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Keyword Research Tips -- Write About Topics that Earn Money

By Edited Feb 20, 2016 6 12

Keyword Research

What is Long Tail Keyword Research?

Keyword research is one of the most important aspects of ranking in the search engines. Keyword  research is when a writer researches competition, trends, search volume, cost per click, and other bits of information about a keyword phrase or topic idea. Keywords are the main term and the focus of the article. For example, this article focuses on the main keywords are keyword research and choose keywords. All writing breaks down into a main keyword, two word keywords, and three word keywords. Long-tail keyword research is the process of researching a board topic to make it more focused. Long tail keywords usually end up as a three or more words string.  Long tail keywords are more specific, usually have less competition, and often convert better into Amazon affiliate sales or Adsense revenue (ad clicks). 

Online writers use a lot of terms.  Some mean more than others.  Examples are  search engine optimization (SEO), keyword research, keyword density, page rank, on-page optimization, and others.  All of these are necessary pieces of earning online and placing high on the search engines. New writers have a lot to learn.  The learning process ebbs and flows with internet and Google algorithm changes.  Over time writers learn and become their own experts on what works.  Take time to read online writers and keyword research companies talk about keyword research.  Keyword choice is very important and takes practice just like any other skill. Learn why keywords have earning potential. Hone that skill for writing online. Writers can land the first page of Google, but if an article does not have optimized keywords--keywords that support the promise of the article title--the click-through rate (CTR) reflects it (low ad clicks).

How to Choose Earning Keywords and Topics

Writers must use some keyword research to increase Adsense earnings, on InfoBarrel or other sites. Choose an article topic and pull out the keyword phrase(s) that best describe the topic. Write the article in a way that supports the keyword phrase.  Use keyword research tools to check the competition, but be wise during keyword research.  Keyword earning potential does not mean to fall into the trap of writing solely for the top paying Adsense keywords or high Cost Per Click (CPC). Researching keywords to find the highest CPC keywords for quick money rarely works.  

The highest paying keywords ($50+/CPC) have a lot of competition. For many of these top paying keywords there are skilled SEO companies and individuals writing copy to place high on the SEs. There are others making it their business chasing the top paying keywords. These keywords are highly competitive because of the high CPC. Equally important is the fact that many of these keywords topics are informational. On information topics your readers are there for information. They often read and go. They rarely read and click an ad. Even when you get traffic to your high CPC keyword articles the CTR is low because the reader is does not need more information. This is true if you have optimized your article for a high paying keyword or for cheap keywords.

Pick Keywords with Earning Potential:

Keyword choice makes or breaks your online writing. Since choosing keywords and topics with earning potential was the most difficult concept for me here is an example from my articles. In September 2010, I wrote some Halloween articles. On a hunch I wrote about Lady Gaga costumes, but did not use any keyword research. I was surprised when hundreds of views started came very quickly and steadily. By the end of October 2010 that article has over 5,500 views. It was published and live on Google just over a month. It earned money and was my top viewed October article. Even with the highest views its keyword earning potential was very low. It did not make nearly as much money as you'd expect with over 5,500 views in 1 month. Why?

Here are a few main reasons:

  1. Readers wanted information. They took it and left. Sometimes they clicked ads.
  2. It was a very low paying keyword with low earnings potential. The earnings potential was low because the likelihood of readers being interested in the ads was low. Although ads were related they were not necessarily useful so they were not enticing.
  3. Advertiser competition was low. Do keyword research and choose keywords, but part of earning money is advertisers. Advertisers pay for the ads and they have a budget. You are paid a percentage when a reader clicks on an ad. If there are only a handful of advertisers then the ad rotation gets stagnant. Without a good variety of ads the earning potential is low. Consider Chitika earnings. The #1 reason Chitika earnings are low is lack of advertisers.

I am very proud of that article even though the CTR was low. It was a success. Between it and one other article, I brought in 10,000 views in about 5 weeks. With that many views there were things I did right with the keyword choice and topic. Long tail keywords brought traffic. Had I done just a small amount of keyword research before writing that article I would have earned more money, increased traffic, and had increased conversions. A major keyword research concept to consider when you choose keywords and topics is earning potential. That article had higher earnings potential, but readers wanted to know how to make something when I wanted to sell them something. A key point is to learn what makes readers want to click an ad. Who is your audience? Ads are your money. Figure out how to please readers and effectively use keywords research and you will increase InfoBarrel earnings.

Keyword Research: Choose Keywords for Best Pay Per Click

The goal of keyword research is picking keywords that will result in the best pay per click for you. The best pay per click is not always the highest paying keyword. Making money online is about balancing multiple concepts for success. Write about specific topics rather than broad categories. Do this by narrowing down a topic into a more specific direction so you can gain more traffic. Remember long-tail keywords. Doing keyword research to pick keywords with the best pay per click does not mean highest paying. It means the best PPC you can get for where you are writing. Consider page rank, competition, SEO, earning potential, advertisers, and you will find your best pay per click keywords.

Keyword research and SEO concepts can be transferred to your own website. Often, folks are eager to get their own site thinking they will make more money there than at a site like InfoBarrel, Hubpages, or other revenue share sites. When you do buy your own site use keyword research to pick a domain name and niche. Getting a site through iPages is the cheapest and best web host and saves a lot of money. However, do not venture out to your own site too soon. It is best to stay writing at a site like InfoBarrel or Hubpages until you get earnings up to several hundred dollars per month and then invest in your own website.

You can earn money online with Google Adsense, Chitika, Amazon, Kontera, affiliate marketing and other types of revenue. Keyword research and choosing keywords with earning potential is part of all of these revenue sites. Focus on practicing one of these areas before diving into others. Consider whether you will make more money being a little good at a couple areas of online revenue or excellent at one that can translate into earnings at other sites, including your own. Writers often try taking on too much in their eagerness to earn. Practice using keyword research and see the results in your earnings. Internet advertising is a huge billion dollar business. Learn it and you can have a piece of that money pie.

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Nov 1, 2010 11:21am
This is a very easily understood article for anyone wanting to learn more about keywords. You have explained it well. thanks
Nov 1, 2010 2:54pm
Thanks for sharing - I like your detailed explanations - very useful!
Nov 2, 2010 2:06pm
Very informative. I struggle with keywords. Thanks.
Nov 8, 2010 9:57pm
This was helpful to see how high CPC can suck the writer into thinking they will make a lot of money without realizing there are professional SEO people in competition for that high payout.
Dec 20, 2010 1:43pm
EXACTLY, dpeach. I see this all the time and then someone turns around and either doesn't get why they're not earning or getting traffic, etc. Insurance is a high CPC. I'm sure that all the insurance companies have some ridiculous SEO people. Those words are just hard to turn unless you're the company or can find the right 'in' to selling the words.
Feb 22, 2011 2:39am
Dpeach, I was one of those writers that decided to write for keywords that had high CPC. Boy, it is tough for my articles to get notice.
Dec 21, 2010 12:05am
Feb 22, 2011 2:44am
This article is good enough to have as a reference. I wish Info Barrel have a "Save Article" feature.
Mar 28, 2011 12:36pm
Great info...thanks!
Feb 4, 2012 2:34pm
Your advice on when to start a own website is simply great.
Apr 22, 2012 11:55am
Reading for inspiration, thank you. I wish I had read this before starting my own website.
Dec 9, 2012 5:25am
Thank you for explaining this so clearly and well that a newbie can grasp the basic concept. I have a feeling that, as you pointed out, a lot of learning about this is "trial and error". Oh well, I better get to trialing, so I can get through the errors faster!
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