z or command plus Y. On a PC, for undo, use control plus C or redo, control plus Y. If you want to keep that text on the screen all the way through the video, just go to the timeline here and just drag it all the way to the end. If you want to preview the video, you just click play.

You can also split the video on the timeline. After you’re happy with making the short video, just click export video. “It says your watermark-free content is being exported.” We’re going to wait a bit and then we’re going to check the video. It says, “if you have any issues, report a problem to let us know, we’re constantly developing new features and fixing bugs.” it looks like our shorts video has finished processing, now we just click play to preview the shorts video. Here’s a tip to improve your audience retention on YouTube.

I can download it. I can edit it again, make a copy. I can also share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or copy the link, and I can also embed it. I want to upload it to YouTube, so I’m just going to click download. Here’s the file for my YouTube shorts video, ready to upload to YouTube.

How To Resize A Regular YouTube Video To A Shorts Video

The beauty of resizing or rescaling a video you’ve already uploaded to YouTube is that you don’t have to start from scratch. Here’s how to do it. Go to your content tab in YouTube Studio to download a video. I’m going to select this one, click on the video and click on the three dots, it says options.

Click download. This will download the video to your computer so you can import or upload it to Kapwing the free online video editor. Log into Kapwing and click on new content. You can start with a blank canvas, upload your video file from your computer, or drag and drop the file onto the canvas. You can also paste a YouTube video URL into this box to fetch the video. Here’s my video file. I’m just going to drag and drop it onto the canvas. Now, you can see that video has been imported into Kapwing. It’s currently in a landscape format, which is great for regular YouTube videos, but I want to make it into a vertical format of 9 by 16.

Click crop, click 9 by 16. Now, I can just move this vertical box anywhere on the landscape video to capture a vertical video to use for shorts. When you’ve done that, just click done cropping. Now you can preview the video by just playing it. As you go through your video, you can select different clips that you can add to your vertical shorts video. For example on timeline, you can select the clip and then just click split to add that clip. If you want to undo the command, just press command plus Z on the keyboard for the Mac. If you want to redo the command, just press command plus Y for the Mac.

Now, you can add elements to your shorts video just like I showed you before, such as text, images, audio, subtitles, et cetera. After you’re finished editing your shorts video, just click export video. It says, “You watermark-free content is being exported.” You just got to wait a few minutes for the video to finish processing. Here’s my edited shorts video that is ready to be downloaded. I just click download, edit it, make a copy, share on my social media sites. Copy the link, embed it or start another project. When you upload a shorts video to YouTube, it will appear with your regular YouTube videos.

Just make sure that you add the hashtag shorts in the title or description. Log into your YouTube channel, click the camera icon at the top of the page. Click upload video, select your file or drag and drop the file. I’m just going to drag and drop a file. Now, it’s uploading. Add a title, call this test. Add the hashtag shorts in the description. I recommend adding a custom thumbnail because your shorts video will also be found in browse, search, and suggested videos, which brings you more traffic. Click upload scroll down, under audience check, “No, it’s not made for kids”, it’s not paid promotion.

You can also add some tags here if you wish. Check your language, recording date and location, license, it’s going to be standard YouTube license, allow embedding, publish to subscriptions feed and notify subscribers. Select a category, comments, and ratings. Click next. Select monetization off. Done. Next. Add video elements. Let’s skip that. Click next, checks, copyright. No issues found. Add suitability. That’s all fine. Click next and now you can save or publish it as a private video unlisted. For the purposes of this demonstration, I’m just going to select unlisted.

If you want to make your video go public, then just select public and click save. Here’s my shorts video. If I click on details, click play, here’s my shorts video with black bars on either side of it. If you view it from your phone, then it wouldn’t have the black bars, it’ll occupy the whole screen.

What if you already have the YouTube Shorts Camera App, and you want to make a YouTube shorts video on your phone?
Just watch this video on how to make a YouTube shorts video on your phone using the YouTube Shorts Camera App.

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How The YouTube Shorts Algorithm Works (EXPLODE YOUR VIEWS)

80% of the traffic from this Shorts video came from the Shorts shelf after 24 hours. Initially, it only received 181 views, then views exploded when it hit the Shorts shelf. This Shorts video only received 182 views in the first 24 hours, then when it hit the Shorts shelf, the views exploded.

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In this video, you’ll discover how the YouTube Shorts algorithm works,
so you can get explosive growth on your own Shorts videos.

Why YouTube Shorts?
Let’s hear from YouTube’s global content strategist.

YouTube: I have an answer for you. Every year, we have seen an increasing number of people coming to YouTube looking to create, and we want to make it easier for them to do so. We want to enable creation while empowering discovery for both new creators and our existing creator base. By releasing our creation tools, we’re making mobile creation lightweight, fast, fun, and easy.

How does a YouTube Shorts algorithm works so you can see explosive growth?

When you first upload a Shorts video to YouTube, YouTube is going to notify your subscribers. Mostly traffic is going to come from notifications. Your second major traffic source is going to come from browse features, which is traffic that comes from the home screen at YouTube.com. This also includes the subscription feed from people that have subscribed to your channel.

The largest and most explosive growth comes from the Shorts shelf, which is typically 24 to 48 hours after you’ve uploaded the video. In my experience, it can also be several days or a week later, so you just have to be patient. When your Shorts video hits a Shorts shelf, you’ll see a spike in traffic in YouTube analytics. This means that YouTube is showing your Shorts video to the most relevant audience. If the audience responds and watches the video all the way through, you’ll get more traffic from the Shorts shelf. If your audience doesn’t like the content contained in the Shorts video, your Shorts traffic will decline. That’s why you might see a plateau of your Shorts shelf traffic, or you might see it disappear altogether.

What are some other reasons for your Shorts video not getting on the Shorts shelf?

  1. It may not have been in the right vertical format. Make sure it’s 9 x 16, and 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  2. You didn’t add the hashtag Shorts in the title or description.
  3. You didn’t deliver the content that was promised in the title.
  4. You didn’t get a high audience retention or a high average view duration. A Shorts video should get a high audience retention because it’s short. Typically, I get between 70% to 80% audience retention.
  5. You created your Shorts video with a low resolution. Instead, make sure it’s a high-definition video of 1080p or 4K.
  6. Competition. YouTube is rolling out the YouTube Shorts camera to more people in the US, which means there’s going to be more competition in your niche. Therefore, when you make Shorts video, try to make a high-impact video that grabs the attention of your viewers and holds them throughout the video.

