Banned Instagram Hashtags + Shadowban

Oh, Instagram. The one social media network that confuses the techie within us all! Not to mention, it keeps us guessing, ya know?

Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of my fellow IG buds sharing less than stellar trends:

  • Low engagement
  • Blocked Accounts
  • Unable to follow
  • Unable to gain new followers

I did a little research and found out several interesting things.

First off, if you’ve noticed your pics are NOT being liked or noticed much, you may want to double check your hashtags. There are a TON of banned hashtags out there, and if you happen to be using them, your pictures won’t be showing up on keyword feeds.

So, how do you find out if a hashtag is banned? The easiest way is to manually type in your keyword in the Instagram search bar. If the keyword you typed up bring ups a “no match found” message, then most likely it has been banned.

Keep in mind, some keywords are banned for a few days while others are banned infinitely. Or until the Instagram guru’s decide otherwise. 

Also, you may also want to refrain from cheesy hashtags as they are overused and rarely get the pic traffic that you are looking for. Example: #friends, #fun, etc.

Also, another tip? Avoid shadowban (when your account is hidden from other people finding it) on your account when sharing your link to Facebook. Drop your Instagram link, but be sure to delete the “?” from your link and whatever follows it.

Do you have any tips on avoiding shadowban?

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How to Use Twitter to Grow Your Blog

I really enjoy twitter. I have several accounts that I run and have learned quite a bit over the years!

Learning the ropes has taken lots of time, but once you get the hang of it, it’s such a great place to find encouragement AND to share your blog!

The first thing you need to know about Twitter…

It’s not about the followers. I mean yes, followers are important, but it’s also about Impressions that you receive on your tweets. For example, if you tweet about breakfast that morning without a hashtag, chances are a few of your followers will see it and respond. On the other hand, if you tweet about your breakfast with the hashtag #foodies on it then hundreds and even thousands of people can see your post!

It really is that simple.

The second thing you need to know about Twitter…

It is a bloggers paradise! It’s the perfect place to meet new bloggers, share your links and get blog traffic! I get hits EVERY single time I share a link. I try to share a link to my blog or YouTube channel at least once a day. Start your tweet out with a simple recap on what your post is about, include a link to your blog and be sure to end your tweet with a hashtag or two. Also, if your blog link is too long, you can always shorten it using Bitly!

And for kicks, here’s a day by day list of hashtags to help you get noticed on Twitter:

Monday: #MondayMorning

Tuesday: #TuesdayThoughts

Wednesday: #HappyHumpDay

Thursday: #ThursdayMotivation

Friday: #FRIYAY #TGIF

Saturday & Sunday: #WeekendVibes #goals

Have you found an awesome go to hashtag for Twitter? Share below!

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How To Start Your Own Blog

In interest of full disclosure, I have been blogging for well over a decade. I’ve had small victories and big victories. I’ve used just about every platform out there.

What can I say? I like to test things and do my own research.

My conclusion?

If you want to start a business, I recommend SiteGround for WordPress.

Going through SiteGround was EASY. I had  my web site up and going in less than an hour! In fact, I had my first article up by the end of the day, and within a month, I had a pin going viral on Pinterest.

Want to start your own side hustle with a web site?

Here’s my quick steps…

Start With  a Basic Plan:

Sign up with SiteGround! They have a step by step process that simplified everything for me.

Once you log into SiteGround, you’ll be asked to pick a particular plan. I recommend starting with  basic plan,then later once you’ve found your groove with blogging you can upgrade your account.

Choose Your Domain Name:

This is your web site address. This is what sets you apart. Ask yourself: What is your goal with your web site? Think of your target audience. For example, I chose Bloggers Share, because I was inspired by the blogging community. So many of my favorite bloggers shared their tips that helped me with my own blogging journey. And now I get to give back by sharing my own tips!

Stick to a niche: 

I highly recommend finding a niche for your blog to center around. Case in point: I blog about blogging, social media, and simple living. I want to be successful with my blog so that I can enjoy a simple life with my family!

Not sure where to start with topics? Here’s  quick list to get you started:

  • Lifestyle Blogs: Centered around faith, family, fashion.
  • Fashion Blogs: Outfit ideas, make up tips, etc.
  • Health Blogs: Healthy recipes, tips, etc.
  • Teaching Blogs: Tutoring tips, learning worksheets, etc.

Once you start a web site, come back and tell me about it! I love getting to know my readers.

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Instagram Captions For When Your Mind Goes Blank

I love Instagram. It is defiantly my go to for social media. It’s hands down the most encouraging community and such a great outlet to find inspiration! With that said, its also my go to place to share pretty pictures.

What can I say? I love taking photos. It’s my art and my outlet. But, it an also be tricky coming up with Instagram captions for every single photo. But, I learned a really cool trick: have a “go to” list for title generators!

Note: I try to share from the heart, but sometimes, I just want to share a photo with a fun caption.

Here’s a list of 13 tips to help inspire you to write better Instagram captions!

  • Share a favorite quote!
  • List five of your favorite things.
  • Ask a question (be genuine!)
  • Share a fun tip related to your niche.
  • State a funny fact about yourself.
  • Give a shout out to your favorite Instagram accounts!
  • Review a movie, book or magazine you recently read.
  • Share your #1 piece of advice for life.
  • Share a favorite scripture!
  • Share snippet from a favorite song or poem.
  • Write an entire sentence using just emojis! (It’s a lot of fun!)
  • Share your testimony!
  • Remanence on a favorite memory from childhood.

Do you enjoy Instagram?