Last week I posted about Instagram’s banned hashtags and shadowbanning.
I’m pretty sure I’ve been shadowbanned and that’s why there’s been a big drop in my engagement. The only positive thing about it is that it has inspired me to do this little mini-series of blog posts about Instagram and banning hashtags. As well as inspired me to dislike the social media platform more than I already do.
Check out last weeks post to find out more about what shadowbanning and banned hashtags on Instagram are.
So here’s how to prevent getting shadowbanned:
Don’t use banned hashtags.
In my last blog post, I gave a few ideas of how you can check your hashtags aren’t banned. Another good tip is to search ‘banned hashtags’ for lists of known banned ones.
Don’t overuse hashtags.
Yes, you can put up to 30 hashtags in each post. That doesn’t mean you should. Using lots of hashtags can get your post marked as spam! Use 5-10.
Don’t use the same hashtag over and over.
That’s right – vary your hashtags!
I know it’s tempting to have lists and then copy them into each post. It’s easy. But don’t.
If you’re using fewer hashtags then it shouldn’t be too much trouble to find 10 new ones each post!
Don’t use comment pods.
Instagram pods are used often by bloggers – a group of people that will like and comment on someone’s post as soon as they publish. These are usually run in group Direct Messages or Facebook groups. Calling it an engagement pod/thread. doesn’t make it any better, you are still faking your engagement. It’s as a bad as using bots and will get your flagged as spam and then shadowbanned.
Instagram has developed ways to detect the use of these pods and marks them as spam.
Don’t use bots.
This goes without saying – do not use bots.
Bots work around the clock, liking, following, commenting. This unusual interactaction is easily picked up by Instagram and you will be shadowbanned!
Stay tuned to find out what to do when your account has been marked as spam!