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Based on what we've seen in the past, both with our pages and those of other Instagram marketers we know, a shadowban is when your posts stop ranking for all hashtags, both on the TOP and RECENT tabs of the platform.

Normally, the lower engagement period that accompanies this "ban" or restriction last around 14 days.

In the last two weeks, we've seen something else happen.

If you look at the attached pic, you'll see a screenshot of what we saw for a brief moment last week when we checked the brand hashtag for one of our pages from another account. Not sure why this popped up unless a competitor is purposely coordinating some kind of attack on this particular page (which is possible, as we have been getting hit with doses of 1k fake followers since late April 2018, as I discussed on another thread here: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/buying-fake-followers-for-your-competitors.1054452/).

We haven't been able to recreate this screenshot again, but it happened during a period where our posts are appearing in the RECENT tab, but not the TOP section, where our content used to appear all the time.

Have you guys seen this before? In other words, seeing your posts all of the sudden appear in the RECENT, but not the TOP posts section? I'm talking about very high quality, unique posts that typically rank high in our industry.

Also, what are your thoughts on the attached screenshot about the community guideline reports associated with our brand hashtag?
 

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Based on what we've seen in the past, both with our pages and those of other Instagram marketers we know, a shadowban is when your posts stop ranking for all hashtags, both on the TOP and RECENT tabs of the platform.

Normally, the lower engagement period that accompanies this "ban" or restriction last around 14 days.

In the last two weeks, we've seen something else happen.

If you look at the attached pic, you'll see a screenshot of what we saw for a brief moment last week when we checked the brand hashtag for one of our pages from another account. Not sure why this popped up unless a competitor is purposely coordinating some kind of attack on this particular page (which is possible, as we have been getting hit with doses of 1k fake followers since late April 2018, as I discussed on another thread here: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/buying-fake-followers-for-your-competitors.1054452/).

We haven't been able to recreate this screenshot again, but it happened during a period where our posts are appearing in the RECENT tab, but not the TOP section, where our content used to appear all the time.

Have you guys seen this before? In other words, seeing your posts all of the sudden appear in the RECENT, but not the TOP posts section? I'm talking about very high quality, unique posts that typically rank high in our industry.

Also, what are your thoughts on the attached screenshot about the community guideline reports associated with our brand hashtag?
yea, your hashtag is banned. that simple. the fix is don't use it.
 

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yea, your hashtag is banned. that simple. the fix is don't use it.

That screenshot was momentary. If you pull up the hashtag right now from another account, it won't appear. You'll actually see posts if you search for the tag now. That's why it's not as simple as the hashtag being "banned," as you suggested.

In fact, our current posts are not appearing in the TOP section for any of the hashtags that we are currently using, which are mostly industry-specific hashtags. This is not the case for the RECENT section, where all of the posts are appearing.

That's why I mentioned that this "shadownban" is weird. Your posts appear in the RECENT, but not TOP section, whereas in a traditional shadownban your posts do not appear in either tab.
 

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That screenshot was momentary. If you pull up the hashtag right now from another account, it won't appear. You'll actually see posts if you search for the tag now. That's why it's not as simple as the hashtag being "banned," as you suggested.

In fact, our current posts are not appearing in the TOP section for any of the hashtags that we are currently using, which are mostly industry-specific hashtags. This is not the case for the RECENT section, where all of the posts are appearing.

That's why I mentioned that this "shadownban" is weird. Your posts appear in the RECENT, but not TOP section, whereas in a traditional shadownban your posts do not appear in either tab.
either the hashtags did not kick in, your post dropped or you are still shadowed. check later to see. you gotta remember you don't always see your posts until hours later but others can right now. if this was just posted..wait and see
 

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either the hashtags did not kick in, your post dropped or you are still shadowed. check later to see. you gotta remember you don't always see your posts until hours later but others can right now. if this was just posted..wait and see

No, it wasn't just posted. This is a pattern we have been noticing for about a week and a half, which deviates from how actual shadowbans have worked in the past. None of the markets we communicate with have seen a shadowban like this, assuming you can even call it a "shadowban."
 

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I m having the same exact problem, all my top posts demoted to recent, posts from 4 months ago and yesterday demoted, many of them. What ultimately happened to resolve this? Did they come back?
 

