June 4, 2024

How to post a video on YouTube in 3 easy steps

This article will guide you through simple steps to upload your video to YouTube and share best practices to help your content get views.
June 4, 2024

How to post a video on YouTube in 3 easy steps

This article will guide you through simple steps to upload your video to YouTube and share best practices to help your content get views.
June 4, 2024
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You've outlined, you've scripted, you've filmed, you've edited. And now you're ready to post your first video on YouTube. So where is that darn "upload" button?

In this article, we (quickly) discuss how to post a video on YouTube from different devices and apps. We also tell you eight best practices for posting a video on YouTube to make sure your first video hits it out of the park.

TL;DR: How to post a video on YouTube

On mobile, tap the plus icon at the bottom of the YouTube app and select Post. On the web, click on the video camera icon in the top right corner and select Upload video.

Why upload to YouTube?

YouTube isn’t just a video-viewing platform, it’s an entertainment behemoth. If you want to start creating content, build an audience, and eventually monetize your platform and buy an island, start with YouTube.

Let’s break down why: 

  • Second largest search engine in the world: YouTube isn’t just a platform; it's a massive search engine, second only to Google. People aren't just browsing—they're actively searching for content like yours.
  • Second most visited website in the world: This isn’t just a numbers game. It’s about being where the action is, where millions gather daily, every minute, every second.
  • Most watched online streaming service in the US: Dominating the streaming landscape, YouTube is the go-to for millions looking for everything from how-to and unboxing videos to vlogs and viral moments.

So, if you want your content to be surfaced, discovered, and viewed, posting your videos to YouTube is a good move. And it’s the only move you need, if you plan and execute strategically on YouTube.

How to post a video to YouTube on a computer

1. Log in to YouTube Studio.

2. Click CREATE in the top right corner and then Upload videos.

Screenshot of YouTube


3. Choose the file you want to upload. You can upload up to 15 videos at a time. Be sure to click Edit on each file to edit your video details—we'll explain best practices for that later on in the article.

Note: To ensure successful playback on different devices and networks, YouTube will convert your video to the highest available resolution. 

How to post a video to YouTube on mobile

There are two ways to post a video to YouTube with a mobile device—via the traditional YouTube app and the YouTube Studio app. Let’s look at each. 

How to post a video with the YouTube app

1. Launch the YouTube app.

2. Tap on Create (+) at the bottom of the screen and then choose Upload a video.

Screenshot of YouTube
Create button

‎3. Pick the file you want to upload and press NEXT.

  • If your video is 60 seconds or less with a square or vertical aspect ratio, it will be uploaded as a Short

You can also directly record with the YouTube app by clicking Create (+) at the bottom of the screen and choosing Record.

Note: If you exit the upload process before completing your settings, your video will be saved as a draft on your Content page.

How to post a video with the YouTube Studio app

  1. Open the YouTube Studio app.
  2. Tap Create (+) at the top, then select Upload a video.
  3. Choose the file you want to upload.
  4. Add details to your video, like the title, description, privacy settings, and monetization options.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Select “Yes, it’s made for kids" if your video is specifically designed for kids. If not, choose "No, it’s not made for kids." 
  7. Tap Upload video to publish your video.

Note: Self-certifying video ratings are not available in the YouTube Studio app.

Best practices for posting a video to YouTube for the most views

You can’t just post a video on YouTube and expect it to go viral. You need to package it in a way that makes people want to watch it.

Here are the eight best practices you should follow: 

1. Write an engaging title

Crafting a title is an art. It should be intriguing yet informative, sparking curiosity without resorting to clickbait. Aim for a balance between keyword optimization and viewer engagement. A great title gives viewers a reason to watch and helps your video get discovered in searches.

Here are a few ways to make a great YouTube title: 

  • Give viewers a hint of what’s to come, sparking curiosity and interest without giving everything away.
  • Use urgent phrases like “must-see,” “right now,” or “before it’s too late” to encourage immediate clicks.
  • Aim for clarity and brevity—a concise title is easier to read and remember.
  • Use humor, wordplay, or an interesting angle to stand out in a sea of similar videos. 

