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There are moments when being alone is peaceful and there are moments when being alone is just plain lonely.
Today I want to share my recent experience being shadow banned, not because I want to be negative towards Insta, but because I know there are others who want to learn more.
Disclaimer: Insta doesn’t call it a shadow ban, this term was created by the masses, but account restriction is real. It’s designed to keep Insta a safe place (which a good thing), but unfortunately sometimes innocent get caught up in it.
I posted a giveaway collab post (within Insta guidelines), 12 hours later a pop-up from Insta told me my post had been deleted because it was outside their guidelines. From that moment my account was restricted. Exactly 2 weeks later my account activity went back to normal for a few days and then my growth and hashtag reach dropped significantly again. I now have no idea whether I have been put under another restriction or not.
Your account and posts will only be shown to accounts that already follow you. You will not show up under hashtags or in the explore page for anyone else. Your posts will still be shown to your current followers so you won’t necessarily lose engagement, but this seems to be common. Bans have been reported to last exactly 2 weeks, and less commonly 28 days. When the ban lifts your account visibility should go back to normal with no penalty - this doesn’t seem to be the case for me though.
HOW TO AVOID A BAN
* Don’t use the exact same hashtags every post, this is flagged as bot behaviour
* Don’t post offensive imagery/words
* Don’t buy followers/likes or follow/unfollow
* Don’t use third party apps that aren’t approved by Insta
* Like & comment at human pace, otherwise you may be mistaken for a bot
* I will not be taking part in giveaways in the future because I am afraid it will happen again, but I haven’t heard anyone else be banned for this, I may have just been unlucky or reported by someone
IF YOU ARE BANNED
* Keep posting & engaging with your followers – it’s a good chance to focus on them
* Report a problem to Insta – although it is rare to get a response
* Keep smiling & sharing your story
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Let's end the year on a positive note. If it didn't happen for you this year do not despair because the coming New Year provides you with a fresh opportunity to make it happen. It's all about being optimistic and keeping it positive.