Here are some tips from YouTube about how to create your Shorts video.

  1. Keep it snappy.
    There is no one way to approach Shorts, but it’s a good idea to use a hook within the first few seconds of your video and to help grab viewer’s attention. It’s also important to remember that Shorts loop. Paste your content accordingly and think of ways you can encourage replayability.
  2. Tell a story.
    Shorts don’t have to be complicated or highly produced to be enjoyable. Focus on telling a concise story and have fun experimenting with new video topics, styles, and tools.
  3. Leverage text.
    Many of the Shorts sketches leverage text, both on screen and in the caption, to set up context or add to the narrative. On Shorts, audio, video, and text are important aspects of telling your story, so have fun playing around with all three.

Do you want to increase exposure for the Shorts content you’ve created on your channel?
Now you can add a Shorts section that is visible on the YouTube channel homepage, as well as on the Shorts shelf on the YouTube app. Just click on the Customization tab in YouTube studio and add the Shorts section.

Are you wondering if YouTube Shorts are still worth making?
Absolutely, because they still drive lots of traffic even after the Shorts shelf traffic has disappeared. For example, my Shorts videos still get traffic from search, suggested, browse, and external even after the Shorts shelf traffic has disappeared. They not only produce new views for my channel but attract new subscribers and generate revenue.

How do you come up with new ideas for YouTube Shorts?
No worries. Just watch this video on how to come up with ideas for YouTube Shorts

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How To Make A 60 second YouTube Shorts Video On Your Phone (YouTube Shorts Camera App)

The Shorts camera app was recently rolled out to all US creators. You can now create Shorts videos up to 60 seconds in length. The beauty of creating a 15-60 second Shorts video on your phone is that you can create a Shorts video while you’re out and about and not tethered to your computer.

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How To Make A YouTube Shorts Video On Your Phone

  • Tap the YouTube app
  • Tap the “plus” icon
  • Tap “Create a Short”.
    Now I’m ready to create a short. I can create a short that is 15 seconds long or even up to 60 seconds long. Here it says 15 seconds. If I tap it, I can choose 60 seconds. I’m going to choose 60 seconds for this one.

I can also add music from YouTube’s music library, but just keep in mind it’s limited to 15 seconds. All I have to do is just tap “Add music”. I can browse or I can choose favorites as well, or I can do a search for different types of music. I can also flip the screen so I can flip it to my computer. I can choose a speed, so I can do 0.3X, 0.5X, 1X, 2X, or 3X. I can also do a timer so I can drag to change where the recording will stop. Now, I’ve got at 60 seconds, but I can change it to like 23 seconds or 60, whatever. I’ve also got filters, so I just tap “Filters”. You’ve got all these different filters that you can use for your video. I’m going to stick with normal for right now.

If I want to record a video, I just tap the red button, or if I’m in the “Timer”, I can just tap the “Start” button. I’m going to tap the red button. Now I’m recording a Shorts video, and now I’m going to stop, so I tap the red button again to stop. I can undo it. I can redo it. Now I’m going to tap “done”. Now I can preview my Shorts video. I can add music to it, so I can browse music, search for music, et cetera.

I can add text to it as well if I want. I can enlarge the text, I can move the text from the left to the right, or in the middle. I can switch to classic or light.

I can also add different colors, and I can also add emojis. I have all these different frequently used stickers, smileys, and people. If I don’t like all that. I just tap the X. When I’m happy with the video, I just tap “done”. Tap the “Timeline”, play the video, tap “done”, and then I tap “next”.

Now I’m just going to optimize my short video just like a regular video by adding the title, choosing privacy settings. No, it’s not made for kids or made for kids. This is going to be a test and I’m going to leave it as unlisted and no, its not made for kids. Now, I just got to tap “Upload”. It’s uploading video. Now I’m going to check the library, check my videos, and here’s my Shorts video. If I want to watch the next video, I just swipe up. When you optimize your Shorts video, place the hashtag #shorts in the title as well.

When creating a short using YouTube’s short-form video creation tool, you can record multiple clips that add up to the 60 seconds.

What if you don’t have the Shorts camera app on your phone and you want to upload a YouTube Shorts video from your PC? No worries. Just watch this video on how to upload a YouTube Shorts video from your PC.

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How To Stay Motivated On YouTube When You Want To Give Up

I’m really excited today because I just spent a whole week working on a video that I’m expecting to go viral. Let me check the stats.

Oh no, this video only got a few views and no subscribers.

Let me ask you a question….

Do you often get discouraged when you don’t get any views or subscribers on a new video that you uploaded to YouTube?

Post your answer in the comments below, I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

In this video, I’m going to show you seven ways to stay motivated on YouTube even when you want to give up.

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  1. Know your why.
    What was the reason you started your channel in the first place? Was it to help others, make money, give value, exercise your creativity? I initially started my YouTube channel to create tutorials for web designing because I was a professional web designer. Later on, that changed YouTube tutorials because a lot of people are asking how to use video in their business. When I read comments from my viewers that I have helped them with their channel, it really motivates me to keep going. I highly recommend placing the reason why you started a YouTube channel somewhere prominent in your office or in your home so that it’ll remind you every day.
  2. Avoid setting goals you can’t meet.
    For example, you might setup upload schedule three times a week, but that might be too stressful, so, you might want to reduce it to one time a week. I used to upload three videos a week, but I found that scheduled too stressful, so I reduced it to uploading once a week or doing a live stream every week. Go with an upload schedule that you are comfortable with.
  3. Don’t compare, especially when you’re just starting off or you’re a small channel.
    If you compare your channel with the growth of a channel that’s been going for years, it’ll be easy to get discouraged. Instead, compete with yourself by trying to improve each video you upload by 1%. This can be your thumbnail, your title, your click through rate, or your audience retention. Also, keep in mind that every new person that’s subscribed to your channel is an actual human being. If you’ve got 50 people in a room that are all craving for your content, it would be very inspiring and motivating for you. Keep in mind that some videos only take off weeks, months, or even years later. For example, some of my videos that I created several years ago have generated the most traffic from my YouTube channel.
  4. Get inspired with limitless video ideas.
    You can get limited suggestions from YouTube by typing a keyword into the YouTube search box. You can also study the comments that people leave under your videos or under your competitors’ videos. A question that a viewer may have might be what all the other viewers are thinking about. Sometimes I’ll watch videos from some of the channels in my niche. All you have to do is go into YouTube analytics and YouTube will show you the channels that are similar to yours.

