How to use the new keyword planner

8th September 2016 – A bad day for SEOs who used to rely on the Keyword Planner for their organic SEO research. This day Google officially removed the detailed Keyword Planner data access from all who doesn’t run a paid Ad campaign. There are radical Keyword Planner changes made in the tool.

This message shows up now a days to many of us. Average monthly search volumes have been replaced by a range now.

“This page shows ranges for search volumes. For a more detailed view, set up and run a campaign. ”


How Keyword Planner changes transpired?

In June, some of the users started receiving this message that they need an ad campaign to have detailed access to the Keyword Planner data. However, on 16th June Google said, “Setting up a campaign or ad group is not mandatory to use the keyword planner”.

Keyword planner changes - 2016

However, after a few days only it has become a truth that Google has actually prevented the access of detailed data to the non-advisors or the one who are not running paid campaigns on Adwords.

This is how the Google Keyword Planner screen looks like now:

How to use the new keyword planner after Keyword planner changes - 2016

Google includes the keyword in one of the below mentioned range:

  • 0
  • 1–100
  • 100–1K
  • 1K–10K
  • 10K–100K
  • 100K–1M
  • 1M+

CassieH announced this in the official announcement from Google:

Alternative to Keyword Planner

Hi everyone,

We recently made a change to Keyword Planner that shows search volume data ranges based on spend and how you use the tool. This change aims to prevent “bots” from submitting an overwhelming number of searches in Keyword Planner, which was slowing down the tool and occasionally causing errors that prevented people from using the tool.

We’ve heard your feedback that this limited view of search volume makes it difficult to plan new Search Network campaigns. In these cases, we recommend taking advantage of the forecasting feature in Keyword Planner. While search volume gives you a sense of the market size, other settings such as bid, budget, device, and more, affect how much of this search volume a single advertiser can receive. Forecasts, on the other hand, let you customize these settings for a more comprehensive view of how keywords might perform.

For help setting a budget or deciding which keywords to use in your campaign, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Adwords account at
  2. Click Search for new keywords using a phrase, website or category and enter or paste keywords related to your business or service
  3. Click Get ideas
  4. Find the keywords relevant to your business and click Add to plan on the right
  5. Click Review plan on the right to see forecasts for the keywords in your plan
    • From here, you can enter different bids and budgets and see detailed forecasts for your keywords, including impressions, clicks, and cost
    • You can also view forecasts by location or device to see how bid multipliers affect performance, or enter your expected conversion rates and values to maximize your return
    • To remove keywords and update your forecast, click the Keyword tab, check the boxes next to the keywords you’d like to remove, then select Selected from the “Delete keywords” section of the Edit drop-down
    • If your forecasts don’t reflect your click or cost goals, select Back to search from the top right to find more keywords and add them to your plan
  6. Once you’re happy with your plan, you can download your forecasts or save the plan to your account

To learn more, watch our video, Using Keyword Planner in AdWords.
We hope the forecasting feature helps you get deeper insights into new keywords when planning your campaigns. We welcome your feedback as we continually improve Keyword Planner.

CassieH suggested this to one of the agitated users for the change Google made to the Keyword Planner over here –

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