Hashtags are the primary tool to increase your posts’ visibility – in an organic, unpaid way. But the tricky thing is, not all the hashtags are beneficial for you: some of them can actually harm your engagement. Banned hashtags are Instagram’s way of fighting with spam content: when many users report photos with particular hashtags as spam or inappropriate material, they try to eliminate the spread of such posts by imposing limitations on those hashtags. Using them will result in limited reach and the feeling that your photos have been “shadowbanned”.
The most surprising thing about the “black list of hashtags” is that some of them look entirely nondepective, and you’ll never say there could be something wrong with them, and they can be on a list of banned ones. The second baffling factor? The list is ever-evolving and is updated daily, which means it’s tough to keep up with it and check it manually every time you post something.
That’s why we invented our tool: IQ Hashtags’ Banned Hashtags feature. It makes detecting banned hashtags easier and quicker than ever – one smart click, and you know everything about the hashtags you want to use, right before your publication or anytime you want to check if your hashtags are safe to use.