    A secret tool that I use to get video ideas is TubeBuddy. It not only give you suggestions from the YouTube search bar, but it gives you related keyword phrases you can use. It’ll give you a keyword score for those keywords suggestions and also shows you all the competing channels for that keyword phrase. If you’re a small channel, you want to go for a long tail keyword phrase that has three, four, five words in length, it’ll be less competitive and easy to rank your video for.

    Another place you can go for inspiration is look at your top 10 videos in YouTube analytics. These are videos that bring in the most traffic to YouTube channel. If you make a similar video to these top 10 videos, there’s a great probability that will do well in YouTube search and suggested videos.
  5. Plan ahead.
    It can be really stressful to keep a schedule of uploading a new video once, twice, or three times a week when you don’t have a new video ready to go. To avoid that, keep a running list of new YouTube video ideas. When I’m out and about, like I am today, I usually take my phone with me and jot down ideas on the notes app. You never know when inspiration hits you. It could be three in the morning or when you’re out exercising.

    Besides keeping a list of topics on my notes app, based upon inspiration, you also keep a list of topics in the Google docs or an Google Excel spreadsheet. You also want to keep a content calendar so you know when to schedule your videos. Typically, I’ll create a video script for each new idea in Google docs. This is usually a list of bullet points so I stay on track throughout my video.

    The best way to stay on schedule is to batch script and batch film your videos. Typically, I’ll create two or three scripts in advance so I can batch film multiple videos in one sitting. If you create a video series based upon a common theme, then it’ll be easier to write several scripts and batch film multiple videos.
  6. Take action.
    It’s so easy to procrastinate making a video. For example, I knew that today I was going to plan to make a video, but I wasn’t feeling it when I got up this morning. Instead of canceling it, I decided to go outside and start filming the video. Once I started filming, then I got into the groove. Sometimes you’re just got to hit record to start to get the juices going. Motivation comes from taking action, so, if you just start, then the motivation will kick in.

    Another thing you do to get motivated is to change location. For example, when I tried to sit down and make this video in my office, I was not inspired or motivated until I got outside and started filming. Switching locations can be a great motivator.
  7. Have fun.
    If you’re not enjoying the process of creating videos, then when the going gets tough, it’ll be hard to keep going. If you’re passionate about your channel and your topics, it’ll be easier to keep growing your channel. Keep in mind that YouTube is long-term commitment. You may not see substantial growth for weeks, months, or even years down the road.

    I get inspired and motivated when I read comments from viewers that says I solved one of their problems. Whenever I feel stressed out, unmotivated, or uninspired, I’ll go for a run or bicycle ride. In the winter, I’ll go skiing. Many of my creative ideas come to me when I’m not working. The worst time to make a video is when you’re stressed out and you try to force creativity, it just doesn’t work.

    Bonus Tip
    Join a Facebook group to get ongoing support.
    I invite you to join my Facebook group, TubeVideoBootcamp, that has over a thousand like-minded creators. You can ask questions, get feedback, and interact with like-minded creators. I’ll place a link to the Facebook group in the description below this video.

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How To Promote Your YouTube Video After Upload (10 FREE WAYS)

If you want to drive more traffic to your YouTube video, you’ve got to promote your video after you upload it. In this video, you’ll learn 10 free ways to promote your YouTube videos after you posted on YouTube so you can get more views and subscribers.

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  1. Create a square video that’s under one minute long from your YouTube video and post it to Instagram.
    You can rescale your 16:9 YouTube video into a 1:1 square video using your video editing software. A free online tool you can use to rescale your video is Kapwing. I’ll place a link to it in the description below this video. Add the title at the top of your square video and include some of the content. At the end of your square video, add a call to action like, “Click the link in the bio for more info.” When someone clicks the link in the bio, it will take them directly to watch the video on YouTube.

    Here’s how to easily get your custom subscribe pop-up link using TubeBuddy.
    Click on the TubeBuddy icon. Click on Promo Materials. You’ve got the most recent upload, your most recent upload for embedding, most popular upload, channel page link, and you’ve even got the channel page with subscription pop-up link. Just copy the most recent upload URL and it says, “This link will always direct people to your most recent public upload.” Make sure you also include hashtags that are relevant to the content in your video so it can be found on Instagram.
  2. Instagram Stories.
    This is a 15-second vertical video you can upload to Instagram every day. You can preview your upcoming video or share actionable tips on a daily level. Make sure you also include a hashtag that is relevant to the content that you’re posting to Instagram.
  3. Facebook groups.
    Use the search box on Facebook to find groups that are relevant to your niche. Follow the rules of the group before posting. Otherwise, you might get banned from the group. Instead, try to engage in conversations within the group by answering questions. When members become familiar with you, they’ll more than likely check out your channel.

    Another thing you can do is create your own Facebook group that’s related to your niche. For example, I have a Facebook group called Tube Video Boot Camp that has over 1,000 members. Click here to join my Facebook group. You’ll be able to interact with like-minded creators that are also striving to grow their YouTube channels. Plus, you can get answers to your questions from other members on the group.
  4. Transcribe your video content.
    When you upload a transcription of your video content, it displays closed captions under your video. This helps viewers that are hard of hearing or have the sound turned off be able to read the captions that are below the video.

