Sorry if this has been covered before, but I could not find anything on it here. According to AirBnB:
"Accepting more reservations and raising your acceptance rate can improve your listing’s search placement. "
Am i the only one who finds this a little odd? The way I interpret this is that the rate of declining requests varies indirectly with your listing’s prominence in search results. Since the search tool is all about promotion, then doesn’t it hurt promotion of your listing if you decline a lot of inquiries?
Here’s why this is bugging me: part of the awesomeness of the whole home stay phenomenon is that you can screen your potential guests before agreeing to host them. I don’t want psychos in my home, so if I ever get a weird feeling about someone, then I should be able to deny them a booking, right? Right. But, if I do this a lot, then it starts to reduce the probability with which potentially awesome guests can find my listing. So, in other words, pickier hosts are featured less prominently in search results.
Am I overthinking this? Let me know if anyone has a different perspective. THANKS!