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I’m a little puzzled by the fact that I’ve hardly been getting any booking requests or inquiries since around the middle of February. I’ve had quiet spots, but this is rather longer than average.
Here’s a list of recent bookings:
1 booking on each of 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th Feb. 2 bookings on the 14th Feb, 1 booking on each of 19th Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March.
As you can see, it’s been pretty quiet. What’s puzzling is that based on my searches on airbnb.co.in (with me logged out) consistently show my listing as highly placed.
For example, I have the days 15th March to 17th March open, and for those two days, I’m ranked at no 6. For the 24th March to the 27th March I’m ranked at no. 7. Both of these are without any filters applied. Of course, you can check other random days - my calendar is public.
Can others tell me where my listing ranks, for the two ranges I mentioned, and any other range you care to check for?
Does anyone have any idea what might be going on here? And why do these bookings happen in clusters? It looks to me like my listing has been highly ranked for awhile.
The only thing I’ve been doing differently is that I have everything May 1st or later blocked off, because I might need to do some repair work, but am currently unsure of the dates. But I don’t see why this would make any difference to bookings for March and April.
Thanks again for the nice article. I remember seeing you post the article earlier. I meant to suggest some text to add to it, but I never did. If you happen to keep track of how many hits your pages get, can you tell me how many this page has been getting?
But to return to my lack of bookings, can people check and see what my current ranking is on your country’s site, please? I’m interested in the US, the UK and Europe, Canada and Australia. That’s where most of my guests come from.
I notice the Wish List stars are not moving very much, however. They are usually a better predictor of bookings than views, which really don’t seem to mean much. It’s even possible they are randomly generated.
I don’t see why it would affect people booking. it might make a difference wrt where Airbnb ranks it.
It might be seasonal. I haven’t been doing this so long - the listing went online last April, and as I recall, nothing happened for a while. I thought it was the fact that it was a new listing, but it might also have been a slow time here. Though Bombay is an enormous and busy city, and there is plenty of traffic. Then again, most of my guests are foreign tourists, and it’s certainly possible that tourist season is seasonal.
The Trump effect would make a difference to people coming into the US. I’m not sure why it would have an effect on people coming to India.
I wasn’t sure what dates you are actually available, I thought you were saying you received bookings on those dates for stays on unknown dates. Give me dates you want me to search for and no of people and I’ll check
FYI, tried your link 3 times, it caused my Air app to crash each time, I had to go through pictures on Jaquo’s article…this is hard work at midnight
I have done a search for 19-21 April, 1 person, you are 6th, only listing in top 8 that is not IB, I hate IB as a host but it is definitely my preference as a traveller So maybe it’s time… Interestingly when I changed it to ‘2 people’ you got bumped to 7th. I tried to test filtering for just private room but it still bought up the entire listings also which was super annoying and you were still 7th. I fear you may need to IB to snatch the bookings. Why don’t you turn it on and see where you come up then?
I only have the stats saved for the last 30 days but the article has had 476 page views during that time. The one about dining in Mumbai has had more, 655. I don’t have the stats regarding the number of people who have clicked through to your listing but a quick glance at the latest exit links shows that your listing is getting hits from the site.