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[Method] Airbnb

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by jdstudio, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. jdstudio

    jdstudio BANNED BANNED

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    It's been a really long time that I gave out something good to do bhw community and so here is a method from me :)

    I am sure most of you know what airbnb is, if you don't it's a website where you can put your house/flat/room whatever on the site, for people to rent.

    Many of these users are not too tech savvy since most of them are home owners in their at least 30s-40s. Many are even 50s+ So it is perfect for internet marketers to come in.

    There are a few methods.

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    1. You can extract emails from airbnb using "site:airbnb.com @gmail.com" "site:airbnb.com @hotmail.com" etc And send them CPA offers, survey links etc. I am not email marketer myself so use your imagination :) You can even create a website for airbnb hosts and guests kind of things featuring tips to avoid bad guests, some funny angry reviews, touching stories etc. There are groups on airbnb but it is new and not many people use them.

    2. You can offer service to rank their listing higher by messaging them in your local cities. Here are a list of things hosts can do, but many don't know:
    http://www.probnb.com/9-tips-to-boost-your-airbnb-host-search-ranking

    Adding to this list, having verify photo on airbnb is very helpful, which many don't know about:
    https://www.airbnb.com/info/photography

    So you can sell "favourites" on airbnb. (create fake accounts, very easy I think not much spammers on airbnb yet) When more people favourite your listing, your listing will move higher in your city.

    Sell reviews, reviews is one of the most important thing on airbnb, target those just starting out on airbnb and without a single review.

    Teach them tips how to attract guest's attention, by picking the right pictures to be featured, right pricing, description etc.
    Ok I only hosted on airbnb for 2-3 months however I am already the top of my city, it's actually a city comparable to london, NYC. So I know a thing or two.

    First, most people pick the bedroom as the featured picture. No matter how good it looks, it doesn't really stand out. Therefore I am using the bathroom of my flat to be the featured image. Weird you may say, but my bathroom is a really nice one, and imagine browsing through dozens of similar listings with bedroom as featured image and there you bam! you see the one with something special, a nice bathroom? or a nice garden? or nice view? You want to click and see more right? Just put something other than bedroom to stand out! 99.99% people don't realise this.

    Second is pricing, you can set the base rate low, and put additional pricing on cleaning, extra fees etc, this will increase your pageviews and thus more booking. You can also set custom pricing so it might seem to be $80 when they click into your booking, but in fact it is $100 for that date.

    3. The ultimate method is to setup a legit company to help people manage their airbnb. This requires trust. And it's more effort but the reward is big! If you live in an area is very touristy. You can provide the above services all in one, make their listing rank higher, tips, help them to manage booking, answer questions, meet the guest. So your client - the host can actually don't need to do anything and still makes money by renting their house/flat/whatever out by paying you a %fee/fixed fee per booking. How to do this? Create a legit profile, ideally with reviews already, contact airbnb hosts in your area one by one, DO NOT SPAM! Praise how good their house is etc. Tell them you notice they don't have many guests nor reviews and you help hosts to increase their rankings in listing, and manage listing for them. Would they be interested to meetup for a coffee or something, where you can sell your services.

    Anyways, a lot of potential, take action!
     
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  2. bigbroski

    bigbroski Newbie

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    That is really smart... thanks for the post homie, always great to see new ways, and realizing, how much you don't know yet.
     
  3. Izzma

    Izzma Regular Member

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    Glanced through this and a very Interesting method you have here, never even heard of airbnb.

    Thanks for the share :)
     
  4. whynotmakeit

    whynotmakeit Power Member

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    At last, a quality post with a method....several actually. Not for me personally but great stuff in here.....
     
  5. Gogol

    Gogol Elite Member

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    I think i can twist that a bit! Thanks for the method :)
     
  6. blackouts

    blackouts Regular Member

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    It's a shame that we can't access the emails of the persons since they are all hidden ...
    I was looking for more renters like this, site: airbnb + "Wish Lists" + "my city" that give me a complete list of people allready interested in staying in my city, but the problem is how to connect with them? There is no email listed and no way to follow them like in twitter of facebook ... Any ideas?
     
  7. BigMoneyyy

    BigMoneyyy Power Member

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    Thanks for sharing this method.