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.