I’ve tried to make a list of tips how to get a listing on top of Airbnb search. Here are the main points I’ve found so far:
The number of high resolution pictures. Have at least 20 high resolution pictures on your listing
Airbnb verified photos seem to help on Airbnb ranking
Include a place or landmark in the title of your listing. Repeat the landmark name in the summary and in the detailed description.
Super host listings seem to appear higher in search (not verified)
Correct language without spelling or grammar mistakes
Make sure to answer all inquires as fast as you can. A short response time and a high response rate will boost your listing in search
A large number of reviews and many 5 star reviews are also important factors
The number of times your listing has been added to someones wish list
See my whole list here:
Are there any important factors I have forgotten?
how do you know any of this to be true?
so we can all ‘wish list’ each other and get to the top?
I think having Instant Book also helps - anyone else notice a change?
Not that anyone USES instant book - AURGH still the same questions which are all answered in my listing, OR asking questions they should look up themselves…
Many points I’ve gathered from Airbnb’s own article “How are search results determined?”
Other points I picked up from the Airbnb host forum in Paris
Update your prices everyday. That’s how you stay on the first page. We had a Air photographer come around to take photos and she told us this an for the past 8 months it’s worked. You can change it, save it, then change it back to get the same effect.
Also update your calendar daily. Just go to it. airbnb verified photos will bring you up on the search.
Kristy, this one must be right. Without even knowing it, I have noticed that whenever I change the prices, we always seem to get a booking the next day.
What a great tip! Do you update the base price, or the daily price on the calendar, or both?
I play with my daily price. This slow season has been the slowest EVER… so I’m going as low as I can and reaching out to past guests.
The recently updated calendar is key. As are having fresh prices, like @Evelyn mentioned.
Two ways to easily and automatically ensure you have a calendar updated daily:
Connect a .ics calendar, like a Google Calendar. Even if you don’t block off any dates for bookings, Airbnb will still sync with it at least daily and that will show you have an up-to-date calendar
Use a pricing service (like Beyond Pricing) or calendar service (like BookingSync), which will sync prices and/or availability every day automatically. It’s a nice bonus!
Will updating the calendar and changing the price take effect immediately on searches?
Pretty much yup or may take a few hours
Very interesting indeed! … Now that I think about it, I do get bookings immediately after changing the calendar. I should have made the connection
How do you get your photos airbnb verified? I requested a photographer months ago with no response
I also requested back in November and nothing yet, thankfully I used my son’s professional camera and was able to get decent photos, but verified photos puts you up higher the search pages.
request again it takes ages
Do the AirBnB photographers just show up, or call you to find out which day you don’t have guests? I still need to do my verified photos, but we have a nice camera so the pictures I took myself are pretty good.
They send you a message through Airbnb. I would request again!
We had a photographer come by in the very beginning but a few things have changed since then. Does anybody know if you can ask for the photographers to come back 1yr later? I think I am going to ask.
To my surprise, I made it on the front page of my city this week. I think for my fast response time. That led to a lot of hits and inquiries, but I had to turn a few inappropriate ones down (no profile info, more people than I can accommodate, ect.) and now I’m pages deep for my city again. Darn! I think declining bookings set me back. (Or that they came while I was asleep so I didn’t reply instantly.)
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