That got me looking at other tools, and I noticed that MS was the premier tool previously, but with the announcement that they will be rolling out a monthly charge and several reports of slow and buggy usage has put a damper on that.
After going through a couple internet marketing guides that dedicate a good portion of their process to using MS, I kind of learned about it through proxy.
I have been looking to improve my keyword research anyway and from the looks of it MS has some pretty sick statistical data that I feel could be useful.
Like I think if you type in a keyword, it will give you a ratio of how many people type in the keyword the way you searched for it versus other iterations of the same phrase to see if the longtail you searched for it the most popular.
I also believe there is a statistic that tries to quantify the competition for a given keyword (which I believe bases competition strength on number of competitors rather than actual strength)
I'm almost looking for a tool that measures not only number of competitors but also stength of the competitors and feeds it to me in some sort of ratio.
Then I'll take a look at the top 10 more closely.
Basically I am looking for more granularity from a tool when it comes to keyword research and wanted to see what you guys suggest.