How I Fixed My Instagram Shadowban

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As we all know, Instagram is a platform used to network, market, brand and provoke inspiration while curating feeds through your own style of photography. Companies and individuals use Instagram to promote campaigns and make money though affiliate marketing or collaborations.

I personally use Instagram to network, connect with my blog audience, promote sheICONIC while giving a bit more insight to my lifestyle and fashion journey. More importantly this platform is a place where I share happy energy about being comfortable in your own skin and living your best life even through the imperfect moments.

What is Instagram Shadowban?

While this popular social networking site is meant to encourage creativity and introduce new people, brands, messages and concepts to you, the downside is particularly interesting. To protect its users and minimize spam, Instagram will literally block you from the hashtags by placing your account on Shadowban.

Shadowbanning is when your posts don’t show up on the hashtags or rank super low in the feed that you’ll more than likely won’t see them. When Instagram feels like your account is ‘spammy’ they’ll block you from the hashtags.

How do you know your account is spammy?

  • Liking too many photos in a day
  • Follow/Unfollowing too many people in one day
  • Commenting too much on other accounts

Instagram wants true and genuine interaction from it’s users. Instagram tracks your behavior, so if you’re doing too much on the site in an inconsistent way, it’ll think you account is spammy or robotic, thus placing you on shadowban.

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How Do you Know You’re Shadowbanned?

Particular sites have where you enter your username and they do a quick search but I find it useless because the websites never work. The easiest way to see if you’re shadowbanned is by noticing an abrupt decline in engagement. If you post one photo and the next photo doesn’t receive your average amount of likes, it’s possible your image is hidden from the hashtags.

Real Quick Story

Early July, I was shadowbanned on Instagram. Now I’m not someone who receives hundreds of likes, which is fine with me but I noticed a decline in my likes after posting one day. Speaking of ‘likes’, did you read my post about my newfound attitude with the concept? No? Well it’s right here 🙂

Anyways, earlier this year, I started investing more time into my account. I was so ecstatic about creating content and engaging, I was doing the most. I was genuine never did the follow/unfollow game but I commented and liked TOO many photos in one day. In my stories, I would tag every single brand possible 2x/day. Instagram was like, “um no girl…you are too spammy…we putting you on a break!”

Cool but What’s The Fix?

I’m no social media expert but I think it’s cool to share my experience and help others from entering the danger zone. From research on YouTube and other blog posts, shadowbanning typically last for two weeks. Mine lasted about a week and half. This ban can be detrimental to a business or brand that thrives off the platform but with specific tips and tricks you can beat the system. Here is what I did:

  1. Do not log onto the site or post anything for one week
  2. After a week, post every two or three days
  3. Use 10 or less hashtags
  4. Tailor each post to specific hashtags, don’t use the same group of hashtags everytime
  5. Don’t like/comment every post you see, only the images that genuinely perk your interest
  6. Don’t tag too much in your stories, Instagram will block your audience from clicking on the name
  7. Make sure you don’t use banned hashtags

It’s All Good Now

Those 7 tips worked for me and now my account is back to normal. I wholeheartedly believe everything happens for a reason. I’m grateful I was shadowbanned because it taught me to not invest so hard into Instagram. Yes, it’s liberating to get creative and connect with like-minded individuals but I don’t want my day to be centered on visiting the site.

I’m more nonchalant with social media, I care just not too much.

The follow/unfollow game is bogus but hey it happens. Not logging onto Instagram or posting for one week will cause you to lose followers but not as much as you think. I was surprised I only lost approx. 8-10 and those were robot accounts, which we all know aren’t really followers.

While I think you should post whenever you want and not feel dictated by the networking site, this list should help those who want their hashtags seen by others to expose a new audience and increase awareness about their campaigns, brands or messages.

What are your tips and tricks for instagram? Have you ever been shadowbanned? Any questions? I’ll try my best to answer 🙂

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. hudapervez says:

    I remember when I got shadowbanned because I used to like way to many pictures haha! It was the most frustrating things ever and I was shadow banned for quite a while until I researched on the internet and found steps I could take to life the ban. The tips you mentioned are exactly that! Doing all those helped me lift my ban and I’m definitely more careful now! Thanks for sharing! xx
    Beaulife.org

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    1. justnatonya says:

      It just sucks for insta to limit us on how much we like photos. I’m glad you figured it out for your insta! Thanks for reading Huda 💖

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  2. abigailtalkabout says:

    This is actually really useful because I tend to use the same type of hashtags on my pictures so maybe I need to mix it up a little!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Yea switch it up to avoid being blocked from the hashtags 🙂

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  3. Lia says:

