If you run an Instagram page whether for personal use or your plastic surgery business if you want to reach more people, odds are you use hashtags. Hashtags help people find your photos and videos without being one of your followers. This can lead to new followers and even new patients. Unfortunately, not all hashtags are accepted on Instagram. These hashtags that are not allowed are known as banned hashtags. Banned hashtags do not allow search results. If you use some of the banned hashtags, you will find that your post isn’t reaching new people. A lot of these banned hashtags apply to the plastic surgery industry. Find out if you are using banned hashtags and what you need to know from your experts here at Practice Affiliate.
What Happens if I Use a Banned Hashtag?
There are a few different things that will happen if you use a banned hashtag. To start, your post won’t be found on the hashtag that you used that is banned. Next, a banned hashtag will put a flag on your account as a potential spam account. In order to protect your profile from being labeled as spam and for your posts to be seen as much as possible, we recommend that you avoid banned hashtags at all costs. You will notice a dramatic drop in engagement on your Instagram posts if you use a banned hashtag. In addition, your account may potentially face a shadowban, meaning, you are not found under any hashtags.
Are All Hashtag Bans Permanent?
No. Some hashtags are on a temporary ban simply because people are overusing them. Instagram can lift these bans at any time once they feel like they are relevant again.
How Can I Check If a Hashtag is Banned?
If you don’t want to search through a long list or you suspect that one of the hashtags you like to use is banned, you’re in luck, checking is super easy. Simply type in the hashtag in the search box and if it’s completely empty, you can bet that it’s banned.
What Hashtags are Banned?
While there are A LOT of hashtags that are banned, here are a few that we think is relevant to our plastic surgery friends. Take a look at a complete list of banned hashtags HERE to see all of them. Some of them will surprise you.
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