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Growth has stopped out of the blue

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by CarlitosWay, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. CarlitosWay

    CarlitosWay Registered Member

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    Hello all,
    I'm using FL on my personal account using slow growth settings, only liking and commenting. I checked the bot. It's still functioning normally but suddenly my account stopped growing and my engagement has stopped. I used to get 30-40 new followers a day along with dozens and dozens of likes and comments. Now I'm getting a tiny fraction of that. Does anyone now what the culprit could be or if IG has marked me in some way?
     
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    Ok, I've officially hit negative growth. Wth is going on? Anyone have an inclining?
     
  3. madblackhatter1000

    madblackhatter1000 Power Member

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    There may have been 100's of bots that have unfollowed you. Some bots will scrape users based upon likes/comments, so most likely your account was scraped and auto-followed by one of the 50 million IG Bots.
     
  4. CarlitosWay

    CarlitosWay Registered Member

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    Well that's totally not it but thanks for the input.
     
  5. madblackhatter1000

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    Really? Theres not a single bot following you? Dayyam, you have to tell me your secret then. Theres 50 Million bots in IG btw, I wasn't joking.

    Here are the other reasons to lose followers:

    1. Followers unfollow you back after being unfollowed. Free iPhone apps notify users when they are unfollowed
    2. Your account posts too much content, scale it down, once every 4-8 hours is maximum.
    3. Your account is posting low quality content that people don't like anymore.
    4. Fake followers are dying.
    5. Real followers are getting their accounts banned.


    Its important to scientifically separate your challenges.
    1. Low Engagement may be shadow banning. (too many follows/unfollows/tags/etc, nobody really knows exactly what sets it off or how to get off of it)

    2. Losing Followers - thats another challenge, Totally unrelated to the first.
     
  6. bartosimpsonio

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    Looks like you got ghosted.
     
  7. hertn

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    Yeah u cant use a bot nowadays and expect not to get ghosted. Even legit users get ghosted very easily.
     
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    having the same problem here in 16 accs, i was gaining around 200 followers per day now i gain like 30. same settings..
     
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    reasons:
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    2) shitty content
     
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    how i can see if im ghosted?
     
  11. CarlitosWay

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    I have lots of bots following me. They're not difficult to spot. I get unfollowed by bots and real accounts roughly 2-7 times/day but I'm netting a plus 30-40 followers/day or 50 on a good day; some are bots, most are real. It's a personal acc so I'm perfectly happy w that slow level of growth. But, suddenly yesterday almost all the likes and follows I'm used to getting slowed to a snails pace. I lost a net of 2 accounts yesterday. Since last May that has never once happened.

    1. I've never follow unfollowed, just commented and liked w FL
    2. I post about once a week
    3. I suppose that's subjective but a typical post will have between 400-1200 likes and 20-150 comments depending on the content.
    4 &5. My unfollow rate remains the same. I'm just suddenly not making the gains I usually do.

    What does Ghosted mean? What is shadow banning?
     
  12. willteasle

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    Are you using the FL method or just liking/commenting on certain hashtags?
    If its the FL method you may have reached all the "active" followers you scraped... try scrape a different user.
    The user you scrape may also have a ton of fake bot followers so the same settings arent yielding the same result.

    I switched from fl method back to liking on hastags and saw my followers go from 60 a day to sometimes 10 or negative... so its difficult.
    I think basically IG is just hard now... there are too many good accounts... people are more picky who they will follow!
     
  13. CarlitosWay

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    Good insight. I cut off my bots for a couple days. Low and behold a smaller number of likes and follows just started coming in on their own. I'm going to have to read about getting "ghosted" If it's what I think it is then I think that may be the culprit. If anyone has an insight on ghosting I'm all ears.

    Sometimes a bot will follow me or like something of mine and IG will ask me if it's spam because the account is exhibiting spammy behavior. Idk what you call that but it's possible my account got flagged like that. Is there a name for that and a cure?
     
  14. willteasle

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    To see if you are ghosted post a picture and use a few uncommon hashtags. (easier to find your post if its on a tag that gets a post an hour)
    so for instance
    #pickledegg
    once its posted go on your laptop or computer and download tor browser (you wanna go through a proxy incase its your IP thats ghosted) Tor is the easiest
    in the browser dont log into IG just paste the hastag url :
    https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/pickledegg
    if your picture is there you havent been ghosted.
    Hope this helps!
     
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    Thanks Willteasle! That does help.
     
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    Try to temporarily disable your IG account for a few days, this may cancel the ghost ban.
     
  17. CarlitosWay

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    I just read that solution on a different post. I'm sort of terrified to do it because I saw a couple people complain that they lost their acc's. This is a personal acc. that I can't risk loosing. Do you know if you're taking a big risk diasbling the acc?