Thinking back to when you first joined Airbnb, before you got your first booking.
What did you do to make your listing attractive, to entice your first guest to book your home?
Did it take you long to welcome your first guest?
@Kagoro hi! I checked your listings and was a bit confused as to what you are actually offering. Is the first listing for the house or just one room? The second listing looks like just a room with a lot of bathrooms.
if you are renting individual rooms, then create a separate listing for each room. Give each room a unique name, maybe be the predominant color or feature In The room. Describe each bedroom and show lots of pictures of bedrooms, bathrooms, and shared spaces. Good luck!
Hi everyone, I’m new to this and recently started hosting at the beginning of June. I get my first booking a few hours after listing and it was a booking for 5 days later, which I was very happy about since that would give me time to prepare. I wasn’t ready at the time of listing and only posted 3 pictures that I took with my iphone at 10pm. But since i got 5 days to prepare so I thought no problem right? Wrong, I had instant booking on and next morning I had a same day booking at 10am and check in time was 3pm. I had 5 hours to get a 3BR apartment ready, It was stressful but everything turned out to be a positive experience.
We got our first guests a month or so after listing. A super-nice older couple who ate breakfast with us visited with us before they had to leave and left a glowing review the next day. Felt so blessed!
I believe they booked with us because we had competitive pricing for our town and our pictures were appealing. We also were quick to respond and we make sure our listing is accurate ( I think that probably helped with the review).
We don't live in a super busy area but when we leave our calendar as open as possible we seem to be garnering a fair amount of bookings. Hope it keeps up! Our next move is to get even better pictures.
I have the following question. Lately I received too many inquiries - nobody booked. But all these guests were really searching an accommodation for a date which was free on my calendar and I am almost sure they could hardly find a cheaper place. But all of them wanted to skip the service fee - they did not tell me that right away - but were asking me either that I write them my address, or give them my telephone number, were telling me that they are 2, 3 or 4 persons but made the inquiry for just one, or asked me straight away to do the payment in cash. I think that it is quite probable that some hosts might agree to such proposition and in this way they will compete in an unfair way with hosts who follow strictly airbnb rules. My question is - Can the airbnb algorythm cach such doings? i.e. the phone number may be written in words, the language might not be English, ect.
Airbnb offered to email a select group a one-time 5% extra discount. We accepted this proposal as we could not go lower then 9 Euros a night on the Airbnb system for our hostel beds. Being new, and currently exclusively listing thrugh airbnb, the advantage of going lower during slow season then 9 euros brought us our first guests. The 5% extra off we think helped shift the balance. The discount and who they emailed seemed to work. Guests booked, arrived and have loved the place. It is nice that the first few guests even asked and booked to stay longer. Getting the great reviews from our first guests should certainly help attract more as well. There are over 32 hostels in our city and most have a listing or more on Airbnb and other sites. So it is a competitive market. The 5% really helped get the first guests in the door. :) . It is very hard to compete starting with no reviews in slow season as every listing closer to the beach (with reviews) then ours is offering near the same prices. Hopefully with the good reviews now future guests will see we are legit, our prices can be a lower as we are further away from the beach and we are a great place to stay. We went almost a month with only inquires before about our low prices but no bookings. Guests were maybe worried we think that we were a fake or scary listing because of the low prices and no reviews.
Hi, this is my first time posting here. I've been listed for about 4 months now and decided to differentiate myself by appealing to families with small children (under 5s). It's working really well. I provide pretty much everything for babies (including use of an off road buggy for walks). If people don't have to worry about bringing their own kit, it's a big bonus. I also provide good quality toys and books so the children are occupied. Happy children = happy guests :-)
@Lizzie I reviewed listings of local hosts and super hosts in general. I had a good name for my listing and good pictures. when I started hosting the competition was limited, now it's expanded greatly. Over time I updated the description, pictures, content, rules, ... everything as I learned about hosting. I still tweak my information when I find a gap, a new feature is released or I learn something new.
@Mary2846 @Hi! I checked out your listings and was confused as to what exactly you are offering. Do you have a house that you will rent out whole and another that is shared with multiple guests. Do you live there ? You might clarify exactly what you are offering. Include lots of photos of the interior spaces, including bedrooms, bathrooms, shared spaces. Good luck!
Thanks Rebecca it is one home bungalow and i leave there . It is double listing i have requested airbnb to remove one how to i go about it since no one has responded am new.
Will include loads as i continue sprucing up thanks so much for the support i appreciate keep advising me please i need support completely.
Get clear pics in as much natural light as possible of each room. Lower your prices until you get enough reviews to have a 5 star rating. Don’t have a security deposit (Airbnb will cover damages without one if you document everything which you have to do with a security deposit anyway) because it eliminates a lot of potential guests. I looked at your listing and I personally wouldn’t have a guest fee until after the second or third guest while you’re trying to get going; it will make you more competitive pricing-wise. Remember, a full property is better than an empty property, even if it might be for a little bit less $ that night than you might have liked. Make your property work for you! Good luck!