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Simply repeat the same keywords multiple times. You will get wildly varying results. And I mean WILDLY varying.
I initially thought it wasn't giving any results at all. But that was just because I picked a keyword that wasn't popular. I thought there might be a problem with Firefox. So, I opened it in MSIE.
Still got no results. So, I picked a more popular keyword.
Surprise, surprise. It worked in both MSIE and Firefox.
BUT - it displayed totally different results!
It's just the same old randomized results. Just with more pseudo-numbers added to keep us guessing.
It's also pretty annoying that you can't simply enter a keyword and see the data. You HAVE to "get more keywords" before you even get the option to select which colums to see.
I wish there were search numbers attached to the keywords. I bet if they had that their server would crash under the load of every webmaster doing searches though. :)
Yes, it looks like they've cleverly represented all the useful information using graphics to try and thwart script-writers.
I can't believe this thread isn't jumping - do people not think this is biggish news? Although there are no numbers associated with the graphics, the monthly trends for keywords are extremely useful to help us decide which keywords/products to concentrate on at different times of the year. This is especially important when entering into new sectors.
Search volume information, be it from Overture, Wordtracker or anywhere else, has always been poor.
An indication of RELATIVE search performance for related phrases is much more useful. If I already rank for one phrase, I know how much traffic I can get for it. Here I can see how much effort I should put into ranking for related phrases and synonyms. That's helpful. (As long as the stats are real. Maybe they're guff like O's!)
Overture tells you the number of searches which is probably largely inaccurate due to spam searches and SEO searches and this-or-that.
And then Google's never told any kind of specifics and uses the randomizer . . . and that's really annoying.
What up? What's the strategy either way? I would rather it be reversed . . . so I could stop using Overture all together! Lol!
but at the end of the analysis I realise I haven't learned anything new.
I think that you see new info when you look at the popularity over time.
I saw a peak of traffic at my site this past autumn and now, looking at this tool, I see that it was because a movie came out about that time with the same name as my keyword. Duh!
What do they mean by global? Around the world? Or global as in total?
I do like the negative keywords tool.
Useful to create a graphs in a spreadsheet to see trends.
Confirms some mysterious client demand trends I'd noticed before.
Great to have another source of similar broad matching kw's to compliment Overture.