    How do you create your transcript?
    You can edit the auto-generated transcript from YouTube, or you can save time by getting it done by a professional company. I get my videos transcribed by GoTranscript. Another great benefit of getting your video transcribed is that you can repurpose the written transcript into blog posts and for social media posts.
  5. Create a blog post.
    Take the transcript that you just created and post it on your blog or website. Embed your YouTube video in the post. When you create a blog post, make sure you optimize it correctly by creating an optimized title, description, and tags. You can also link to other related videos within the post. When you optimize your blog post correctly, it’ll improve the probability of your blog post being found in the Google Search engine. This will appear in your YouTube Analytics as an external traffic source. For my channel, my number one external traffic source is Google Search because it drives a lot of traffic to my YouTube videos.
  6. Email all your list.
    Not all your viewers will receive all notifications of your new uploads. Therefore, it makes sense to create an email list off YouTube. Even when viewers subscribe and click the bell notification icon, they won’t receive all your notifications of new uploads. I use an email list provider called AWeber to store thousands of emails and to send out emails automatically.

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    AWeber also allows you to track the open rates of your email list, as well as create free landing pages. The landing pages enable you to easily create an opt-in form where you can offer a free download like a cheat sheet, report, free video course in exchange for the contact information. Over time, you grow the email list that you own and is not dependent on YouTube. If something happens to your YouTube channel, you still have your email list that you own.
  7. Collaborations.
    This is where you collaborate with another person that is in a similar niche as your own. This is a great way to expose your content to their subscribers and their content to your subscribers. Before you approach another person for a collaboration, think about what value you can offer to their audience. If it’s something new, valuable, and relevant to the audience, then go ahead with the collaboration.
  8. Translate your content into a different language.
    Go to the Audience tab in YouTube analytics and see which countries are driving the most traffic to your YouTube videos. If there’s a country that doesn’t speak English that are driving a lot of traffic to your video, think about translating your video into a different language than English. I’ll place a link in the description on how to translate your video to English or another language.
  9. Create a custom subscribe link.
    The great benefit of creating custom subscribe link is that when somebody clicks on the link, they’ll be automatically subscribed to your channel. You can add the subscribe link to YouTube about page, in your YouTube description, on your blog, and on the social media sites.

    Here’s how to easily get the permanent link for your latest YouTube video using TubeBuddy.
    Click the TubeBuddy icon. Click Promo Materials. Where it says channel page with subscription pop-up link, copy the URL. It says, “This link will direct people to your YouTube channel page and display the ‘Subscribe to Channel’ pop-up. If you want to use the full, non-shortened URL, copy this link.

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  10. Answer questions.
    Go to a site like Quora and answer any questions that are related to your niche. You can use a transcript that you created previously to post on Quora and also embed your YouTube video there. Other places where you can answer questions related to your niche are in Facebook groups, forums like Reddit, and also in comments of your competitors’ videos. Just make sure you don’t spam the platform but reply to the question with an in-depth answer. If you do that, people will be more motivated to check out your channel.

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How To Promote Your YouTube Video Organically (GET GUARANTEED VIEWS)

According to YouTube, you can increase the chance of YouTube suggesting your content by increasing your click-through rate and your video watch time. In this video, you’ll learn how to promote your YouTube video organically, so you get more views 24/7 year after year.

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Let’s take a look at the typical traffic sources my videos get in the first few hours and then weeks and months later.

In the first few hours, my top traffic sources are notifications, browse features, and suggested videos.

Notifications
Notifications refers to people that have already subscribed to my channel, so they get notified via email or through push notifications.

Typically, they are my biggest fans, so they want to watch my content as soon as they receive a notification.

Browse features
Browse features refers to videos that viewer see on the home screen at youtube.com, their subscriptions feed, watch later, and other browsing features. These videos will appear to subscribers and even to non-subscribers who have browsed in the YouTube homepage.

Suggested Videos
Suggested videos are those that appear on the right side of a watch page and below the video that people are watching on the YouTube app. These are viewers that see one of your rated videos after the video that you’ve just watched. If your thumbnail stands out from all the other thumbnails that a viewer sees on the right side of the watch page, that viewer will click and watch your video.

Let’s take a look at the main traffic sources in the first 24 to 48 hours.
My top traffic source is now browse features and notifications is the bottom traffic source. This is because YouTube is surfacing more of my videos on the YouTube home screen to my subscribers and non-subscribers.

Let’s take a look at the traffic sources weeks or months later on my YouTube channel.
Keep in mind, this may be different for you because you’re in a different niche. For this video example, my top traffic source is YouTube search, which means that viewers are discovering my video based upon a search query they’re typing into YouTube search.

My second top traffic source is suggested videos, which means that people are clicking and watching the videos on the right side of the watch page during and after the video that they’ve just watched. If a lot of viewers click and watch your video, then YouTube will surface that video to more people’s watch pages. If this is the case, then suggested videos will be the top traffic source.

According to YouTube, 75% of all traffic on YouTube comes from suggested videos, so it does free organic promotion from YouTube.

Let’s take a look at the next main ranking factor, how to increase audience retention.
According to YouTube, videos with consistently high audience retention and watch time have the potential to show up more frequently on search and suggested locations.

Most of my videos get an audience retention rate between 35 and 40%. However, I always try to get 50% or higher so it increases the probability of getting organic traffic from search and suggested.

Here are some tips to increase your audience retention rate.

  1. Use a strong hook at the beginning of your video.
    According to YouTube, the first 30 seconds will determine if the viewer will keep watching your video all the way through.

    A strong hook could be something simple like asking a question, making a bold statement, or teasing the viewer about what’s coming up later in the video.
  2. After you grab the viewer’s attention in the first 30 seconds, deliver your main content that you promised in the title and the thumbnail. Try to keep your viewer engaged throughout the video by resetting the attention using graphics, transitions, text overlays, et cetera.
  3. At the end of the video, invite them to watch your related video so they’ll stay longer on the YouTube platform. Here’s an example of what I say in my end-screen. “Just watch the video on the screen right now on how to make a Shorts video on YouTube just using your iPhone or Android device.

    The longer you keep your viewer engaged watching one video or multiple videos, the higher probability that your video will get organic traffic from search and suggested.
  4. Avoid the mistake of telegraphing the end of your video like saying something like, “Well, that’s all I have right now.” If you do that, you’ll probably see a sudden dip in your audience retention graph in YouTube Analytics.
  5. Speaking about YouTube Analytics, study the spikes and dips in your audience retention graph. Spike refer to moments in your content that your viewers were very interested in. The dips refer to moments in your content where your viewers might’ve left or were not interested in that particular content.

