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Instagram banned me. Help?

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by daftmeerkat, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. daftmeerkat

    daftmeerkat Newbie

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    I might have one of the least black hat setups here: I was running FollowLiker for ~3 weeks on only a single IG account with long delays (40-80 seconds) and low settings (150-250 follows/unfollows/likes). This is for a business/brand page where I'm posting high quality original content and getting really high engagement. Broke 1k followers today.

    Went to check the IG app tonight, got logged out. Tried logging in again, "Your account has been disabled for violating our terms." and nothing else. No warning, no 24h bans (as far as I can tell), nothing. I never spammed once, never left a comment on anyone else's posts, nothing, just follows and likes is all.

    I changed the profile's link today, that's the main thing I can think of that may have triggered it (or maybe the 1k followers, or maybe the 100 seed followers I used to start the account, or maybe the mass unfollowing I was doing with the Crowdfire app... ugh, I don't know).

    Is there anything I can do? I guess I can start over with a slight tweak on the username, but we're launching next week and I really would like to get the account back if it's at all possible. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Thank you in advance.
     
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  2. jaleninc

    jaleninc Regular Member

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    Your settings are pretty good, so not sure why they would have banned you.

    One of my main accounts was banned in the past. I emailed Instagram support & got the account back that same day.

    Try doing that.
     
  3. fredfred547

    fredfred547 Power Member

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    100% the link. Instagram has been going crazy over links recently. Be careful when posting links as constantly changing it or using a URL Instagram sees as spam is an easy way to get your account banned.
     
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  4. AquaticGamer

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    Did you login using different proxies or you ran it on a VPS? Try not to login into your account when your bot is running and stop the bot before you try and upload a picture or interact with people.
     
  5. daftmeerkat

    daftmeerkat Newbie

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    Will do, thanks!
     
  6. daftmeerkat

    daftmeerkat Newbie

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    Didn't use any proxies/VPS, ran it from my home connection because I'm only FL-ing the single account. Never logged in while the bot was running either :(
     
  7. socialcollider

    socialcollider Newbie

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    Hope Instagram banned your IP. try from different proxy.
     
  8. Goofy454

    Goofy454 Regular Member

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    It's because the link. Write to their support and tell them that both the IG account and the website (which you linked) is yours. If they don't give it back just make a new account but without link this time (for a few weeks at least).
     
  9. imGrej

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    100% the link, if you have a relatively small acc (under 5k) and spam links or use shorteners you usually get banned
     
  10. ChanzGrande

    ChanzGrande Elite Member

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    Seems like this could be a major hurdle if Instagram just decides to ban that link altogether when they implement their advertising platform. I haven't invested much time and energy in IG simply due to the challenges of avoiding ban hammer.
     
  11. francis1017

    francis1017 Elite Member

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    It's the link.. I have a month old account with a link on it, after changing the link = instant ban hammer.
     
  12. smartkidwin

    smartkidwin Registered Member

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    Are you sure bro ? I would like to know
     
  13. KamikaziTurtlezz

    KamikaziTurtlezz Junior Member

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    lmao I'm doing 1k follows and 800 unfollows per day, no bans 6 weeks running
     
  14. denzelko

    denzelko Newbie

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    good luck with unbanning your insta
     
  15. smartkidwin

    smartkidwin Registered Member

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    do you know when is the right time to put a link on your account ?

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  16. growmyinsta

    growmyinsta BANNED BANNED

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    Check out this thread i made yesterday, should help!

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/social-networking-sites/766714-guide-instagram-limits-strategy-keep-account-safe.html
     
  17. Paper-Boy

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    How much were you unfollowing and following per day?

    In terms of links being an issue, I usually hit 3k+ followers first and let it age for 1 month before adding a link. My success rate doing this is around 80%.
     
  18. daftmeerkat

    daftmeerkat Newbie

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    Just checked, my last set settings were following 200-275/day, unfollowing the same. Aged over a month, but not yet past 3k followers - I think what might have done it was the additional manual mass-unfollowing I was doing (though it may have been the link change as well).
     
  19. crystal1994

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    Im doing that too.. just twice as high settings.
    hasnt got to do anything with his settings. the link is the problem
     
  20. Goofy454

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    Wait, you were running FL and unfollowing manually at the same time?
    Then that was the problem (or part of it) in my opinion. It instantly triggers a flag, because there can't be (ideally) 2 kind of actions from 2 different devices on 1 account. IG was made to be used on phone by 1 person, so it looks a little strange.