63 Airbnb Host Tips to Get More Bookings (and Money) This Year

by Tyler Knudtson | Updated Apr 13, 2023

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The best Airbnb hosts do one thing better than their less-successful counterparts. 

But it's much simpler than you might think. 

What is it? 

They do what other successful hosts have done. 

Yep. That's it. 

Rather than try to figure out everything on their own through trial and (lots of) error, successful hosts find the best Airbnb tips for hosts and put them into practice themselves. 

They essentially cheat off of the notes of those already at the head of the class. 

But there's still one problem for new hosts: Sifting through all the so-called "tips and tricks" posted online, then deciding which Airbnb advice is actually worth following, takes time. Lots of time. 

Until now. 

In this guide, I'm handing you the best Airbnb listing tips on the web so you can skip to the front of the line and become successful on day one. 

airbnb hosting tips definitive guide

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The Definitive List of the
Best Tips & Tricks
for Airbnb Hosts

1

Tips for the Complete Newbie

If you're just beginning to think about being an Airbnb host — or just looking to up your hosting game — this is the perfect place to start. These are the best resources to learn if Airbnb hosting is for you, and then get you started on your hosting journey. 

Airbnb hosting tips

The first step when considering hosting is to determine your income potential. Airbnb's own calculator provides an instant quote on your earning potential based on your location, a few key details about your space, and an average monthly occupancy rate. See how much you could earn—the dollar amount may surprise you—plus earn a $40 bonus when you host your first guest!

Tyler's take

2

How to Take Photos That
Get You More Bookings

Airbnb photo tips

Getting your photography right is hands down the most important part of getting bookings. Check out these Airbnb photo tips to learn more about what the best hosts are doing right now when it comes to using photography, and how you can use it to get found and fill up your booking calendar.

Tyler's take

Your listing's photos matter. Period. Evelyn Badia makes this clear in one of my favorite articles, 8 Tips for Dazzling Airbnb Photos. She highlights a common misconception: More isn't always more. Don't overwhelm potential guests with loads and loads of photos. Take 2-3 per room, and move on.

3

Pricing Your Listing to Make More Cash

Alright. I'll say it: Not all Airbnb tips for hosts are created equal. From getting your base price set correctly, to adjusting your price dynamically based on guest demand, following these Airbnb price tips will keep you a step ahead of those set-it-and-forget-it hosts down the street.

Airbnb pricing tips

There's more that goes into setting your cleaning fee than meets the eye. Competition, Airbnb platform updates and even guest psychology all play a factor. Luckily, this simple article from Beyond has simplified how to nail down a cleaning fee that ensure that you, your guests, and your cleaners all win.

Tyler's take

4

Cleaning for Happy Guests

Airbnb Cleaning Tips

The difference between a good host and a great host can often be based on how well you clean your listing. Here are a few of the best places to learn why your "clean" probably isn't good enough, how to satisfy even the pickiest guests, and how to get your place clean from one booking to the next (even if you're not there).

Tyler's take

Sometimes all the to-do items that go along with turning your place over from one guest to the next can be overwhelming. Though there are many DIY-type methods out there to communicate these items with cleaning services, LearnAirbnb's walkthrough of a visual checklist service called Properly does a great job of highlighting just how valuable having a central hub for housekeeping can be for serious hosts.

5

How to Get Great Reviews
Every Time

Consistent top-notch reviews are what separates serious hosts from pretenders. From controlling guest expectations even before they book, to handling the odd negative review, these Airbnb review tips are exactly what you need to be sure your listing is the best in the neighborhood.

Airbnb review tips

Advice on how to get five-star reviews is everywhere. Fewer have dared to address what to do when you get a bad review (even the best do). This is why my favorite piece about reviews is from Danny Rusteen at OptimizeMyBnb. His Do's and Don'ts of responding to Negative Reviews are pure gold, and he even gives examples of real responses for you to model your own response after.

Tyler's take

6

Keeping Your Guests
& Property Safe

Airbnb safety tips

This is your one-stop source for the best Airbnb safety tips. Here you'll learn why a safe stay begins before a guest even books your place, and what steps you can take to be sure that you and your guests can focus on a great experience without worrying about becoming the next negative home sharing headline.

Tyler's take

For home sharing to survive and thrive, safety has to be everyone's top priority. Although personal stories and advice are a great supplement to the basics, every host must educate themselves on the fundamentals of how to host safely. Start by reading Patch.com's recap of the key safe hosting essentials provided directly from Airbnb. It's no coincidence that #1 on the list is to carefully read prior hosts' reviews of potential guests. If something in there makes you uncomfortable, don't be afraid to move on.

7

How to Handle 
Airbnb Taxes & Insurance

Where there is money being made, there are taxes. Where there's a chance of something going wrong, there's insurance. Thankfully, these resources are the best insurance and Airbnb tax tips to ensure that you're not only protected and tax-compliant, but that you're taking advantage of tax deductions that can save you some serious cash.