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I have been shadowbanned. All posts and new gone despite ranking hashtags bigtime. So not sure if you’re is a real shadowban. My account was a real account no spam.
 

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my posts are still there, but demoted to "recent" posts
what ultimately happened to your account? Did it go away? I read this happened to someone after 2 months the post came back.
 

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Did you use the same brand hashtag in every single post? Up until you started having problems.

Believe it or not this can cause a shadowban. Yes if you are Nike and use #nike in every single post, the Instagram Gods will mark you as a spammer for repeated spam. :eek::D:rolleyes:
 

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I use my username as a #, yes on every post, but vary all the other hashtags but I ve only done 5 posts last 2 months.

what should I do Now? not post for awhile or post with small amount of hashtags?

Believe it or not this can cause a shadowban. Yes if you are Nike and use #nike in every single post, the Instagram Gods will mark you as a spammer for repeated spam. :eek::D:rolleyes:[/QUOTE]
 

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I use my username as a #, yes on every post, but vary all the other hashtags but I ve only done 5 posts last 2 months.

what should I do Now? not post for awhile or post with small amount of hashtags?

Believe it or not this can cause a shadowban. Yes if you are Nike and use #nike in every single post, the Instagram Gods will mark you as a spammer for repeated spam. :eek::D:rolleyes:
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Keep posting like before, but don't use any hashtags until the shadowban is lifted.
 

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this " top posts" ban lasted only 24 hours or so. All my top post came back from recent to top.
What was that?
a shadow ban warning?
it could have been the telegram group I used for 1 st time 2 days ago, it could have been insta update/glitch
I removed an "app" from apps and websites on desktop version of instagram. This app was a small engagement group,
I also used for the first time. they had an API TOKEN/access on my account. Maybe that was it?
I dont know but I was scared frightfully yesterday.
 

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How are you going to bypass safetynet guard without mobile device? its not possible now, also snapchat include compiled native clibs for crypto digets
 

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That screenshot was momentary. If you pull up the hashtag right now from another account, it won't appear. You'll actually see posts if you search for the tag now. That's why it's not as simple as the hashtag being "banned," as you suggested.

In fact, our current posts are not appearing in the TOP section for any of the hashtags that we are currently using, which are mostly industry-specific hashtags. This is not the case for the RECENT section, where all of the posts are appearing.

That's why I mentioned that this "shadownban" is weird. Your posts appear in the RECENT, but not TOP section, whereas in a traditional shadownban your posts do not appear in either tab.


Hello FXMANAGED.
I have carefully read everything you have written. I've had your exact same problem for a month now. I have an Instagram page with almost 50 thousand followers. I need your help, please. I'd like to ask you some questions. Can I contact you on Instagram or by email? Thanks so much.
 

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Hello FXMANAGED.
I have carefully read everything you have written. I've had your exact same problem for a month now. I have an Instagram page with almost 50 thousand followers. I need your help, please. I'd like to ask you some questions. Can I contact you on Instagram or by email? Thanks so much.

What have you experienced exactly?
 

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What have you experienced exactly?

I have always had a good engagement, above average. I always used max 30 hastags and my posts almost always appeared among popular hastags (already after 30 minutes / 1 hour from the publication of the post). Suddenly the likes have decreased a lot, the engagement has decreased. If I look for my posts they normally appear in the most recent hastags (so I'm not in shadowban), but they never appear among the popular hastags. It is a kind of shadowban that prevents me from ending up in popular hastags. I tried to stop posting for 5 days, but nothing has changed. I don't know how to solve ...
 

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-you should clear hashtags of the latest post
-do not use hashtags for awhile
-don't put many hashtags in your caption and use different ones in each post
 

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interesting.. would I get shadowbanned if I use 29 different hashtags everytime but 1 hashtags in every post. Will instagram report this one hashtag as spam and shadowban it?
 

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-you should clear hashtags of the latest post
-do not use hashtags for awhile
-don't put many hashtags in your caption and use different ones in each post

Hello, in the meantime, thank you very much for your answer and your help.
- How long will it take more or less to solve this problem?
- In the meantime, is it okay if I publish posts without any hashtag? (at least i don’t risk)
 
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