Airbnb hosts and property owners benefit from talking and engaging with other hosts online. One of the best ways to interact with other Airbnb hosts, owners, and managers are active Airbnb host forums.
Now more than ever, Airbnb hosts need the support of others doing the same as them. When it comes to Covid-19, we are all in this together. Especially in sectors hit hardest, such as short-term and vacation rentals.
Navigating this new normal means relying on others more than we perhaps did before this global pandemic hit. Unless you’re in the same city, town, or area as another host, no one competes against one another.
One thing you shouldn’t do is worry about sharing fears and concerns with other hosts. No one is going to steal your customers based on the questions you ask online. Everyone is in the same boat, and therefore struggling with the same challenges.
Even if you are in the same area as other hosts, most properties have enough of a unique selling point that it’s unlikely that you are in direct competition with others. Guests pick your properties for different reasons. You can ask questions and ask for support and advice without worrying about losing customers.
At Uplisting we regularly see a cluster of accounts joining from one city or area. We realised this happens when one host who loves our software shares their experience and recommends Uplisting with other hosts in their network, in the same location.
When you take part in these forums or only browse them to start with, you will soon see that most people are very supportive. Alongside forums, there are blogs and social media accounts worth following and engaging with.
For those relatively new to being an Airbnb host, forums, blogs, and social media are great ways to learn from others with similar challenges. Equally, you are likely to encounter many who’ve overcome the same challenges and problems. Let’s look at some of the most active and useful forums and blogs for Airbnb hosts.
Created about a year ago, this active and friendly group currently boasts nearly 9,750 members. It promotes itself as a Private Group for: “Proud Airbnb hosts dedicated to learning, sharing, growing, and knowing other Airbnb Hosts.
The only requirement for this group is you must be a host, and you must be NICE. No trolling.”
The hosts of Airbnb automated is an active online group, with 606 posts created in the last 30 days and growing membership.
Airbnb Professional Hosts is even more active and has been going for longer, now into its fifth year. With over 35,000 members, this Private Group promotes itself as “The biggest and most active global community for Airbnb hosts with the aspiration to build a top-rated accommodation business.”
Also very active, with over 600 new members in 30 days and 850 posts within the last 30 days. No one needs to stick to one group. You never know what kind of useful hints, tips, advice, and even opportunities you might find joining multiple groups.
Another popular online community, with over 27,000 members. In this one, members are more proactively focused on “our finances and serial entrepreneurs and/or working our way towards a financial goal.” In this group, self-promotion and helping one another generate more revenue is encouraged. It’s active, with over 540 new posts in the past 30 days.
Airbnb is naturally very supportive of hosts. As many hosts will already know, there’s an active Airbnb Community forum, with over 960,000 members and 1.25 million posts. Anyone who’s a verified member can post questions and answer them in response to other people’s posts and questions.
Unlike the above, AirHostsForum is not officially affiliated with Airbnb. It’s an active community of over 5,000 members, with 96,000 posts. Like the above, anyone can post questions and answer them in response to other people’s posts and questions.
For those who are also active on Reddit, this is a wonderful tight-knit community of passionate individuals. This includes numerous successful short-term rental and vacation entrepreneurs. Something to be aware of, though; on these forums, most members hate self-promotion. Use these to engage with others, help, and ask for help, but don’t be too promotional.
For those who are fans of podcasts, Get Paid For Your Pad offers excellent insight into the Airbnb world. Get Paid For Your Pad is the definitive show on Airbnb hosting, packed with tips & tricks on how to improve your Airbnb listing as well as real-life experiences from Airbnb hosts from all around the world.
If you are on Facebook, then this is one of the best groups to join. Airbnb's Finest Hosts is a Facebook Community welcoming friendly hosts from across the globe. Share ideas and discuss creative ways of being a better Host.
Here is another excellent Facebook Group we recommend joining. This is a public group for Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO hosts, and all Short Term Rental entrepreneurs. The purpose of this group is to help each other grow our short term rental business by sharing ideas, best practices, and asking questions for fellow members to answer positively and constructively.
Alongside these active forums, there are several blogs worth reading and keeping an eye on. Getting signed up as a subscriber is useful, too; that way, you won’t miss anything. Blogs such as 1 Chic Retreat, LearnAirbnb, and AirbnbSecrets are among the most valuable and interesting. Hopefully, what you’ll soon see is that Airbnb hosts in these forums are helpful and supportive, which should give you answers to questions you want to ask, and some confidence that you are heading in the right direction with your short-term and vacation rental business.
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