Highest CPC Keywords on Adsense 2018 > Increase Your Adsense CPC Pay

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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. 
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. The adsense CPC that you get paid will be contingent on the topic that you choose to write about. 
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:

  • Top paying Adsense keyword industries
  • Types of ads that pay the most
  • Exact long-tail keywords that have insane CPCs
  • 3 4 Bonuses to make even more money with Adsense

Here are the top 10 highest paid Adsense keywords for 2018 (by industry):

  1. Insurance $57 CPC
  2. Gas/Electricity $54 CPC
  3. Mortgage $47 CPC
  4. Attorney $47 CPC
  5. Loans $44 CPC
  6. Lawyer $42 CPC
  7. Donate $42 CPC
  8. Conference Call $42 CPC
  9. Degree $40 CPC
  10. Credit $38 CPC

↓ keep reading to find the exact keyword phrases that you should target ↓

Why do these Adsense keywords pay so much?

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.

So, how can you profit from this data and rake in thousands of dollars each month?

As you can see, insurance related blog posts will carry a high CPC. So if you write a perfectly SEO’ed article in which you are discussing car insurance companies and are able to get your blog post high on google rankings, you should be getting a good amount of high quality traffic to your site that will hopefully translate into more Adsense revenue.

Which Adsense ads pay the most?

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.
Highest CPC Keywords on Adsense 2018 > Increase Your Adsense CPC Pay
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.  

Pro tip: Use Auto Ads by Google

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:

  1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
  2. In the left navigation panel, click My ads.
  3. Click Auto ads.
  4. On the “Choose your global settings” page, use the controls to select the ad formats that you’d like to show.
  5. Leave Automatically get new formats selected if you want AdSense to automatically add new ad formats to your global settings as they become available.
  6. Click Save.
  7. On the “Place code on your page” page, click Copy code.
  8. Paste the ad code between the <head> and </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.

Bonus Keyword Industries/Niches

Here are other high paying keywords that you can target in your blog posts

  1. Treatment $37 CPC
  2. Software $35 CPC
  3. Classes $35 CPC
  4. Recovery $34 CPC
  5. Trading $33 CPC
  6. Rehab $33 CPC
  7. Hosting $31 CPC
  8. Transfer $29 CPC
  9. Cord Blood $27 CPC
  10. Claim $25 CPC

↓ Don’t forget about the bonuses at the end where I show you how to find the best kws ↓

Which exact keywords pay the most CPC on Adsense?

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 Keywords sorted by CPC

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.

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Competition Results
compensation mesothelioma 10 64.96 568.67 0.91 594,000
mesothelioma attorney houston 30 55.72 545.84 0.74 109,000
mesothelioma attorney california 10 55.3 390.08 0.86 223,000
mesothelioma compensation 110 64 326.85 0.84 596,000
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.

Top Paying Keywords for the Lawyer Niche

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.

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Competition Results
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 0 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

Doctors keywords CPC Adsense

In this list you will find a mix of people looking for Physicians and people looking for a PhD program.

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Com. Results
can you sue a doctor for wrong diagnosis 40 70.83 250.96 0 697,000
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
rehab doctors 210 59.77 118.49 0 22,900,000
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

Best Attorney Adsense Keywords

I thought attorneys and lawyers were the same. Guess I was wrong.
Here are some other keywords pertaining to attorneys:

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Competition Results
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

Bitcoin CPC Adsense KWs

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.

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Competition Results
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

Top Paying Insurance Related Adsense Keywords

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.

