Instagram Shadowban : 5 steps to fix it

Instagram Shadow ban is one of the worst things that can ever happen to a business /personal account online. It literally limits an account’s growth level, engagement rates and overall reach.

The first time I was shadow banned, I freaked out.. I didn’t know what was happening, I didn’t even know it had a name, I just knew my post wasn’t showing on hashtags and that was bad, I had to fix that. Like every normal internet savvy person would do, I went to search on Google and the rest they say is history

For the sake of those that might not know what a shadow ban is, a shadow ban also called ghost banning is the act of blocking a user or their content from an online community. Most times, the said user isn’t aware of this ban.

Once you’re banned, your contents are only visible to people who follow you unlike before when every member of the Instagram community can access your page via hashtags. This means that your likes and comments won’t match up to what it was before and this is bad for business.

CAUSES OF SHADOW BAN

  • USE OF AUTOMATED SOFTWARE /BOTS AND UNAUTHORIZED THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS

Automated softwares/bots are used to grow accounts even when the user is not online. They’re used to get more likes, follows or even comments. Once Instagram suspects you of using such, they place you on a ban.

The use of unauthorized third party apps can get you banned (these includes apps you use to check who unfollows or doesn’t follow back, auto posting apps and analytics checking apps).

Don’t forget that once they’re unauthorized by Instagram, they’d pose a great danger to you and your account.

  • BROKEN HASHTAGS

Broken hashtags are hashtags that has restricted usage. It could be words as simple as #wcw . When a hashtag becomes overrun with inappropriate content, it becomes broken so, be sure to check out that next hashtag you want to use before it leads you into a shadow ban.

Broken hashtags are easy to spot out. A hashtag is broken when there’s a limited number of visible posts and no recent tabs on the tag.

To find out if a tag is broken, go to search, type a certain tag you want to use, click on recent ( if pictures are displayed, it’s safe to use. Check the pictures below to see a pictorial example of what a broken tag looks like)

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This is how to correctly check if a tag is broken. You must always click on the recent tab.
  • REPORTS

When your account is often reported either for spamming, intellectual theft, copyright infringement or even for posting inappropriate content , it could lead to a shadow ban.

  • SUDDEN SURGE IN ACTIVITY

If you suddenly go on a follow and unfollow spree or even like too much too soon, Instagram might classify you as a bot and this can lead to shadow ban.

HOW TO KNOW YOU’RE SHADOW BANNED

  • YOUR PICTURES DON’T APPEAR ON HASHTAGS ANYMORE

This is the easiest way to check if you’re shadow banned. Use a not so popular hashtag on a post, search for your post on that tag.. If it doesn’t appear anywhere on it especially on the recent tab, you’ve been shadow banned.

  • DRASTIC REDUCTION IN LIKES AND COMMENTS

This method is not completely reliable because a lot of things can lead to loss/reduction in engagements ranging from bad PR, Change of content or even ignored online guidelines.

Whatever the case may be, once you notice a drastic reduction in your engagement rates, try out the first step given above.

HOW TO FIX IT

Fixing, steps

  • DISCOVER THE SOURCE

Discovering the source /reason for the ban is the first step to coming out of it. This will help you take the necessary steps needed. This means that you’d need to

  • Delete the recent hashtags on your last post (if the cause was a broken hashtag)
  • Delete the post that led to the ban (it could be that you used someone’s picture without giving them the credit or you used a song without accrediting the owner on your post. It could be even be that you posted a picture or video that violates Instagram community rules.)
  • Stop using third party apps for automated likes, follows and comments.
  • Revoke access granted to third party apps that aren’t approved by Instagram.
  • STAY AWAY

Log out of the affected account and stay away completely for some days. Research shows that staying away for 72 hours and more is an effective solution for shadow banned accounts.

  • REPORT A PROBLEM

Continuously report a problem to Instagram (this is because you’d rarely get a response from them.) In doing this continuously, you might get the attention you need.

  • SWITCH BACK TO PERSONAL ACCOUNT

This is if your account is a business page . Shadow bans are common amongst business pages hence the advice.

P. S— I know people who logged out without switching to a personal profile and still had their shadow ban lifted. To be on the safe side though, it’s advisable to switch your account. You can always switch back to a business page after the ban has been lifted.

  • ADHERE TO INSTAGRAM’S COMMUNITY RULES

Instagram, guidelines, terms and conditions

Reread their terms and conditions if need be because once your account has been banned, there’s a higher chance of being banned in the future at the slightest provocation.

Finally, it’s important to note that shadow bans vary from page to page. It could last from 48 hours to a month or more, depending on the steps you take during the ban. The good news is, if you adhere to the steps given above, your account will be back to normal in no distant time.

I hope you found this helpful.

Have you ever been shadow banned? How did you fix it?

46 thoughts on “Instagram Shadowban : 5 steps to fix it

  • June 22, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    Yes, very helpful. Thank you

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  • June 22, 2019 at 3:05 am
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    I’ve always heard of shadow ban but never really knew what it meant. Thankfully, now I do. Thanks for this

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  • June 22, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    Don’t really know what to say.. I didn’t even know about shadow ban until today. Thanks for this

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  • June 22, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    I know about shadow ban but I love how you delivered the information. Some people still don’t know about this and it’s always great knowing we can count on you on accurate information. Thanks gifted girl.

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    • June 24, 2019 at 5:57 am
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      Yes, they don’t.. Hopefully, this will help. Thanks muyis πŸ’œ

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  • June 23, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    This is well detailed and explained!! So many people actually don’t know they’re banned, this will give them enough insights. Weldone πŸ–€

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    • June 24, 2019 at 5:56 am
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      Hehehe.. Coming from a professional like you, I’m grateful 😁

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    Thanks for this.. I’ve learnt a lot

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  • June 25, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    Honestly I didn’t know what shadow ban was till today and what broken hashtags are. But thankfully I do now. Nicely presented. Thanks for this piece of information. πŸ™πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    My! My! I didn’t know this before! Thanks for educating me πŸ˜€πŸ˜˜

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:37 am
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    Great post, very enlightening.. I’ve learnt more about shadow bans

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    I’ve heard of shadow ban but you gave me more depth. Thank you

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:47 am
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    Thanks for this detailed information on shadow ban.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:54 am
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    This is so enlightening😁 am currently facing this ban good to see how i can get out of this shit. Thank you for this insight

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:05 am
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      Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear this. Just follow the instructions and you’ll be out in no time

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  • June 25, 2019 at 8:33 am
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    Really good post. Very detailed. I Definitely would be looking out not to be shadow banned.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm
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    This shadow ban talk is news to me. Thank you for taking the time to explain

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    Love love, Love it . Very detailed

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    A very detailed post . thank you for sharing

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    Awww Sissy, you did a good job here .very detailed

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  • June 25, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    Oh boy… I think I been shadow banned…
    Can you imagine.. The engagement dropped drastically. Thank you giftedgal

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    • June 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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      Oh wow.. I hope you come out of it soon.. Just employ the methods I gave above

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  • July 2, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    Very insightful!!…Thanks for sharing 😍

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  • July 2, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    This is so helpful, thank you for taking out your time to explain this in details. God bless you

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  • July 2, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    This is educative. Thanks so much.

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    • July 3, 2019 at 2:55 am
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      You’re welcome πŸ€— πŸ€— thank you for reading too

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  • July 2, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Oh wow ..this is quite detailed. Have heard of banned accounts but you threw more light on it

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