The ultimate guide to banned Instagram hashtags 2020

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Reach is continually being squashed on Instagram, just as it’s been whittled away on Facebook. Although you can still get twice the amount of stretch on Instagram, and you can maximize your post performance with hashtags, you should also be aware that Instagram has banned some pretty popular hashtags. And, if you use these hashtags, it could strangle your posts. Nobody ever wants that – especially after all the work we put in to keeping our newsfeeds on a continual growth trajectory.

One reason Instagram has given for banning a certain number of hashtags, is that these are being used regularly by bots – and have become so spammy that they no longer hold any true value. That’s all very well if you are a bot – but not so convenient if you’re an innocent user.

Unfortunately, the results of using banned Instagram hashtags can be severe. If you’re lucky, you might just get your reach stifled. But if you use the hashtag a lot, you could end up with the dreaded shadow ban too. A shadow ban can be difficult to deal with, because once your IP address is affected by one, you could end up facing multiple shadow bans for no reason. Good old Instagram can be mean like that…

How can I find out which hashtags are banned?

Well do check the list in this article – that’s a great start. But you should always check your hashtags anyway to make sure they are still functional. Instagram routinely bans certain hashtags – and they might be banned forever, or just for a short while. But if you decide to use them on a banned period, your reach will be affected. Banned hashtags lack the ‘top posts’ section at the top of the hashtag box – and will only show the most recent posts that managed to get posted there. You can also check by scrolling through the ‘recent posts’ until you get to a point there there will be a message from Instagram that reads: “recent posts from #happyvalentinesday are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagram’s community guidelines.”

Check your hashtags

Of course, checking each hashtag manually would be really time consuming. Especially of you manage several social media accounts. Instead, why not invest in a third-party app that gives you all the info you need on hastags? We recommend Later – because it tells you exactly how many impressions you received from each hastag – and you’ll immediately know which hastags are banned, because your score from them will be zero.

So, without further ado, lets take a look at the current list of banned Instagram hashtags so far for 2020

The 2020 list of banned Instagram hashtags

#adulting
#alone
#always
#americangirl
#armparty
#asia
#attractive

B

#babe
#bbc
#beautyblogger
#beautydirectory
#besties
#beyonce
#bikinibody
#boho
#books
#brain

C

#costumes
#cpr
#curvy
#curvygirls

D

#date
#dating
#desk
#direct
#dm
#dogsofinstagram

E

#easter
#edm
#eggplant
#elevator

F

#fishnets
#fitnessgirls
#followforfollow

G

#girlsonly
#gloves
#goddess
#graffitiigers

H

#happythanksgiving
#hardworkpaysoff
#hawks
#hotweather
#humpday
#hustler

I

#ig
#ilovemyinstagram
#instababy
#instamood
#instasport
#iphonegraphy
#italiano

K

#kansas
#kickoff
#killingit
#kissing

L

#141
#lean
#leaves
#like
#likeback
#likeforlike
#lingerie
#livinforalivin
#loseweight
#lulu

M

#master
#mileycyrus
#milf
#mirrorphoto
#models
#mustfollow

N

#newyears
#newyearsday
#nudity

O

#overnight

P

#parties
#popular
#pornfood
#prettygirl
#publicrelations
#puppydogmondays
#pushups

R

#rate
#ravens

S

#saltwater
#samelove
#selfharm
#single
#singlelife
#skateboarding
#skype
#snap
#snapchat
#snowstorm
#sopretty
#stranger
#streetphoto
#stud
#sunbathing
#swole

T

#tag4like
#tagsforlikes
#tanlines
#tgif
#todayimwearing
#treasurethesemoments

U

#undies

V

#valentinesday

W

#woman
#womancrushwednesday
#women
#workflow
#wtf

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