We have had tons of questions about shadowbans on Instagram. As you may know, Instagram is issuing more shadowbans than ever. Some of you may be wondering why and the answer to that is because many users implement automation. Automation allows users to target hashtags and engage with users who post on them. These services often spam hashtags on their posts and use 30 hashtags on every post.
Instagram is more strict than ever and wishes to crack down upon automated activities and the best way to do that is to limit spam of hashtags. The Instagram algorithm is issuing shadowbans to all the accounts who are using 30 hashtags on every post. Yes, you may be told by your mentors to use 30 hashtags on every post in order to receive your full potential exposure which may work for a certain time but may eventually lead to a shadowban. Just to clear things up for those who are new to Instagram and its shadowban; a shadowban is defined as having limited reach on all your posts continuously for a certain duration on Instagram. It may last several days, weeks or even multiple months.
Now some of you may be facing limited reach on your posts but that does not necessarily have to do with a shadowban. There are other factors that could be involved such as having your account mass reported or getting a post removed by Instagram due to it breaching its guidelines. It also could just be down to your content quality being poor. However, there are millions of users out there who have been gaining hundreds of thousands of reach with every post, but cannot simply climb over a few hundred impressions now.
In that case, it is best to check if you are shadowbanned. In order to do that, you need to use a hashtag that no one else has used. For instance, try an arbitrary hashtag like #xdsjqi which has not been used before and use it on your post. If you do not appear on the recent post for it, then unfortunately you have been shadowbanned. This is sad news and it has broken several accounts but we will be releasing another blog on our website in order to help fix the shadowban and reduce its effects so stay tuned!