If you’ve spent enough time on Instagram, you’ve probably come across a few posts that go something like, “Help! I’ve been shadow banned! Please follow, like and comment on my posts!” You probably see a lot of these posts if you’ve done any follow trains to boost your Influenster score. I know I do.
Generally, I roll my eyes and keep on scrolling.
Regardless of differing opinions on whether or not Instagram is actively shadowbanning accounts (the official statement from Instagram is that no, they are not shadow banning; users say otherwise, and I would have to agree), the reason I roll my eyes is that these posts are obvious like grabs.
And shame on the original poster for tricking people into thinking that will actually help you.
All the experts recommend two major ways to get over a potential shadowban:
When most of us think of spam on Instagram, we’re reminded of those annoying comments, “FOLLOW FOR ALL THE FOLLOWERS!!!1!!!1!!!!!”, but there a lot of sneaky ways in which a post can become spammy. Knowing what it looks like, will help you, not only identify bad new followers, it will also help you avoid making these mistakes unintentionally and avoid becoming shadowbanned. Here are some Instagram Spam red flags:
And that’s all you really need to worry about when it comes to shadowbanning on Instagram (and also not being a gross, spammy asshole who will get unfollowed). If you add great content without hashtag hi-jacking, you’ll see your likes and new followers grow.