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Here is why we will be disabling the Import Keywords Functionality on 20th Jan 2019

Shutting down the Import Keywords tool

We added the Import Keywords functionality in late 2015 based on feedback from users who wanted to get volume data for keywords they had stored in a text or Excel file.

Initially we put a limit of 10,000 keywords that a user could enter into this tool at a single time. There was no limit on the number of times this tool could be used. So users now had the ability to get volume data for thousands of keywords everyday.

Sometime last year we noticed that the Import Keywords functionality was putting a lot of strain on the API, and brought our server down for a few hours. On further investigation, it was apparent that we had thousands of bots abusing this tool. We then tried our best to block these bots from using the tool, but we failed to do so as it is impossible to block bots from using a chrome extension resource. We spent months trying to find solutions, that would keep the bots at bay, but still let genuine users use the tool.

Unfortunately the bots won. Due to the constantly increasing load on our servers, we are left with no choice but to shut the Import Keywords tool down. We will be shutting it down on 20th Jan 2019. None of the other functionality provided by Keywords Everywhere will be affected. It's only the "Import Keywords" tool that will be shut down.

Customers of our paid keyword tool, Keyword Keg will not be affected, as Keyword Keg is a web based tool (not a chrome extension) and cannot be abused by bots. Keyword Keg will continue to let customers import files with upto 50,000 keywords per file, and this can be done as many times as permitted by their subscription plan.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at kevin@keywordseverywhere.com.


Ungrouping Google Adwords "Close-Variant" Keywords & Data for masked keywords

Ungrouping Google Adwords Close-Variant Keywords

Around August 2016, Google Keyword Planner (GKP) started grouping together close variants. What this means is that if Google considers two keyword phrases to mean the same thing, it would start showing the same amount of search volume for both the keywords irrespective of whether one of them was searched more than the other.

Additionally, it started grouping mis-spellings. As an example, if you search for the keywords "seo" and "search engine optimization" in GKP, you will see the same search volume for both of them. If you spelled incorrectly and entered "search engine optimisation", you would still see the same search volume.

Screenshot of Google Keyword Planner Grouping Keywords

This obviously was a very bad idea. You had to be careful when mis-spelling keywords and there was no way to know which of the two variants "seo" and "search engine optimization" had the higher volume. Keywords Everywhere users started seeing the misleading high volume for such keywords.

Then sometime around April/May 2018, Adwords started showing masking the search volume for a wide range of keywords in the supplement, firearms and other niches (all the keywords show zero search volume). This might have been targeted at stopping advertisers from bidding on certain keywords. However, a few keywords like "api" seem to also have been inexplicable targeted.

Masked Words

We've today made changes to Keywords Everywhere, to show data for close-variant and masked keywords. You will now start seeing the correct data for mis-spelled keywords as well as keywords which are close variants but are not searched for as often as the main keyword. You will also see correct data for the masked keywords.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at kevin@keywordseverywhere.com.