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    Aaltje B.

    This is a serious question for fluff from the forum. He is an experienced host and knows his stuff.  What do you think? 

    Greetings,

    Aaltje B. 

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    fluff

    To clarify...

    The property in question "Mhlati Guest Cottages" is back on BDC, verification is complete, accommodation has been set up on extranet and is available to book with both rates and allotment correctly set?

    I tapped in your property name and was redirected to a list of properties in your area with "Selati..." at the top. This leads me to think that your relisting is not complete for some reason?

    I'm not sure how this list is derived because if I enter your area as a search the list is completely different. Is the Selati the next nearest hotel to you of a similar rating?

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    fluff

    other search...with the 'Selati..." appearing about half way down the list and your property is not present.

     

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    Cottages

    Hi Fluff, I typed in my guest house name Mhlati Guest Cottages, as a friend said he couldn't find our website. The immediate ad is for booking.com and mentions selati.i subsequently are registered with booking.com as you have seen to alleviate my problem. Type Mhlati Guest Cottages in Google bar and you are immediately linked to booking.com before I registered. The ad link shows selati 103. I find this unscrupulous as it leads people away from establishments previously not linked to booking.com.

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    Cottages

    I can attach the screenshot I took yesterday morning clearly showing Mhlati Guest Cottages but linking to BdC advert.

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    fluff

    It's a money-talks world!

    BDC spends a massive budget for being on top of searches. The fact that this property has been with BDC means that links have been created to promote your property and BDC.

    When you cancel your listing, BDC, in their own interest, will create redirect links to take the search to another property in your area that IS listed with them.

    Putting your property in a Google search does indeed bring up BDC as the top advert and therefore top of the results page BUT they have said redirect in place. The same results page shows your property in the right hand panel and therefore your website (nice site and property BTW).

    The only sure-fire way to avoid the redirect by BDC is to make the property bookable again on BDC!

    To answer your original question, in the grand scheme of things, this is not fraudulent, BDC are protecting their search links. Annoying, most definitely! As I said at the top, money talks.

     

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