Recently, Instagram has been cracking the whip on us Instagram users. If you don’t already know, Instagram users are restricted to how many likes, comments, follows and unfollows per hour you can make to block out spam accounts. I believe you can only like 350 pictures per hour and your “following” limit is maxed out atย 7500. Now, this may seem like a far cry when you think of the “normal” Instagram user. However, social media has become a job in itself, and a lot of companies use Instagram as a marketing tool. I know for me, commenting and liking (aka interacting with my followers) is of HIGH importance to me and too many other bloggers.

Recently, I was “blocked” from captioning my own photos and replying to comments for one week!!! Now, a few of you may think it’s funny…but it wasn’t. Instagram fuels my blog. From monthly page views, daily page views, engagement percentage, and all that nifty stuff we bloggers work hard at keeping high were drastically affected that week.

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So, this got me thinking. Why was I being restricted to simply liking photos? I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary. After doing some research, it came to my attention that I wasn’t the only one getting blocked from commenting on Instagram. I had other Instagram users and bloggers contacting me about this and vice versa. We all shared the moments leading up to getting locked out! We were all trying to figure it out what could have triggered it, so that we could prevent it from happening again.

As I predicted, all our answers were different. So I decided to make a list for all you snazzy Instagram peeps so it doesn’t happen to you!

KEEP YOUR COMMENTING TO A MINIMUM

This includes how fast per minute you are commenting. As I mentioned before, I LOVE to interact with my followers, by replying to their comments and showing them some love on their personal pages, which means I comment A LOT. However, after this incident I have been reducing my replies and bunching them all into one huge comment. I.E. If 30 people comment on one photo, I may group them into 3 groups of 10 instead of replying to each personal individually. It may seem impersonal , but this is what’s working for me as of now and I am yet to be “blocked” again ๐Ÿ˜›

WATCH OUT FOR YOUR HASHTAGS

Unfortunately, their has been some major misuse of certain hashtags pertaining to moms on Instagram, i.e. #momlife, #mom #mommy, etc. This is causing Instagram to block the accounts that use these certain hashtags. Always make sure to “research” your hashtags before making them a permanent hashtag that you use on any future photos.

KEEP YOUR FOLLOW FRIDAYS TO A MINIMUM

This one is specifically for bloggers. It turns out Instagram isn’t a fan of these. I have no idea why and don’t see the issue but with Instagram you can never be too sure!

DONT OVER TAG

This is a zinger for me since many giveaways that I enter require you to tag friends for “extra entries”. I too, use this method to attract more entries. After 16 tags you are restricted from commenting or tagging for a few minutes (usually up to 10 minutes). Don’t quote me on that though, as I’m not 100% sure of this time increment since I personally haven’t timed it out. TIP: I’ve noticed, if you spread out the tags throughout the length of that particular giveaway, you can trick Instagram to let you tag more than 16 Instagram handles! ย So pretty much don’t go crazy all at once! HA! which leads me into….

DONT OVERDUE THOSE GIVEAWAYS

Ok, seriously, I know how hard it is to resist those giveaways ! Who doesn’t love free stuff? With that being said, make sure to choose the giveaways you really want to enter and can’t say no to! Why you ask? Because Instagram blocks and even shuts down pages that over do it on the giveaways!ย There are different ways to spam your friends guys, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc. Instagram isn’t the only giveaway outlet ๐Ÿ˜‰

So thats it my loves! I wish I could provide more detailed information about this but overall, I learned a lot about Instagram through this experience! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade!

xoxo,

HEYDY

 

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  • LC

    I am also blocked from commenting on the contests posts. Grrrr.

  • rafia 3324

    i have no access to my insta account as well my email now how can i block my instagram account so that information stay safe kindly help me if u know the solution

  • Melody Bradberry

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8924181bf67a8df9efef2e6f0561933d53d2a057d8cc7ce25735efd664e7611d.png I got temporarily blocked from hash tagging my own pics from Instagram app. But if I upload to Instagram from somewhere else, I can hashtag? Doesn’t make sense.