    If you get a 100% or higher audience retention rate, that means viewers are rewinding the video to watch it again and again.
  6. Remember when I mentioned notifications was my highest traffic source when I first uploaded my video, if you want to attract more subscribers that are instantly notified about new content that you’re uploading, make sure you ask them to subscribe in your video and tell them why they should subscribe.

    Also, tell them to click the bell notification icon to be notified whenever you have new content. Keep in mind that your subscribers are the ones that are most invested in your content and will drive the most views in the first 24 to 48 hours. According to YouTube, if you have a high view velocity in the first 24 to 48 hours, YouTube will surface your video to a wider audience.

Here are some important things to keep in mind about organic promotion on YouTube.

  1. Some videos take weeks and months before they take off.
    If your video is not doing well when you first upload it to YouTube, give it a bit of time for the traffic to take off.

    As I mentioned previously, when you first upload a video, YouTube is showing that video to your subscribers and non-subscribers. Your subscribers are the people that drive the most views in the first 24 to 48 hours, so if you get a high click-through rate and a high watch time, YouTube will surface more of your video to a wider audience.
  2. Double down on videos that are doing well.
    Click on Analytics in YouTube Studio and look at your top videos that are driving the most traffic. If you click on the Reach tab, you’ll be able to see your top traffic sources. Then if you click See More, you’ll be able to see the keyword phrases that brought in the most traffic for each of those traffic sources.
  3. Add every video to a playlist.
    Did you know that your playlist can also rank in the search engines? Bundle related videos together on a playlist, so if a viewer watches one video, they’ll be more inclined to watch several videos in a row. This will help get your videos organically promoted by YouTube.

    If you have a strong performing playlist, add that playlist to the top of your channel homepage, so when first-time viewers visit your channel homepage, they can take a deeper dive into your content and they’ll be more inclined to subscribe to your channel.
  4. Link to a related video or a playlist in the card or end-screen.
    You can also place a link to that related video or playlist at the top of your description, and also pin it to the top of your comments.
  5. Promote your video using YouTube stories and community posts.
    Even before you upload the new video, you can give a sneak peek to your viewers via community posts and stories. Keep in mind that community posts and stories are not only seen by subscribers but also will be seen by non-subscribers.
  6. Add timestamps in the description below your video.
    These are links which enable viewers to skip to the most interesting part of the content in your video so the don’t necessarily have to watch the whole video to get to that part. Click here to watch a video chapters tutorial
  7. Upload your new video as a channel trailer or featured video.
    Your channel trailer video appears at the top of your channel homepage for non-subscribers, so if people are visiting your channel homepage, they’ll see that new video.

    Your featured videos are only seen by people who have already subscribed to your channel, so when you upload a new video as a featured video or as a channel trailer, it will be seen by non-subscribers as well as subscribers.

    Here’s how to replace your current channel trailer or featured video.
    Click on Customization on YouTube Studio
    Select Channel Trailer or featured video to replace the video that’s currently there
    After you replace the current video
    Save your changes
    Now, your newly uploaded video will appear as a new channel trailer or a new featured video.
  8. YouTube Shorts.
    Take one point from your regular video and make it into a Shorts video because Shorts videos can get a lot of traffic from the Short shelf, which regular videos don’t get. At the end of your Shorts video, you can link to your regular video to drive more traffic to it.

    If you want to know how to upload a Shorts video from your PC, watch this video. You’ll also learn how to get started with YouTube Shorts and how to create a Shorts video using the Shorts camera app on your phone

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YouTube Shorts Video Ideas To Grow Your Channel – Top 10

Do you want to grow your channel fast using YouTube Shorts?

Here are 10 YouTube Shorts video ideas.

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  1. Repurpose your horizontal videos on YouTube
    Look at your top 10 videos in YouTube analytics and extract one main point from one of those videos to make a short video. It could be the beginning, middle, or end of your video, or putting multiple sections together in less than 60 seconds. If you want to know how to convert your regular horizontal YouTube video to a Shorts video, click link in the description below this video.
  2. Demonstration
    I recently created a Shorts video on how to make a Shorts video on your phone. Instead of giving a detailed 20-minute demonstration, I condensed all the points down in under 60 seconds. People love this kind of demonstration because it’s short and just gives the main points.
  3. Answer a question
    I recently created a Shorts video on what is a Shorts video. The video is answering a question using YouTube Shorts so you can condense the answers into a few seconds. It challenges you to get to the point right away, but it respects the time of your viewers. If you want to be notified about more tips and tricks for making Shorts videos, hit the subscribe button and click the bell notification icon.
  4. Tutorials
    I recently created a Shorts video on how to get more views on YouTube in 30 seconds. By adding 30 seconds to the title, viewers know exactly how long the video will be. One of the keys for a successful YouTube Shorts video is to stick to one main point instead of covering too many points in a short amount of time. Your Shorts video content should be able to stand alone as a single piece of content.
  5. Top benefits
    For example, in this Shorts video, I outlined the top seven benefits of making Shorts videos. Alternatively, I could have made a Shorts video on the pros and cons of creating Shorts videos.
  6. Promote a high-performing video
    Look at the top 10 videos on your channel that are getting the most traffic, then select one of those videos and do a Shorts video on one point of that video. At the end of your Shorts video, promote your high-performing video by linking to it in the in-screen. The purpose of doing this is that you’re attracting new viewers that are browsing a short shelf on their mobile phone and redirecting them to another video. This gets viewers to stay longer on the YouTube platform, which increases the probability of your videos being recommended by YouTube. If your videos get recommended by YouTube in Browse and Suggested videos, you’ll be able to grow your channel fast.
  7. Before and After
    For example, recently, I’ve been experimenting with different backdrops. I’ve got this backdrop and I’ve got this backdrop. Now you see this backdrop with a plant, now you see the same backdrop replaced with a light. Let me know in the comments below which backdrop you prefer.
  8. Storytelling
    If you tell a personal story of how you struggled with something and then overcame it, it will create an emotional bond with your audience that struggle with the same situation.

