Have you been affected by the Instagram Shadow Ban & how to avoid it…

Shadow Ban is an act by Instagram of blocking a user from an online community such that the user does not realise that they have been banned.

The phrase has been thrown around a lot, but many don’t actually understand what it is – and if they’ve actually been affected by the Instagram Shadowban or if they’re just struggling with really low engagement.

Instagrams customer support is notoriously nonexistent. So here’s a breakdown of everything we know about the Instagram Shadowban:

How do you know you’ve been affected by the Instagram Shadowban?
You would notice a dramatic decrease in engagement on your images, and the people who are liking & commenting on your image would be those who already follow you.

What would cause an Instagram Shadowban?

1. Using Bots, Automated services and Buying Followers.
How would they know? One minute your device is getting picked up in the UK (where your IP address is) then next minute you’re using your phone in Chicago with another IP address. This straight away raises red flags and looks suspicious.

2. Using the same hashtags continuously – If you’re always using the same hashtags for extended periods of time Instagram might think you’re being a little spammy. Collab Media always recommend to keep your hashtags fresh and change your tags up.

3. Surges of activity – If you suddenly go on a follow (or un-follow) spree, or like a whole group of images all at once.

4. Using Banned Hashtags
How do you know if you’re using a banned hashtag? If you click on this hashtag, there is no ‘top posts’ section, and you won’t be able to scroll past the first page of images – you’ll find it has been limited. – Find the list of banned hashtags HERE 

How to fix if you’ve been affected by a Shadowban:

1. Ease up on Instagram activity for a little while.
Within 24-48 hours of returning to a ‘normal level of activity,’ everything usually returns to normal.

2. Check your hashtags, are you mixing them up regularly, or are you unaware that you’re using a banned hashtag?

3. Have you been using Automation/bots? THEN STOP!

Banned Hashtag Feed


In conclusion

If you’re using Instagram and not behaving ‘like a bot’, doing masses of activity all at once and checking your hashtags regularly, we’ve seen no evidence so far that your account will be hit with an Instagram Shadowban, so don’t panic!

We do know that Instagram changes their algorithm regularly and we can see changes to our engagement from time to time and could explain a drop in engagement, so understand how engagement is a more important metric to spend time growing.

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Banned Hashtags on Instagram that could lead to your account getting Shadow banned!

Recently there have been over 60,000 banned hashtags! In some cases, using one of these banned hashtags in your ‘set’ could make the post become undiscoverable, as in being ‘Shadowbanned’. By using ONE banned hashtag in your Instagram post, currently, makes ALL of your hashtags undiscoverable for that post? Yikes!

Have you noticed a drop in your Instagram engagement?
A large number of the insta community were having trouble with a dropping engagement rate, something they hadn’t seen since the beginning of the new algorithm where chronological feeds were removed.

Why is Instagram banning them?
Believe it or not, Instagram has been doing a top job recently of cleaning up their platform! Not only have they been banning and closing Instagram Automation tools, they’ve also been removing more and more pornographic images that sneak into innocent Hashtag streams.

Their customer service is already notoriously non-existent so our guess is they needed a better way to automate dealing with complaints and making the platform safer, less pornographic – and quickly.

Here’s a list of currently banned hashtags on Instagram, a lot you’d be surprised with!

#dogsofinstagram
#boho
#costumes
#tanlines
#humpday
#tgif
#brain
#saltwater
#petitie
#curvy
#singlelife
#thebaligroom
#elevator
#astreetphoto
#books
#meme
#newyears
#todayimwearing
#snapchat
#skype
#sallyhansen
#shesquats
#pushups
#easter
#curvy
#kindredparents
#dedicationstudio
#hairychest
#ineedhelplol

Surprised?

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iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: how to pick between them

The iPhone X celebrates the 10th anniversary of Apple and it’s making big changes for 2017.

Is it worth the extremely high iPhone X price? What are the big features you need to know about? We have all of your iPhone X & Iphone 8 answers to help you decide whether to upgrade or not.

IPhone 8 –


The iPhone 8 is essentially the iPhone 7S, as it’s more of an incremental upgrade from 2016’s iPhone 7 – although there is a new glass design, improved display, updated camera and more power under the hood.

Screen
Like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 also has a 4.7-inch display, which should keep the handset at a manageable size for one-handed use. It’s not the same display however, with Apple upgrading the Retina HD display, which comes with improved color accuracy and a cinema wide color gamut.

