YouTube Shorts Algorithm Explained In Question And Answer Format

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YouTube explains how the shorts recommendation algorithm works and answers frequently asked questions from YouTubers in a new video.

YouTube reveals its shorts algorithm in a Q&A video that answers some of the most common questions creators have about gaining visibility with short content.

We know at least a little about how YouTube’s long video recommendation algorithm works, but we know very little about the short algorithm.

YouTube Q&A videos cover topics such as:

  • Should you create a separate channel for shorts?
  • Impact of posting long and short content on the same channel
  • When interaction with shorts is a factor in YouTube’s algorithm for recommending long content
  • And much more

Here is a summary of each question and answer in the video.

Should I Combine Long And Short Content In The Same Channel?

The first question is how YouTube’s short video algorithm responds to channels that post short videos when they normally upload longer videos. Can this harm your channel?

YouTube says releasing a short channel that has established itself with longer videos may not hurt. That can effect positively.

A company representative from YouTube explained:

“In recent times we did an analysis and we came to know; audience growth for channels that produce long videos exclusively and channels that creates long and short videos. The channel that makes the shorts actually seems to be growing faster.

We expect audience demand for short content to persist. It’s an increasingly popular format and that’s why we tested so many tools to make shorts more mobile and discoverable.”

Will YouTube Recommend More Long Videos If People Watch My Short Videos?

The next question is whether viewing and interaction with the shorts influence the recommendation algorithm for long-form content.

We recognize that each type of video has its own recommendation algorithm and engaging in one type of content does not increase recommendations for another.

This is because people have different viewing habits. People who like short films may not be interested in watching longer videos.

A YouTube representative said:

“Viewers who watch short films are not always the same as viewers who watch longer content… That’s why we separate short films and feature-length content from viewing history. So if someone discovers a new channel through a short film, we don’t currently use it to communicate which longer video we recommend outside of the short film experience.”

Is There An Advantage To starting A Separate Short Videos Channel?

While there are no fundamental issues with mixing short and long content on the same channel, many creators are launching separate channels for uploading short films.

The next question is how to decide when to start a separate shorts videos channel.

A YouTube representative explained:

“Try to group your channel audiences around similar length videos who like the same or similar content. Keep them separate if your audience has very different interests… As you start building different audiences with different interests, consider creating separate channels.”

How Many Short Videos Do I have to Upload Before The Algorithm Recommends My Content?

The last question asks whether the Shorts algorithm requires a channel to upload a certain number of videos before being distributed.

All short films have a chance to be featured, even the first one uploaded by the channel. However, it always helps to have an established audience.

A YouTube representative explained:

“Every short film is given a chance to be successful, regardless of the channel or the number of videos on the channel. Shorts performance depends on users watching and not missing videos in the Shorts feed. That audience engagement often builds over time, not instantaneously.”

For more information, check out the full video on the Creator Insider YouTube channel.


Source: Creator Insider

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