Q: Are there any addtional free or paid tools that provide “broad’ search results that are similar to the old Keyword Tool (i.e., are B2B and having a terrible time finding volumes over 10 searches per month in Keyword Planner)?
I feel your pain. I pretty much hate the keyword planner as well, it is clearly a terrible tool and Google did an absolutely horrible job implementing it. You really have to wonder if they ever test these rollouts with real people or whether they live in some sort of bizarre Google bubble in which everyone back slaps everyone else and no one at Google has any real experience with how the real world works.
It’s totally insane. Sadly.
But you and I are just little people and it’s not like Google cares what we think!
So here are some alternatives. First, I really like Google suggest. I often just start typing the search query and pay attention to those first two or three Google suggest options – these are usually very good suggestions that are high-volume. Ubersuggest.org, which we saw in class is built on this as is Soovle.
Another one is the global keyword planner, which is a very buried tool that almost no one knows about and it is still pretty good and gives you broad keyword matches. And then a third one that’s very good is the WordPot. As a student in the paid classes, you can refer of course to the SEO ToolBook, keyword section and there you’ll find a complete list of all search of great keyword tools.
It is just a sad tragedy the Google killed the keyword tool and replaced it with the horrendous keyword planner. But that’s how monopolies are, a bit crazy and certainly not very interested in customer feedback. Google and the post office have a lot in common!
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