Is It Me? Or Google keyword Tool??

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I was doing some research on google keyword tool for fun and I kinda realized something. I'm not sure if I never noticed before or if the change is from googles new algorithims.

But when I did some research for a few keywords I noticed that the competition bar was a lot lower than what I remember.

Maybe I have a bad memory or something?

Would googles new changes be showing up on the keyword tools competition rating already?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dillinger411
    Google's keyword tool is good for getting estimates but I think their search volume estimates are inaccurate based on split testing. I would get second opinions from other tools like Market Samurai and analyze the anchor text of competitors before finalizing a keyword list.
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  • Profile picture of the author caksut
    Originally Posted by sportsfan54 View Post

    I was doing some research on google keyword tool for fun and I kinda realized something. I'm not sure if I never noticed before or if the change is from googles new algorithims.

    But when I did some research for a few keywords I noticed that the competition bar was a lot lower than what I remember.

    Maybe I have a bad memory or something?

    Would googles new changes be showing up on the keyword tools competition rating already?
    I think so, Google also update it's keyword tool . anyway for keyword research i don't rely on 100% this tool , i still need other tool such as wordtracker
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    • Profile picture of the author sportsfan54
      I was only using google keyword because for some reason my market samurai is not loading my keywords when I hit generate.

      I might check out wordtracker
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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    The GAKT is horrible, check out Keyword Sniper Pro 2.0 from Jack Duncan. You're missing out on a ton of valuable keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    Market Samurai has been having a bit of difficulty the last week or so. They say they have it worked out now. There were several problems and one of those was a change in the GK tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author oogyboogawa
    Rewind a bit here... you mention the "competition bar" in the keyword tool showing lower competition possibly because of he algorithm changes they made.

    The competition bar that it shows has NOTHING to do with the actual SERPS. (Unless you count the ads that show up on the SERPs) Since Google's keyword tool was built for advertisers and not for SEO, it is not rating SEO competition but rather advertising competition. That rating is the comparing how many people are putting in bids for advertising on your keyword. I don't know how an algo change would effect that unless it somehow indirectly made advertisers choose different keywords for their ads.


    Second, most other keyword tools pull their info from Google's tool anyway, so you're probably not going to get a much more accurate representation - though everyone will agree that it is far from perfect.

    EDIT: There may well be other tools out there that don't pull their info from Google... didn't mean to sound definitive on that point.
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