2. Write a detailed, keyword-rich description

A detailed, search-optimized YouTube description is crucial for your video’s success. It provides context for viewers and, with the right keywords, helps your video rank higher in search results. Start with a brief summary of your video, include key points discussed, and add relevant keywords naturally throughout. Don't forget to include links to related videos, your social media profiles, and any other resources mentioned in the video. A well-optimized description can significantly enhance your video's visibility and engagement.

🤖 Automate your workflow: The best AI YouTube description generators, reviewed

3. Design an eye-catching thumbnail

Your thumbnail is the first impression viewers get, so make it count. Think of it as the movie poster for your video. Use bold colors, clear images, and large but simple text to grab attention.

For best results, make your thumbnail work together with your title. For example, this video by Jenny Hoyos is titled "I Sold My Family's Stuff Without Them Knowing," and the thumbnail shows a speech bubble with the word "Where is the couch?!"

A compelling thumbnail can significantly boost your click-through rate, drawing viewers in before they even hit play.

4. Add relevant tags

Tags are like breadcrumbs for YouTube’s algorithm. Use a mix of broad and specific tags that relate to your video’s content. Think about what your audience might search for and include those keywords. Proper tagging helps YouTube categorize your video and suggest it to the right viewers, increasing your chances of being discovered by a wider audience.

Try these quick tips to pick relevant tags:

  • Choose tags that reflect what your viewers might type into the search bar. Put yourself in their shoes and consider their search habits.
  • Use a combination of general tags (like “vlog” or “tutorial”) and more specific ones (like “how to bake a chocolate cake”) to cover a wider range of search queries.
  • Check out tags used by popular videos in your niche. This can give you insights into effective tags and help you find gaps you can fill.

5. Add subtitles for accessibility

Subtitles make your videos accessible to a larger audience, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. They also help non-native speakers understand your content better and can improve your video’s SEO because the text makes them searchable. 

YouTube’s automatic captions are a good start, but make it a point to review and edit them for accuracy. If you use Descript to edit, you can export your already-corrected transcript as an SRT file and upload it when you upload your video.

6. Use an end screen and cards

End screens are the interactive thumbnails that show up inside your videos when it ends. Adding appropriate, contextual, and interesting end screens can take your ideal customer down a content rabbit hole—or right to your subscribe button. Cards can be added throughout your video to highlight related content, polls, or links. 

Here are some tips for strategically adding end screens and cards:

  • Encourage subscriptions: Add a subscribe button on your end screens to make it easy for viewers to subscribe without leaving the video.
  • Highlight playlists: Direct viewers to playlists instead of single videos to boost watch time and keep them watching multiple videos in a row.
  • Call to action: Clearly instruct viewers on what to do next—e.g., watch another video, support you on Patreon, or jump to your Instagram channel. Make your CTAs compelling and direct.

Screenshot of Senpai Gaming
Senpai Gaming highlights an OBS masterclass and a subscribe button after its teleprompter review video.

‎7. Categorize your video appropriately

Think of video categorization as arranging books in a library—Einstein belongs in “Science” and Tom Cruise belongs in “Films.” Similarly, categorization helps YouTube understand your content and suggest it to the right audience. 

Select a category that best fits your video’s theme and subject matter. 

For example,  if you’re posting your fitness routine, choose “Sports” or “Workout” to ensure it reaches viewers looking for exercise videos.

8. Set up comment filters

Maintaining a positive community starts with setting up comment filters. Use filters to block inappropriate language, spam, and irrelevant comments. Then, engage with your audience by responding to constructive questions. 

A well-moderated comment section will help you foster a supportive environment and encourage both new and returning users to engage. Keep it clean and positive, and watch your community thrive.

