I was a bit annoyed at YouTube for doing this but what happened was that my most popular YouTube video that was published around 5 years ago was tagged as a YouTube Shorts. YouTube shorts are short videos (less than 60 seconds) that you can record on your mobile device and upload to your YouTube channel. This feature is basically competing with TikTok and Instagram Reels. The YouTube app has a specific feature to create a short and you can find this when you press the + button on the YouTube app.

WHY DID YOUTUBE CONVERT MY MOST POPULAR VIDEO TO A SHORT Upload video

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The first option on the list is Create a Short.

Obviously, 5 years ago this feature didn’t exist and when YouTube Shorts was released this popular video was changed to a short. You can see this on my channel playlist under the Shorts category.

WHY DID YOUTUBE CONVERT MY MOST POPULAR VIDEO TO A SHORT Shorts playlist

The reason why this video was converted to a short was because of the aspect ratio. If the video uploaded is less than 60 seconds and it has a square or vertical aspect ratio (e.g 9:16) then the video will be automatically tagged as a short. When I asked YouTube support if there was a manual way of not marking this as a Shorts they replied saying there was no way to do this. The only solution was to re-upload the video in a different aspect ratio as the YouTube algorithm automatically detects whether it’s a short or not. OMG!!!! I was frustrated because I definitely saw a drop in traffic after the video was marked as a short. Here’s the lifetime traffic analytics of the video and do you see the drop in traffic?

WHY DID YOUTUBE CONVERT MY MOST POPULAR VIDEO TO A SHORT Analytics lifetime

I decided to re-upload the video and made sure that the resolution is at least 1920×1080 (16:9) and not a vertical or square ratio. Here’s the original SHORT Holden Astra How To video:

Here’s the new video:

If you want to know how I converted the video then check this out:

https://youtu.be/Te3p79deSnQ

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