Making money online can be quite hard, especially if you are looking to monetize your blog solely via ads.
To be a successful Adsense publisher you need a lot of traffic but you also need that traffic to engage with the ads that are being displayed on your site.
The adsense CPC that you get paid will depend on the topics that you write about.
In the world of blogging, you can either write articles that will compete for clicks that will pay a few cents or be strategic and write content that will pay the big bucks.
If you are serious about making money online with Adsense and building a successful business, I suggest you target these top paying keywords and industries.
I broke down this post by:
Because the companies behind the ads have a high customer value and can afford to spend a few hundred bucks to acquire a customer. It all boils down to their business economics.
Let’s run through a hypothetical example.
In addition to picking the best niche for adsense, you also have options as to which ad type to show. The options are: 1) text & display 2) matched content 3) in-feed and 4) in-article.
In my own experiments, I’ve found higher click through rates with native in-article ads. Those ads perform the best on any of my sites.
The in-article ads will naturally blend with your content and display midway through your blog post. I like these types of ads because they are contextual and usually receive a good amount of clicks.
Sidebar ads are not as good since we are already trained to tune them out.
Adsense Auto Ads take advantage of machine learning and place themselves automatically on your site where Google thinks they will perform well.
Google has been testing the Auto Ads feature as a beta since September of 2017 and recently (early March) released this feature to everyone.
Since Google has millions (if not billions) of sites to test, they will most likely be better than you or me when figuring out the right type and placement of the ads.
The only downside of this is that you won’t have much control of how many ads are shown or where they are placed, which if you are picky, might annoy you.
To set up Auto ads on your site, follow these steps:
</head>tags of each page where you want to show Auto ads. If you’re not sure how to do this, see Google’s Code implementation guide.
Here are other high paying keywords that you can target in your blog posts
If you are looking for exact top paying keywords such as mesothelioma which pays $1000+ per click, you can check out the list compiled of 1M+ adsense keywords by GrepWords here. For instance, they reported the ultimate top paying keyword “mesothelioma survival rates” at $1006.56 per click.
Here are a few of my favorite top paid keywords per industry found through SEMRush (data for 2017 and 2018):
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that lines the lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs, and unfortunately can’t be cured. Nevertheless, treatment can help reduce the pain. People that contracted mesothelioma did so at their jobs so that is why you see searches like “mesothelioma attorneys”, “mesothelioma law firms” and “mesothelioma compensation”.
This is a very competitive keyword set so unless you can outrank WebMD and MayoClinic, I suggest you look for other industries.
|mesothelioma attorney houston||30||55.72||545.84||0.74||109,000|
|mesothelioma attorney california||10||55.3||390.08||0.86||223,000|
|pleural mesothelioma stages||90||71.76||318.44||0.93||148,000|
|mesothelioma lawyer directory||20||63.42||290.34||0.86||212,000|
|mesothelioma lawsuit settlements||110||61.8||276.44||0.85||139,000|
|statute of limitations on mesothelioma claims||90||53.98||274.07||0.82||64,000|
|lawyers for mesothelioma||40||58.43||265.92||0.86||537,000|
|mesothelioma settlement fund||40||59.3||257.12||0.82||262,000|
*Competition of 1 means highly competitive.
Being a lawyer must be nice. You get to dress in a suit (which I love) and you also get to afford to spend exorbitant amounts of money for website traffic. Not too shabby.
|car accident lawyer moreno valley||90||52.02||584.44||1||112,000|
|ft lauderdale car accident lawyer||10||48.18||566.17||1||267,000|
|auto accident lawyers in chicago||90||59.03||542.95||1||2,280,000|
|car accident lawyer ny||30||53.89||508.62||1||1,320,000|
|car accident lawyer in phoenix||20||55.27||504.53||1,070,000|
|california motorcycle accident lawyer||30||47.51||475.78||1||5,410,000|
|car accident lawyer augusta||90||44.3||463.71||1||416,000|
|car accident lawyer in fort lauderdale||50||47.13||462.97||1||1,110,000|
|personal injury lawyer ft lauderdale||10||43.06||429.36||1||860,000|
|dallas truck accident lawyer||90||49.67||426||1||721,000|
In this list you will find a mix of people looking for Physicians and people looking for a PhD program.
|can you sue a doctor for wrong diagnosis||40||70.83||250.96||697,000|
|doctorate in security||70||74.61||189.19||1||25,000,000|
|doctor after car accident||40||60.59||136.95||1||29,200,000|
|doctors car insurance||10||66.17||128.46||1||3,100,000|
|car accident doctor atlanta||70||43.8||122.42||1||762,000|
|business doctoral programs online||30||73.19||118.19||1||1,810,000|
|best doctoral programs in education||30||77.26||114.31||1||11,000,000|
|top online doctoral programs in business||10||71.32||112.46||1||995,000|
|educational leadership doctoral programs online||20||81.12||108.97||1||734,000|
I thought attorneys and lawyers were the same. Guess I was wrong.
