I realize I'll have to spend some money on things like LTP and other tools eventually, for now I'd like to use the keyword planner and ubersuggest, etc to learn how to do basic SEO.
I called Google and asked about depositing 1.00 into an adsense fund so it would open up the account and I could see more detailed information in the keyword planner. I also asked about blocking the funds so I wouldn't be clickbombed while I was doing research and figuring this out.
He basically stated that
1) There wasn't anyway of doing that. Once the site is live, if a link gets clicked my funds will get extracted.
2) The only way I could research a niche was to build out a site, put a PPC link on that site, and then the planner would suggest keywords. I asked about researching a different niche while that site was live, and he stated I would have to build out another site, add another link and risk getting click bombed.
Im not worried about the dollar but he's either trying to steer me into an adwords campaign (if I do any PPC in the learning stages it seems Bing would be a better bang for my buck), or he's mistaken. Or as a noob I'm misunderstanding him.
Instead of calling back and getting a second opinion how do you guys keep a dollar in that fund so you can use the keyword planner?