Practical Ecommerce

The 20 Most Expensive Keywords

Google makes a lot of money from online advertising. In the twelve months ended June 30, 2011, Google made $33.3 billion in revenues. Of that, 97 percent ($32.2 billion) was from advertising.

WordStream, a provider of software for keywords and pay-per-click marketing campaigns, has done research to discover which keywords receive the highest costs per click (CPC) in Google AdWords.

WordStream compiled the data using its own Google Keyword tool to determine the top 10,000 most expensive keywords over a 90-day period. The keywords were organized into categories by theme. The largest keyword categories were determined by the number of keywords within each category, as well as monthly search volume and average cost per click of each keyword.

Here are the top 20 keyword categories that fetched the highest costs per click:

1. Insurance – $54.91 per click

2. Loans – $44.28 per click

3. Mortgage – $47.12 per click

4. Attorney – $47.07 per click

5. Credit – $36.06 per click

6. Lawyer – $42.51 per click

7. Donate – $42.02 per click

8. Degree – $40.61 per click

9. Hosting – $31.91 per click

10. Claim – $45.51 per click

11. Conference Call – $42.05 per click

12. Trading – $33.19 per click

13. Software – $35.29 per click

14. Recovery – $42.03 per click

15. Transfer – $29.86 per click

16. Gas/Electricity – $54.62 per click

17. Classes – $35.04 per click

18. Rehab – $33.59 per click

19. Treatment – $37.18 per click

20. Cord Blood – $27.80 per click

WordStream Keyword Research.

WordStream Keyword Research.

Sig Ueland

Sig Ueland

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  1. allstarjd74 December 8, 2011 Reply

    I remember there was a time when "mesothelioma" was topping $60 a click. This was wayyy back.

  2. KG25 December 14, 2011 Reply

    I too remember the Mesothelioma asbestos phenomena and $200-ish dollars being paid out on long tail related keywords. No real surprises in the top 20 highest costs per click list and it’s financial bias at the top end. Thought there may have been a health, diet or fitness related keyword in the top 20.