They made marked changes to it and now there are many more hoops to go through before getting the information you require. For several months you could choose the old version (which many hubbers were doing) but now that option has been removed.
AND you have to join up which, from what I can see you need to pay for - not that I mind the $20US but its not as easy.
Wrylilt, she's talking about the AdWords keyword tool....and I'll definitely jump on the bandwagon to say it SUCKS!! Did you ever use the old interface? It was so much better (IMO).
Yes, I know you can specify the columns and exact vs broad but it is not as user friendly as the old interface was and does not give you the results the same way - I'm trying desperately to get used to it because I have to, but I hate it.
I think the new version is pretty nice. I hated it in the beginning but eventually I got used to it and I hardly went back to the old tool in the past two months.
I checked the old tool a almost a month back and it gave some very different results than the new tool. It gave very different search volume from the new one. I think this new keyword tool is a lot more accurate than the old one.
As WL said you can use the relevance buttons and doing it that way I get the information I require. I'd been using the advanced search and I couldn't get the info I required unless I joined which was my gripe. I'm now a happy user!
There are disparities re search volumes between the old and new interface. Someone already pointed this out elsewhere in the forum, though I forget who. Now Google only displays their own search volume - they no longer display data from other SE's.
In that sense it makes k/word research more limited. Like many, I receive hits from different SE's, and not knowing the collective volume alters my perspective.
Anyway - that's progress for you. Sometimes it doesn't seem as innovative as you'd expect or would like
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