  • Anthony Davis

    I think I’ve been banned from even posting pictures at all on Instagram. They still let me comment & like pictures, but if I try to post anything it wont get added to my feed. ๐Ÿ™

  • dsaur

    At the moment my pictures aren’t getting any likes because I liked and followed too much, it’s so annoying!

  • Franzisks

    Hey Heydy! Thank you for your article? Is your account back to normal? What do you recommend to act after a like ban? I am afraid they will just keep blocking me until they disable my account. Which would be disastrous… ๐Ÿ™ Any tips anyone?

    • lovewool

      Check your liked posts in your account settings. Your account may have been hacked. It happened to me. My account was randomly liking 1000’s of posts that I would NEVER have liked in real life. Ever seen those ads for buying likes that come from “real” accounts? Well, they hack people’s instagrams without people knowing it and then like the posts of those who paid with people’s hacked accounts. I was so upset and embarrased when I found out it had been happening on my account. And my account liked so many photos, I can’t even unlike them all.

  • MochaMochi

    I’ve been banned from liking photos (I presume also commenting and following) but for no reason whatsoever! I only like a few photos a day and I rarely follow or comment on anything. I don’t upload much either. I have no idea what’s causing this, so I tried removing the Pinterest link in my bio to see if it would do anything but I wasn’t even allowed to do that either! How am I supposed to get my account back to normal if I can’t even change my personal info? I’ve even tried to change it on my computer, but still no luck. It’s so annoying D:

    • Torii

      Have you figured out how to fix this?

  • Ashley

    Thanks for your article. My hashtags have been blocked.
    I used ones that weren’t allowed incl #photography and #instagram without realising it.

    I have since removed all tags from my account, linked to facebook and edited my bio. Anyone know if/ or when hashtags might come back on again?

  • Coco Lee

    Same here! I only liked like 10 pics and then I got blocked EVERYDAY! This happens only after yesterday’s update. Someone please help?

  • Lily E

    I keep getting blocked everyday! I swear I only liked about 30 pictures before I got blocked again… Anyone know what’s up?

    • hmmm have you verified your account ? AKA via email ? Also, how long are your blocks ? 3 hours ? 2 hours?

    • Coco Lee

      I believe 24 hours. After that I can like again. I liked around 10 pics then I got banned again. Sigh.. What’s wrong with ig

  • Azzurra Todisco

    Hello! Yesterday I received this message “Since we have noticed suspicious activities on your account, you’d better change your password”. I changed my password but then stagram said I would have received a security code to log in again; I received it but when I wrote this code a message said “It’s not right, try again”…But it was the right code! Then , since I put it too many times, I couldn’t write it anymore. Now, everytime I try logging in, this message appears and I absolutely don’t know what I have to do.XD
    “Verify your account. For security reasons you have to ask for assistance to log in”. I went to the help site and they said my account was blocked for two days because of suspicious activities…After these two days will the last message disappear?

    • Hi Azzura!!
      First off, so sorry that you’re handle is in IG jail. It really is the worst. Second, when you say code, is it the one where you have to take a picture of yourself and send it to IG support ? Thirdly, does it still say the message ?

  • Diedre Anthony

    This post was just what I needed! I was posting a new picture and couldn’t write a caption. I was so confused! Thanks for shedding some light on the subject.

  • Linds

    Hey, instagram restricted the number of people I can tag. I’m not a spammer or anything (at least I didn’t think I was). Now when I post an image and want to tag people in it, I can only tag two people at a time. I seemed to be restricted for some reason. Do you know how long this might last? Is it permanent? Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Linds! Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I have a few questions.
      Are you referring to tagging the actual photo OR tagging in your caption and/or comments ? Are you entering a giveaway? Have you been tagging a lot today or is this the first time it has happened? What is your IG so that I can take a look around ! Chat soon ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Linds

        Hi Heydy ๐Ÿ™‚ (My grandmothers name is Hedi.) Maybe they’re pronounced the same? I appreciate your response, thank you for getting back to me. I’m referring to the actual photo. I have a knitting/crocheting instagram account. I often will tag other accounts (for example: The brand of yarn, the store I bought it at, the brand of knitting needles, the instagram where I got the patter,n, etc.) I tag those accounts to give them credit for their product/work and to promote their businesses. My account is fairly new (about 2 -3 weeks old) I guess I was doing too much activity all around? so they’re restricting my ability to tag more than two people at a time. This is the first time this has happened and I’m not sure how long it will last (hopefully not forever haha). I have never entered a give away before, im scared to now lol. my account is https://www.instagram.com/thewoodenfoxtail/ Thanks again for your help

