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
Great Post thank you very much! Are there any marketing tools one can join so one gets more bookings? Please share those if you can.
Come and stay with me anyone coming to London!
Thanks for your article, although written in 2016, it's pretty relevant to us in 2019.
I think we tick most of the boxes you have suggested.
The suggestion of using selected wording from reviews and use as picture text is very clever.
We are hosts in CapeTown, South Africa and seldom get guests from US, UK or Europe and were wondering if there is anyway to find out what would be best to let people from these areas to see our listings and to see that it is safe to visit. Also my husband is French so we would welcome any french speaking guests and I speak Afrikaans which is similar to Dutch.
Our listing are below if anyone would like to take a look and give any feedback that would be so welcome.
Midway between Table Mountain & Cape of Good Hope: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/26490830?adults=1&toddlers=0&check_in=2019-04-02&check_out=2019-04-05&g...
Sun-shiney apartment with a spectrum of views: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32657560?adults=2&toddlers=0&check_in=2019-03-15&check_out=2019-03-18&g...
Kind regards from Sunny SA
Hi Harry, just wanted to echo everything on your list. Those are definately the most essential management practices to keep that view count driving & I think* I have one more we could put in that list which worked wonders for my listing (at least for a couple weeks) but in reality I found this article because I've noticed my view count pretty low on a more consistent rate as well and ofcoarse started researching(again). So while I dont guarantee these results on a consistent basis, making this one change did yield me some very high views for a good month. I'd also like to mention my listing was no longer under the New category and the big event weekends and days were already booked before making the change to my Listings settings.
My average daily view rate was between 10-20 Views per day for the first month and half after my Listing opened. I was no longer listed as New and didn't really get many views when I was. Now I manage all my prices Manually since day one and continue to do so, going with the market and making sure to be competitive and keep a healthy booking rate. - but it was in mid-decemenber that I went into my Pricing Settings and changed my Base Price from what I had set when listing (around $80/night) to 10$ under the Recommended Price Tip - so for me it was 65$.; My view count for the next month averaged out to 33 Views a day with a week long stretch of 37-47 Views with 2 days during that strech of 72 & 66 Views a day. My Total number of travelers who saved the listing is now at 194. Now I dont feel its cheating the system in any regards because my nightly rates can actualy be much much cheaper (like 35$ cheap-entire place) for example on weeks that are soon approaching and aren't booked, including on 1-2 day windows between bookings
So I believe bringing the Base Price down regardless of what your nightly rates actually are does game the AirBnB algorhythm into pushing your listing higher in the Rankings and could have been the reason I had such a high surge. BUT this last month I'm back to my starting average of 10-20 views a day. I'd love to get back some input on my findings, as I've mostly debated it with myself factoring in all the potential factors & circumstances - but given that my soon coming "hot" slots were already booked & it being Low Season in Montreal, its hard to tell; Because now we're in february approaching High Season and my view rates are back to being and trending relatively low. I'd love to hear some feedback, should you have any thoughts and or results having tried it.
*Another note I had would be for No. 21: daily editing of the listings Texts - I found that when I did it previousley (with pictures as well) my listing would actually disapear, checked with multiple devices and even refreshed the page from a visitors browser that was open prior to changing my settings and even that Disapeared; page read Listing not available and couldn't even find it on the map aka Full Ghost. Was like that for more then 2 hours leading me to call airbnb both times (text update/photo) and ask what happend to which they just said its a technical glitch... I know that they do supposedly ghost listings to spread the views for everyone, which is fair I guess, but I've never seen mine hidden for more then an hour, so maybe glitch maybe because of the Text and Picture updates.
But all together I think you covered everything Hosts can do to maximize their results!
Thanks for all your great points very relevant. I have only just started and have 10 stays. Really upset that put all my effort hosting with a couple at weekend totally messed up my kitchen couldnt have been any friendlier went out of my way to tell people how to get around in Blackpool and let them come earlier than check in . and kept bags till late next day as couldnt accommodate as new booking coming that day. Left me virtually no feedback no mention of anything i did for them ...gave me a 4* which is fair enough but mentioned none of my help ...then said want to come back .....i dont want them back ....what can i do??
you can respond on their review. ofcourse you wont say that you don't want them back 😉 but mention everything you did for them, say that you are sorry you didnt get 5 stars after puting so much effort, if they can recmend you what else you can do "next" time to get 5 stars cuz you are new in this and you would "love to have them back". That way other guests reading your review will know what happened
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
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!