Are You Using Banned Instagram Hashtags?

 

Have you noticed that your Instagram likes have gone down all of a sudden? That’s what happened to me. I went from getting somewhere in the region of 80 to 150 likes on my Insta-snaps, to just 5 or 6 likes … Something had gone wrong. My followers hadn’t gone down. I checked. I hadn’t changed anything. I checked that too. I hadn’t done anything differently. I couldn’t work out what it could be – what could be causing my Instagram likes to drop way down. I put it down to Instagram changing their algorithm, once again; a problem that seems to hit me more often than not.

There’s been many an occasion where I considered deleting my Instagram account entirely. I’ll be honest, using Instagram for my business (best-ecig.co.uk) was proving to be harder and harder. I still knew the value of the social media account, however, and that’s why I continued on my quest to find out what was causing the dramatic drop in Instagram likes and interactions.

I soon started to notice that the likes and interactions were coming from ONLY those who were in my follower list. Out of the 5 – 15 likes I would now get, rather than 80 – 120 as it once was, 100% of them were already followers. This meant that my pictures weren’t being seen by anyone OUTSIDE of my follower list.

 

My hashtags weren’t working?! 

 

I started to have a good ol’ Google around, and it wasn’t long before I realised what the problem was. I had been using so-called “banned Instagram hashtags”.

 

Banned Instagram Hashtags – What Are They?

 

There is a pretty extensive list of banned Instagram hashtags, something I was entirely surprised about. There are the kind of expletives that you would expect to find on there, but there were a few others that I certainly didn’t expect to find. Hashtags such as #womancrushwednesday, for example. This was a hashtag that I had once used as small business promotion on Instagram, but now it was stopping people from seeing my posts entirely.

 

Banned Instagram Hashtags-2

 

 

The shocking list didn’t stop there:

 

  • #valentinesday 
  • #single
  • #singlelife 
  • #newyears
  • #newyearsday
  • #kissing
  • #adulting
  • #curvy
  • #dating
  • #date
  • #hotgirls

 

These were all hashtags that I had personally used in the promotion of websites and business. It started to explain why my posts were suddenly getting fewer and fewer likes. I didn’t understand why some of these hashtags were banned, however. #valentinesday? Really? Why?!

The list is crazy long! I’ll add it to the bottom of this post, as well as links to the places I found the information. There are many words on that list that you would regularly use to promote your business – #happyhumpday, for example. I recently got in touch with a few PR companies on Instagram, all using this #humpday hashtag, to ask them if they knew about these banned Instagram hashtags, and not one of them did. After taking a look through some of their Insta-snaps, I also noted that their likes and interactions had dramatically dropped. Each of these less-popular posts contained banned Instagram hashtags.

For the next few posts I uploaded to Instagram, I checked that the hashtags I used weren’t on this list. My likes have gone back up for the Instagram account @bestecig. I have gone from only getting about 5 or 6 likes per picture, to getting over 50 likes again. It feels good, I won’t lie. I was starting to worry I would never get my Instagram back to the way it was again. It just goes to show that you can figure it out with a little perseverance … or a lot!

We all seem to be battling with our own Instagram demons right now. Every day I see a blogger or business complaining about the new algorithm, and it’s affected every single one of the Instagram pages I manage. If your Instagram likes have dramatically dropped, it might be time to check whether or not you’re using some of these banned Instagram hashtags.

 

What Happens When You Use Banned Instagram Hashtags?

 

Well, nothing much. There are two levels – banned entirely, and just censored a little. If you were to use the hashtag #everyBODYisbeautiful, for example, you would only be shown the first few ‘top results’ when you click on the hashtag itself. It means those using the hashtag are probably just wasting a hashtag.  No one else is going to see it, unless you make it to those top results. People like me probably won’t. Famous people probably will. You see?

The more comprehensive level of blocking will prevent the hashtag being seen entirely. The two examples are shown below.

 

Banned Instagram Hashtags

 

** Warning – You may find some of these hashtags offensive **

 