        • Hi Linds! So sorry for the late reply. My name is actually pronouced (HEY-DEE) so its just a tad different ๐Ÿ˜› First off, let me say you have for only being up 2-3 weeks your pictures are really well done ! I think what may be happening is that you are “over” active”. Especially since you are a new account IG may think you are spamming. Also, I was going to say that the accounts you are trying to tag may have turned off the tagging feature on their side meaning that you cant tag them. I wish I could be of more help! I’ve never heard of this before so i am glad that you brought it to my attention! let me know if you need any further help ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Linds

            *HEY_DEE*, that sounds lovely. : )
            Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you like my photos. I enjoy framing a good pic of my yarn things ๐Ÿ˜‰
            I think you’re right, I think I was just “over active” and doing too much. Do you know of a way to reverse instagrams judgement of being too active? Does it just wear off with time? I’d love to be able to have a normal account and tag my other yarn/crochet friends. More than two at a time I mean. Thank you again for the advise and help. It’s been invaluable and so helpful.

  • Shayna

    Yes I find this very frustrating since I have now been blocked 3x and each were a week long. The hard part is that I’m actually following all the community guidelines and last Tuesday I was posting a fashion photo and it logged me out and sent me a message saying ” due to suspicious activity on your account we want to protect you so please reset your password ” I did that and when I came back I saw the DREADED your account is blocked til next Tuesday. ( 1week) The part that drives me nuts is that I can’t contact anyone who can help me to fix this because it gives you an option to “let us know if this a mistake ” which I always click & tell them it is !! Plus I even send proper emails but IG will never read these. I barely tag people ( only if they are followers ) , I don’t go crazy on the likes, and I certainly don’t spam and I don’t follow tons of people. The only thing I do is post fashion pictures and the occasional Giveaway photo. Could it be that I’m using the same hashtags too often ? I use a lot of fashion hashtags??. I just wish they could give us a reason why they are putting us in “instagram jail” so I could change my habits. After spending a long time reading all the guidelines and tips I still can’t figure out why I was blocked since each time it has happened after doing something different. Thanks for the tips but would love some feedback if anyone knows about the hashtag question? Can I get blocked for using the same hashtags?

    • Hi Shayna!
      So sorry to hear that you also experienced the dreaded lock out! I know first hand how frustrating it can be. The most common of being blocked is commenting too quickly. Say for example you are entering a giveaway and tag and tag and tag, wait the 10 mins, then you continue to tag for more entries ! However, in this situation I think it could have been the hashtags! Whats your IG? Maybe I can look around to see what happened?

  • Dang instagram! Why can’t we be friends? Thanks for sharing… very informative

  • Elsie Calo

    Enjoyed reading this. Helpful!!

  • Tara Peterson

    Heydy!! I remember discussing this with you when we both were sadly blocked for a week! Thanks for writing this. I think Instagram would do themselves some Positive PR and respond, confirming what their specific issue is. Because they’ve also taken to disabling accounts by simply logging you out, making you log back in with a different password-and bam-they shut down your account or they block you for a week !! For NOTHING! Let’s spread this blog so maybe IG gets the point and stops screwing us over. Good post! Xo
    Tara Peterson
    tarapeterson1002

    • Thank you Tara! are you still experiencing issues?

  • Instagram needs to fix it’s $#!^ lol

  • jamesandscarlette

    This was a really great article and insight to some reasons why we may all be getting blocked. I haven’t been blocked yet thankfully but who knows, it seems to happen so randomly. It would be nice if Instagram could let us know what they want their standards to be so we can avoid the issue but if they did that, those who abuse the privelages will find other ways to do so too. *le sigh*

    • Thank you! It really SUCKED being restricted ! I am so cautious now ! Hope your doingg well <3