Descript: The best tool for creating and posting YouTube videos

Admittedly, we're a little biased, but we really do think Descript is the best all-in-one software for creating YouTube videos.

Descript lets you create, edit, and post—all in one place. No need to use multiple apps, wrestle with complicated timelines, or wait a lifetime for your file to export.

Here are three Descript features that are particularly helpful when you’re creating content on YouTube: 

  1. Transcription and text-based editing: Descript automatically transcribes your audio, allowing you to edit your video by just editing the text. This makes cutting out filler words, reordering segments, and making precise edits incredibly easy and intuitive.
  2. Overdub: With Overdub, you can create synthetic voiceovers that sound just like you (or the person you’re interviewing). It's perfect for fixing mistakes or adding new content without having to re-record entire sections.
  3. Screen recording and multitrack editing: Descript’s screen recording feature lets you capture and edit screen recordings seamlessly. Combined with multitrack editing, you can manage complex projects with multiple audio and video tracks effortlessly.

But the best part?

You don’t have to follow a single "Upload to YouTube" step from the guide above. Descript’s YouTube integration allows you to publish directly to YouTube without ever leaving the platform. 

Ready to take Descript for a test drive?

FAQ

How do you post a YouTube video for the first time?

To post a YouTube video for the first time, sign in to your YouTube account, click on the camera icon (on web) or plus button (on mobile), and select "Upload video." Follow the prompts to select your video file, add details, and publish.

How do I start posting on YouTube?

To start posting on YouTube, create a YouTube account, click on the camera icon (on web) or plus button (on mobile), choose your video file, and fill in the necessary details like title, description, and tags before hitting Publish.

How do I upload a post to YouTube?

To upload a post to YouTube, click the camera icon at the top of the homepage on web or the plus button at the bottom of the screen on mobile, select "Upload video," choose your file, and complete the details required before publishing.

Is it free to post videos on YouTube?

Yes, it is free to post videos on YouTube. You can upload as many videos as you want without any cost.

Bani Kaur
Bani is a B2B SaaS writer for AI, Marketing, Sales, and Fintech brands. She specializes in interview-based writing for brands like Supermetrics, CXL, and Klaviyo. When you don't find her typing away at her laptop (or scribbling in her notebook), she's probably in the ocean, scuba diving with majestic manta rays.
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How to post a video on YouTube in 3 easy steps

You've outlined, you've scripted, you've filmed, you've edited. And now you're ready to post your first video on YouTube. So where is that darn "upload" button?

In this article, we (quickly) discuss how to post a video on YouTube from different devices and apps. We also tell you eight best practices for posting a video on YouTube to make sure your first video hits it out of the park.

TL;DR: How to post a video on YouTube

On mobile, tap the plus icon at the bottom of the YouTube app and select Post. On the web, click on the video camera icon in the top right corner and select Upload video.

Why upload to YouTube?

YouTube isn’t just a video-viewing platform, it’s an entertainment behemoth. If you want to start creating content, build an audience, and eventually monetize your platform and buy an island, start with YouTube.

Let’s break down why: 

  • Second largest search engine in the world: YouTube isn’t just a platform; it's a massive search engine, second only to Google. People aren't just browsing—they're actively searching for content like yours.
  • Second most visited website in the world: This isn’t just a numbers game. It’s about being where the action is, where millions gather daily, every minute, every second.
  • Most watched online streaming service in the US: Dominating the streaming landscape, YouTube is the go-to for millions looking for everything from how-to and unboxing videos to vlogs and viral moments.

So, if you want your content to be surfaced, discovered, and viewed, posting your videos to YouTube is a good move. And it’s the only move you need, if you plan and execute strategically on YouTube.

How to post a video to YouTube on a computer

1. Log in to YouTube Studio.

2. Click CREATE in the top right corner and then Upload videos.

Screenshot of YouTube


3. Choose the file you want to upload. You can upload up to 15 videos at a time. Be sure to click Edit on each file to edit your video details—we'll explain best practices for that later on in the article.

