25 tips to get booked!

Level 10
Athens, Greece

25 tips to get booked!

Hey Airbnb hosts, started this list as an answer to a question but it turned up pretty big so im sharing with every one. Hope its helpful to some people and please upvote it if you liked it. 


Here's what I’ve found so far in order to promote my listings:


  1. Build a complete listing, fill in all the available information and be honest, you will probably hurt your future reviews if you lie.
  2. Get verified. If you are into serious business, provide as many verifications as you can (I think you can have as many as 7).
  3. Fill in your profile, have a friendly picture (not one after a metal concert) and write a couple of nice and true things about yourself. A lot of people chose pictures where they are with their significant other, I guess it makes them look friendlier? – that could work too.
  4. Have a competitive and descriptive title (ie. mention some upcoming event in the area) - keep in mind they show up in google, so you might get hitsfrom there. Also mention other selling facts, ie. “close to Subway station”.
  5. Have a competitive price, easy and simple, check what is offered in your neighborhood and, if possible, beat the price of the similar listings that are your competition. Also use the extra charge per person option, have a lower price for 1 person then gradually increase for added guests. Will make your pricing fairer.
  6. Upload many and nice pictures I have an average of 20 per listing, and they were all shot with a good camera and underwent some light editing. Current mobile phones also get great pictures but well, I went all the way. Always consider Airbnb Free Photography service which gets the job done and provides of an extra verification for your profile.
  7. Fill in the pictures titles - have the potential guests spend more time on your listing. Check your main (first) picture, how it appears on multiple devices. It might be a great picture by its self but when cropped by the airbnb layout it may appear worse. Manually crop it or change it. Also, I think 3:4 landscape ratio is the best for Airbnb, it appears well in most devices (except android app that allows portrait view 4:3)
  8. Make sure you offer the basic amenities (I found that spending 30$ on a steam iron and a hair blower was worth it)
  9. Get as many "tickable amenities" as possible, available (ie. a CO detector might cost $10, its probably worth ticking)
  10. Probably worth getting the business ready title (recently got it on one of my listing, can’t say how much it was worth it yet).
  11. Start low. The lower (but fair) the price, the more bookings, the faster you register more trips, the faster you get reviews, the faster you look like a cool host on search results.
  12. Start with low standards. Cheap cleaning fee, friendly cancelation policy, loose house rules etc.
  13. Find a way to afford 1-night stays. Probably are not worth it as much as long stays but having your place available for one night will increase your impressions on search results
  14. Be a good host! Airbnb works with ratings, the more 5star ratings you get the more Airbnb algorithm will like you. Good and many reviews will also attract a potential guest.
  15. Ask for recommendations. Connect your Facebook account, see which ones of your friends have Airbnb accounts and ask them to write a couple of nice things about you. They will fill in the spot until you get some solid reviews.
  16. Don’t cancel confirmed reservations. It does hurt your host rating.
  17. Reply ASAP. Besides convincing Airbnb that you are an active host, I have found that replying within 4-5 minutes to a message surprises the guest and increases their liking towards you as well. Even if you don’t have something to say to your guest, write a quick “Thank you for your interest, I will come back to you with more info ASAP” within less than an hour of the original message.
  18. Reach superhost status, it is supposed to place you under better order on search results, plus gives you a nice badge on your picture, guest have the option to search only superhost listings. There is a special page on your profile (Stats on desktop and Performance on mobile) that tells you how close you are to being a superhost.
  19. Get wish-listed. Not really under your control, but ask friends and guests to add you to their wish-lists.
  20. Allow Instant-Book. It is supposed to increase your search result rankings. I also believe it makes you stand out in the map view, attracting clicks from guests.
  21. According to several posts/blogs around the web, regularly (daily) updating your calendar will make the Airbnb algorithm believe you are an active host and award you a better position. Same thing is rumored to happen if you log in every day and if you daily update the texts of your listings. I don’t know if there’s an official Airbnb confirmation on this but, well, it’s probably worth a couple of minutes of your day.
  22. Be active on the community forums. Again, getting thumbs-ups is supposed to increase how much the Airbnb algorithm likes you.
  23. Look for your listings regularly. I have found out that people sometimes cannot find my listings even in areas/searches when no other listing is available. I try to produce specific searches that would force Airbnb to find my listings and after a couple of times they usually appear to my friends too. That probably is my own idea/conspiracy theory but I’m just adding it here towards the end of the list. Also have people regularly visiting your listings by sharing them your direct links (like mines at the end of the post, under my signature) just to let Airbnb know that we are regularly checking. You can get the links by clicking the preview button on your listing management page.
  24. Promote your listing through Google or Facebook. A cheap, well targeted google or Facebook campaign might get you some fast customers. The return of the investment will be immediate. You can also use more SEO tools, set up a website with unique links to your listings, spam your friends on FB, pay for some clicks probably, I don’t know if it’s worth it and I won’t and get into more detail.
  25. Lastly you can also register with other similar sites competitive to Airbnb. The tools are provided to you in order to migrate listings and sync calendars but I have found that Airbnb is the easiest to use and probably attracts the coolest and politest guests of all.


