As has been widely discussed here (but I guess not on those YouTube videos you watch?), it will serve you well if you are an active host who monitors your listing. As I put it: the busier you are, the busier you will be. I’m surprised that you have just now checked where your listing is showing up in a search. And when you say you “pretended to be a guest,” what does that mean? You should always do an “incognito” search. When you search for your own place on your own computer as yourself it shows your listing near the top.
If you don’t have any bookings for a long time or your listing is frequently unavailable then it will move down in the search ranking. So getting bookings on booking dot com has the unintended consequence of resulting in fewer bookings on Airbnb.
The link is on his forum profile.
I agree that the pictures leave a lot to be desired. The main thing I notice is that the lighting is poor. Some of the other things are aesthetic choices that might hurt you with the market as a whole but it is what it is. It’s your home and reflects your tastes. Some of the pictures you’ve taken from the internet are pixelated when viewing on a big screen like a computer; I’d definitely replace them.
Some reviews and your description mention a view from the private balcony but there is no picture of the view! There’s decent pictures of the furniture and the neighbor’s house on one side. And even outside the pics are strangely dark. I suggest putting the camera lower so you are look straight on at the spaces instead of pics that seem to be towering above everything. Then use a photo editor to brighten the pics. If you have a smartphone you should be able to do this easily on your phone.
One thing I noticed is your description says “shared bathroom.”
As I’m sure you’ve read here many times, people don’t read. If I were traveling with a group of 4 I’d be looking for private entrance and private bathroom. If I saw shared bathroom I’d click away and would only come back if there were no other listings in the area. Now reading your listing I understand that you mean the two bedrooms share a single bathroom but you need to change that to private bathroom. Since people have to come in through your front door it’s not totally crazy for someone to think the bathroom is upstairs in your part of the house.
After I closed the window from looking at your place I did a search for “Murphy’s” for 3 guests with no dates, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. I didn’t put in a “home type.” You didn’t come up as one of the 20 listings in Murphy’s. When I did a search for “Forest Meadows” with no other filters on you came up near the top.
There seem to be quite a few competitors that are whole house or separate guest suite. I don’t know if adding a separate entrance to the guest suite is something the layout of the house would allow for in a cost effective manner but it’s something to consider.