Note: To ensure successful playback on different devices and networks, YouTube will convert your video to the highest available resolution. 

How to post a video to YouTube on mobile

There are two ways to post a video to YouTube with a mobile device—via the traditional YouTube app and the YouTube Studio app. Let’s look at each. 

How to post a video with the YouTube app

1. Launch the YouTube app.

2. Tap on Create (+) at the bottom of the screen and then choose Upload a video.

Screenshot of YouTube
Create button

‎3. Pick the file you want to upload and press NEXT.

  • If your video is 60 seconds or less with a square or vertical aspect ratio, it will be uploaded as a Short

You can also directly record with the YouTube app by clicking Create (+) at the bottom of the screen and choosing Record.

Note: If you exit the upload process before completing your settings, your video will be saved as a draft on your Content page.

How to post a video with the YouTube Studio app

  1. Open the YouTube Studio app.
  2. Tap Create (+) at the top, then select Upload a video.
  3. Choose the file you want to upload.
  4. Add details to your video, like the title, description, privacy settings, and monetization options.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Select “Yes, it’s made for kids" if your video is specifically designed for kids. If not, choose "No, it’s not made for kids." 
  7. Tap Upload video to publish your video.

Note: Self-certifying video ratings are not available in the YouTube Studio app.

Best practices for posting a video to YouTube for the most views

You can’t just post a video on YouTube and expect it to go viral. You need to package it in a way that makes people want to watch it.

Here are the eight best practices you should follow: 

1. Write an engaging title

Crafting a title is an art. It should be intriguing yet informative, sparking curiosity without resorting to clickbait. Aim for a balance between keyword optimization and viewer engagement. A great title gives viewers a reason to watch and helps your video get discovered in searches.

Here are a few ways to make a great YouTube title: 

  • Give viewers a hint of what’s to come, sparking curiosity and interest without giving everything away.
  • Use urgent phrases like “must-see,” “right now,” or “before it’s too late” to encourage immediate clicks.
  • Aim for clarity and brevity—a concise title is easier to read and remember.
  • Use humor, wordplay, or an interesting angle to stand out in a sea of similar videos. 

2. Write a detailed, keyword-rich description

A detailed, search-optimized YouTube description is crucial for your video’s success. It provides context for viewers and, with the right keywords, helps your video rank higher in search results. Start with a brief summary of your video, include key points discussed, and add relevant keywords naturally throughout. Don't forget to include links to related videos, your social media profiles, and any other resources mentioned in the video. A well-optimized description can significantly enhance your video's visibility and engagement.

🤖 Automate your workflow: The best AI YouTube description generators, reviewed

3. Design an eye-catching thumbnail

Your thumbnail is the first impression viewers get, so make it count. Think of it as the movie poster for your video. Use bold colors, clear images, and large but simple text to grab attention.

For best results, make your thumbnail work together with your title. For example, this video by Jenny Hoyos is titled "I Sold My Family's Stuff Without Them Knowing," and the thumbnail shows a speech bubble with the word "Where is the couch?!"

A compelling thumbnail can significantly boost your click-through rate, drawing viewers in before they even hit play.

4. Add relevant tags

Tags are like breadcrumbs for YouTube’s algorithm. Use a mix of broad and specific tags that relate to your video’s content. Think about what your audience might search for and include those keywords. Proper tagging helps YouTube categorize your video and suggest it to the right viewers, increasing your chances of being discovered by a wider audience.

Try these quick tips to pick relevant tags:

  • Choose tags that reflect what your viewers might type into the search bar. Put yourself in their shoes and consider their search habits.
  • Use a combination of general tags (like “vlog” or “tutorial”) and more specific ones (like “how to bake a chocolate cake”) to cover a wider range of search queries.
  • Check out tags used by popular videos in your niche. This can give you insights into effective tags and help you find gaps you can fill.

