Google Has Updated Their Keyword Tool

Google Adwords Keyword ToolI know most affiliates use these fancy keyword research tools like Wordtracker, Wordze, or Keycompete…

However, there is a free tool which is one of my favorite keyword tools that exists.  This tool is created by none other than Google themself.  Most affiliates ignore this keyword tool because of the amount of time it can take to create a large keyword list because of the limits they place on results displayed when you search using particular phrases.

Since this is one of my most used keyword tools, I decided to dedicate a small post suggesting that you seriously give this keyword tool a try and also to let those that may of used it in the past know that they have just recently updated their tool.

The single most notable change is this…

Before when you would do a search for a keyword phrase you would get a list of related keywords returned and these keywords would have two sections called Avg Search Volume: Month and Avg Search Volume.  These two sections would then have green bars under them that would allow you see how many times that keyword was searched for a month.  Obviously the more full the green bar the more it is searched per month.

With Google’s recent update to their keyword tool, now instead of little green bars, you can actually see a number displayed on the screen which will tell you an approximation on how many searches that keyword is receiving per month and also how much it receives per month on average.  Below is a picture showing the new look.  Click to enlarge it!

As you can see, this new method provides a much easier to read estimate of how many searches you canGoogle Adword Keyword Tool expect to see from any given keyword that you may have in your keyword list.

By using this data, you’ll be able to more accurately predict how popular a keyword is, if certain month’s provide lower searches, predict trends, and more.

If you’re not currently using Google’s free keyword tool when you’re putting together your keyword list, I highly suggest you give them a try!

If you have used them in the past, then I highly recommend that you give them another try if you stopped using their service for whatever reason.  It’s amazing simple to use, provides great suggestions, and best of all, it’s FREE!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new updates and also whether you currently use Google’s keyword tool or not and why!


  1. I’ve read a few blog/sites recently about a week ago when the change first happened.

    A few of them have reported that the numbers aren’t all that accurate, one person reported the numbers being about double. Others have reported somewhat accurate numbers, although they have not had the time to test Google’s data against their own.

    Personally I don’t think Google would reveal too much information on search results as they seem to keep that a secret. I mean, they only now just released information about it when they could have given that information when they first developed the tool.

  2. Hey Jarret, it’s not so much that the tool has to be extremely accurate, during my tests I agree that most of the numbers seem to be about double, however, once you figure that out for your niche, it still gives you a good estimate as to which keywords can be goldmines or not.

    It’s by far not perfect, but it’s better than little green bars in my opinion.

  3. Oh yeah, I definitely agree that it is much better then the green bars. Considering how little they actually revealed, I am surprised that it took Google this long to come up with something a little bit more accurate.

    And yeah I agree that it is still a great tool. Like you said, you can still figure out traffic figures for your niche, just that you need to expect about half of what Google is showing.

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