  • #adulting
  • #alone
  • #americangirl
  • #ariefmirna2015
  • #armparty
  • #asia
  • #asiandick
  • #attractive
  • #babes
  • #babyrp
  • #bacak
  • #badbitcztwerk
  • #baddie
  • #balenciaga
  • #balls
  • #bang
  • #bangbang
  • #batikate
  • #beaty
  • #belfie
  • #bi
  • #bigdickboy
  • #bikinibody
  • #bombshell
  • #bootay
  • #bootybounce
  • #bra
  • #brain
  • #breast
  • #buns
  • #butt
  • #butts
  • #cam
  • #carving
  • #catsau
  • #cesitone
  • #cheeky
  • #citycentre
  • #commentschivettes
  • #costumes
  • #cph
  • #cpr
  • #csun
  • #cumfession
  • #curvesfordays
  • #curvy
  • #damngirl
  • #datass
  • #date
  • #dating
  • #desk
  • #direct
  • #dm
  • #dominant
  • #dripping
  • #dutchgirl
  • #dxb
  • #easter
  • #ebonyandivory
  • #edm
  • #edmbabes
  • #eggplant
  • #eggplants
  • #eggporn
  • #elevator
  • #escilepernatale
  • #estellaseraphim
  • #everybodyisbeautiful
  • #excitada
  • #expose
  • #fapstagram
  • #feetofatlanta
  • #fishnets
  • #foreplay
  • #freakshow
  • #freethenipple
  • #gays
  • #gilofashion
  • #girlsonly
  • #gloves
  • #goddess
  • #hamishnadine
  • #happythanksgiving
  • #hardsummer
  • #hijabiba
  • #hooters
  • #hornyyyyyyasf
  • #hotgirls
  • #hotguy
  • #hots
  • #hottie
  • #humpday
  • #iamgay
  • #instagirl
  • #instamood
  • #istanbulgay
  • #italiano
  • #jugs
  • #kansas
  • #kickoff
  • #kik
  • #kikgirl
  • #kikmessenger
  • #killingit
  • #kissing
  • #lesbian
  • #lesbiansofinstagram
  • #lilmandingo
  • #lingerie
  • #lust
  • #marcoreus
  • #master
  • #mebelim
  • #medicina
  • #mexicangirl
  • #mirrorphoto
  • #mixedgirls
  • #models
  • #mr40club
  • #mrsandmrsbordeaux
  • #mrtox
  • #nacket
  • #nasty
  • #newyears
  • #newyearsday
  • #ngento
  • #oovoo
  • #petite
  • #piroka
  • #pixie
  • #poop
  • #pornfood
  • #printic
  • #publicrelations
  • #pushups
  • #rack
  • #ravebabes
  • #roleplay
  • #russiangirl
  • #russianmilf
  • #saltwater
  • #sexlife
  • #shebad
  • #shesquats
  • #shit
  • #shower
  • #single
  • #singlelife
  • #skype
  • #slimthick
  • #snap
  • #snapback
  • #snapchat
  • #snapchatgay
  • #snapme
  • #sokus
  • #sopretty
  • #spanishgirl
  • #sparklingnudes
  • #stopdropandyoga
  • #stranger
  • #streetphoto
  • #stud
  • #submission
  • #sultry
  • #sunbathing
  • #swole
  • #tag4like
  • #takeitoff
  • #teens
  • #thatasstho
  • #thick
  • #thought
  • #todayimwearing
  • #treviso
  • #twerk
  • #twerker
  • #undies
  • #valentinesday
  • #vatine
  • #weed
  • #weedstagram
  • #weezmoney
  • #wet
  • #whitegirl
  • #woman
  • #womancrushwednesday
  • #women
  • #workflow

 

Just for the record, there are a few hashtags that are entirely banned on Instagram, and have been for a long time. These include:

 

** Warning – You may find some of these hashtags offensive / includes very bad language **

 

  • #anal
  • #anon
  • #arse
  • #ballsack
  • #bigboobs
  • #bigbootyhoe
  • #bigtits
  • #bigtitties
  • #bitches
  • #blowjob
  • #bondagesex
  • #boobies
  • #boobstagram
  • #boobz
  • #booty
  • #bunda
  • #clevage
  • #clit
  • #cock
  • #cocks
  • #cum
  • #cumshot
  • #cunt
  • #daddydirection
  • #daddydom
  • #daddylove
  • #dick
  • #dicks
  • #faggot
  • #fatass
  • #femdom
  • #fetish
  • #footfetish
  • #freethenips
  • #frisky
  • #fucking
  • #funbags
  • #girlsgonewild
  • #girlsofinstagram
  • #grindin
  • #gstring
  • #hardcore
  • #hmu
  • #hoes
  • #horny
  • #IG
  • #ilovemyinstagram
  • #incest
  • #instababe
  • #instabody
  • #instafuck
  • #instahot
  • #instasex
  • #jizz
  • #kike
  • #kikmeboys
  • #kikmenow
  • #killyourself
  • #kinky
  • #kontol
  • #kyke
  • #lean
  • #like
  • #loseweight
  • #naughtygirls
  • #nekkid
  • #nigger
  • #nipple
  • #nipples
  • #nips
  • #nobra
  • #nudepics
  • #orgasm
  • #penis
  • #popular
  • #popularpage
  • #porn
  • #porno
  • #pornography
  • #pornstar
  • #proanorexia
  • #probulimia
  • #seksi
  • #selfharm
  • #sexiest
  • #sexual
  • #sexyaf
  • #sexybody
  • #sexygirl
  • #sexys
  • #sexyteen
  • #shirtless
  • #slut
  • #sluts
  • #snowbunnies
  • #spankme
  • #spic
  • #tetas
  • #thickgirls
  • #thighs
  • #thinspiration
  • #thinspo
  • #tit
  • #tits
  • #titties
  • #titty
  • #toket
  • #twerking
  • #twerkteam
  • #twink
  • #vag
  • #wank
  • #whitepower
  • #whore
  • #whores
  • #wtf
  • #xxx

Massive thanks to Nick Drewe at The Data Pack for originally compiling this list! It should be shared far and wide!

 

 




2 Thoughts to “Are You Using Banned Instagram Hashtags?”

  1. Wow I learn something new everyday
    Thanks for posting

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