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Is it possible to drive a stake in that question? Probably not, but let's have a go. Here are some problems that come to mind.
Does the price per click ever enter into a sane AdSense business plan? Of course. After you think about what topics you can create content for, and whether you can get reasonable traffic for them, and whether very many different companies are buying ads that would display for that content, and... all that stuff. It sure makes sense when deciding which of two topics to go after to see which might be paying more per click (even though that's no guarantee of what you'll get).
There's two basic tools. The free Overture bids tool lets you enter a keyword and see what (they claim) people are bidding for that keyword. AdWords has a free tool that also claims to offer some keyword pricing information. Google for "keyword selector tool" to find both of them.
For figuring out how much money you'll make, these tools are pretty crappy. But for comparing whether keyword A would be likely to pay you more than keyword B, they can be useful.
I agree that this would make a great sticky post. But change the title slightly to something like "Short list of Highest-Priced Keywords" and subtitled "Fast track to 6-figure income."
Another thought is that it would be nice to maintain a stockpile of "high-paying" keywords for those types of posts. You know, stuff like "hiccup", "Guantanamo", and "Christmas presents." When someone asks, just throw out one or two and let them go to work building their site.
Actually your whole theory is based on "People judge high paying keywords with Max CPC". The higher the CPC, more the keyword will pay!
I respectfully agree with you here and this is not the way to find out high paying keywords. But questioning the existance of high paying keywords and their genuinity is also wrong here!
Newbies ask for high paying keywords because they like to have a higher EPC and more stable income. Higher epc and more stable income is infact what everbody wants.
CPC is not the only factor that lets you judge what a high paying keyword is. Keywords do exist that are high paying and have more payouts.
When talking of more payouts, I dont talk about higher EPC, I talk about more clicks and more stable income. And CPC never indicates you the stability of traffic, clicks and EPC that you will get.
I have been in Adsense for more than 3 years now and I guess I have enough experience into this. And there do keywords exist that I call "AdSense Niche Keywords"
When people go out for high paying keywords, judge keywords on the basis of CPC, they get burned and the negativity is created. Yes! If the content is created genuinely, around the topic you know, this stability, traffic, clicks and income automatically comes guaranteed. That is where the word spreads "okay! dont get adventureous with high paying keywords and just stick to the content that you know about and you will have a stable income"
Yes! if CPC on a keyword is like $40 but with only 2 advertisers are bidding, obviously you will never get $40. But keywords do exist where like 400 advetisers are willing to pay at an average $0.70 or $1.00 with good number of clicks and traffic! which I guess is a good keyword to target! Most of the people bidding on that keyword bid higher and there are plenty of people who are virtually competing against each other to pay you higher.
Point is, High 'payout' keywords do exist! But newbies cant see it. Only experienced people can see it. Adsense doenst depends upon only CPC. There are many other factors that define the profitability of the keyword. I personally have got EPCs like $0.70 on a stable basis! High paying keywords will give you higher payouts once in a blue moon. Thats why everybody in life experiences some extra ordinary EPC once (like $7.xx is one of the extraordinary click that I got from a 'high payout keyword')
Hope that makes sense
Those newbies are such pests. I can’t believe they would ask about the most profitable keywords.
Maybe there should be a list of questions that are off limit to all those who have less than 10,000 posts. That way we wouldn’t have to entertain such nonsense.
I did like the OPs analogy of Exxon and asking where the oil is. It brought a smile to my fact. But, I have to admit that if I was a new oil company and I saw an Exxon representative the first thing I would ask is – Where’s the oil? I couldn’t help myself. He might laugh, he might point me in the wrong direction or he might just tell me. What I do with the information he provides is the measure of me.
Anyway, maybe those newbies ask those questions because they don’t know what questions they should really be asking. It takes time to separate adsense myth from adsense fact.
Just my opinion.
I am a newbie to adsnese and the first thing I wanted to know were the high paying keywords. I guess this is normal.
Then I realized my website does not have those keywords because it was not designed for adsense.
After 3 months with adsense with $0.05 clicks , I am now up to 0.10- 0.15 per click. I am in a specific niche . When surfers donot find what they want , they move on quickly. Last week , I received USD 0.50 to USD 1.00 per clik for a few ads, that were paying only 0.10 just a month back. I guess smart pricing can be positive also! I have been smart priced upwards! :) or am I too naive?
I guess smart pricing can be positive also!
It sure can be. Of course, you can also see wild fluctuations just due to advertisers entering and leaving the auction, and brand new AdWords users sometimes vastly overpay for keywords until they realize their mistake. It's hard to sort out the effects, especially when you have low traffic and few pages to average out the volatility.
Great post, ronburk. I wish it were a sticky.
I look at it just like I do SEO. It's great to get ranked high for "my main keyword" and it's great fun when I get those rare $1+ adsense clicks. I'm not going to turn any of them away. But my highest traffic pages get their traffic from long tail search phrases and they also pay me the most money $0.05 to $0.50 per click.
I know that it may not be the most "professional" way to do it, but I would rather have sites that interest me. A hot sauce review may not pay as well as a site about mortgages, but it is easier to rank well, and it is a lot more fun to write.
Highest-Priced Keywords for Newbies
Why do I cringe when that question appears?
OK, dude, listen. We knows you are smarts and all. Isn't this forum for sharing all I think? You are having all the high paying keywords but not telling. That is selfish and not good karma. But it is your right. Then you coming here and saying ha, ha, I not telling... that no good.
Why you take so much trouble to tell you not sharing?
I go another forum now. :(
My attempt was a dui web site for a city in the US. It was the best damn web site ever made keyword-keyword-keyword-keyword.NET
ROFL. Anyways, I did not know at the time the Overture was not an accurate measurement of traffic, eventually got to the number 1 spot in MSN and Yahoo for about 2 months before I got kicked to page 3. While I was number 1 got almost zero traffic for my keyphrase. Which goes to show how accurate overture is. Any of you care to share your newb attempts at gaming the adsense system?
You seem to be from my country.
Especially for you , I share my hard work for free .
Cleveland auto accident lawyer
Cleveland auto accident attorney
graphic design chicago
home alarm system
helicopter for sale
All above USD 7 a clik.
I may be a newbie but I am well informed. :-)
Only Junior Members and above should be allowed in! This is almost my 40th post so I'm almost now one of the club! (er...I hope).
Let's keep all those dummies with less than 35 posts out of the good forums. And if any of them ask me for a good keyword, I have one ready, and it begins with the letter F***! :0
Ok, Ok, I'm joking of course. Yes, we newbies are not as well informed as you gurus, but that's why we come here, to learn from the village elders. Of course we will ask dumb questions. I never asked that one in particular, but I'm sure many of mine were not much better.
BTW, how can you discourage lurking if you put the fear of God into a nervous, shaking beginner? Doesn't Brett try to bring people OUT of the woodwork, and not shovel them back there? Isn't THAT what this forum is about?
As my measly post count goes up, hopefully so will my knowledge, and I will try to give some back on this forum.
Oddsod: only a double digit posting count? My goal was just 40, now I need triple digits! The bar keeps going up... :)
Yes, we newbies are not as well informed as you gurus, but that's why we come here, to learn from the village elders. Of course we will ask dumb questions. I never asked that one in particular, but I'm sure many of mine were not much better.
I don't think anybody at WW has a problem with new members joining up and visiting and asking questions in the following sections,
but when new members come out of nowhere and head directly to the "how can I make money" sections, I think it makes others wonder what their true intentions are, making useful content filled original websites or easy money.