    Wow this is super helpful! It’s so easy to become enthusiastic wanting to engage with everyone and it’s sad that Instagram would mistake that as a bot!! I shall keep these tips in mind! Thanks for being transparent and sharing xxx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Anytime Lia! I want to share the things I learn so others don’t make the same mistakes either 🙂

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  4. JustaKidd says:

    This is really helpful.Luckily I’ve never been put on shadowban, now I really don’t want to but at least I’ll know what to do

    Lon x

    http://www.just-a-kidd.blogspot.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Hey Lon! I’m glad this will help you with your future posting. I’m even more happy you haven’t been on shadowban ❤

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  5. Vada Green says:

    I didn’t know about this! Thanks for informing us!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      No problem Vada! It’s good to share important info 🙂

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  6. Nancy says:

    Instagram’s way of shadowbanning has a lot of room for improvement. Though, it’s kind of a bummer that people have to do so much work to promote their brand and if they do it a bit too much, they get shadowbanned. It’s good that there’s a fix to it! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. justnatonya says:

      So true Nancy. I don’t like the feeling of being controlled but I guess everything in moderation. It’s good to promote but I guess they don’t want you to over do it 🙂

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  7. John Aiwone says:

    I never realised there was a “shadowban” on Instagram. Not surprised though. A lot of influencers try and exploit the social media algorithm too much at times.

    Great post by the way Natonya 👍🏾

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    http://www.johnnystraventures.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Good point Johnny! I’m so happy you stopped by 🙂

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  8. theamalog says:

    Never thought of this, but I believe I have experienced this everytime I keep tagging people on my insta stories or sharing the stories I have done to multiple accounts. I was not able to share any of my stories to any accounts at all.

    Thanks for sharing now I know. 😉

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I’m so glad this post has brought you some clarity. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  9. Array says:

    I’ve never had a shadowban (I don’t think) but I’m taking these tips on board just in case. It’s so stupid that they punish you for engaging. Isn’t that what the app is for!? I really need to invest some more time into my account! x
    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I know that’s the main point of Instagram to post and engage with your audience and others. I’m glad these tips will help you out with your account 🙂

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  10. I’ve heard so much about bloggers suffering with this but this is the first solution post I’ve read! So frustrating trying to grow a following on instagram like this right? x

    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I know right! How are you suppose to interact with others but in a limited space, kinda a contradiction on their part lol! Hopefully this helps 🙂

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  11. Wow! I had no idea “shadowbanned” was a thing! This is really interesting! I try to be genuine with my interactions on IG; I really enjoy getting to know other bloggers and commenting on pictures. I did start to unfollow a few old accounts that I had followed years ago (when following random people was a thing) with content that I wasn’t honestly interested in. Thanks for sharing this Natonya! Also, I think keeping the hashtags to 10 may be a something I’ll start to practice!

    xx, Des | https://www.itsbetterinheels.com/

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Hi Des, how are you doing?! Yes keeping hashtags at 10 is a great idea. I did hear that the less is better on Instagram and you should only use 5 hashtags but 10 is ok to work with. I think I will start using no more than 10 on all my posts too 🙂

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  12. Ella Jones says:

    I wonder if this has impacted my Instagram engagement? I definitely think the algorithm has a lot to do with it!

    http://www.ellacharlottejones.co.uk

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Hi Ella! Yes the algorithm is so off-putting but hopefully these tips help you out.

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  13. Thoroughly enjoyed this post honey! Been struggling so much with engagement and believe these tips can really help! xo

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I hope these tips help you with your engagement. Let me know how it goes for you 🙂

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      1. I will do lovely thanks again ☺️

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  14. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Really informative and helpful for those struggling with engagement!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      O WOW! Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

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  15. Joy says:

    Amazing post!! Thanks for sharing 😍🤗

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks for reading 😁

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  16. I think I’ve been shadowbanned for like three weeks lol I can’t follow or follow back. It’s really irritating as I’m trying to grow my following.
    I should probably let my account rest for a while, but I’ve noticed that it’s only an IP thing. So I can’t do anything when I’m using the WiFi at home, but everything works normally if I use the 4G or another wifi. Then I can follow people again. Problem with that is that I’m actually extending my ban lol
    Yeah, I should just let it rest for a while :/

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    1. justnatonya says:

      O man that sucks, yeah just let it rest, in the long-run it’ll make the biggest difference for you. Thanks for reading 💙

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      1. It’ll try to stay away loo

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  17. Great post! A lot of people has this problem so.. great one!

    Veronica | https://styleandtellblog.wordpress.com/

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Veronica! I hope it helps someone 🤗

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  18. teemadzika says:

    I actually didn’t know this could happen. I’m shocked!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I know, it’s kinda messed up because they kinda control your posts but I understand Instagram wants to eliminate the spam accounts.

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