    Short Story Example
    For years, I used the iPhone to create my YouTube videos. It wasn’t until I upgraded to the Canon M50, that I noticed a remarkable change in the quality of my videos. As a result, I attracted more views and subscribers.

    See how I just told you a short story about my personal experience?
  9. Trending topic or Latest News
    If there’s a trending topic or a hot news item related to your niche, you can jump on it right away by creating a Shorts video. It will take you much less time to film, edit, and publish the video than long-form content.
  10. Tips and Tricks
    Focus on one powerful tip or trick that will help your audience. The beauty of doing this is they can just focus on one thing that will keep your audience engaged for 30 to 60 seconds. What I often do is link to a related video in the end screen so when a viewer finishes watching the Shorts video, they’ll continue watching a regular video on my channel. Just keep in mind that viewers won’t be able to see the end screen if they’re browsing the Shorts videos from the short shelf on their mobile phone.

Here are 4 powerful tips to get viewers to watch your Shorts videos.

  1. Create a captivating title
    Your title will appear on top of the video when viewers are browsing your Shorts videos from the short shelf.
  2. Create a strong hook in the first few seconds
    Grab viewers’ attention in the first few seconds of your Shorts video by using motion, asking a question, or doing something entertaining. If they watch the first few seconds, they’ll probably watch the rest of the video.
  3. Add a call to action
    Think about the purpose of your Shorts video is to get more subscribers, more views, or get them to watch the next video? If the purpose is to get more subscribers, then invite viewers to subscribe to your channel. If the purpose is to get more views, make sure you have a higher attention on your Shorts video and invite them to watch the next video in your series.
  4. Add the Hashtag #Shorts in the title or description if you’re not using the Shorts feature.
    This will enable your Shorts video to appear on the short shelf.

How do you make a Shorts video on your phone without using the Shorts feature?
Watch this video right now on how to make a YouTube Shorts video on your phone or watch this video to learn how upload a Shorts video from your PC.

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Can YouTube Shorts Be Monetized? (MAKE MONEY ON YOUTUBE)

Ads will not appear on YouTube Shorts found on the Shorts shelf or through the Shorts video player. They also won’t generate YouTube premium subscription revenue.

On the other hand, you can make money with YouTube Shorts from these traffic sources, YouTube search, external, suggested videos, channel pages.

In the video below, I show how YouTube Shorts traffic works and how to make money with YouTube Shorts.

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How YouTube Shorts Traffic Works

When I first upload a YouTube Shorts video, the initial traffic source is browse features. This is where the viewers will see a YouTube Shorts video on the home screen at youtube.com or on the YouTube app below the video that’s playing. Initial traffic will also come from notifications, which shows subscribers being notified of a new video.

As you can see from the analytics from this YouTube Shorts video, most of my views come from Shorts, which is the Shorts traffic on the Shorts shelf. After a few days, I’ve noticed that the Shorts shelf traffic is no longer the dominant traffic source. As you can see in the analytics for this YouTube Shorts, the dominant traffic source is YouTube search, suggested videos, end screens, and external.

In the first 24 hours, this Shorts video only got 181 views. In the last seven days since it was published, I received 928 views. Most of that traffic came from the Shorts shelf. I also received four hours of watch time and a couple of new subscribers.

What does this mean?

It means you can make money from YouTube Shorts from other traffic sources besides YouTube Shorts shelf, which doesn’t allow ads to be displayed.

Here’s how to monetize YouTube Shorts

  1. You have to be a member of the YouTube partner program.
    This means you have to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months.
  2. Enable monetization for YouTube Shorts video.
    – Select the YouTube Shorts video that you wish to monetize from the content tab.
    – Hover over the video,
    – Pick the monetization icon.
    – From the monetization dropdown box, click On,
    – Click Next.
    – Make sure that your content doesn’t violate any of YouTube’s policies.
    – Select none of the above.
    – Click Submit.
    – Select the type of ads that you wish to display on your video.
    – I’m going to select skippable video ads, which is the ad that plays before the video starts playing.
    – I’m going to select before the video, which is a pre-roll ad. Viewers can skip it after five seconds.
    – Also check after video, which wis a post-roll ad.
    – Click Save.
    – Now, if you go back to the content tab, select my video, I can see that the green symbol is on, which means that this video is now being monetized.

You can see from this Shorts video the top traffic sources, YouTube search, suggested videos, external, and end screens, that means I can generate revenue from my YouTube Shorts video appearing in these traffic sources. I can also gain watch time and I can also gain subscribers.

Another way to make money from YouTube Short videos is by gaining subscribers. Subscribers are viewers that are interested in receiving more of your content on a regular basis.

Therefore, they’ll check out more of your content on regular videos, which are all monetized. Most viewers will know how to subscribe to YouTube channel, but to make it easy, you can add a subscribe graphic to YouTube Shorts video. I recommend adding it at the end as you finished the video. Keep in mind that we do tap on a video on the Shorts shelf, a subscribed button already appears on the video.

Another thing you can do to get viewers to watch your videos that are related to the video that I’ve just watched is to add an end screen to the end of your YouTube Shorts video. Keep in mind, you can only add an end screen in the last 20 seconds of a Shorts video. If your Shorts video is 20 seconds long, it may not be worth it to add an end screen. However, if your Shorts video is 60 seconds long, you can easily add an end screen in the last 20 seconds.

Another option is to tell viewers to click the link description to related video or to related playlist. Keep in mind that viewers that have view in your Shorts video on the Shorts shelf, probably not going to click the link in the description. If most of your traffic sources are from browse features, suggested and search, that will be worthwhile to place that link in the description. I also recommend adding that related video link to the top of your description and also pinning it to the top of your comments. When people go to comment on your video, they’ll be able to see the link and watch more of your videos.

Here are a couple of tips to boost the number of views you get from YouTube Shorts.

1. If you want YouTube Shorts videos to be discovered on YouTube search, suggested videos, and browse features, create a title that contains the keyword phrase people are searching for.

2. Add a custom thumbnail.
If most of your long-term traffic sources are going to be YouTube search, suggested videos, and browse features, that would make sense to upload a custom thumbnail that stands out from your competitors.

