If you’ve noticed your posts are not showing up in the hashtags or you’ve experienced a significant drop in engagement on your posts even using your coveted hashtags then you might have accidently used a banned hashtag.

You’re probably wondering, how do I know if a hashtag has been banned?

Well, as far as I know, Instagram doesn’t have a public list of banned hashtags. The way I’ve been identifying if a hashtag has been banned, is to search each hashtag and click recent. The banned hashtags will have a message like the following image:

Here’s a list of the banned hashtags in 2019

A

  • alone
  • assday

B

C

  • costumes
  • curvygirls

D

  • date
  • dating
  • desk
  • dm

E

  • easter
  • elevator

F

  • fishnets
  • fitnessgirls

G

  • graffitiigers

H

I

  • iphonegraphy
  • italiano

K

M

  • master
  • models
  • mustfollow

N

  • nasty
  • newyears
  • newyearsday

P

  • petite
  • pornfood
  • pushups
  • puppydogmondays

S

  • saltwater
  • shit
  • shower
  • single
  • singlelife
  • skype
  • snap
  • snapchat, but #snapchat👻 works
  • snowstorm
  • sopretty
  • stranger
  • streetphoto
  • sunbathing
  • swole

T

  • tag4like
  • tanlines
  • teens
  • thought
  • todayimwearing

U

  • undies

V

  • valentinesday

W

  • workflow

HOW TO AVOID GETTING BLOCKED BY INSTAGRAM

  1. Remove broken or abused hashtags. You need to go through ALL of your hashtags. Don’t leave out any. Ensure that none of your hashtags are limited by Instagram.
  2. Avoid using ALL 30 hashtags over and over and over. This is considered spam by Instagram. Mix it up. Use variations of your sets.
  3. Your hashtags should be relevant to the post topic. Be aware of the type of content posted into the hashtags you are using. Click the hashtag and see if your content fits in.
  4. Ditch your engagement pods. Instagram has become wise to this fake engagement hack. It will not make you show up in the feed more. 
  5. Use your automations wisely. Spam auto activity such as rapid following and unfollowing will get your IP, username, email address, AND phone number permanently banned. GO SLOW doing these activities. Even manually doing them  yourself will flag your account, put you in Instagram Jail (no more ability to do the action) or worse, your account fully banned.

If you know of any other broken or banned hashtags, let me know in the comments so I can update the list.