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Monthly Searches
Overture is dead, long live Overture

 6:48 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Overture has floated belly up again when it came to seeing monthly searches for a keyword.

2 Questions:

1) What tool do you use that gives you a number of searches per month (not google's broad estimates, ex.: "very low", "low", e.t.c)

2) Someone wrote this here
You can try wordtracker.com
I think if you actually subscribe to the service they will give you google's numbers.

Can anyone confirm that?


JAB Creations

 3:22 am on May 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

Access logs + well maintained statistics script = best control over what is going on at your website. I find third party sites that provide statistical information sort of like a desert after dinner, not necessary but hard to resist. :)

- John


 3:50 am on May 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

I do not believe WordTracker gets its data from Google. The WordTracker website say's they use Overture, MetaCrawler and DogPile, which are not popular and not commonly used by the public, or massages the data, i.e. Overture.

That was also covered to a degree (but not completely) in this recent thread [webmasterworld.com...]


 3:04 pm on May 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's a nice post, but it does not answer my question.

Access logs + well maintained statistics script

Would not help, am looking for information about monthly searches for certain keywords on major SE.

ex.:"How many times did the query "Widget" got searched for on Google"

Thank you for your answers


 3:48 pm on May 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

Try running a Google AdWords campaign. Use exact matches with a high budget and make sure your ad is shown on the first page of results. This will give you the number of searches.


 1:39 am on May 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Try running a Google AdWords campaign

Do you mean by looking at the number of impressions that i get per day and multiplying that amount by 30 to get the aproximate monthly search amount?

Do you know how accurate are the statistics shown in Yahoo! Search Marketing? (they have a similar tool to Adwords and it shows an actual amount of monthly searches)

Thank you!


 8:34 am on May 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well you could run it for a day and multiply by 30...this would give you a good idea of the number of impressions.


 3:45 am on May 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Has anyone ever tried figuring out what the 'monthly search volume' numbers represent in Adwords?
For example a search volume of 0.6 would mean how many actual monthly searches?

Here is a theory:

For example the monthly searches for the word 'widget' in Overtures tool gives 2,400 searches. Double of that amount would be roughly the Google's monthly searches for 'Widget' which is 4,800.

Now you take that number and compare it with the Adwords tools'
"monthly search estimates" (ex.: 0.6)
If you do it for a large amount of Keywords may be you can actually determine what those Adwords' numbers mean.
Make sense, right?...

(took me 20 minutes to formulate this theory in the most comprehensible way, hope someone answers)


 11:45 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

You might get more responses if you moved this discussion over to the SEO/SEM forums.

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