3. Add a short section to YouTube channel homepage.
If you do this, it’ll make it easier for your Shorts videos to appear on the Shorts shelf on the YouTube app.

4. Create an engaging Shorts video.
To do this, make sure you grab the attention of your viewers in the first couple of seconds of your video. You can do this by adding motion and resetting the attention of the viewers multiple times throughout your video. Aim for higher retention of 70% to 100% because YouTube loves it when viewers watch the whole video. If your audience retention is 100% or over 100%, that means viewers are rewatching parts of your video.

When will YouTube Shorts Be Available in The USA?

According to YouTube, the YouTube Shorts feature on the YouTube app is going to be rolled out to the USA very soon. They also say, as we continue to experiment and improve the Shorts experience, there may be opportunities to monetize Shorts in the future.

If you want to know how to upload YouTube Shorts from your PC, watch this video on the screen right now. You’ll learn how to find YouTube Shorts, how to promote YouTube Shorts, and how to track its performance.

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How To Transcribe YouTube Videos Automatically (auto generate subtitles and closed captions)

Have you ever had a hard time trying to understand what a person is saying in the video because you couldn’t understand their accent or the way they were speaking?

Have you ever watched a video with the sound turned off but couldn’t understand the content because there were no closed captions under the video?

In the video below, I show you how to transcribe your YouTube videos automatically using YouTube’s service, how to edit the transcript yourself, how to get a professional transcript done, and tips for creating the best transcript file.

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How To Turn On Caption Default Setting

Transcripts are a simple way of creating closed captions. If you want your videos to be automatically transcribed by YouTube, you need to turn on the caption default setting. Adding closed captions to your videos allows you to share your content with a larger audience. This may include deaf or hard of hearing viewers, or people who speak a different language. They only contain the text of what’s said in the video.

  • Log to YouTube channel.
  • Click on your profile icon.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Click on Playback and performance.
  • Next to subtitles and closed captions, check the Always show captions box.
  • If you want to include auto-generated captions when available, you can check this box as well.
  • Your changes will be automatically saved.

Keep in mind that automatic captions are generated by machine learning algorithms, so it may not be entirely accurate. Later on, I’ll show you how to edit the auto-generated captions.

Now, if somebody watches your video and they click on the CC icon at the bottom of your video, then the closed captions will show up on the video.

Here’s how to turn on automatic closed captions for an individual video.

  • Go to the details page of that video.
  • Scroll down to the bottom.
  • Look under language, subtitles, and closed captions,
  • Select your video’s language, and if needed, a caption certification.
  • I’m going to select English because I’m living in USA. Title description will be English. If I want to add other languages besides English, I can just go to subtitles here, or just click on Subtitles

If you’re living in a country that doesn’t speak English, then select the language of your country. If you want to know how to translate your videos into a different language besides English, click here

Here I’ve got English by YouTube, which is automatic. If I click the three dots, I can download it or delete it, and I’ve added a transcript here that’s English United States. If I click on the three dots, then I can replace it, I can download it and delete it. You can see I’ve got the automated transcription from YouTube at the top here. I’ve uploaded a transcript here in English. This is a professional transcript that has been done by GoTranscript, which I’ll talk about later.

If you have TubeBuddy installed, you’ll be able to see the top 10 languages spoken by your channel’s audience. You could translate your video into foreign subtitles to expose your content to a wider audience. TubeBuddy is my secret weapon for finding the best keywords to rank my videos in the YouTube search engine.

If you haven’t turned on auto-generated captions for your channel or for your videos, or uploaded a transcript, then people aren’t going to see the captions on the video.

How to edit the auto-generated transcript from YouTube.

  • Click on the Content tab in YouTube dashboard,
  • Hover over the video that you wish to edit the transcript for,
  • Click the pencil icon that says Details.
  • Click Subtitles.
    Here’s the auto-generated transcript from YouTube.
  • Under Title and Description, I can click on these three dots, and I can edit the title and description.
  • Under subtitles, I can hover over the three dots, select unpublished, download or delete.
  • In this case, I’m going to duplicate and edit. It says, “This will overwrite your existing English draft.”
  • Click Continue.
  • If you click on the three dots at the top here next to Assign Timings, I can download the subtitles, clear the text, or upload a file.
  • I just want to edit the auto-generated transcript.
  • I’m going to click Assign Timings. Now I can edit each of these timing boxes. It’ll show up on the timeline below here, and also on my video, so I can see exactly what’s being said.

You can also play the video to make sure what you’re saying is accurate. After you’re finished, you just click Publish, and now I’ve got my edited transcript at the top here. I can remove the auto-generated transcript just by clicking on the three dots and then click Delete.

If you don’t want to edit the auto-generated transcript from YouTube, get a professional transcript done for you from GoTranscript. It’ll only cost you a few dollars but it’ll save you a ton of time, and you can re-purpose the content for other social media sites. Make sure the language of your transcript is the same language you’re speaking in your video.

How To Get A Professional Transcript Done

I get my videos professionally transcribed for a few dollars using GoTranscript, the 100% human-generated transcription services.

  • All you have to do is click “Order Online”,
  • Click Paste URL,
  • Enter the URL of your video,
  • Click Add.
  • You’ll receive an email saying, “Your order has been processed. We’ll let you know when your order is finished.”
  • Within a few days, you’ll receive an email that your transcription has been completed.
  • Click “Download transcription”.

Here’s how to upload your own transcript or transcript you got professionally done by a professional service.

  • Go to the Content tab in YouTube Studio.
  • Hover over the video that you wish to upload the transcript for.
  • Click on the pencil icon,
  • Click Subtitles,
  • Click Add language, and then
  • Select English United States.
  • Click Add. I can upload my transcript here.
  • I can choose auto-sync, which means that I can create subtitles and closed captions by typing them in as I watch the video, or I can just copy and paste my file in there.
  • If I choose “Type manually”, I can type or paste in a full transcript of the video, and subtitle timings will be set automatically. Here, I’ve got auto-translate.

To use auto-translate, you’ve got to publish the captions in the original video language, which is English for me. Auto-translateD subtitles are unavailable for auto-generated captions, so I can upload my own transcript or use the edited auto-generated transcript from YouTube.

