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Summary

Vacation Rentals Search Engine

RDFO is somewhat different to standard vacation rentals sites. RDFO is a search engine, rather than a vacation rental listing site. RDFO allows renters to search by location and returns links to relevant vacation rentals hosted either on a standard vacation rental site or on an owner's personal site. Registered properties get priority in search results. RDFO is particularly suitable for vacation rental owners who want to attract renters to their personal site. 

Listings

10,000 plus

RDFO searches more than 10,000 listings, although the number of registered properties is considerably smaller.

Category

US with plans to expand

RDFO currently only searches US vacation rentals, although it has plans to expand internationally. Vacation Rental owners outside the US can join the RDFO referral program for $20 per year.

Visitor Traffic

Low

RDFO is currently building it's traffic, having received approval for a patent on it's search technology. Also, since RDFO directs traffic to other sites rather than it's own listings, traffic will always be lower than equivalent vacation rental listings sites.

Ease of Use for Advertisers

Medium

Set up of your vacation rental property on RDFO is very easy. Because RDFO is a search engine, you only need to enter very basic information about your property ( the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and the url of your personal site or listing on another vacation rental site).

RDFO has a unique referral network that allows vacation rental owners to pass on bookings to other owners. Feedback from owners who have used this system is very positive. (Note : RDFO has a patent pending on their referral network.)

Ease of use for Renters

Medium

RDFO allows renters to search  by location and number of bedrooms and returns a list of relevant properties. The availability calendars are also included in the search results.

Properties from registered vacation rental owners are returned first, including basic pricing information, an email enquiry button and links to the owners site(s).

RDFO also returns vacation rental properties from unregistered owners, although does not provide pricing, email enquiry on these properties.

Cost

 $80/year

RDFO is a relatively low cost option, plus we have a Special Offer for COHR visitors, which includes a free trial period.

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