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:
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
Live your myth in Greece:
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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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":
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 :)
I think @Harry22 's post was the one that made me decide to finally find some time and just start as a Host in Airbnb rather than being always a guest. I do not feel confident enough to give out the whole house so started with a private room and bathroom. I dread the thought of not being able to sleep all night thinking of strangers going over all my stuff and that is the best case scenario I have in mind :P The worst begins with a telephone telling me that they burned the house down lol
But I love hosting friends and relatives all year long so why not host guests and make something out of it?
Anyhow, I have followed all of Harry's advices (at least the ones I can for the time being) and I am waiting since yesterday to see what will happen. I did urge friends to list as guests in Airbnb and wishlist my listing, I have spent a day searching google/airbnb and bing with terms I used in the listing, I have completed all profiles/tabs/directions/quidebooks/I have even listed on the map even every gas station/restaurant/bakery/shop near my house.
I didn't manage to find a 10 dollar CO detector (even in Aliexpress.com) but I will get one from Amazon uk for a couple more. I have more than 30 photos uploaded but although I got them with High Resolution in an iphone 6s Plus I think that once they are uploaded they get a bit compressed in size. I made sure to have the lowest price but I am just wondering if that being too low means that with no review/guests yet if people will consider this some kind of a trap.
So, after doing at least half and even more in Harry's List I checked and my yesterday's newbie listing appears (if not first always) in the top results. I have no idea of course if that is widely extended to other users or just me who (like a lunatic) calls friends and says please search this for me lol
I am wondering how breakfast and cleaning works for Greek Tax Law. I had read that offering services like meals or cleaning make that a business rental instead of a simple house renting and that means more Taxes (from 11% goes to +35%). Am I mistaken?
Anyhow, thank you Harry for providing this amazing User Guide for New Hosts, I have no idea how it will work out for me and my listing but I would have never though all of these actions without reading your article. Kudos :)
I'm a newbie host and used a lot of these techniques listed. I listed my place just a few days ago at cheap but fair prices compared to others and my place is officially 60% booked for November. I'm so ecstatic! Looking forward to my new venture as a host!
Hey @Ian & Charlene, and welcome
Verifications are various ways to provide proof of your real life identity.
You can check them out by moving your mouse over your picture in the upper right corner of your browser (on a pc) and then selecting "edit profile". In the next page, on the left column you will see "Trust and Verification", click on it.
In this page you can provide verifications that you are infact the person you are saying you are - the more the better!
You could be verified through: Email, Phone number, Google account, LinkedIn account, Facebook account, your AmEx card and ofcourse your actual government issued ID/Passport (cant remember where you enter those though :p)
Do bother and connect as many accounts as you can, it makes guests feel safer when they book your place.
Thumbs up if i helped ;)
Hi @Ian & Charlene! "Verification" here means that you are already being verified as "genuine", not a scam. There are a few ways to get verified. Either by connecting your AirBnB account with your Facebook account, or by providing AirBnB your government ID (scan and upload). You will get more bookings as your guests know that they could trust you better. All the best to you my friend, hosting is definitely fun! :)
when you have a few reviews under your belt, use selected wording from them and use as picture text, looks brilliant and means you can say nice things about your place without actually being the one saying it. This wasn't my idea, I saw it in another profile but can't remember whose. Thanks to whoever that was, best tip. Could have been @Jeet maybe?
Works especially well for shy or modest hosts who still want to rave about their place but don't know how!
Hey @Sandra126, how have you been? :)
You are right I have used that idea, but it certainly isn't mine. I don't remember the name but it's by the host who used to share "Marketing Mondays"
Nevertheless, if anyone wants to take a look at how I've made use of reviews in photo description, you can do it here: https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/5740610