5. Add subtitles for accessibility

Subtitles make your videos accessible to a larger audience, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. They also help non-native speakers understand your content better and can improve your video’s SEO because the text makes them searchable. 

YouTube’s automatic captions are a good start, but make it a point to review and edit them for accuracy. If you use Descript to edit, you can export your already-corrected transcript as an SRT file and upload it when you upload your video.

6. Use an end screen and cards

End screens are the interactive thumbnails that show up inside your videos when it ends. Adding appropriate, contextual, and interesting end screens can take your ideal customer down a content rabbit hole—or right to your subscribe button. Cards can be added throughout your video to highlight related content, polls, or links. 

Here are some tips for strategically adding end screens and cards:

  • Encourage subscriptions: Add a subscribe button on your end screens to make it easy for viewers to subscribe without leaving the video.
  • Highlight playlists: Direct viewers to playlists instead of single videos to boost watch time and keep them watching multiple videos in a row.
  • Call to action: Clearly instruct viewers on what to do next—e.g., watch another video, support you on Patreon, or jump to your Instagram channel. Make your CTAs compelling and direct.

Screenshot of Senpai Gaming
Senpai Gaming highlights an OBS masterclass and a subscribe button after its teleprompter review video.

‎7. Categorize your video appropriately

Think of video categorization as arranging books in a library—Einstein belongs in “Science” and Tom Cruise belongs in “Films.” Similarly, categorization helps YouTube understand your content and suggest it to the right audience. 

Select a category that best fits your video’s theme and subject matter. 

For example,  if you’re posting your fitness routine, choose “Sports” or “Workout” to ensure it reaches viewers looking for exercise videos.

8. Set up comment filters

Maintaining a positive community starts with setting up comment filters. Use filters to block inappropriate language, spam, and irrelevant comments. Then, engage with your audience by responding to constructive questions. 

A well-moderated comment section will help you foster a supportive environment and encourage both new and returning users to engage. Keep it clean and positive, and watch your community thrive.

Descript: The best tool for creating and posting YouTube videos

Admittedly, we're a little biased, but we really do think Descript is the best all-in-one software for creating YouTube videos.

Descript lets you create, edit, and post—all in one place. No need to use multiple apps, wrestle with complicated timelines, or wait a lifetime for your file to export.

Here are three Descript features that are particularly helpful when you’re creating content on YouTube: 

  1. Transcription and text-based editing: Descript automatically transcribes your audio, allowing you to edit your video by just editing the text. This makes cutting out filler words, reordering segments, and making precise edits incredibly easy and intuitive.
  2. Overdub: With Overdub, you can create synthetic voiceovers that sound just like you (or the person you’re interviewing). It's perfect for fixing mistakes or adding new content without having to re-record entire sections.
  3. Screen recording and multitrack editing: Descript’s screen recording feature lets you capture and edit screen recordings seamlessly. Combined with multitrack editing, you can manage complex projects with multiple audio and video tracks effortlessly.

But the best part?

You don’t have to follow a single "Upload to YouTube" step from the guide above. Descript’s YouTube integration allows you to publish directly to YouTube without ever leaving the platform. 

Ready to take Descript for a test drive?

FAQ

How do you post a YouTube video for the first time?

To post a YouTube video for the first time, sign in to your YouTube account, click on the camera icon (on web) or plus button (on mobile), and select "Upload video." Follow the prompts to select your video file, add details, and publish.

How do I start posting on YouTube?

To start posting on YouTube, create a YouTube account, click on the camera icon (on web) or plus button (on mobile), choose your video file, and fill in the necessary details like title, description, and tags before hitting Publish.

How do I upload a post to YouTube?

To upload a post to YouTube, click the camera icon at the top of the homepage on web or the plus button at the bottom of the screen on mobile, select "Upload video," choose your file, and complete the details required before publishing.

Is it free to post videos on YouTube?

Yes, it is free to post videos on YouTube. You can upload as many videos as you want without any cost.

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