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Top 10 Mistakes Short-Term Hosts Make in their Listing Descriptions

I’ve been a student of short-term rental listings for a year now since I started my listing-writing service and even more so after I launched my Critique My Airbnb Listing Facebook group at the beginning of 2023. In the many listings I critique in the group, I see consistent mistakes. Here are 10 of them: […]

The Hidden Airbnb Section that Enhances Your Listing: Location Tab

Open up any Airbnb listing as if you are a guest. Start scrolling down the page. Just as you scroll past the photos at the top of the page, a navigation bar will pop up with links (from left to right): Photos, Amenities, Reviews, Location. This article is about that Location tab. (See also image […]

Kat’s 2023 Book List

Fiction Where We Belong, by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This was the fifth book I’ve read by Hyde, an author I like for her old-school style and heartwarming subject matter (e.g., kids, dysfunctional families, animals, curmudgeons). In this one, 14-year-old Angie is the glue that keeps her struggling family – an immature mother who depends too […]

Entice Guests to Book Your Short-Term Rental with an Alluring 500-Character Opener

See all my articles on short-term-rental listing writing, including on titles/headlines, photo captions, opening paragraphs, the full listing description and more. Along with your photos and listing title/headline, your 500-word (Airbnb only) opening paragraph is one of the first pieces of content to draw prospective guests into your listing. It should be the “hook” that […]

Is ‘Renovated’ a Selling Point for Short-Term Rentals?

See all my articles on short-term-rental listing writing, including on titles/headlines, photo captions, opening paragraphs, the full listing description, and more. In my work with the clients for whom I write listing descriptions, I’ve steered away from words like “renovated” because I believe they don’t have much meaning for guests since guests don’t know what […]

The Most Frequently Missed Marketing Opportunity for Short-Term Rental Hosts: Photo Captions

See all my articles on short-term-rental listing writing, including on titles/headlines, photo captions, opening paragraphs, the full listing description, and more. In my work as a writer of short-term rental listing descriptions, I’m amazed at how many short-term rental hosts fail to include photo captions in their listing descriptions. After all, photos will probably get […]

Optimizing Your Short-Term Rental Title/Headline

See all my articles on short-term-rental listing writing, including on titles/headlines, photo captions, opening paragraphs, the full listing description, and more. Along with your cover photo, the first aspect of your listing likely to catch a prospective guest’s attention is your title, also known as a headline. On Airbnb, this title is limited to 50 […]

How to Write a Killer Short-Term Rental Listing

See all my articles on short-term-rental listing writing, including on titles/headlines, photo captions, opening paragraphs, the full listing description, and more. Once a short-term rental property is physically ready to be listed on a platform such as Airbnb, VRBO, and perhaps others, the host faces two daunting tasks – getting enticing photos taken for the […]

Kat’s 2022 Book List

My goal used to be 52 books a year, but after I read 75 last year, I decided to keep striving for that number. (This year I read 52+ in fiction alone.) I ended up with 77 books this year, squeezing the 77th in by finishing it on Dec. 31, after my final public release […]

Kat’s 2021 Book List

As of Dec. 27, 2021 … I did something different this year; I wrote a review of each book as I finished reading it instead of waiting till the end of the year. One result is some reviews that are longer than what I’ve written in the past. The lists (fiction and nonfiction respectively) are […]

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