For a while I've been using Google's Keyword Tool to research high-paying keywords and their estimate monthly traffic. Normally, what I do is that I look for Low competition keywords with around 1,000 monthly searches, and less than a million results in Google Search, then I look at the Suggested Bid column (in the results returned from the Keyword Tool), before choosing the keyword around which my article will be centered.
My understanding is that, the higher the suggested big amount, the more the keyword is rewarding.
I don't know however if my practice is correct, and if this is the right way to find high-paying keywords related to the subjects I want to write about. Does the Suggested Bid column in Google Keyword Tool results even correspond to that? Is there another tool to calculate appx. how much a particular keyword can pay?
Thanks in advance!
The higher the suggested bid the higher that keyword will pay if you get a click - however that is not how the Hubpages ad program works as we are paid through a different system that pays per view.
Also the biggie that I think you skipped over and have misunderstood....
On the keyword tool is the competition for that keyword from advertisers - so high competition means lots of advertisers are bidding for that keyword so there will be lots of high paying adverts, low means few advertisers which usually means a few adverts and lower payouts.
If you want low competition in the search results you need to actually do the search in Google and look at the competition. If it is made up of .gov and .edu sites, established dedicated sites then you are not likely to get on the first page with a hubpage.....
Thanks. Actually, I'm only using Adsense to monetize my hubs, because I'm in Ghana where there isn't Paypal, so I can't complete my registration to the HubPages Program. Speaking of competition, you have an interesting point. Do you mean I rather have to aim at high/medium competition ads with very few Google Search results (without too many authority sites)?
Yes Isaac, you should aim for the high competition keywords on the tool rather than low so that you know that there will be paying ads for those keywords.
As to the search results you really do need to actually do the search, don't worry too much about the number of results as it is the quality of the sites on that first page that will really dictate how likely you are to succeed. If they are real authority sites then even if your page is better you will still be unlikely to outrank them from hubpages. Also have a look at hubpages itself to see what hubs have already been published for those keywords - unless your hub is significantly better you will also be unlikely to be listed for those keywords.
Thank you LeanMan! That is valuable information I was not aware of. I use the keyword search tool on occasion. I have not reached the point of intricately designing content / context being in a relearning phase. Thus, exploring as isaacasante is I have not begun, again.
However, entering nearer that phase of really thinking through content and context I realize keywords within titles, URL's, and content is paramount. Strategies for that is a quest for the next few months following discoveries for niche writing ideas or the broad stroke of the brush (say a fan or hake brush).
Then as you point out the strategy of finer strokes of detail (a quill or script liner brush) creating the picture's image on canvass is where I will be seeking. This you have shared is a start . . . again thank you!
How are you judging competition? The "Competition" column in the Keyword Tool doesn't tell you how much competition you have from other writers. It's for advertisers, and it tells them how many advertisers want to advertise on that keyword. So, if a keyword has low competition it means few advertisers are interested, which means it won't pay much.
You don't want to go for keywords with very high search volumes because thousands of other writers will be going for them, too - but 1,000 monthly searches is too low.
High paying keywords, like the ones Abdul-Sattarr listed, are a waste of time too. Every scammer on the internet is targeting those keywords so there's far too much competition.
Thanks a lot Marisa! Great insight... I always knew I was doing something wrong... Now the competition column in Keyword Tool is clear to me. How many monthly searches do you think would do? Would 5,000 be okay?
Also, is it better to go for low competition or medium competition (in terms of ads)?
I don't think you've understood me. Explain to me why you think it makes sense to go for low competition?
Hmm, true that I've grabbed more info about this topic, and I've concluded that I have pretty much no reason to go for low competition.
High paying keywords have the lowest search volumes and highest competition among bidders not writers. You want to look for keyword phrases that have high search volume and low search results on Google while you are signed out of Google search. I would suggest results less than 200k and then build a dynamic hub to take the first page.
Don't waste your time on the high paying keywords because you will benefit more from volume of lower paying searches than the 1 or 2 clicks a month you may get on the higher paying terms... also don't look for single keywords, look for keyword phrases. Search your competition to see what terms they are using, what they are not providing, and for ways you can beat them with your content.
Chasing keywords that you think will earn you big $$$ is a no-win strategy: if there isn't already a bunch of webpages competing for that term NOW, there will be as soon as other people using the keyword tool notice and try to cash in on them.
Do you really think you can create useful, rich, knowledgeable articles on those terms that actually help and satisfy the people searching for them?
Do you know that Google has been trying to crack down on "content farm" style pages— pages written to chase search terms— since the beginning of 2011, if not earlier? It doesn't always succeed, but that's its goal, and it's continually refining its algorithm to try and exclude those pages and sites that host them from ranking well in search results.
It saddens me to see, seven years after I first started studying SEO, that people are still asking "what keywords can make me money?" instead of "how can I exploit my own unique knowledge, passions and skills to attract visitors and earn money?"
Figure out what you know, love, or can write amazing pages about. And then use keyword tools to figure out what search terms people who would actually like your pages are using to search for those pages. In other words, don't try to write bestsellers in some genre you don't know, because no one will buy them. Write good books you can write, then use SEO to help your own audience — the people who would love your stuff, if only they knew it existed — find their way to you.
^^^ THIS, totally. I write about topics I am knowledgeable about and experienced in - the result is having many readers, a lot of whom come to my hubs from my websites etc. When you know your stuff; you can write fantastic hubs and content people actually value and over time this increases your traffic and it also makes the internet a better place. I make decent money on my content online and the research I do is minimal and connected to the topics I want to write about.
Yeah, but that's somewhat what I'm doing already... Writing about what I know (with much details and good illustration), and that's the case for my articles here on Hubpages, or on other websites (BleacherReport, GiveMeSport, LiveSoccerTV, etc). I was just looking at how I can earn better by applying the right techniques to research my topics. More like taking chances on the right path, instead of wasting opportunities on the wrong path. But thanks for your input.
Thats a great way to do it and I still have a lot to learn. I had no idea about doing that and wil try it because I sure could do with a boost in traffic and money on my sites.
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Hmm, that doesn't answer my question Abdul.
If you want to earn more from Adsense then you should be having more traffic. Go for high traffic keywords. Don't go for high competitive topics like gadget reviews where there is no chance for us to rank.
Most of your Hubs are on device reviews , don't go for them if you want to rank on Google. There are lot of Authority websites in this niche and Google will give importance to those websites than Hubpages.
If you are good at programming tutorials, i recommend go for them, don't go for Photoshop or other software tutorials which will be competitive.
I do the same! It is certainly better to target 10 keywords with monthly volume of 1,000 than target only one with 10,000 monthly searches.
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