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    Default How Do You Search for a Vacation Rental?

    A couple of questions from somebody thinking seriously of advertising the rental of his condo in Sosua on the internet.

    1. If doing a Google/Yahoo/AOL search for a rental unit for your vacation, what do you search for? Condo rental in the Dominican Republic? Condo rental in Sosua? Vacation Rental in Sosua? Whatever it is, please let me know?

    2. If you have experience with searching for rental units in the Dominican Republic for your vacation, are there any DR condo/apartment rental websites that you always check? If so, which ones are they?

    3. If you have rented a condo or apartment in the DR on the internet, on which website did you find it?

    Thanks in advance for your help with this.

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    I don't know how much traffic it gets in the DR but we always used
    www.vrbo.com (vacation rental by owner). it offers time shares and condos all over the caribbean and florida and other places

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    Your be glad to know Ken that by the end of this month (August) we will have a new rental section, sort of like the real estate section but just for rentals.

    We we had rentals in the real estate section before, they did very well.
    The new rental section will be 100% focused on rentals, so it should do even better.

    We have more DR related traffic than anyone, so I assume it will do well for whoever advertises in the new section.

    We also have a bunch of rentals doing well in the Directory section.
    http://dr1.com/directories/index.shtml

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    nebraskamom, vrbo seems to be a good website on which to have a webpage. It is high up on the first page when you do a google search and I have a friend who has gotten a lot of renters from the webpage she has with them.

    Robert, I'll be interested in seeing what you are offering and how much you charge. For the $300 you are presently charging you can get a webpage on two other popular rental websites.

    There are 3 owners in my condominium with websites or webpages. One is with DR1 and the other two with other websites. Each of those two have a lot more renters than the third.

    Having a separate rental section may make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post

    Robert, I'll be interested in seeing what you are offering and how much you charge. For the $300 you are presently charging you can get a webpage on two other popular rental websites.

    There are 3 owners in my condominium with websites or webpages. One is with DR1 and the other two with other websites. Each of those two have a lot more renters than the third.

    Having a separate rental section may make a difference.
    I hope so

    As you have the numbers on renters, I would like to know how we compare?
    Feel free to post them here or PM me, thanks.

    Post the links of the other websites, I would take a look, I might get some ideas.

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    Default Rental sites

    www.viviun.com is a good rental site.

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    Peters, thanks for input. One of the owners where I am has a webpage on that site.

    Robert, two owners at Neptuno have webpages on websites other than DR1 and they are doing very well. One has webpages on www.viviun.com and www.vacationrentals.com and the other (who has two condos) has webpages on www.realadventures.com and www.vrbo.com plus own website. One owner has a webpage on DR1, but his two condos do not have as many renters as the others do. Right now, if I had to make a decision, I would go with two of these four since they have demonstrated effectiveness and the price for the two would be about the same as is presently charged by DR1.

    I'm still inerested in knowing what websites others use when looking for rentals in the DR because I would like to know if there are websites other than the above 4 that should be considered.

    Additionally, I would like to know what search terms are used when using Google or one of the other search engines to find a rental so that I can do those searches and see what websites are near the top of the list.

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    Thanks for the links Ken. viviun.com is a good site I know they get results.

    I was looking for actual numbers, 5 renters from DR1, 10 from other sites over X period. Then again, I know from experience, not many people keep those type of numbers. It's more feel and opinion than actual numbers.

    Keywords:
    Hundreds of different combinations (clusters) are used by surfers.
    The more on-topic the cluster, the better the conversion to an email.

    If your renting in Sosua, then often "sosua rental apartment" will convert better for you than "dominican republic rental apartment". Sounds obvious, but it's amazing how many people forget this simple rule.

    So look for sites that do well for what you feel is your keyword clusters.

    More...

    - rental apartment in sosua
    - sosua rental apartment
    - beach condo rental in sosua

    etc etc etc

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    Robert, we don't have those numbers. If Neptuno had the websites, we would, but the contacts to the owners from the sites I listed are going to the owners. I just know what I observe. The apartments listed on websites other than DR1 have more renters than those listed on DR1.

    Now Neptuno is thinking about getting its own webpage. To test the waters as to where, we've been using key words like "condo rental in Sosua", "rental apartment in Sosua" and the websites I listed do well, especially Viviun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Now Neptuno is thinking about getting its own webpage.
    It's one thing having a website, it's another thing having traffic.
    95% of the websites created are billboards in the desert.

    Make sure you put more effort and $$$ into marketing the website than making it look pretty

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