Posting on Instagram - Troubleshooting checklist

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2020-08-18 17:55

If you encounter any issues with posting on Instagram, there can be multiple reasons for this. 

First of all, the Instagram connection guide will help you with general information on How to connect your Instagram account to Blog2Social. If this instruction still does not help as expected, please check the following checklist for issues with connecting Instagram.

If you have successfully connected Instagram and you still get error messages or any notification, the following instructions will help you solve the most common issues when posting on Instagram. 

Posting on Instagram: Permission denied

If you get the message: "We don't have the permission to publish your post. Please check your authorization." 

Please make sure your website and images are not hotlink-protected. Some WordPress websites use security plugins like Cloudflare or any other plugin with an activated Hotlink Protection. Make sure to deactivate the hotlink protection to allow the social networks to access your images. 

What is Hotlink Protection?

Hotlinking describes the embedding of external images or videos on your own website. A Hotlink is generated, for instance, if somebody visits your website and shares one of your videos or images on his own website or on social media. Social networks and third-party tools like Blog2Social use Hotlinks to display your images in the post preview correctly. Hotlink Protection blocks this option and prevents you and your social media community of this option to share your images, your infographics, or your videos across the internet.

How to check your website for Hotlink Protection

To check, if your website or your images are blocked by Hotlink Protection, you can use the following tools:

Option 1: Hotlink-Checker

Free-Webhosting offers such a service for free. You can check the URL of your image to see if your image is blocked by Hotlink Protection. Just make sure to clear the cache of your browser (press ctrl + F5 in your open browser window) before you do the check! 

Option 2: Blog2Social Troubleshooting Tool

You can use the Blog2Social Troubleshooting Tool in the Blog2Social dashboard. The protocol will show you if your website has activated Hotlink Protection.

How to deactivate Hotlink protection?

Option 1: Uninstall or deactivate all activated plugins for Hotlink Protection or deactivate the Hotlink Protection settings in your plugins. If you are not sure which of your plugins enable Hotlink Protection, you can find some example plugins in the WordPress.org directory.

Option 2: Select your „htaccess“-directory, check on the following entries and delete them if necessary:

  • RewriteEngine on
  • RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
  • RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?yourdomain.com [NC]
  • RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ - [NC,F,L]
  • RewriteRule .*\.(jpe?g|gif|bmp|png)$ - [F]

These entries might prevent third-party sites and services like social networks and Blog2Social from accessing your images and videos.

Posting on Instagram: Limit has been reached

If you successfully connected your Instagram account but still receive the following error message: “Your limit has temporarily been reached for this network. Try again later.”, you may have shared too many posts in short succession. Please note that Instagram has released new security standards for the frequency of posts and does not allow posts in short succession.

Solution: Wait for about 1 - 3 minutes between posts in order to share your images successfully on Instagram.

How to avoid the Instagram SPAM filter

Instagram has a very complex algorithm for monitoring shared posts in relation to content and posting behavior. Instagram aims to ensure keeping communication on the network on a personal and human basis. The Instagram algorithm can be triggered by varying indicators, regardless of whether you post automatically or manually. The algorithm does not care about auto-posting, but it does notice actions that are unlikely to do from a phone. 
It can happen that Instagram temporarily marks, bans, or suspends your account or your posts if any of the Instagram filter mechanisms are triggered. 
 

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