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Tips for Avoiding These Common Airbnb Hosting Mistakes

As an Airbnb host, you have to oversee many aspects of your listing. You have to make sure that it is clean and welcoming, communicate with your guests, and respond to any problems. You also have to deal with the property’s overall upkeep.

More importantly, you need to set up your listing for the best possible chance of getting bookings, which can seem daunting. This is why we have created this checklist to help you quickly identify the top mistakes most Airbnb hosts make and how you can avoid each.

Mistake #1: Not Having at Least One Personal Photo

You want to set yourself apart from other hosts and show your guests the kind of person that you are. This is why having at least one photo of yourself (or your family) is essential for your listing.

By having a personal photo, you let future guests know that you are a real person and establish a sense of trust. In addition, having a picture of yourself and your family helps other hosts who might not have met you in person recognize you.

Mistake #2: Not Having a Professional-Looking Profile Picture

A profile picture on Airbnb tells people who you are, and your Airbnb listing is where they will see it first. Airbnb suggests that it should be a clear picture of your face.

Why does a profile picture matter? If you want to connect with your future guests and help them trust you, you should have a clear and professional-looking profile picture.

Mistake #3: Not Using a Description That Reflects Your House

You want your listing to be seen by people who are looking for a specific house. You can do this by including keywords in your listing description.

For example, if you have a cabin in the woods near a big city, you wouldn’t include the keyword “city” in your description. When someone searches “city” and your listing doesn’t have the word “city,” they won’t see it. They need to be looking for a cabin in the woods to find your listing.

Mistake #4: Not Being Visible in the Airbnb Search

You want your listing to be visible in the Airbnb search. To do so, you must ensure that your listing title is relevant and descriptive. Your profile picture also needs to be straightforward and easy to see.

You want people to be able to see what your place looks like and make a decision based on your listing. You'll be visible in the Airbnb search if you have a great listing and a compelling title.

Mistake #5: Not Adding a Description of What Guests Can Expect

For each type of listing, you should include a description. For example, if you’re listing an entire home, you can explain the amenities and what guests can expect. If you’re listing a private room, you can explain what you provide or do not. The main point of your description is to show what your guests can expect so that people will be excited about staying with you.


You put a lot of effort into creating your listing, and it’s essential to see the results of that hard work. To get the most bookings and build a successful Airbnb business, you need to avoid these common Airbnb hosting mistakes.

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