TikTok has been a viral vehicle for content creators, including those of us in the adult industry. But despite being a newer social media platform, the short-form video-sharing app is notoriously strict about community guideline violations. What should you do if your account is permanently banned?
In this article, I’ll walk you through what steps to take to rebuild your audience after your TikTok account has been banned, including best practices for new account creation and how to rebuild your audience from scratch.
The best way to create a new TikTok account is to start fresh with a new device and phone number. Adding a new phone to your phone plan is the best way to go about this.
Create a New TikTok Account
TikTok, much like other social media platforms, tracks your digital information. They know your IP address, phone number, email, location and more! When you’re banned and try to start a new account on the same device, TikTok will likely suppress or even ban your new account quickly due to the digital information it’s collected. The best way to create a new TikTok account is to start fresh with a new device and phone number. Adding a new phone to your phone plan is the best way to go about this.
TikTok’s traffic is so beneficial for promotion that most of the top adult creators on the platform have more than five devices that they utilize to post on various TikTok accounts. In my personal experience, the price of a new phone line is easily covered by the fan site subscriptions that I get through TikTok’s traffic.
Once you have a new device and number, you can set up a fresh account; I would recommend creating two new accounts while you’re at it. Make sure to make a new email address for it as well. If you own your own domain — mine is GwenAdora.com, for example — with email capabilities, you can create unlimited email aliases for new social media accounts across the web: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.
Next, you’ll want to start rebuilding your audience from scratch. This can be a time-consuming process, but it’s important not to get discouraged, as TikTok accounts are easy to grow if you’re following the right trends.
Rebuilding an Audience From Scratch
Upon the creation of your new account, you’ll initially need to retrace the same steps you likely followed when creating your original TikTok account. To start with, your For You Page (FYP) algorithm will be fresh. The content promoted will be generic, so you’ll need to spend some time swiping through videos to train your algorithm to reflect the type of content you’re looking for and making. As adult creators, we’re looking for trends with tags like “hot girls” and “babes.” Luckily, these videos aren’t that far off from the “base” algorithm that is served to you upon account creation. Swipe quickly through videos that aren’t relevant to you; like and interact with videos within the genre you want to make. Soon your FYP will be full of “hot babe” trends that you can mimic to start building up your own audience.
When rebuilding your audience, quantity over quality is the key. When you start posting on a new TikTok account, you should be posting at least three times a day for an entire month. Using your account frequently, including going live when you’re eligible, shows TikTok and its algorithm that you’re dedicated to the app. The more you post, the more they will push you onto other users’ FYPs.
As a creator who loves putting effort into my content, it does pain me to be participating in copy/paste trends, but the analytics can’t be ignored. The trends that get the most attention on TikTok are typically the most simple and the most cringey, and when you need to rebuild your TikTok presence, they’re the easiest way to make up for the lost traffic to your premium sites.
Avoiding Community Guideline Violations
Naturally, the ideal thing would be not to get banned in the first place. Making content that skirts the guidelines by self-censoring is the best way to avoid deletion. Top creators have found success role-playing normal scenarios with implied sexual undertones, and utilizing internet lingo — “corn” or the corn emoji instead of “porn,” for example. Subtlety is the key to longevity on the app.
If you do receive a content violation, make sure to appeal, as the app often falsely labels content as violating community guidelines. The more violations you receive, the closer your account is to being deleted, so winning appeals will allow you to use the app for longer.
While it’s exhausting to begin new accounts time and time again, TikTok is one of the best ways to build brand awareness and connect with fans and customers. Try not to get discouraged when your account goes down; it just takes a bit of time and commitment to restart your presence on the platform.
Gwen Adora is an XBIZ Award-winning content creator known in the adult industry for her campy solo videos. She has recently been expanding into lifestyle, fashion and body-positive content for Instagram and Tiktok. Her content can be found across an array of platforms through GwenAdora.com/links.