Create a Solid Vacation Rental Properties Advertising Portfolio
When you design an “advertising portfolio” for advertising your vacation properties, think strategically. Then, once you decide where to list your properties, start a spread sheet of the sites. Include their cost, inquires, and bookings that relate to each vacation home advertising site. You will want to see which ad listing sites send the most inquiries that lead to actual vacation property bookings. One site may send you tons of leads, but if only close a small percentage of them, it may be better to invest your vacation property advertising budget in another site who sends fewer leads, but you close more of them. To create the perfect blend in advertising, consider the following ideas.
Tips for Advertising Your Vacation Property Vacancies
Top Vacation Home Listing Sites–
Use the list below and be sure to include at least one of the top five sites in your advertising portfolio. You are likely to get 75-80% of your bookings from one or two of these sites. For the other 25%–use a combination of niche, geographic, and interest sites. Also, if you are new to the business start out by creating your listing profile from the Ten Top Free Vacation Rental Advertising Sites.
Geographic Targeting of Vacation Rental Ad Listings–
The area of your vacation rental is obvious to you, of course. However, if you research–you may find cheap flights from a nearby country or populated city to your area. You may find certain tourist agencies pushing one area to another area and offering cheap flights! List properties on area websites where your vacation rental is a convenient or inexpensive vacation spot. Search for the most popular vacation rental site that covers your state, or even city. Be sure to also include your properties on some of those sites.
Subscription or Commission–
Some sites offer a yearly advertising listing subscription. These often are the least expensive way to advertise on popular sites. If the site provides you a high number of bookings the commissions could accumulate to double or triple what a subscription would cost. In these cases a subscription to that site is much less expensive. Obviously, this money must be paid in advance. Add one or two subscription based sites to your advertising portfolio.
High Traffic Sites Don’t Always Deliver–Find a Niche
The most heavily trafficked sites are shown in the chart below. However, your vacation rentals may cater to families, luxury, sports or any of the popular vacation rental niches. In that case, research niche-related websites and include one or more of these in your advertising portfolio.
NOTE: A few conglomerates such as HomeAway, Trip Adviser, Novasol Group etc. which now own many subsidiary sites also rank among the top. We have only listed the main site . Normally, when you purchase advertising with one of these sites, your advertising listings will propagate to the other sites. Be sure to see our article on 10 Vacation Rental Niches to Make Your Booking Soar!
Best Vacation Rental Advertising Sites for 2017-18
|VR NAME||RANK||URL ADDRESS||FEES & NOTES|
|1. TRIP ADVISOR||297||https://rentalstripadvisor.com||3% Booking Fee|
|2. AIR B N B||360||https://www.airbnb.com||3% Booking Fee|
|3. VRBO||3,541||https://www.vrbo.com||3% per booking|
|4. HOMEAWAY||4,240||https://www.homeaway.com||5% + 3% (pymt process)|
|5. LUXURY RENTALS||20,991||https://www.tripping.com||commission/booking|
|6. HOMESTAY||57,265||https://www.homestay.com||15% booking fee|
|7. LUXURY RETREATS||72,517||https://www.luxuryretreats.com||Commission/booking|
|9. SPAIN-HOLIDAY||83,958||https://www.spain-holiday.com||15% per booking/245E/year|
|10. MISTER B N B||86,191||https://www.spain-holiday.com||5% per booking|
|11. WIDMU||118,703||https://www.wimdu.com/||Guest Fees 18-24%|
|12. Cottages for U||127,248||http://www.cottages.com||Wyndham Vacation Rentals|
|13. Holiday Cottages||139,799||https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk||Mostly UK|
|14. Chambres Hotes||153,192||https://www.chambres-hotes.fr/||Listed in French|
|15. Cities Reference||154,151||http://www.citiesreference.coms||Not specified|
|16. Only Apartments||154,875||https://www.only-apartments.com||commission added to host pricing|
|17. Atraveo||174,655||http://www.atraveo.com||Not Specified|
|18. Novasol||191,340||https://www.novasol.dk||Europe Not Specified|
|19. OneFineStay||198,015||https://www.onefinestay.com||Europe Not Specified|
|20. Bedroom Villas||198,735||https://www.bedroomvillas.com/||Not Specified|
|21. BedyCasa.com||200,413||https://www.bedycasa.com||Hosts 15%-but can charge guests 15%|
|22.. Cottages In Canada||221,384||https://www.cottagesincanada.com||$115-$145-$205/year|
|23. GuestHouser||250,790||https://www.guesthouser.com||India-Not Specified|
|24. Canada Stays||284,458||https://www.only-apartments.com||Canadian Properties|
|25. OwnerDirect||316,716||https://www.ownerdirect.com||10% per booking|
|26. HomeEscape||370,351||https://www.homeescape.com||$350 or $199 (promo) yearly|
|27. Clickstay||490,258||https://www.clickstay.com||10% per booking|
|28. Perfect Places||641,529||https://www.perfectplaces.com||3% or reasonable subscription|
|29. My VR||665,232||https://myvr.com||$29/mo per property|
|30. Kid & Cole||670,507||https://www.kidandcoe.com||10% owners booking fee/12% for guests|
|31. Innclusive||688,647||https://www.innclusive.com||US Properties-3% booking|
|32. Find Rentals||753,749||https://FindRentals.com||Subscriptioon $3.95/MO or 10% per booking|
|33. WayTo Stay||805,011||https://www.waytostay.com||European options|
|35. Rentalo||1,259,527||http://rentalo.com||Subscription: $199/$299/$399 per property per year|