Find Top Paying Keywords for Google AdSense

High Value Keyword List Data for YOUR Business

This video is about more than just generating keywords for AdSense sites, it is about finding the most valuable keywords for any business. But most the people searching for top paying keyword lists are looking for AdSense keyword lists. I wanted to welcome those searchers to this site by making it easy for them to find this post when they search for related keywords on Google (hence the use of AdSense in the page title).

Discover Your Top Keywords

In this video I explain...

Published: January 25, 2008 by Aaron Wall in videos


Average Joggler
January 25, 2008 - 1:52pm


Your videos are getting better every time. I'm really new to this keyword searching/ranking/monetization thing and have found your work helpful. (I bought the book already).

Do you know of any way to search keywords in terms of traffic? That is to say, if I did a query asking "what search phrases had the most traffic in the month of January?" how would I find that?

Thanks. Keep up the great work.

One tip on the videos. In the write-up it would be nice if you could include the running time of the video. Yours are always 5-7 minutes but it's just nice to know at the start.


January 25, 2008 - 2:12pm

Hi Perry
Yeah I have to remember to do that.

So the good news for you is that there are a number of sources for the kinds of data you are looking for. :)

  1. Free: The Microsoft Ad Intelligence tool offers top overall search queries AND top spiky search queries by category OR for the web as a whole. The advanced settings allows you to pick a date range.
  2. Various prices: Wordtracker allows members to download the top 1,000 recent keywords and top 1,000 longterm keywords. They also sell top keyword reports from 10,000 words up to 20 million keywords.
  3. Various prices: Trellian's Keyword Discovery offers top keyword reports as well.
  4. $35/month: WordZe allows members to download last week's top 1,000 keywords or last month's top 5,000 keywords

And then there are more creative ways of generating your keyword lists, like getting category specific terms from Microsoft Ad Intelligence or Search Analytics. And you can also pull the top 100,000 keywords sending traffic to Wikipedia for $10 from Search Analytics...add that to a few other big sites like,,, and market leading sites in other big verticals and you have a fairly comprehensive list for about $100.

January 25, 2008 - 2:32pm

Hey Aaron,

Thanks. You had written about the freeware (or should I say, the freemiumware) that you use to create these screen capture vids - I spent some time going through your archives trying to find the site you mentioned. Do you mind sharing that with me again?


January 25, 2008 - 2:39pm

I use Camtasia. It has a free 30 day trial and then costs about $299. I think there are other similar freeware versions with fewer feature sets too, but have not used them.

January 25, 2008 - 3:57pm

A few months back I was looking for screen capture software for mac, and I noticed that Camtasia didn't have a mac version. (Don't know if they do yet; it's quite possible.)

I ended up finding and being pretty happy with "iShowU" from I used it to make a tutorial for how to fill out a certain tax form, and was pretty pleased with the outcome.

tyler dewitt
January 25, 2008 - 4:21pm

Great post Arron yea I'd have to say Excel is a great tool for doing keyword research with well I use it for affiliates anyways for adwords makes it simple to create long tails and etc.

January 25, 2008 - 6:32pm

If you are looking for something more advanced for screen capture and recording I recommend Adobe Captivate

January 25, 2008 - 7:56pm

Thanks for the video. I have several sites monetizing by Google Adsense and I have to say that it is very unstable in the last days, particularly on January. Some days I have a good CPM, and other days I see an incredible drop on earnings. I think the Adsense guys must be changing something but I don't know what is the reason. Anyway, I continue thinking that Google Adsense is a great way to monetize a website.

January 25, 2008 - 9:40pm

sigh... too bad that plug in doesn't exist for office for mac :(

January 26, 2008 - 7:16am

Aaron, Piper, Flip - Thanks.

I have a mac (regretting the switch from PC). I tried a promising one that I found via Delicious - it used a browser and a javascript app (no need to DL software) but it failed to export my finished video.

Dave Keffen
January 26, 2008 - 9:14am

Hi Aaron

Very helpful post this, thanks...trouble is I've been putting off upgrading to the latest Excel for a while...I think you've just pushed me over the edge.

January 27, 2008 - 2:29am

Feel like the guy on 28 days being the only one w/ penoffice on my desktop. Guess I'll buckle and pick up the real thing.

January 27, 2008 - 4:08am


This video is insightful. You show us how-to leverage multiple services to get a 360 degree view of effective keywords...great job! Would you please provide more videos like the one you just submitted? By the way, I like your SEO video collection as seen on You Tube.

Tip to consider: try out a free service called Splash Cast (just google it) wherein your content (video, audio, text, images) can be broadcast within one player across multiple websites and blogs. Every time you put up a new show, the splash cast player is automatically updated with that show.

Screen capture software note: I just purchased Camtasia Studio 5 after reading through some very detailed reviews. Based on my trial and error, there are some screen capture solutions out there but you may outgrow them very quickly. You may also find limited technical or how-to support. Per my initial review, I was between Adobe Captivate and Camtasia Studio. However, in terms of value, and based on professional reviews, Camtasia Studio is well worth its approx. $300 price point.

Keep up the great work Aaron. Thanks everyone for sharing some of your findings in regards to the screen capture software!

January 27, 2008 - 4:56am

Thanks for the kind comments.

I am a bit leery on most video services because I think many of them might fall off at some point in time. A year ago Bolt was much like many of the other video services and now it is no longer around.

Would you please provide more videos like the one you just submitted?

Not sure how many more topics I can cover pretty well without taking much more time than that one did. I have to think the videos through ahead of time to keep them short.

Organizing the ideas ahead of time can take a couple hours even for a 6 minute video.

January 30, 2008 - 2:28am

Camtasia, iShowU, Adobe Captivate, Splash Cast all these are paid software.

If you are really looking for 100% free software, use Wink. I have used it to create videos. You will find some more better features compare to these while also some compromise as well. Any how it is free.

Directory Maximizer

June 14, 2009 - 11:00am

Thanks Aaron....your stuff is invaluable - oscar wright, rome

July 30, 2010 - 12:56pm

The Video screen looks too small. Contents are very good, though.

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