I can select Upload File, but the file has to be a text file. I have a DOCX file. I’m just going to copy and paste the text from that file. In this case, I’m going to select Auto-sync.

Here’s my file, I’m just going to copy all the text in that DOCX file because it can’t upload a DOCX file. I copy all the text and just paste it in here, then unclick Assign Timings.

Then automatically, all the timings have been set for that document. I can also see how it appears on my video here and also on the timeline. I could quickly check through all these boxes here to make sure everything’s correct, and once everything’s correct, then I can just click Publish.

Now you can see I’ve got my most accurate transcript up here, English United States video language, and if I go to the video, as you can see, I’ve got the accurate closed captions displayed on my video now. Anybody that has the sound turned off or can’t understand my language or accent, can read these closed captions.

Here are some tips for creating a transcript file.

  1. Edit the auto-generated transcript from YouTube.
    Just make sure that you’ve enabled default automatic captions for your videos and channel
  2. Convert your transcript into a text file.
    If the transcript you receive from a professional transcription company is an HTML file, document.exe file, or Word doc, make sure you convert it into a plain text file. It should also be in the same language as the content in your video. To convert the file into plain text using a PC, just use Notepad. If you’re using a Mac computer, open TextEdit, click Format and select Plain Text to save it as a plain text file. You can do the same if you’re uploading a transcript for your video in a different language.

If you want to translate your YouTube videos into English or a different language, watch this video. You’ll be able to expose your content to a whole different audience.

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How To Remove A YouTube Community Guidelines Strike After Your Appeal Was Rejected

I’m really excited this morning because I’m expecting some sales. Let me check my email.

What’s this?

“Your content violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines and has been removed. Our team has reviewed your content, and, unfortunately, we think it violates our harmful and dangerous policy. We’ve removed the following content from YouTube. How to download videos from YouTube on iPhone or Android.”

Wow, that’s depressing. I was expecting some good news.

What content did I violate?

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“How your content violated the policy.”

I watched the video several times and even ran it by some YouTube friends. They determined that I did not violate YouTube community guidelines. The content clearly states you need a YouTube Premium subscription to legally download videos to your iPhone or Android device.

Click here to watch the video and see for yourself.

Hey, if you’re getting value out of the content so far, Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, so you’ll be notified about new content like this every week.

How To Appeal YouTube Community Guidelines Strike

Under the Community dashboard, you’ll see Channel violations. When you click on Appeal, you can appeal the decision. When you click on Appeal. It says, “Please explain the reason for your appeal.”

What this means is that you get a human review of your content. Typically, the YouTube bots first flag your content for violating the community guidelines. I’m really hopeful that when I submit my appeal that my video will get reinstated. After you fill out the box, you just click Submit.

Let me check my email….
“Drost Video, we’ve reached a decision on your appeal. We have reviewed your appeal for the following content. We reviewed your content carefully, and have determined that it violates our harmful and dangerous policy. We know this is probably disappointing news, but it’s our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all.”

Wow, I was hoping to get my video reinstated

How’s this going to affect my channel?

“How this affects your channel. We won’t be putting your content back on YouTube. If your appeal was for a warning, you will not be given another warning in the future. If your appeal was for a strike, the strike will remain on your channel.”

Keep in mind that if you get 3 strikes on your channel, your channel will be terminated. If you get one strike, then you won’t be able to upload any new videos or go live for one whole week.

It really sucks because if you get two more strikes during that week, your channel will be gone.

How can I remove the community guidelines strike even after my appeal was rejected?

Here’s a tweet that I sent the Team YouTube…

“Please check why I received a community guidelines strike for my video tutorial. I explain how to use a premium subscription for authorized downloads. My appeal was rejected. Thanks.”

Here’s the reply I got back from TeamYouTube….

“Thanks for the info. We’ve passed this along to the team to get a closer look. We’ll get back to you once we have an update from them.”

I’m hopeful, but I’m not holding my breath.

One day later, I get a reply back from TeamYouTube. Let’s read what it says….

Following up, we’ve heard back from the team, and we’ve reinstated the video.” Moving forward, you can read more on the importance of context through this Help Center article for additional information. We’re here if you have any other questions.”

Whew! What a relief.

I got to say I wasn’t expecting my video to be reinstated so I’m really glad that I reached out to TeamYouTube.

Post in the YouTube Community Forum

Another action that I took after the appeal was rejected by YouTube was to post in the YouTube community forum. Here’s my initial post on YouTube community forum.

I got a reply from Andrew S., who’s a Platinum Product Expert, that says,

“Can you share the link to the removed video from YouTube and a screenshot of your Studio showing the rejected appeal?”

View the screenshot of my rejected appeal in the above video.

Then Andrew said, “Okay, there isn’t anything I can do while the appeal hasn’t been rejected yet.”

After my appeal got rejected, I posted again to the YouTube community forum.

I said, “The appeal got rejected. The tutorial clearly explains that YouTube Premium is the only legal way to download videos to your phone. Alternatively, save them to a playlist to watch later.”

Here’s their reply:

“Our team has reviewed your content, and, unfortunately, we think it violates our harmful and dangerous policy.”

Here’s a reply from Andrew S:

“Thanks for providing this. I see there’s another escalation created for you for the same video, so I’ll keep track of that rather than creating a duplicate escalation.

He does give me a tip by advising to put YouTube Premium in the title. I also reached out to Captain Rob Lee who’s a Gold Product Expert. I want to thank Andrew and Captain Rob Lee for helping out.

After the video got reinstated and strike removed, Captain Rob Lee posted a recommended answer in the YouTube community forum.

“Glad to hear the video has been reinstated. I agree with Andrew. I strongly suggest you reword the title. And you probably should review the description and tags to make sure they are not misleading.”

Here are a 4 tips based upon my experience of getting community guidelines strikes.

  1. Make sure you have a clear title, description and tags that represent the content in your video. The YouTube bots may flag more videos as more content is uploaded to YouTube.
  2. Appeal the strike if you feel your video hasn’t violated the community guidelines.
  3. Tweet @TeamYouTube if your appeal is rejected, then , and also post in the YouTube community forum.
  4. Avoid creating videos on topics that might get flagged by YouTube.

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