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How to Tell If You’ve Been Shadowbanned on Instagram

Instagram shadowbans have been the talk of the town these past few weeks. And for good reason. Bloggers and Brands on Instagram are seeing a major decrease in engagement and site traffic. By as much as 50%!

A smart cookie created a site called the  Instagram Shadowban Tester, and it’s hella easy to use. Just plug in an  Instagram username (any name) or a direct URL to a photo on Instagram, and it’ll check to see whether your photos are showing up in hashtags. Despite Instagrams insistence that hashtags are not important,

So I test my account and a few (dozen)  photos and it seems they were all banned.


I made a few account changes and tried again a few days later.  This post had much better engagement. Coincidence or flaw, maybe. To be honest, I’m sure how legit the science behind the app but I was useful even if just to get me get off my butt and try some new methods.

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