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How you can avoid an Instagram Shadowban plus FREE eBook

Myth: A shadowban isn’t real.

What is a shadowban?

This is a term associated with Instagram whereby Instagram hides your account from everybody who isn’t already following you.

So all those hashtags you’ve spent ages adding, yup, they’re pointless as they don’t appear in any search results.

Consequently, in a nutshell, nobody is able to see your images or find your account, which makes it nigh on impossible to grow your account.

Don’t worry though it’s not a forever, ever thing. Shadowbans vary in length. You can be banned for 24 hours, to a week and some cases even a month. You can submit a request to Instagram here if you think you’ve got a ‘gram ban.

How do you receive a shadowban?

You know about the banned hashtags list right? If not you might want to download my FREE Banned Hashtag eBook with all of those tags that can potentially see you be banned.

There are two types of ‘shadowban’ the soft ban sees your results having a temporary block with only a censored number of results showing. So just for argument’s sake only 3/30 hashtags you’ve used show your image not showing. Then there’s the hard ban which sees your whole set of hashtags hidden and only those who follow you able to see your image.

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Avoiding a shadowban.

It’s easy to avoid being shadowbanned, you simply need to be clever when implementing your hashtags. If you’re wondering which hashtags to use then Tailwind is a great tool. I recently wrote a post about how Tailwind can help you avoid a shadowban with the use of the best hashtags to help your photos go viral, I highly recommend reading it.

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You also need to know which hashtags are banned and avoid them at all costs.

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You also need to engage with real accounts, with Instafakers rife who have been using bots and not engaging socially then this is your chance to show Instagram that you’re real, you’re instant and you’re active. By leaving genuine comments (with 5 or more words) on posts of people you follow and people you don’t you’ll create engagement which in turn will help to decrease any chance of shadowbanning.

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Be social, on social media? Duh?

Similarly to replying back to posts, not only is this great for your engagement. It also builds your Instacommunity which in turn your loyal tribe will comment and like your future posts and watch your stories which are indicative to Instagram that you’re real, you’re interesting and engaging and that you’re abiding by the rules. Which in turn, helps and allows you to grow and avoid being shadowbanned.

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It really is that simple, although Instagram is a great mystery if you stay on top of the banned Hashtags and avoid them, find only great hashtags to use, and interact constantly with real people, real accounts and with real comments then you will avoid a shadowban and succeed at growing your Instagram!

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Laura is an award-winning entrepreneur with a passion for all things luxury. With a penchant for travel, her favourite destinations are Vegas and Ibiza. Catch her at the latest bar opening with a cocktail in hand followed by mornings in the gym. She dotes on her little Jack Russell, Ziggy and has an unhealthy Instagram obsession. Home interiors continue to grow as a passion and she absolutely loves shopping for all things fashion and beauty too.


  1. I love your posts Laura. Really insightful. Thank you for this one about Instagram. I’m still getting up to speed on this account and I’m definitely going to check out your suggestions.


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