 Battery

  • Wireless charging support
  • You’ll have to buy charging pad separately

Apple says the iPhone 8 battery will last a similar amount of time to the one in the iPhone 7, so expect a day of usage and a nightly recharge. The iPhone 8 does come with fast-charging capabilities, giving you 50% of charge for just 30 minutes of plugged-in time.

Thanks to its glass back the iPhone 8 also offers wireless charging, enabling you to top up your phone without having to fumble around for a cable.

Apple has adopted the Qi wireless charging standard, which is already supported by a number of cars, stores, restaurants and work places.

It looks like you’ll have to pay for a wireless charging pad separately though, with just a standard cable in the box, which is obviously another moneymaking scheme off apple. Clever on their part – very annoying for customers.

IPhone X (Pronounced 10)

Design

  • New glass design that enables wireless charging
  • Bigger display, but smaller than Plus phones
  • Easier to hold than an iPhone Plus phone, too
  • Remains water-resistant and comes in only two colors
  • Front & back are glass, with a strengthening layer that is 50 percent deeper.

Size
Apple managed to make the iPhone X bigger, yet smaller at the same time. It’ll have a more expansive 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen (that’s the bigger part), but the size is actually smaller than a Plus-sized iPhone. It also feels lighter.

Screen
Apple’s first edge-to-edge display, which means it lacks bezel at the top and is missing the home button at the bottom. It replaces them with more screen. It doesn’t have curved screen sides like Samsung’s phones, however.

Having no home button and Touch ID sensor is going to be the biggest change that long-time Apple users will have to get used to the new iPhone controls.

Face ID replaces Touch ID

  • Unlock your phone simply by looking at it
  • More secure than the fingerprint sensor
  • Also used in conjunction with Apple Pay

Touch ID failing you has a 1 in 50,000 chance. The chance a thief (or the FBI) can look at your iPhone and unlock it with Face ID? It’s now a 1 in 1,000,000 chance.

Battery life and fast charging – Wireless charging with AirPower

  • Apple’s AirPower pad can charge multiple devices
  • iPhone X also charges with existing Qi chargers
  • Lasts two hours longer than last year’s iPhone 7
  • First fast-charging iPhone: 50% recharge in 30 minutes

Animoji

  • Combines animations with emoji, of course
  • Mirrors your facial expressions quite accurately
  • Like a more advanced versions of a Snapchat mask

Animoji has Apple taking emoji to the next level, utilizing its TrueDepth camera to mirror your facial expressions on a animals or… other creations, yes, like the poo emoji.

Camera

  • Larger and faster 12-megapixel sensors
  • Vertically-aligned dual lenses
  • The IPhone X starts at £999 in the UK for the 64GB version, going up to £1,149 for the 256GB model. Coming in space grey and silver, it will be available to pre-order from October 27 and will ship on November 3. 

We’ll be buying the new iPhone X over the iPhone 8 mainly because we feel it is important to keep up with the latest digital tech as it is the center of our business. The iPhone X offers a lot more than the 8 and it a lot different to the iPhone 7 that is currently on the market.

Being a digital agency an iPhone is essentially our office which we take and work on wherever we go, therefore it is important that we invest in the highest level of technology as possible.

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Digital Marketing 101

Last week Collab Media were invited to an event run by Colewood in Stockton-on-Tees. The overview of the day was that it was a google & bing training event, which offered the fundamental concepts of Digital Marketing, in one day to help clients improve their marketing ability. We felt this would be a great opportunity for Collab Media to network with businesses, that were looking to improve their online presence.

Christopher Hankinson, Sales Director of Colewood, kicked off the event discussing different digital marketing channels and an overview of PPC, SEO and CRO. Search giants Google and Bing, gave great presentations on how consumers search activity has changed over the years, and how search technology has developed to allow businesses to intricately target their users. This was a great insight into a fast developing industry from industry specialists.

The event was great for any size business that has a website. It gave an insight into Google AdWords / Bing Advertising and offered some expert tips to go that extra mile to improve businesses online advertising.

Below are a few quotes we found very interesting from the presentations we listen to >>

‘ Your customers don’t go online. They live online’ – Google

‘The amount of queries on a mobile has surpassed that of queries on a desktop’

‘3.4 million people get their hands on a new smart phone every day.

Not only was this event free and very insightful you also received a ‘goodie bag’ from google, refreshments all day and a fantastic paella lunch from a street food business that were doing the catering. You also got to network with like-minded individuals and business owners.

Collab Media are very much looking forward to Colewood’s next event as the success of Digital 101. We’re also looking forward to hopefully working with Colewood in the future on some exciting collaborations.

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