How to rank your listings higher in the search results


Updated on Aug 10 • 2 minute read

On HousingAnywhere, listings that appear in the first 5 search pages receive 3 times more booking requests from tenants! Would you like to see your listings in the first search page? In this guide we'll explain how to do it.

We reward the accounts that have the best scores in terms of responsiveness to tenants' enquiries and booking requests. Additionally, the quality of your listing’s details, pictures and videos also affects the ranking.

Factors that influence the ranking of your listings in the search results:

Response rate

The response rate calculates how many enquiries from tenants you reply to. Replying means sending a message back to the tenant, or taking an action such as declining the tenant or sending an invitation to book. Ideally, your response rate should be 100%.

Response time

The response time calculates the average time between receiving a message from the tenant and your reply or action. Make sure that you are answering as soon as possible, ideally within a few hours. The lower the better! It has been shown that there is a direct correlation between the speed of your response and the number of successful bookings. You can read more about response rate and response time here.

Number of successful bookings

The more bookings you have, the better your visibility!

Advertiser’s booking ratio

We calculate this ratio based on the number of successful bookings versus the number of active conversations. You can get more relevant conversations by ensuring that your listing has all the information needed and that your calendar is always up to date. The fastest way to positively influence this ratio is by using the ‘invite to book’ feature.

The length and detail of the property description

Write a complete description informing the potential tenants about the characteristics of each room, apartment/flat, neighborhood area, rental conditions etc. Read our other guide to learn how to write an appealing description and attract more tenants.

Number of photos in the listing

Photos are just essential! We recommend adding several photos of the room(s) and common areas from different angles, in order to find the best perspective and show the room(s) off in the best possible way!

Learn how to take professional looking photos of your property with your smartphone here!

Don’t forget to add a floor plan and video for extra credibility.

If you need some help getting a picture-perfect representation of your property, or you just want to make your listing look even more competitive, we can offer you an affordable full-package service.

Thanks to our collaboration with BOOM Image Studio, you can get professional photos, videos and floor plans which will help you improve your ranking and visibility in the HousingAnywhere search page. Click here for more information.

Your rental price

The more accurately you price your rent, the higher it will be ranked! Check out the HousingAnywhere RentRadar to get an estimate for your optimum rental rate.

3 quick steps to improve your search ranking

1) Make sure to complete your listing with as much information in the description as possible.

2) Make sure you have good quality photos of each room.

3) Make sure you respond to all requests as quickly as possible.

However, keep in mind that the calculations don’t include conversations from the past 7 days, in order to give more accurate, long-term insights to our users.

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