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GoTo Keyword tool

10:52 am on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I am having difficulty accessing the GoTo keyword tool where it tells you how many people have searched for certain phrases and words. I found this very useful and it would be a shame if they have removed it. Does anyone know where it has gone.???


10:58 am on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I think this will answer your question:
10:53 pm on Jan 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I have seen several comments in other forums from folks at the moderator/admin level (so I assume they are quite experienced is SEO issues) that urge caution when assessing the results from the GoTo keyword analyser.

As I recall, the argument says that the tool is so heavily used by webmasters checking for those killer keywords that the results are not a true reflection of searches by Joe Public.

I have no personal knowledge of this or any particular viewpoint.... just passing on info from the dark and often dusty corners of my memory.

12:53 am on Jan 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

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For the sake of precision in this conversation, I want to add that people accessing the GoTo tool should not affect the results -- however, repeated querying of the current GoTo database certainly will and does.

Because this querying may be automated, you sometimes see a very strange seven word phrase that has been searched on an unlikely 60 - 100 times.

I think GoTo has a challenge to meet here. If they can resolve it, they will grow. Since they seemed to have solved the much bigger challenge of "competitive clicking", I look forward to how they deal with artificially inflated search counts.