2017 has been a great year for vacation rentals! Technology has enabled the traditional vacation rental market to move into the buyer and travel industry standard. The “Airbnb effect” has encouraged more and more people to stay and invest in vacation rentals.

With the year coming to an end, our team wanted to take the time to look back and share our most popular posts and resources. We’re sure that 2018 will bring even more direct bookings, but to prepare you for the New Year, here are your favorite, most helpful articles of 2017:

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Long vs. Short Term Vacation Rentals: Here Are the Pros and Cons

Once you decide to invest in a vacation rental property, you have to choose whether you prefer long over short-term rentals. Here are the pros and cons of both to help you with this new adventure!

Case Study: First-Time Vacation Rental Owners Get More Than 50% Direct Bookings

We interviewed Dorothy and Lynn Eppich, the owners of Bitterroot River Ranch, who created their own vacation rental website with Lodgify and received more than 50% direct bookings in their first year.

Vacation Rental Scams: 10 Red Flags for Spotting Hoax Guests

With the rise of vacation rentals, there are increasingly more scams that catch owners off guard to take advantage of them. We’ve listed down 10 warning signs that signal your guest might be trying to defraud you.

10 Most Common Negative Reviews (and How to Prevent Them!)

No one likes receiving negative reviews for their business. Luckily, we’ve identified the steps to follow to avoid problems before guests can even think about writing a negative review.

24 Must-Have Amenities for Every Vacation Rental Home

Amenities can set your property apart from competing vacation rentals or hotels. We’ve listed down some ideas that will help guests love your rental and return again and again!

101 Ways to Increase Vacation Rental Website Traffic

Not sure what to do after creating your own vacation rental website? Here are 101 tips to help you increase website visits and achieve more direct bookings!

5 Simple SEO Tips for Your Vacation Rental Website

We know search engine optimization sounds intimidating, but there are a lot of basic techniques that will help your website rank higher on Google. Follow our five simple steps for better results!

8 Reasons to Create a Facebook Page for Your Vacation Rental

If you’re still not sure whether or not you should get a Facebook Page for your business, these eight reasons will help convince you social media is the way forward!

Top 16 Vacation Rental Marketing Experts to Follow

Whether you’re just getting started or have been marketing your property for years, we’re sure you’re going to appreciate the tips, tricks and hacks you’ll learn from these 16 experts.

8 Tricks to Convert Window Shoppers Into Direct Bookings

Increasingly, travelers are using OTAs and listing sites to check out what’s available, before then Google the same accommodation brand to try to get a better price. Here’s how you can guarantee to convert them!

Vacation Rental Websites: Comparison of Rates and Fees

We created a comprehensive guide with the most important vacation rental websites in the industry, complete with initial listing costs, host fees and guest fees.

7 Airbnb Horror Stories You Won’t Believe Are True

While most Airbnb hosts and owners usually have great experiences with their guests, sometimes thing don’t go exactly as planned. These shocking tales are 100% true!

Top 15 Airbnb Blogs All Hosts Should Bookmark

This really useful list of blogs will help all owners stay in the know and up-to-date with Airbnb and vacation rental industry news.

Optimize Your VRBO Listing With These 9 Tips

Although it’s getting harder to be found on VRBO, our guide walks you through the nine most important things to do to optimize your listing and get more bookings!

How to Write Winning Vacation Rental Listing Descriptions

Potential guests prefer well-written, unique and useful content when it comes to booking a vacation rental over another. We’ve put together the top tips for writing listing descriptions to help get more inquiries.

Vacation Rental House Rules Template to Avoid Guest Trouble

House rules are a must for any vacation rental business owner. If you’re not sure how to write yours, check out our free template!

6 Essential Items for Your Vacation Rental Welcome Letter

Find out what to include in your welcome letter to guarantee all guests have a memorable experience in your vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Business Plan: 12 Steps for Success

We know how hard everything seems when you’re about to start a vacation rental business. To help make things easier, we’ve created a list of the top 12 things to include in your business plan.

Vacation Rental Agreement Template for Total Peace of Mind

Having a rental agreement in place can help ensure owners and guests are on the same level. All owners and property managers can download and adapt this free template as a base!

7 Things to Include in Your Vacation Rental Welcome Book

Not sure what to include in your welcome book? Here’s a free checklist to help you out.

Having a look at our most popular blog posts in 2017, it’s clear that vacation rental owners and property managers are interested in professionalizing their business and improving their overall guest experience.

We’re excited to continue helping owners and managers make the most of their vacation rental in 2018, with tips and advice for everything from marketing to web design, industry updates to property management – and more!

Start the new year with your own vacation rental website!

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