Google announced yesterday evening that it was adding search volume numbers to its AdWords Keyword Tool. In addition to suggesting related keywords, the tool now includes the approximate number of monthly search queries for each keyword with sufficient data, and search volume for the most recent calendar month. “These approximate numbers are intended to provide better insight into keywords’ monthly and average search volumes than previously provided by the tool,” said Google’s Trevor Claiborne on the Inside AdWords blog.
The improvements to the Google Keyword Tool come just a couple of weeks after Yahoo! shut off its keyword suggestion tool. Yahoo!’s tool, a remnant of the old Overture system on which its search marketing product is based, had long included approximate search volume numbers. Yahoo! stopped officially supporting the app about 14 months ago, and indicated that the search volume figures were inaccurate as a result. Even so, because of the query numbers, the tool was viewed as a helpful piece of the search engine marketer’s arsenal until Yahoo! axed it last month.
|Framework Name||Approx. Search Volume|
|* Note: The term “Dojo” gets 460,000 searches, but, well, those could really be for anything.|
The more transparent Google Keyword Tool comes shortly after the release of the AdPlanner tool, which shows approximate traffic volume for competitors’ web sites. (And in our tests, has generally been more accurate than Compete, Quantcast, Alexa, or other similar public traffic measurement tools.) That Google is opening up and sharing more of their vast stockpiles of web data is a win for all webmasters.
Josh Catone joined Mashable in May 2009 and is Executive Director of Editorial Projects. Before joining Mashable, Josh was the Lead Writer at ReadWriteWeb, the Lead Blogger at SitePoint, and the Community Evangelist at DandyID.