Finding Adsense Keywords with Highest Cost Per Click

Google Adwords KeywordsIf you are using cost per click advertising networks like Google Adsense as a way of monetizing your blog, I know you will definitely agree with me when I say one of the utmost goal of every blogger is to increase CPC (Cost Per Click) and CTR (Click Through Rate).

These two work hand in hand and even though you are able to increase your CTR but your CPC remains low, you are most likely not going to reach your target.

Google Adsense and other advertising networks use CPC, eCPM (Effective Cost Per Mile) and CTR (Click Through Rate) to determine how much money you earn from each click.

Here is an example of how earnings per click are calculated. Let us assume you are getting paid $0.02 per click (Cost Per Click). If you are getting a total of 20 clicks with a 3% CTR your earnings will be ($0.02 x 20 =$0.4) per day.

If you increase the CTR to 5% and the CPC to $0.2. The higher CTR will most probably increase your total clicks further and since you have higher CPC, your earnings will now be much higher – ($0.2 x 25 clicks=$5).

Now, let us assume that there was no change in your CTR, you will earn ($0.2 x 20 clicks = $4) . From this example, you can clearly see the importance of having a higher CPC. Even if you CTR is low, you earnings will still increase but it would be much better if you would increase both the CTR and CPC.

From the above examples, you can see both CPC and CTR are importance when it comes to determining how much money you earn. In summary, you must work towards;

  • Writing quality, unique targeted contents (contents with high paying keywords) – to increase CPC
  • Increasing your blog traffic and
  • Increasing your CTR

In this post, we look at how to find the highest Adsense CPC keywords using Google Adword. If you already have a Google Webmaster account or a Gmail account, you can use the same to sign in to Google Adword account.

On the Adword homepage, click on Tools –  Select Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner

Click on the first option – Search for New Keyword and Search Group Ideas.

Write the keyword phrase or word that you would like to search for in the product or service field. Select the Category for a more refined search. Select country targeting and average monthly searches or choose a certain time frame, depending on what you want.

In this example, I will be searching for the keyword “Make Money Online” in Blogging Resources and Services category. You can also choose all categories for a more broad search especially for country like Kenya where not so many people use internet for search so often.

Set your target country. My target country is Kenya since I want to know how many Kenyan have been searching for “Make Money Online” in the last 12 months.

Keyword Planner

Once you have filled all other necessary information, click on Get Ideas.

On the next page, click on Keyword Ideas tab. Here you will be able to see how many people are searching for that particular phrase in a month. How many advertisers are competing for that particular phrase and suggested CPC.

Keyword Search


In our example, there are 590 Kenyans searching for that particular phrase per month. Suggested bid is $0.59 and competition of that particular phrase is high.

High competition means there are many advertisers paying to appear whenever someone searches for the phrase “Make Money Online” on Google search engine.

The higher the competition, the higher the cost per click.  If you scroll down the page, you can see a list of many more other related words and phrases.

Now with your list of highest paying keywords or most commonly searched phrases, simply go back to your blog and write a related post making sure you include some of the highest paid keywords that you found.

Finally, generate traffic to your website and you are now ready to start earning some good cash from CPC advertising networks.

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