Are your Instagram ‘likes’ and followers dwindling? Have you gone from getting 100+ likes on each picture, to just a few, maybe not even 20 or 30? I’ve already discussed the idea of using banned Instagram hashtags, a post which you’ll find here > Are You Using Banned Instagram Hashtags? but maybe something else is causing your problems? Perhaps an Instagram shadowban?
If you’re NOT using banned Instagram hashtags but your images are still receiving very few likes, there’s a good chance that you have been Instagram shadowbanned. It’s not nice and it’s not pretty, but it happens to the best of us. I’m pretty sure that I’ve been shadow banned at least twice, particularly on the account for best-ecig.co.uk. I didn’t even know about bans until my likes went from 60-100 per post to just 5 or 6. That’s quite the drop, eh? I wasn’t the only one, and that’s when I discovered these bans – banned hashtags and shadowbanned account accounts.
What is an Instagram Shadowban?
The idea of a shadowban isn’t actually a new one. Twitter has been using it for a while. It’s believed that the term has actually been around since the early 2000’s, even as early as 2006.
When you are shadowbanned, people who are NOT already following you will not see your updates and posts. You won’t be able to get new followers or likes because new people won’t see you. It doesn’t matter how many hashtags you use, how many Instagram comment pods you join, or how frequently you post/reply to comments/like and follow other accounts; if you are shadowbanned, your likes are about to drop dramatically. All engagement will drop. From hundreds of ‘likes’ to just a couple. It’s all very depressing.
Your current followers will be able to see you. They’ll be able to find you by searching for the hashtags you use. That’s what makes this ban quite tricky, not only to diagnose but also to solve.
If you follow your business or blog Instagram account from a personal account, for example, you’d be able to see your business/blog account and the images you post no matter how you looked. You *would* see your updates on the appropriate hashtag searches. It looks as if nothing is wrong. That’s what could lead you to believe you are not shadowbanned on Instagram when you are.
How to Find Out if You’re On an Instagram Shadowban
If you were to unfollow your business account from your personal account, and then search for a hashtag you’ve recently used, you wouldn’t find the business account if it had been shadowbanned. Does that make sense?
Make sure you look under ‘Most Recent’, as well as ‘Top Posts’. If you are using banned hashtags, only the ‘Top Posts’ will show up for that hashtag. I talk about this more in Are You Using Banned Instagram Hashtags?
There is also a website that you can use to check whether or not you are shadowbanned, although it has been met with mixed reactions. It appears that the tool might not work correctly every time, so always check from a non-following account alongside using the shadowban-check tool.
- Instagram Shadowban Tester > http://shadowban.azurewebsites.net
There are a number of reasons why you may have found yourself on the receiving end of an Instagram shadowban. Here are a few more posts that might just help you out:
I hope that you found this information helpful today, but if you have any questions, feel free to shout them out! I’m always looking for inspiration for future blog posts, and I would love to help at the same time.
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