Feeling like you just aren’t getting the likes and exposure each time you post a new photo on Instagram? There are a lot of reasons this can happen. It’s possible that the timing of your post just wasn’t a good time for exposure. You may not have had a very interesting photo that was relatable to people. Or you simply didn’t use hashtags that fit the demographic of the photo / post you made. What happens when you all the above is not true for you and a post is sitting dead, dead, dead without any views. You might begin to wonder if your post was shadowbanned. Not sure what shadowbanned is? We talked about it on our post here: What is shadowbanned? (our explanation)
Another reason for no exposure to your post could be if you’ve been buying instagram followers? or running a 3rd party app not approved by Instagram? Guess what – call it shadowbanning, call it spamming but at the end of the day, you violated Instagrams guidelines. So … they have every right to limit activity and not include you in searches. You agreed to it right here: Instagram User Terms
How To Tell If Your Shadowbanned? (and how to avoid it)
It’s important to note that shadowbanning has not been acknowledged by Instagram as of the date of this post. So to be clear, there can be many other factors for a post or posts to not receive your intended exposure. We assume that you’ve tried multiple different posts and times as well as different hashtags before coming to the conclusion you’ve been “shadowbanned”.
If you are still noticing that a particular post (or posts) have very little activity. Or, if it had activity, it’s only from your direct followers. This can happen when you use a hashtag that Instagram does not find appropriate. Someone on the interwebs created a whole list of hashtags they found to have been “shadowbanned” by Instagram. You can review a list compiled by Nick Drewe of TheDataPack.com here: Banned Instagram Hashtags Check your hashtags.
You also need to post again and we suggest using a very different time. Timing can be key for Instagram posts too. If something is posted at time of day that’s not good, you’ll have the same type of non-response to your posts. This isn’t shadowbanning, this is bad time of day posting…
After analyzing all the possibilities and you’ve come to the conclusion that your account has been “penalized”. What now? Are you considered spam on Instagram, shadwobanned and the whole account is just dead.??? Nope, see below…
How to Get Out of Instagram Shadowban
As we mentioned earlier, if you are using non-authentic methods for gaining followers, likes or comments – you run the risk of being considered “spamming” on Instagram. If you realize you’ve done this. STOP. Remove the app you are using, stop buying likes and get back to the authentic terms of using Instagram.
You can only follow / unfollow 160 accounts a day… trying to do more (and really, what are you hoping to accomplish with this much?) you’ll receive a note from Instagram. You can also only do so many “likes” an hour to the tune of 350. These are all estimates from online sites – but Instagram has never indicated what their actual limits are. Also – these can change at any time.
Be reasonable with your Instagram account, do things authentically … if you are posting pictures one right after another – you’ll get flagged in some way. Also – you may irritate others and they can report your profile. People don’t want to see only pictures from 1 person clogging up their Instagram feed – so post sporadically. Don’t be “that person” that spams on Instagram. Too much will be TOO MUCH for everyone. More posts do not equal more sales or more clicks to your site. Ease it up a bit and it should bring you back on track.
Want some additional reads on the subject? Here are a few more resources for you: