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Which are the highest paid keywords or ads in Adsense?
My point is, unless you can provide genuine value to your advertisers and their audience, you won't succeed. Google isn't stupid enough to simply pay out on keywords sucked out of thin air.
[edited by: Scurramunga at 7:32 pm (utc) on Jan. 24, 2008]
That reality is that if everyone could readily get the sort traffic necessary to derive significant AdSense revenue from the highest paying keywords, then everyone would be doing it and it simply doesn't work that way.
The best approach is as has been suggested. Get your feet on the ground first with doing seo and sem for your website(s). Add AdSense following the many good recommendations and insights you'll find in this forum and gain some experience with it. You'll then be in a better position to uncover niches that may warrant developing new sites, if it's your strategy to try exploiting areas where you can generate good traffic and ADSense clickthrus.
It all takes time and patience.
As everyone has said here, keywords *do not* cut it per se, else we'd all be far too rich to talk to you.
(Mr Gates, buck up with my tea, will ya?)
[edited by: DamonHD at 10:18 pm (utc) on Jan. 24, 2008]
Having said that, I don't understand how the content network really works from the advertiser side even though I currently have a couple of small campaigns running. I could be wrong about the way the system charges advertisers.
Eleven years, three websites and counting...still no magic keyword.
Excellent Ann, and to keep it even more in perspective:
Fourteen years, one hundred plus websites and counting...still no magic keyword and currently averaging USD 0.25~0.30 per click although I do get the occasional USD 2.00-3.00.
One other thing to keep in mind if you ever feel like keyword chasing. Think inside the box: there are advertisers who check their conversion rates. The higher the click cost, the more attention they pay to conversion rates.
So say you target some big-money keyword, get #1 in serps, yada yada yada, the first day you're #1, you make $2,000. Yippppee!
"I'm in the money now, wahooo!"
The top advertiser which paid the $50 clicks does his daily AdWords data check and sees your site sucks. Conversions zero.
You just got banned.
No more big clicks for you.
Moral: think like an advertiser.
If it was that easy, and you're not trolling for larfs, can you possibly possibly imagine that everyone else would not already have done it to death. Indeed that's arguably already what has happened.
My take is that it is possible to do well by being original, quirky, contrarian, innovative, expert, engaging, etc: cutting and pasting bogus understanding-free text into synthetic web sites that you don't care about is like all the boring bits of flogging a dead horse.
[edited by: DamonHD at 2:58 pm (utc) on Jan. 25, 2008]
This means 'there ain't no such thing as a free lunch'. If you want a website that provides a good (or even fantastic) consistent income over time, the only thing to do is work at it - work just as hard as you do at any other job, and accept that your chances of a sub-standard income or even failure are quite high.
I'm intrigued by how hard even some of the, um, 'greyhat' operators have to work at making a living on the web. Of course, you could go completely black hat but that needs special skills as well, and has even more uncertain prospects.
That said, many people have a magic solution which will guarantee millions overnight, and are so keen to share it that they stuff my inbox full of unrequested mail on the topic every day. I'll happily forward the information to anyone who wants it. ;)
There are lots of lists of high paying keywords. You can get traffic for them, but it's going to take a lot of time and skill. Think of the competition you're facing.
I happened to pick a fairly competitive topic for my website and it took a long time (think years) before the time spent on the site finally paid off.