How much will it cost you to get the top spot in the most competitive keyword auctions in Bing Ads – and just what are those keywords, anyway? If you’re in law, insurance, or accounting, you can expect to pay quite a bit more than say, advertisers chasing the top spot for “balloon animals.” That’s obvious, right?
I mean, we expect these highly lucrative industries to be expensive to advertise in. But … podiatry?
It’s true – podiatry and its related search terms are some of the most expensive keywords in Bing Ads. Wicked talented WordStream data scientist Mark Irvine helped us analyze a sample of over 10 million English keywords in the Bing Keyword Tool and we’re releasing the results today in this infographic. (Click the infographic to enlarge.)
Now, keyword prices are going to vary a lot by position; the figures you’ll see below reflect the cost you could expect to pay per click in the top position. We grouped those 10 million keywords into niches, or categories, to give us a better idea of the most expensive types of keywords. Many top keywords within categories are close variations and you can see examples of these pricy keywords listed at the bottom of the infographic.
We did a similar analysis on the most expensive keywords in Google Ads advertising several years ago and judging by the response (it was one of the most popular studies we’ve ever done!) we wanted to give you the same level of insight into Bing Ads.
Well, not really. But they’re certainly indicative of the high value of clients in the legal world. If you want that top spot on Bing for the term “lawyer,” be prepared to shell out up to $109 per click! In fact, the top five terms are all related to law:
This is pretty similar to what we saw in our analysis of the most expensive keywords in Google Ads. The top CPC keyword in Google – Insurance – cost a comparatively low $54.91, but remember that research was conducted in 2011.
In lucrative industries like insurance, the long-term customer value can absolutely make it worth shelling out the $53 it’ll cost you per click to take the top position for “insurance.” Converting customers might be buying a 20-year term policy with monthly payments, so over time that conversion will be worth a lot more than the cost per click. Insurance was the #10 most expensive keyword in Bing.
Legal professionals typically enjoy pretty high margins as well, i.e. charging $300 per hour in a case that could drag on for years. There’s great value in winning that top spot and earning that client, potentially over a long period of time.
This one was surprising: the last term on our top 20 is “podiatry” (foot and ankle surgery) and its related search terms. Clicks on this keyword are going to run you approximately $29 per click.
It’s probably not going to impress your father-in-law, either.
Podiatry’s place on this list seemed surprising for two reasons:
When we dig into the top keyword terms grouped together into podiatry though, we see a trend towards terms around “emr” – “podiatry emr” and “podiatry emr software.” EMR = Electronic Medical Records. Aha!
The broad term/category is misleading – the more lucrative terms are geared towards software for podiatrists. This is where the higher cost per click is justified. If you’re Joe Average Podiatrist, trying to rank for “podiatry,” forget about it. Don’t even chase the top spots on a term this broad. You could be competing with people and businesses coming at it from a completely different angle – one that can afford higher CPCs than you based on their business and revenue structure.
What’s an advertiser to do? If you’re trying to get a top ad ranking in a super competitive and crowded industry, try these tactics to better target your market and shave your CPCs down to a reasonable level (these tips work on Bing Ads AND Google Ads!):
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