Welcome to the How To Know If You’re Shadow Banned On TikTok blog post!
If you’ve had a hard time getting views on your content, but you know it’s good because all of your friends and family can see it, then this article will be able to help you out. I’ll go over how to check if you’ve been banned by TikTok, how to avoid getting shadowbanned in the future, and how to remove it if you have.
If you aren’t familiar with how TikTok works or what a “shadow ban” is, then take a look at this article before continuing. It will give you an explanation of how the algorithm works, how it determines how to promote videos, and how you can avoid being shadowbanned.
What is a Shadow Ban?
A “shadow ban” is when TikTok restricts how your content gets viewed without notifying the user that they’ve been banned. They do this by limiting which comments appear on your video, how many likes your video gets, how many followers you gain/lose on the platform, how often your videos appear to other users on the explore page, and how much exposure your content gets on TikTok.
How To Check If You’re Shadow Banned On TikTok
So how do you know if you’re shadowbanned? The easiest way is to comment on a video that has a lot of activity going on. For example, a video with 5 views and 200 comments will have a different engagement rate than one with 2 million views and 10,000 comments. So if you’ve been trying to get your content seen by people but nobody is interacting with it (no likes or comments), then you’re likely shadowbanned.
How To Find Out If You’ve Been Shadow Banned On TikTok
It’s not always easy to find out how often your content is being viewed, but below are a few ways that may give you an indication of how “good” or how much exposure your content is getting on the platform. I’ll also show how you can see how many people have seen your content without you needing to open the video.
The easiest way is to check if comments are being shown on your videos. If no comments are showing up, then there’s a good chance that you’re shadowbanned because you aren’t able to get in contact with other TikTok users.
Another way is to check how many likes you get on your videos. If you notice that no matter how much content you’re putting out, your video never passes even 1k views, but only gets a few likes here and there, then it’s definitely a good indicator that you’ve been shadowbanned.
Lastly, I’ll go over how to check how many people have seen your content without you needing to open the video. This is how I checked whether or not my highest viewed videos were legitimate views or if they were shadowbanned, and it’s how you can verify how well your content is performing too.
You can use “views” as a way of checking how many times your video has been viewed in total, how many people have watched it but not liked or commented on it, how many likes you get on average per view, how often your videos appear in feeds/on explore page/etc.
Using my TikTok username (the one that I’ve used for over a year), I’ll show how to check how many views your videos have gotten, how to see how many people viewed your videos without liking or commenting on them, and how to find out how often your content is getting noticed on the explore page.