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Competition Results
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

I actually took some of those keywords ^ and launched my site TheInsuranceNerd to attract those high paying clicks 🤑. So far, so good.
And lastly, how could I forget this…

Best Digital Marketing/SEO Adsense Keywords

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:

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Competition
seo explanation 10 73.3 108.42 0.42
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
seo companys 20 59.89 54.77 0.87
types of seo services 50 44.34 53.13 0.86
seo technology 110 72.09 49.29 0.75
search optimization companies 10 61.61 48.65 0.83
seo specialists 210 74.3 45.35 0.61
search engine optimization marketing services 10 60.4 44.83 0.59
seo company 30 59.63 43.01 0.74

Keywords to target if you are in the ‘software for fitness’ niche 💪

Keyword Volume KD CPC (USD) Com. Results
fitness showrooms stamford ct 10 76.54 138.6 0.3 22,000
ea fitness 260 68.9 84.16 0.03 116,000,000
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
apogee fitness 30 69.7 60.03 0.16 420,000
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

Aw man, you still forgot my industry…

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.

Bonus #1: Target these countries if you want to earn 10x more

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
10 China 0.10-0.30 4 1-2 0.9

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.

Bonus #2: Unlock even more revenue by blocking low CPC ads

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.

  1. Go to Adsense and on the left hand column click on “Allow and Block Ads”
  2. Click on “General Categories”
  3. Sort by % Earnings (Ascending). You will now see something like this.
    block low cpc ads
  4. In there you can take a look at which ads are taking a good amount of impressions but generating relatively low earnings. For instance, in this example the “Hobbies Games & Leisure” category is taking 4% of impressions yet just making 0.7% of revenue, so you can block it.

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.

Pro tip: Run Optimization Experiments

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).

Google Adsense experiments block ads

Bonus #3: Steal your competitor’s lunch (aka. find which keywords are driving the most revenue to them)

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:

  1. Find any authority site in your niche. (For the sake of example in online marketing, I will use my own site)
  2. Type that site on the search bar in SEMRush
  3. Scroll to “Top Organic Keywords” and click on “See Full Report”
  4. On that report, sort by CPC.
  5. Voilá, you have a list of potential keywords that you can now use.
  6. Rinse and repeat with other sites that you admire.

Highest CPC Keywords on Adsense 2018 > Increase Your Adsense CPC Pay
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. If you are looking for in-depth articles like this one, hit me up and I will create a whole SEO campaign for you.) 

Bonus #4: Find more high paying keywords using Search Console

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.
Here’s how.

  1. Install the Keywords Everywhere Chrome Extension
  2. Head to the Search Analytics under the Google Webmasters Tools
  3. Choose your website
  4. Be sure to check the Clicks, Impressions, CTR and Position boxes at the topgoogle webmaster adsense keywords
  5. Filter by any specific page that you want keywords to show for: i.e. https://alejandrorioja.com/blog/high-cpc-adsense-keywords/
  6. Since you installed the Keywords Everywhere tool you will see an additional 3 columns on your list, namely: Monthly Volume, CPC and Competitionhow to find high cpc keywords
  7. Unfortunately you can’t sort by CPC so you will have to copy all the data into a spreadsheet and sort it there. I suggest you hit the Show 500 rows at the bottom of Webmaster tools.
  8. I made a Google sheet for you that you can copy (File > Make a Copy..) to sort all your keywords.
  9. Copy and paste all your keywords, and then hit the arrow on the column of CPC and sort from Z->Atop paying keywords adsense
  10. Voila, you will see all the keywords that your blog post ranks for, all ranked from highest CPC to lowest CPC.
    sorted cpc keywords top paying

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.
(Remember that now with the new RankBrain algorithm you shouldn’t target each specific long tail keyword but rather target medium-tail keywords that cover a broader topic.)
Related: Remember you can also show ads on Youtube (here’s a fun guide to Youtube SEO). 

so, how can you make $100 a day with Adsense?

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.

  • You are targeting US readers (as we saw earlier, US ads pay the most on average)
  • Your CTR (click-through rate) is 1% (i.e. 1% of visitors click on ads)
  • Your CPC is $0.50 (your niche is strong but your site is just getting started)
  • Your RPM (revenue per 1000 impressions) is $2

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

  • produce 15 articles that get 1000 page views (hard)
  • produce 150 articles that get 100 page views (much easier)

Conclusion

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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