You know those scary chain letters you get in your inbox? You don't want to open it. But maybe you do. You just want to see what it's about. Then you do. And suddenly, you feel compelled to do what the letter says. Maybe just for a second. Maybe you don't follow through, maybe you do because… karma. That's kind of what the Instagram shadowban has turned into. Lots of rumors with lots of people passing (mostly false) information around.
I get it! It is scary. For most, including me, Instagram is their top traffic and a direct connection to their blog and business. You want to make sure you're playing by the rules so you don't get blocked or shadowbanned. Right? YES. But with the flurry of new information comes rumors that people are passing around like wildfire.
First up, what is the shadowban?
Who is this affecting?
Let’s talk about Hashtags:
What does this mean?
How do you know if you’re affected?
What Causes this to happen?
1. Using Bots, Automated services and Buying Followers.
2. Surges of activity.
Remember, Instagram has daily limits. This is to again, thwart any bots. There are limits to how much you can like and interaction on Instagram per day. This is how it typically looks: 200 likes, 60 comments and 60 follows/unfollows per hour.
3. ‘Broken Hashtags’
My suggestion is to change up hashtags and check the ones you are using if you're really worried.
How do you fix this?
The Ultimate Instagram Checklist
A free 12 step guide to ensure you succeed with Instagram every time you post.