If you are experiencing issues of not being found on Instagram or your engagement has drastically changed. It is most likely that you are experiencing the Instagram Shadowban. The shadowban is the act of blocking a user’s content on social media sites. On Instagram, this means you won’t appear on anyone’s feed unless they already follow you. However, even if they follow you it is likely that you’ll be suppressed.
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From the point of view of Instagram, they shadowban users that do not comply with their terms and guidelines. It is very apparent in the gay community that a number of our accounts are being shadowbanned because of Instagram’s algorithm that is targeting anything contains gay or adult male content. The major issue we see is that this shadowban is not as common for cis-gendered accounts (mainly females with a high number of followers) who also post content that may conflict with Instagram’s terms and guidelines.
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1. Do Not Post
We know you’ve been hitting the gym and want to show your ex your doing better, especially with that revenge body. However, if you want to get out of the shadowban this is one of the things you have to do, Lay low and hope the ban gets lifted. There is not an exact timeline of how many days you should go cold until the ban is lifted.
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2. Delete Hashtags From Your Recent Posts
There are some hashtags that are blocked or banned. You know a hashtag is banned if you search it up and nothing pops up. It is recommended you remove the hashtags from your recent posts and have worked for a lot of people. Not using the same hashtags all the time also helps. Here is an example of blocked hashtags in 2020 are:
3. Put hashtags in the caption (not in the comments)
We know it looks better aesthetically to have a caption and add the hashtags in the comments, However, it has been reported that people who put the hashtag in the comments experienced the shadowban after 1 to 2 hours!
4. Don’t use too many hashtags and be creative.
The rule of thumb is to use less than 30 hashtags in a post. Hashtags are free advertising but if you put too many it can be way too much for your audience.
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5. Contact Instagram
Open your Instagram and shake it. This will activate the “Instagram Rage Shake” however not all phones have this feature. After you shake, click on “Report a Problem” and select “Something isn’t working” and let them know about your issue. It is best not to say the word “shadowban” and instead mention that you realized that you are not being shown in the hashtags used on your posts. It is reported that people have received a response from Instagram fairly quickly.
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6. Do not switch to a business profile.
It is projected that when you switch to a business profile Instagram will want you to pay to get more engagement. It has been reported that some profiles actually lost engagement after they switched to a business profile. However, this does not apply to everyone.
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