Episode 040: I was Shadow-banned on Instagram. How I coped

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I was shadow banned on Intagram. I know. Insert huge gasp here.

I had a small hunch it had happened when I would make a new post and it got zero engagement

In this episode I share with you what I did to get shadow banned and how I handled it.

If you’re like, Heather what the heck are you talking about or you aren’t sure exactly what shadowbanned means…

What is Instagram Shadowban?

Instagram Shadowban is when your hashtags become ‘un-discoverable’.
You can use your hashtags, but they only show up in the feed of your current followers.

What causes an Instagram Shadowban?

I talk about what I think happened to me on this episode but if you’re shadowbanned it could be for one or a few of these reasons.

1. Using Bots, Automated services and Buying Followers.

This is a big time no no. I’m not sure why anyone would want to buy followers. The chances of your bought fans buying from you is slim to none. I don’t know about you but I’m here to make money and spending money on followers that have no interest in me or my business is a waste. Instagram is very clear that they do not tolerate this kind of thing so buy at your own risk.

2. Using the same hashtags repeatedly

This is where I screwed up. I had no idea this was something you should not do. Using the same set of hashtags over and over will get you in IG jail quicker than you can say Ooopsies.

3. Broken Hashtags

If one hashtag in your set is broken it will throw them all off. If IG has decided to control the content of hashtags. If one tag gets over run with dirty post and un ethical photos then they will close the tag down. If you keep using they’ll put you in shadowban.

What I did to get out of Instagram Shadowban

I essence I did nothing. There really wasn’t anything that I could do. I watched countless YouTube videos that told me to:

not log in for 48 hours and it would reset…..DIDN’T WORK.

Email IG and tell them my engagement is down and it’s effecting my biz….I DON’T THINK THEY CARE.

Start a new account….UMMMM THIS IS NOT EVEN AN OPTION.

I decided to just let it ride out. From what I read it only last about 14 days and my fingers and toes were crossed this was the case. I decided to continue to post as usual and to focus on my current followers. I continued to go LIVE, post, and communicate with them as normal.

After 14 days things got back to normal !!!!