Villa-Owners ! ... how to set up a free listing for your Greek Island villa on this villa-rental site, 'www.SkiathosGreekVillas.com' operated by Vivienne and Kevin James.
Searches for 'Skiathos Greek Villas / Rentals' are now coming up on 'Google' page 1, so we can start to offer owners of villas similar to our 'Orchard Villa', the possibility to advertise free (until 2021) on the site (provided owners reduce any prices inflated on other sites to cover the site's fees or commissions).
'Bottom-line' - see 'How it works' below ... you contact us, and we set up and maintain your advert (free) as below. Note - we do this because the site is designed not to be 'owner editable', so we can customise the SEO* to include each villa listed.
* Search Engine Optimisation (for better results for Google etc. villa searches
Holiday-makers searching for villas contact you directly, using either the (free) site messaging system, or contact information you ask us to display in your advert.
To request a listing now, or just find out more, click ⇒ "Enquiry" to send us a message like "Please call me about a villa listing", and we will get back to you.
... and to assure you of the site's impartiality: until it started to achieve satisfactory 'Google' results - as it now has, see below - we listed only our own 'Orchard Villa'. This has slightly influenced some of the generic 'Skiathos' content on the site, but this will be adjusted if necessary as more villas are listed.
The story ...
We set up 'SkiathosGreekVillas.com' when the previously excellent site we used since 2005 ('Owners Direct' / 'O-D') was taken over by 'HomeAway' / 'H-A'.
H-A charged villa tenants and owners various fake 'service fees', and imposed its own rental conditions on them - as well as still charging owners for the advert. (details - see 'Fair Pricing').
'H-A' eventually took down the 'O-D' site, and tried to have all the owners transfer to the fee-charging H-A site ... and at the same time, H-A still divert web searches for "Owners Direct" to an advert on the 'H-A' site which claims "O-D is now H-A" (OK, true) - and that "nothing has changed" - very untrue!
But now - after much SEO effort! - our site 'SkiathosGreekVillas.com' comes up as a 'Google result' (that is, a clickable link to our site) as follows:
- As a 'Result' on Google page 1 for search keywords 'skiathos' + 'greek' + 'villa/s' and 'owners' **+ 'direct'** + 'villa/s' + 'skiathos'
- As a 'Result' on Google page 2 for search keywords 'skiathos' + 'villa/s'
So now we can now offer owners with quality villas similar to ours, the possibility to list on our site (first for villas on Skiathos and nearby, then for other islands).
** The 'O-D' result is v. valuable for you, because many former 'O-D' villa searchers still look for for the 'O-D' name
Our site also comes up if a searcher 'Googles' your own villa name listed on our site - but that's useful only for past guests who already know you, and not for new business.
We offer you a free villa-listing advert until the site starts to create bookings for you. You can then choose to continue with a subscription of probably €150 per year, which includes all the free website advertising services described below, and the licence fee for the site-builder software.
The only condition is - your prices must be as in your price chart, with no 'cut' or fees taken by you or us, or any other site your advert recommends to use.
How it works
Enquiries to the site can come direct to to you or be forwarded as below; and if you wish, your advert can show any of your name / tel.no. / email address / own-site URL. We and the site will not accept or arrange bookings for you - the rental contract, conditions, and payments are all made solely between yourself and the renter subject to the 'no-fee' terms below.
Set-up and Maintenance
We set up and maintain www.SkiathosGreekVillas.com using a site-builder from property-rental specialist "PromoteMyPlace.com" for a small licence fee (we pay).
We (Kevin) set up your advert on the site at no charge, according to instructions from you as villa owner or manager.
We can copy material from your advert already on another site, or use new text and photos from you (preferably as scanned/emailed attachments).
(note - you cannot access our site yourself - nor can your guests, e.g. to register unmonitored reviews!)
You can either have our site send 'Enquiries' direct to you; or we will act as a (free) 'post-box' and forward them to you to arrange bookings direct.
(but we will not accept bookings or set up rental contracts on your behalf - we do not act as a booking agent in any sense).
We revise/edit the advert free according to your instructions and info - including updating your availability/bookings/prices calendar.
* We will configure your advert's SEO* as provided by the PMP software, and offer you free advice or editing for the advert to take best advantage of it.
* Site-Engine Optimisation - for Google etc. searches