Airbnb tax tips

Many hosts are serial side-hustlers that may know a few financial tips and tricks from their other moonlighting experience. However, there are a few lesser-known tax deductions specific to home sharing that can save hosts some serious cash at tax time. This quick read from Hurdlr covers a few of these, as well as a step-by-step checklist to guide you through the usually unexciting (but important!) process of preparing your taxes.

Tyler's take

8

Next-Level: Becoming an
Airbnb Superhost

Airbnb Superhost tips

Don't know what a Superhost is? It's a status reserved for only the most elite hosts, and these are some of the best success stories and Airbnb Superhost tips out there. From avoiding mistakes of experienced hosts, to using hidden hosting hacks to your advantage, this section will help you take your hosting game to the next level. 

Tyler's take

Why go to all the trouble of hosting, only to leave yourself no free time to enjoy your own life? By automating certain parts of the hosting process, you can ensure your listing isn't running your entire life. For example, there's no reason you can't have a cleaning service or regular cleaner take over the cleaning of your listing. Check out my favorite article on using automation to simplify and personalize your guest communication, which if you're not careful, can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of hosting.

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What did you think?


I'd love to hear what you think about this guide.

Maybe you have a question about something you read?

Either way, let me know by leaving a quick comment below right now.

  • I have been an Airbnb Superhost and earning a great amount since I started listing my properties on Airbnb. I thought it was enough. But, after reading your guide, I realized that there are a lot more opportunities on Airbnb. Thank you for sharing such wonderful content.

  • Excellent resource list Tyler. Lots of articles I’d never read before, so thank you! (And also thanks for the shout out, it’s much appreciated.)

  • Tyler, you’ve created a great collection of recourses! It’s so refreshing to read about different points of view — as opposed to sticking with one — that no matter how long you’ve been hosting you can still learn something new.

  • Thanks for this comprehensive guide Tyler. I’ve shared it with my Australian hosting buddies who also thank you! Very useful.

  • Great post, Tyler! Thanks for taking the time to compile all of these tips and resources.

    I especially love chapter 5 and its emphasis on having a stellar Airbnb profile with good reviews. That is such a huge factor in making Airbnb work best for both hosts and guests.

  • Tyler,

    Great job with your definitive guide to Airbnb. It’s one of the most comprehensive that I’ve seen yet!

    I especially enjoyed reading Chapter 8 that discusses how Airbnb Hosts can put their Airbnb communications on auto-pilot =)

    In addition, I thought the Casual Capitalist’s tips for other automation techniques made for an interesting read.

    • Thanks JT!

      Thoughtful automation is what will separate time-strapped (and less profitable) hosts from those who can easily balance their listing with other aspects of life.

      Thanks again for your kind words 🙂

    • I actually think AvivaIQ is just very limited, even for a free service. I really appreciate a service like Smartbnb, that can really automate every step from inquiry to review, answer questions, and book my cleaner.

  • Awesome list of resources to help anyone with their airbnb adventure.

    I’ve used most of these posts myself to help me with my own airbnb listing. It’s inspiring me to start writing more about the how to of renting out a room in your house.

    • Hey FP! Thanks for your comment and glad you liked it. Also good to hear others find the same resources to be helpful for their own listings.

      I loved your recent piece on the pros of hosting – hadn’t though about the fact that, as you say, “your house will never be cleaner.” So true! Looking forward to more on your Airbnb hosting adventures renting your guest room 🙂

  • Great resource Tyler! Thanks for putting this together. The biggest Airbnb game changers for me were taking better photos, and automating process as much as possible, particularly key exchanges. You’ve covered these topics nicely here, thanks!

    • Thanks Glenn! I really think figuring out how to balance automation and maintaining a personal touch is the holy grail of hosting. I still prefer to always have a physical key, even if it’s just as a back up, vs. relying 100% on a high-tech solution. Still too much spottiness with tech, not to mention some people are intimidated by anything besides a good old key 🙂

  • This is super helpful Tyler! I wish I had had this guide when I started my vacation rental back in 2011! I especially like the Photography Chapter. Everyone needs this golden advice! Thank you for your great work!

    • Really glad you think so, Mercedes! I also love the photography stuff – so important to get right, and a LOT of questionable listing photos out there!

  • Awesome guide Tyler! Lots of great resources in this article.

    • Thanks Jasper – was really excited to include a few of your articles in here – keep the good stuff coming!

  • Fantastic post. Any great Airbnb host needs to have an understanding of all the resources available to them. Love the “Tyler’s Takes” for that twist.

    • Thanks Matt! Glad you found it valuable – with such a fast-growing ecosystem around home sharing and short-term rentals, it can be tough to nail down exactly what advice is current and worth following.

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