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?
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!
I have just listed during the busy Carnival season in St. Vincent. I did get one booking. Maybe I need to do some extra work on my listings to attract more bookings. I do see a suggestion from Airbnb to remove the extra guest fee to attract more. However, I disagree with this suggestion at this time because I have only three listings. The charge for one room is not expensive. To remove the extra guest fee would attract more guests but would leave me operating below cost. I have seen where many extra guest turn up at no cost. It is a fact that to begin with one needs to attract many guests in order to get reviews and to achieve the Superhost status. In the meantime I will evaluate things and work on areas of the listings that need upgrading.
It took about 1 week to get our first booking.
That first year we had only 5 weekends NOT booked.
We have a B&B, and we live here. We have only had wonderful guests whom we would welcome all of them back!
I took photos of my rooms at 9 am and at late afternoon for lighting features. I rearranged things I saw in the photos that I didn’t like and took some more.
I made sure all photos I posted were landscape set, to best fit the Airbnb photo page.
As I got feedback from my guests, they helped me to see which photos were helpful to them, and what they thought I should highlight. So I added pics of my food, and sunsets over the lake, and more photos from each room.
If you ask your guests questions, they will tell you! Then LISTEN!
I agree Cindee
You can always give your guests a quick questionnaire to tackle those niggling voices inside your head. I stopped the questionnaire a longtime ago, but now is the time to begin again and to move forward.
We are lucky because we own property in a college town with a lot of tourist traffic. We took pics with the most natural light available, and we posted them along with a basic description to create our listing on ABB. I remember just wanting to get our properties posted and live. I continue to modify our listings to this day on a regular basis. When I first posted them, I priced them very low in order to get a bunch of reviews. Once we had a handful of reviews, I started pricing them competitively and paying attention to events coming to town that affected pricing. We got our first booking almost as soon as we had listed our first property, and I think it was for like the next night. We have been very fortunate, and we are very grateful for ABB!
We had our first bookings very quickly as we used Airbnb's suggestion for a 20% discount for our first 3 bookings. Unfortunately we didn't realise they would also get the 5% weekly discount we had set up, on top of this. Our first 3 bookings got very cheap stays but gave us great reviews!
I am very new to Abnb..I took my own photos. But I did follow recommendations of offering lower price and a 20% discount to first 3 guests. I had y first booking within 24 hours. I have looked at others listings and know now how to improve mine to make it stronger attraction am very excited for the future.