Google Keyword Planner Updated. Is it still usable??

by sun86
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I just got back into Seo and booted up the keyword planner to find that it now gives estimates of keyword searches instead of precise numbers.

http://image.prntscr.com/image/96ad7...bcde991ebd.png

Any idea if there is an option to revert back to the way it was?
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  • Profile picture of the author sun86
    thats just an example. Type any keyword and the same sort of metrics come up.

    It never use to be like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasontrent
    HA very funny. Today was the first day I tried the Keyword Planner in quite some time and figured I missed some sort of announcement. I couldn't find anything on the web until this thread. Although I can't help I can confirm I am seeing the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    oh snap!

    what the hell is this?

    LOL....

    EDITED: just tried it and nothing has changed for me... maybe it'll take some time before the update gets to Japan.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    It still works. Pay attention to the settings. Worse comes to worse, you might need to do a small buy and set it to inactive.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    Of course it still works. It's the first place I go when I need to do some keyword research.
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    • Profile picture of the author abbeyonline
      Yes it is still working but not like before. Now instead of displaying exact monthly searches figure, it is showing in ranges i.e 10 - 100, 100 - 1,000 e.t.c.

      I think is awful as one can't know exact monthly global or local searches now except you are
      an adword advertiser.



      Originally Posted by tyronne78 View Post

      Of course it still works. It's the first place I go when I need to do some keyword research.
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    • Profile picture of the author Francisco PIW
      Originally Posted by tyronne78 View Post

      Of course it still works. It's the first place I go when I need to do some keyword research.
      It doesn't work as before, the way of reporting results is different and it's having a limit of searches.

      I tell you this just in case you want to check it out.
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      • Profile picture of the author hynds
        Originally Posted by Francisco PIW View Post

        It doesn't work as before, the way of reporting results is different and it's having a limit of searches.

        I tell you this just in case you want to check it out.
        You can use MCC account to manage each child account then the search volume is as normal again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sven300
    For me, it works as usual.

    For example, for the keyword SEO, (all countries, all language, google) I get the following results:

    673,000 / month
    competition: average
    $6.91 CAD

    Do you choose the right search feature?
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    • Profile picture of the author abbeyonline
      I changed all my setting to yours, yet i a still getting this horrible results. Check it out:

      Imgur : The most awesome images on the Internet Is it account or country base (Nigeria)?

      What is really going on?




      Originally Posted by Sven300 View Post

      For me, it works as usual.


      EDIT: Wow! I used a new account that i have never used for KWP before and it works as usual.

      Something weird must be going on on big G side.

      For example, for the keyword SEO, (all countries, all language, google) I get the following results:

      673,000 / month
      competition: average
      $6.91 CAD

      Do you choose the right search feature?
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    Day 2: so far so good. the KWP works as usual
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  • Profile picture of the author mnbv10
    you can try these 2
    market samurai -free trial is gd enough
    long tail pro
    but keyword planner from google is still the best

    To find the actual competitors try
    http://goggle.com>intitle:"your keyword"

    hope it helps
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  • Profile picture of the author sun86
    Anyone managed to solve the mystery yet?
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    • Profile picture of the author abbeyonline
      Yes i did. I used a new gmail account i never used on GKP and i am now getting normal result for global and local monthly searches figures.

      What a relief!



      Originally Posted by sun86 View Post

      Anyone managed to solve the mystery yet?
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  • Profile picture of the author Uchewaf
    That is strange. I never knew the result can be gmail dependent. We keep learning.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Just to clarify something... They were never exact search volumes. They have always been estimates. The range versus just a single number might be different, but they never gave the exact search volume.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Someone with the range data show us a screenshot of the 12 month bar chart span for a keyword. I want to see If Adwords shows the low months and high months.

    Example keyword: seo tool 10k - 100k would be something like July has 10k traffic and December has 100K traffic.

    If that's what Adwords is doing that's still detailed data.

    Might be a PIA for exporting CSV data.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    It still works, in the end it's just a tool and you should only use tools as a reference and not the "end all, be all"
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    change setup in left column from range estimations to estimated montly searches
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  • Profile picture of the author sun86
    alright guys, looks like google just did another sweep. My new account is now showing ranges. Is this the same for all of you?

    If so, what can we now use to do our keyword research?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by sun86 View Post

      alright guys, looks like google just did another sweep. My new account is now showing ranges. Is this the same for all of you?

      If so, what can we now use to do our keyword research?
      Do you actually run Adwords campaigns, or did you get an account simply to use the KWP?