Here are some other keywords pertaining to attorneys:
|personal injury attorney cape coral fl||70||44.08||573.71||0.79||302,000|
|accident attorney rancho cucamonga||90||46.05||548.48||1||71,000|
|mesothelioma attorney houston||30||55.72||545.84||0.74||109,000|
|truck accident attorney san antonio||50||47.2||432.95||0.85||703,000|
|motorcycle accident attorney orange county||30||52.34||404.05||0.83||2,180,000|
|auto accident attorney colorado springs||70||51.94||396.78||0.66||280,000|
|accident attorney riverside ca||30||43.12||390.88||0.51||331,000|
|mesothelioma attorney california||10||55.3||390.08||0.86||223,000|
|phoenix accident attorneys||20||54.24||358.08||0.71||1,500,000|
|louisville accident attorney||20||46.44||345.62||0.63||674,000|
I threw this one in because the crypto space is just so hot right now. These keywords are not the highest paying on my article roundup but I expect their cost per click to rise in the coming years.
Aside: I personally just love blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Actually, I love it so much that with my company Flux Ventures we launched an entire division just to buy and sell bitcoin and alt-coins.
|bitcoin merchant account||20||56.02||64.32||0.87||217,000|
|bitcoin merchant services||30||62.35||33.24||0.87||336,000|
|bitcoin mining cloud computing||10||66.05||32.65||0.73||604,000|
|buy bitcoin australia||30||52.36||21.47||0.32||783,000|
|buy stocks with bitcoin||50||83.4||21.08||0.46||6,010,000|
|software mining bitcoin||10||65.75||18.19||0.62||936,000|
|bitcoin mining gpu||70||71.59||18.19||0.36||696,000|
|buy stock with bitcoin||30||81.94||17.59||0.48||64,000,000|
|bitcoin stock chart||210||73.86||16.24||0.09||–|
|how to invest in bitcoin stock||50||77.64||16.16||0.71||1,060,000|
The insurance companies surely make a killing from those outrageous premiums they charge us. Otherwise how could they afford all those TV commercials and these crazy spend on Adwords? If you are in the insurance blogging space, kudos to you. You’ve picked a winner.
|compare car insurance||70||78.04||469.12||1||5,720,000|
|auto insurance troy mi||10||66.48||420.29||0.84||1,080,000|
|car insurance comparison quote||10||77.7||342.54||0.88||2,400,000|
|cars with cheapest insurance rates||40||85||316.47||0.89||3,200,000|
|best learner driver insurance||10||67.65||300.26||0.77||830,000|
|insurance quotes young drivers||10||76.73||299.63||0.94||6,490,000|
|automobile club inter-insurance||20||84.42||299.49||0.81||783,000|
|car insurance personal injury||10||82||298.54||0.95||2,210,000|
|auto insurance conroe tx||40||69||298.08||0.82||443,000|
|auto insurance philadelphia pa||170||63.03||293.14||0.48||1,330,000|
And lastly, how could I forget this…
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you are most likely interested in all things online marketing / SEO so this list is for you:
|digital marketing degree florida||30||77.4||100.48||0.96|
|online courses on digital marketing||10||73.88||92.38||1|
|digital marketing certificate programs online||20||80.74||87.56||0.91|
|digital marketing course review||20||67.72||85.6||0.9|
|internet marketing classes online||70||74.36||83.93||1|
|courses on online marketing||10||72.8||83.63||0.73|
|online marketing education||30||75.65||80.56||0.91|
|email marketing wikipedia||10||79.3||76.14||0.71|
|digital marketing degree course||20||75.56||72.71||1|
|digital marketing classes online||30||73.78||70.72||0.94|
|seo marketing company||90||57.52||58.44||0.65|
|search engine optimization articles||20||78.13||58.32||0.54|
|types of seo services||50||44.34||53.13||0.86|
|search optimization companies||10||61.61||48.65||0.83|
|search engine optimization marketing services||10||60.4||44.83||0.59|
|fitness showrooms stamford ct||10||76.54||138.6||0.3||22,000|
|fitness barre cranberry||30||76.41||72.41||0.89||371,000|
|fitness center software||10||54.49||67.1||0.81||4,240,000|
|fitness gym software||40||50.54||63.03||0.56||24,100,000|
|fit online classes||10||64.82||59.65||0.39||381,000,000|
|rpac group fitness classes||40||84.79||57.8||0.1||–|
|fitness management software||10||52.8||52.73||0.56||17,100,000|
No worries, you can find all these keywords (and more!) by going into SEMRush and clicking on Keyword Analytics > Phrase Match (or Related Keywords), typing the keyword(s) that you want and then sorting by cost-per-click.
