Airbnb just released a beautiful interactive infographic on the local economic impact the company has had on nine cities. If you are considering using content to attract links, for both national and local SEO, this would be a good piece to study.

Airbnb Local Economic Impact

The design is beautiful, but the interaction and “scrollability” is what sets this apart from your typical everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to infographics. It’s also responsive and the different elements work nicely on a mobile browser:

Airbnb Responsive Screenshot

Calling this an “infographic” really doesn’t do it justice. It’s more like a work of art that also has information.

They took an interesting approach with the geo information. With local linkbuilding, you want to drive inbound links to a page that targets the specific geo. The idea is that you get anchor text with the city name (e.g. “economic impact in New York”) which should help all the “New York” pages connected to that page. Airbnb took a slightly different approach. At the bottom of the page, there are links to info about the different cities they studied:
Airbnb Cities Economic Impact

But these link to a single page with anchors for each city like

This allows linkers to link to New York specific content with New York specific anchor text, while links from others to other cities on the same page do the same for those cities, and combined, it all adds up to a lot of links to one page that they then funnel down to different neighborhood pages in those cities via internal links:

Airbnb New York Economic Impact

My only quibble is that the anchored URLs might not be so obvious for some linkers. But all in all a really nice job that is already paying off in high quality links.

Hats off to Dennis Goedegebuure, Airbnb’s SEO master. He is on a content/story-telling roll these days.

Disclosure: I own a small amount of Airbnb stock from my role as an advisor to Nabewise, which Airbnb acquired. Go Airbnb!



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  • Ryan Biddulph  March 26, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Clean design Andrew!

    I’ve been an AirBNB fan for ages. They just seem to do things right, and their backing doesn’t hurt either.

    Nice IG, great site and a powerful lesson.

    Tweeting to my following!

  • Freddie Fulty  March 26, 2014 at 5:42 am

    At first I thought they missed the opportunity by not linking back to their site.

    I reread your post and noted that you pointed out that was your only concern, the links are embeded in the city description. I agree they may have missed a bit of an opportunity there but otherwise this is a beauty.

    Thanks for sharing.