That pretty much sums up what information I have gathered and tried during the past few months.

A nice round total of 25 tips to promote your listing.

I hope it’s not very overwhelming and that it is helpful for new hosts that want to get in the game!

Also i'd love to hear the opinion of some more experienced hosts. 


Please gimme the thumbs-up if you found this helpful





Harry K.

Live your myth in Greece:

Mykonos: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13655047
Athens downtown #1: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13337047
Athens downtown #2: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13567058
Family villa near Athens: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13364268

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Hey @Amy352

Thanks for your kind words. 

If you think you will enjoy further reading i have a more extensive guide with 60 tips here

Be sure to hit the thumbs up if lilked the posts, so that more users can find them and read them 🙂


Regarding your question, Airbnb likes to verify members through different ways, social profiles, email, phone # and official documents (like your government ID or passport). This makes other users feel safer that their host is actually a person who is committed to this thing and not just someone who made a fake email and created an account 🙂


Here is how to manage your verification methods:


In your Airbnb profile (not here on the community forums) click on the upper right corner on your face icon, then in the menu that opens, click on "Edit Profile":

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In the next Screen, on the left side menu, click on "Trust and Verification":





Here you can add your social profiles and other types of verification that you like (should be in the bottom part of the screen that reads "Not yet verified" :




I hope this is helpful. The instructions are about the web site of Airbnb. There should be a way to do it from a mobile app but i went through this procedure as it is easier and available to most of the users.


Hope it helped 🙂



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Thanks Harry.  We've been listed on AirBnB for 4 years but still get very few enquiries/bookings: 80% of those come from TA/Flipkey even though the listings are identical.  As we live in Singapore, and our vacation rentals are in Bali, and our payment currency is USD,  TA is confused and won't let us set up payments through them (must have a USD bank account in the US) so we would much prefer guests book via AirBnB, rather than us having to ask for cash deposits and final payments (which makes people  nervous)....but.... I can't find a way to refer them to our specific listings on AirBnB.   You seem to have a property ID for all your listings :


Family villa near Athens: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13364268


Where do you find that number ?????  I've looked in dashboard, accounts, listings and am not able to find a property identifier number.  If I had that number I would refer people to that via our guest newsletter and social media.  Please help: we have everthing  else on your list done. . 

Thanks, Glenys & Henry : Villa Samsara and Villa Rajawali, Canggu, Bali

Community Manager
Community Manager
London, United Kingdom


Hi @Glenys-and-Henry0,


I hope you're both doing well today.


To make it easier to find this thread and to find your question, I would recommend starting a new topic about this in the Help Board.


Let me know how that works out for you!


- Quincy








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Level 1
Phuket, Thailand

Thanks for sharing this.   

Level 2
Nashville, TN

Thanks for these tride & true tips! I really appreciate your time and all the info! 🙂

Level 2
Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for the tips.

Level 2

Thanks Harry for those tips...really helpful and simple to follow..I'm a newbie as a host (always a guest in someone's flat) and it's quite exciting. I got my 1st booking confirmation last Monday (yessss!!)


Looking forward to further inputs within the community to boost bookings



Ryan (Manila, Philippines)


Level 2
Havana, Cuba

Great work Harry!!! Thanks for these tips, I started as a host in April 2017 but I did not know all that I know right now and it was a hard begining. In the moment that I completed as much as possible my profile and became active in my listing I started to receive inquiries and IB. There is a long way ahead and a lot to do, but knowing these tools is much easier. Thanks!!!!!

My listing is in Havana and all are welcomes. Here is the link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17833095

Level 1
Rome, Italy

Thank you Harry,


Your help is muchly appreciated! 

I will try follow your tips now on 🙂



Hey @Alex0, I'm glad you liked it. 

I have also posted a more extensive list with 60 tips here if you fancy a read: 


Brilliant ideas!

Please help me get some love on my sites! 🙂





Level 1
Millbrae, CA

@Harry22-I'm new to Airbnb. after a reservation is booked, do I need to click the "request money tab" to request a guest to pay?

Level 1
Millbrae, CA

I'm new to Airbnb. after a reservation is booked, do I need to click the "request money tab" to request a guest to pay? Thanks, Sharon

Level 2
Woolgoolga, Australia

What fabulous tips!  Thanks heaps (: