5 Vacation Rental Blogs You Should Be Reading

Erin Colbert —  February 7, 2013

FlipKey BlogMarketing a vacation rental takes time and energy, and it’s definitely not one-size-fits-all; what makes one property shine can fall flat in another corner of the world.

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To expand your understanding of vacation rental marketing, as well as the highs and lows of being an owner, go right to the source with five of our favorite vacation rental blogs.

Vacation Rental Marketing Blog

Find him on Twitter: @bookmorenights

Matt Landau’s straightforward writing style and hands-on approach to vacation rental marketing have made him an industry expert and guest blog contributor to popular sites like HomeAway and FlipKey. He’s owned and operated vacation properties in Panama for six years, and isn’t afraid to share what’s worked for him — or what flopped. Recently he wrote about the story of an owner who created a name and logo for their vacation rental.

Cottage Blogger

Find her on Twitter: @cottageguru

Heather Bayer knows the ins and outs of running a successful vacation rental. She’s managed properties from afar, and at one point owned and rented five cottages; now she has her own rental management agency in addition to renting a cottage. She shares everything from lessons learned during her own travels, to technology and security considerations. She’s also just launched the Vacation Rental Success podcast.

FlipKey Blog (category: Advice for Owners and Managers)

Find them on Twitter: @flipkey

FlipKey is one of the leading vacation rental listing sites, and they also share excellent information on their blog. Guidance that’s tailored to owners and managers isn’t published frequently, but what they offer is always solid. Recently they considered vacation rental trends for 2013.

Rent More Weeks

Find them on Twitter: @rentmoreweeks

The folks behind the do-it-yourself “Marketing Makeover Guide” and follow-up “Creating a Portfolio” Guide also publish a blog that’s a helpful information resource. Main writer Alan Egan regularly delivers advice that’s straightforward, to the point, and offers clear takeaways to help you improve your marketing efforts. Recently he offered ideas for attracting more bookings on short notice.

Vacation Rentals: Regulations, Standards and Practices

Find them on Twitter: @vrregulations

Rules can be confusing when it comes to vacation rentals. Writer Doug Coates makes it easier to figure out what’s going on. Coates owns a small vacation rental business in Oregon and has been actively involved with governments and other organizations since regulatory issues started increasing around 2003. Earlier this month, he blogged about increased competition for owner-run vacation rentals from Wyndham Hotel Chain.

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Erin Colbert

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Marketing at MyVR.com. I help vacation rental owners improve their online marketing efforts and get more inquiries & bookings as a result. You can find me on Twitter and Google+.
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3 responses to 5 Vacation Rental Blogs You Should Be Reading

  1. Hi Erin

    Thanks for the shout out! I would love to do an interview with myvr for the podcast. Let’s set something up for later in February.

  2. You may also be interested in our blog, metrosetter.wordpress.com — we’re mostly news-focused, though.

  3. Hi Erin !

    Good Information. I have saved the lists you have given for future reference . There is one property site that I found few days back so I thought of sharing it. Previewstay is one such site where I loved the idea of staying in the place before I want to buy it and also searching the property in my fav spot was easy enough as I able to locate things there.