Action Blocked and Rate Limits

Action Blocked

You may have seen one of these alarming messages when using the Instagram app:

“Based on previous use of this feature, your account has been temporarily blocked from taking this action…”

“This action was blocked. Please try again later. We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community.”

These messages indicate you’ve hit the limits for likes, follows, unfollows, or comments from your Instagram account.

Rate Limits

Instagram’s rate limits determine whether and how often you can like, follow, or unfollow. If for example we tried to do 2000 likes per day from your Instagram account, you’d get flagged shortly after we push past the normal limits around 800-1200 likes per day. If we kept doing it, the flags would last longer — days to a week — before clearing. If we still kept pushing it, your account could be shut down.

The allowed action limits are lowered depending on recent usage or recently exceeding the limits.

Using multiple automation services at the same time is a quick way to exceed the limits and risk losing your account.

Staying Safe

Instagram tells us when to slow down and we already know approximately what the limits are. We stay under those limits and respect whenever it tells us to back off, just like a human would when using the Instagram app.

Instagram purge — sudden followers drop

Instagram began a mass purge of ghost accounts around September 27th, 2018. Like the “Instagram Rapture” of 2014, their aim was to deactivate fake accounts but some real accounts were caught in the mix.

Once the accounts are purged, they’re no longer on Instagram, and that affects your follower and following numbers. If you’ve ever bought fake followers before, you may have noticed a sudden drop of hundreds or even thousands of your followers. Your following count may also have dropped.

Services for purchasing followers often promise real accounts. When you see your followers grow by hundreds or thousands overnight, that’s a telltale sign you’ve only gained ghost accounts. They usually have few or no posts, very little activity, and they don’t provide you with real engagement because there are no humans behind them.

With Gold Nitro we strive to provide organic follower growth by doing auto likes and auto follows with other real people.


Account targeting to improve your growth.

Account targeting enables Gold Nitro to bring you fans from other people’s accounts. It’s the most used feature of Gold Nitro’s Pro plan for good reason: it’s extremely effective. This post goes into why you’d want to use to boost your follower growth.

You first need to find accounts that have a similar audience to your own. Think competitors of your business, enthusiasts in the same area, fellow athletes, etc. Find a handful of these accounts that have at least a few thousand followers, ideally tens of thousands or more.

In the Gold Nitro dashboard targeting section, under Users, add those accounts.

Each week, have a look at the Targeting Report to see which accounts are bringing you the most followers. If you’re also using hashtag targeting, you’ll get a good sense of how much more effective account targeting is, usually 3x to 10x.

As always, contact us if you have any questions or feedback!





Targeting success

In this post, we’ll take a look at targeting, that is, the hashtags, locations, and accounts that you’ve set up to tell Gold Nitro where to look for posts to interact with.

We’ve improved the targeting report to show the success rate of each target (hashtag, etc.). This percentage represents actions (likes, follows) that led to new followers, divided by the total number of actions taken.

While this percentage will always be low, it can help you identify which hashtags underperform relative to others. You can remove underperforming hashtags every couple of weeks and add new ones, to improve Gold Nitro’s effectiveness in growing your account.

New features in Gold Nitro

We’ve been hard at work adding new features to Gold Nitro based on your requests! These include:

Hashtag performance report: see which targeting hashtags gain you the most and least followers. Double down on the good hashtags by adding related hashtags. Drop the hashtags that don’t gain followers.

Multiple account support: manage all your Instagram accounts in with one Gold Nitro dashboard login.

Location targeting: interact with content from Instagrammers in particular cities, countries, or places.

Account targeting: interact with people who are liking posts of specific usernames, such as your competitors.

Inappropriate content filters: avoid liking or following users who post sexually explicit or other offensive material. This filter is on for everyone by default.

Improved Billing and Account management in the Gold Nitro dashboard.

That’s all for this update. Let us know what you’d like to see!

-Michael Goldsmith on behalf of the Gold Nitro team.