      The ranges are a response to "inactive" accounts, aka accounts where Google isn't making any money. Remember, that IS why they provide the tool in the first place.

      Combine the ranges with trend data, and you'll get as close to actual counts as Google wants you to get.

      Even when they did post an actual number, it wasn't a true, precise count of the number of searches. The best use was always comparative (i.e, "online marketing" vs. "Internet marketing").
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    • Profile picture of the author Sven300
      Originally Posted by sun86 View Post

      alright guys, looks like google just did another sweep. My new account is now showing ranges. Is this the same for all of you?

      If so, what can we now use to do our keyword research?
      When I posted my message in August, everything was normal for me. Now I have the same problem as you, I get exactly the same results as you: ranges rather than specific figures. It is very frustrating.

      It's true that I use only Google Keyword Planner for SEO purposes and I do not spend any money in Adwords. Do people who spend money with Adwords continue to have the precise results we had before?
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Sven300 View Post

        It's true that I use only Google Keyword Planner for SEO purposes and I do not spend any money in Adwords. Do people who spend money with Adwords continue to have the precise results we had before?
        There's a huge difference between "precise" and "accurate".

        Even when the KWP said there were 5,285 monthly searches, that number was never accurate even if it was precise.

        At best, it was a snapshot of an average taken from whichever servers they were taking the data from at the moment. Unfortunately, Papa Google never gave the margin of error.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sven300
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post


          Even when the KWP said there were 5,285 monthly searches, that number was never accurate even if it was precise.

          Then, according to you, what is the best tool to have accurate information about keywords?
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by Sven300 View Post

            Then, according to you, what is the best tool to have accurate information about keywords?
            The only really accurate source I've ever found was my own server logs. Everything else is an estimate at best.

            Not only is Google giving "low spending" accounts ranges of searches, as you've noticed, they're also grouping similar terms and giving net results. There was a recent article on MOZblog (I think) that used the example that if "SEO" got 21,000 searches and "search engine optimization" got 12,000 searches, both would show 33,000 searches per month.

            The problem with most of the tools out there is that they rely on the Google API, same as KWP.
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  • Profile picture of the author sun86
    What else can we use?

    KWP is out of the question. How do you all plan on doing your keyword research going forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sven300
    I've just done a little research:

    Google officially throttling Keyword Planner data for low spending AdWords accounts
    Not a big AdWords spender? You may notice a lack of data in your Keyword Planner account.



    Earlier this week, some marketers noticed that Keyword Planner data was displaying ranged data instead of precise search volume. The ranges were wildly broad, with results like “100K–1M” and “1M+.” Some wondered whether this was merely a glitch or if this was a calculated measure that favored higher-spending AdWords advertisers. Today, Google confirmed the latter.

    At the end of June, Keyword Planner was acting up, and many users got the message that they needed to have an active AdWords account in order to see the data. This, of course, drew the ire of users everywhere......”

    http://searchengineland.com/google-o...ccounts-255795



    So I think it's definitely dead for those of us who do not want to spend regularly on advertising with Google. Frustrating!

    P.S. But maybe we can use http://www.bing.com/toolbox/keywords ?

    P.P.S. I do not feel that Bing can provide generic data based on their search engine. (As did Google Keyword Planning) Bing simply give data based on the activity of our own website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sven300
      Originally Posted by automathings View Post

      How about Alexa's keyword research feature? They have a free 7 day trial.
      I do not know if Alexa is good? I heard that Majestic was valid?


      Originally Posted by Chain lee View Post

      ... because now we can get the exact search volume of any keywords.
      I guess you mean that now we can not get?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chain lee
    I am not happy with this update, because now we can get the exact search volume of any keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Works great if you advertise with them. If not, I'm not sure which tools will work well in the future since so many of them are dependent upon search volumes they scrape from Keyword Planner.
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  • Profile picture of the author mukeshkr5683
    Of course that is sit still working. It's the first place I go when I need to do some keyword research for any website and business. There is many alternative option are available apart from keyword planner that are Google Trends, Majestic SEO Keyword Checker, Word stream Keyword Planner and SEMrush
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  • Profile picture of the author BeingSwaggatron
    Google has started to favor the super-users. Like Return on Investments for those who pay them! Other tools listed by @mukeshkr5683 are choices worth trying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonester
    Google is now restricting access to the data in the Keyword Planner.

    See this article for the info:
    Google AdWords Begins Restricting Keyword Planner Data for Non-Advertisers

    Unfortunately, nothing you can do about it except to advertise with them.
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