Here are other ideas to do keyword hunting.
Now, onto my favorite part. The bonuses.
Aiming for the right countries can really skyrocket your adsense earnings. Here are the top 10 countries to target:
|No.||Country||Avg. CPC ($)||Max. CPC ($)||Avg. CTR %||Average RPM ($)|
|1||United States (US)||0.40 – 2.3||>50||2-3||2.04|
|2||Canada||0.50 – 2||>30||2||1.83|
|3||United Kingdom (UK)||0.10 – 1.6||>19||1-2||1.37|
|4||Germany||0.40 – 1||>11||1-3||2.62|
|5||Thailand||0.30 – 1||6||2||1.6|
|6||United Arab Emirates (UAE)||0.15 – 3.1||11||4||2.07|
|7||Japan||0.20 – 0.85||4||3||2.44|
|8||Switzerland||0.20 – 1||6||3||2.35|
|9||Italy||0.10 – 0.50||3||1-3||0.73|
If you take a look at this chart, you will notice that most of the countries in this list are first-world countries.
How do you target a particular country in your blog?
The easiest way is to blog in their native language. To get visitors from Canada, US, UK or australia, your blog must be in English. Similarly, write in German if you are looking for people from Deutschland.
You may also change your targeting settings under Search Console.
As a publisher, you have a good amount of control as to which Ad Categories you want to show on your site.
If you are trying to raise the CPC, RPM or CPM of your Adsense ads, then I suggest you take a look at your ad performance and start blocking categories that are not paying well.
Here’s how you can do that.
A word of caution: Don’t block too many categories or else you will significantly reduce the bid competition and will start driving your revenue down.
You can always run an Experiment (found under Optimization > Experiments) and see if blocking your ads yields more revenue or not.
You can also test if showing 50% of your total ads vs. 100% of ads yields more revenue.
Google Adsense experiments typically last for 30-40 days, up to 100 days (depending on your experiment and traffic).
For instance, I am running the experiment of blocking certain categories, and as you can see below I already started to see some good results (unfortunately Adsense policies prevent me from sharing the exact numbers).
What if you could view which keywords gets your competition the most clicks and revenue?
I’ll show you how I do it.
The process is very simple and uses SEMRush.
All you have to do is:
Once you do this process with 3-5 sites, you will have a good set of keywords that you can target. (By the way, you can hire someone on Fiverr to write average articles for you so you don’t have to actually spend time doing it.)
Did you know that Google already provides you with the keywords that you rank for?
What if you could optimize your existing blog posts to target even better keywords?
Instead of spending tons of hours writing a thorough post, you could use update an old one and pick juicier keywords.
As you can see this last trick will yield keywords that might not be applicable to your blog post. In my case, “mesothelioma lawyer directory” does not apply to this specific post so I will just ignore it.
However, it will also find keywords that I am already getting impressions like “top paying keywords” but for which I am still ranked on page #2. The secret here is now to extend my existing blog post to include that new keyword so that my page gets bumped to page #1.
Pro tip: You can also sort by Volume or competition to find other hidden gems.
I don’t know about you, but 100 bucks a day on ads sounds like a good passive income to me ($3k/mo).
Let’s run some calculations to see what it would take to make $100/day on Adsense.
First, some assumptions.
With these numbers we can now calculate how many visitors we need to earn our target amount.
The formula is = Visitors * CTR * CPC + Visitors/1000 * RPM
So with 15,000 visitors per day we obtain around $100/day on Adsense.
(15,000 * 1% * $0.5 + 15,000/1000*$2 = $105/day)
But how do you obtain 15,000 page views per day? Is that reasonable?
Yes, it is reasonable. To do that, you can either
I hope you found this list of high cost-per-click keywords useful.
I also hope you liked the strategy to find keywords that your competitors are getting money from. If you want additional tools to find keywords, head to my SEO tools list.
Building a high grossing blog is a combination of picking a solid niche, doing SEO on your articles and having fun while at it.
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This post was last modified on March 19, 2019 1:50 am