You may have noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot of Instagram tips lately and for a good reason! Instagram has become a huge tool for marketers to expose their business online and I’m one of them.
Now a while ago you might have been experiencing a little something called shadow-ban, it means that Instagram has been banning some accounts from showing in the Explore section, and among the hashtags they use. That would lead to less engagement, less likes and of course less FOLLOWERS. If you’re not a big fan of Instagram or you use it just for fun, you wouldn’t notice any difference. But of you count on generating money online like myself, that my darling would be a huge problem!
Let’s discuss first the reason why you’re being shadow-banned.
If your case doesn’t fit here, your engagement drop could be a result of poor content or inconsistency.
YOU’RE USING AUTOMATIC BOTS!
While automatic bots like Likestagram are a quick way to gain more followers, they can kill your account slowly because they go against Instagram’s Terms of Service. If Instagram suspects that your engagement is not generated organically (or sponsored) your account will be susceptible of Instagram Shadow-Ban!
This could also be resulting from an analytics app you’re using too! Not every sponsored app link on Facebook is eligible! (Learned that the hard way)
YOU’RE USING A BANNED HASHTAG!
While hashtags are a great resource to generate followers and likes (unless you’re Selena Gomez), you might be using some of them that are broken or banned. You see, the good people who work at Instagram are keen to clean up the app from spammy and pornographic content. Unfortunately for some of us, some of these banned hashtags are among the most popular like #dogsofinstagram (yes you see how cruel is that?!)
Using one of these broken hashtags can actually break the rest of your hashtags in the post, causing them to be ineffective!
YOU’RE VIOLATING INSTAGRAM ENGAGEMENT LIMITS!
Instagram might Shadow Ban your account if you spend a good part of your day engaging with other users and following-unfollowing them because that would appear to Instagram as if you’re using an Automatic Bot.
YOU’VE BEEN REPORTED!
There are 2 results to be reported: Either your account would be shut down completely, or you would be Shadow Banned. In all cases this is the easiest way to notify Instagram that your account is up to no good.
YOU’RE USING A BUSINESS ACCOUNT
Instagram is targeting business accounts because they generate revenue and therefore, they should pay for the free tools Instagram is providing by sponsoring more and more posts. It’s like feeding a beast!
Now is time to fix things!
If your case fits the above points, take a deep breath and relax because here’s how you can fix the problem
STOP USING AUTOMATIC BOTS!
Easy peasy! Just log into Instagram on your desktop and click on Edit Profile. Then check your authorized applications and revoke access from any of these services as well as any other ones that you don’t recognize. Although I even recommend that you revoke access from everything that way you’ll be extra safe. Also, log out and delete all the apps that might related your account to them!
Free analytics apps are to be deleted too unless you’re using a worldwide known app like iconosquare!
CHECK YOUR HASHTAGS!
As we referred in the above section, you might be using banned or broken hashtags that could affect your post completely! Wondering how you can recognize them? Just try and enter your desired hashtag in the search bar. Banned or broken hashtags will only show the top posts and hide all the recent posts associated with them,
FOLLOW THE RULES!
I mean rules and terms exist for a reason! just stay away from what violates Instagram Terms & Services and you’ll be fine!
TAKE SOME TIME OUT!
Allow your account to breathe again. Log out an leave it to rest a couple of days take an Instagram vacation and explore the world. After that, start posting and engaging but MANUALLY this time!
SWITCH BACK TO A PERSONAL ACCOUNT
We all knew where this was leading, yet we got greedy about the free insights. Well nothing’s for free my darlings! You have to pay for what you think is free. The better alternative is to simply switch back to a personal profile and enjoy looking forward to that 0.9 turn 1K!
BONUS TIP: You might not be shadowbanned, just late: Instagram won’t admit this but if you happen to include healthy hashtags in the comment section in order to make the caption appear cleaner (guilty), you might want to include them in the caption from now on especially if you use super popular hashtags like #food or #love.. because hashtags appear at the same time of the posted photo. So in reality if your hashtags are posted under a pic that’s been online for 13 seconds, your picture is already outdated and will NOT appear among the recent pictures!
So has your account been affected by the Instagram shadowban? What steps are you taking to overcome it?
Share with me in the comments below so I could add them to the article! Hope I helped!