I have had a very happy time with Airbnb, but feel there is no longer a place for the offer that I have. I wonder any other hosts have any recommendations for other sites that might be more suited to me.
I have been with Airbnb now for a couple of years and achieved Superhost status quite quickly. I have always had great feedback from my guests. As I am alone in the flat, I have not opted for the instant booking, preferring to engage with potential guests, having a bit of a conversation, and then either politely turning them down (a little white lie - I have to be away etc), or accepting. I have accepted about 70% on average, and it has always gone very well.
However, I understand that Airbnb does not like this approach, so I have fallen down the algorithm and am basically now on the last few pages of about 14 for my area, so I am not longer getting enquiries. Just now I lost my super host status, so assume I will probably now be on the last page.
I see that some airbnb hosts are listed on several sites and just wonder if you can share your experiences with other hosting sites. I really enjoy hosting, but maybe this more personal approach is not suited to the hosting market as it becomes more “commoditised”.
*I must emphasise that this is totally based on our conversations, my review of their reviews - and that I have accepted people of all races, ages and sexes etc . Actually I have also welcomed a lot of first time Airbnbers, once I have had a bit of a discussion about expectations.
The sites available will depend on whether this is a shared space or an entire home. Is it a shared space?
It is a shared space in my own home, ie own bedroom & bathroom, but I am in the other bedroom, and they can use the sitting room and kitchen.
That means you cannot advertise on VRBO/HA. They only allow non-shared and full homes. Sometimes, people sneak a listing in for awhile on a shared space, but it usually gets delisted after awhile.
it also depends which country you are in, which area you are in, whether your property has any particular special features ie a seaside villa, a boat, off the beaten track etc.
Have you seen if you are can advertise through your local tourist board?
Have you done a google search for similar places in your area to see where they are advertising.
A quick search on Google brought up this https://travelaway.me/vacation-rental-sites/
Have you tried contacting major employers in your area to see if they have accommodation boards or services?
There is a site called Innclusive that was trying to be like Airbnb but without discrimination against minorites, LGBTQ, etc. I signed up a couple of years ago and then forgot it. I finally got a booking but was already booked on Airbnb. I was absolutely mortified that I had messed up. I called the couple who booked and apologized profusely. They seemed non-plussed. But with one booking in two years I wouldn’t say they provide any kind of alternative.
I agree with Helsi that depending on where you are promoting yourself locally through a tourist board or finding a traveling professional to book weeks at a time might be your best option.