What Is An Instagram Action Block And How Can It Affect My Growth?

Some of our clients get action blocks when we first start working with them. Typically this means that there is an action block on your account. Action blocks essentially block you from performing specific actions, like following accounts, after you reach a certain threshold each day. They can happen for a few reasons:

A) You used another agency who was following/unfollowing a suspiciously large number of people each day. Instagram is now watching every follow and limiting them each day. Don’t worry though, we can fix this!

B) You are following/unfollowing on your own. We strongly advise against this, especially if you have used another agency in the past since we don’t know what your current limits are. If you’re following/unfollowing while we’re doing the same, we’ll for sure exceed your limit and Instagram can potentially block your account.

C) If you have previously bought fake followers (or another agency has), Instagram knows and will flag your account. If your account is flagged, it’s prone to blocks, but over-time we can fix it. Fake followers are deleted over time, so don’t be surprised if you see some declines in your follower account even as we achieve growth.

D) Growing accounts using unauthorized means such as bots, scripts, spiders, scrapers, or crawlers are highly prohibited by Instagram. Although, automation is safe when it is done in the right way, if you aggressively automate your Instagram actions, you’ll likely receive an action block.

*We DO NOT use software or bots. However, if you have in the past, this is a MAJOR red flag to Instagram. We’ll have to be especially careful or just using our service alone could damage your account.

E) You’ve sent unwanted direct messages, comments, likes, and other spam activities to any user on Instagram. This is mostly applied to people in engagement groups or utilizing direct message automation.

F) Some users reported that putting hashtags in the comment section earned them an action block after about an hour of posting their comments. This is another reason why it’s advisable to put them in your post captions in the first place.

G) Using a third-party app can also earn you an action block on Instagram. If you use any third-party app, then you need to uninstall them as soon as possible.

Action blocks are directly tied to your accounts trust score and if your account has a low trust score, it’s susceptible to action blocks.

Basically, an action block is used to punish Instagram users who violate their guidelines. It’s not personal, and sometimes they can be mistakenly placed, but they are serious and something to consider moving forward.