Ever since I’ve been at WordStream (2 years, 3 months, and 2 weeks – if you’re counting), our Free Keyword Tool has been a donkey in a sea of unicorns. Though it’s been popular since we introduced it in 2011, updates for the tool haven’t kept pace with changes in the paid search industry or with the features we’ve introduced to our AdWords Performance Grader.
Keyword research is one of the first – and most crucial – steps in any search marketing campaign, organic or paid. Driving search engine traffic requires the right mix of keywords, specifically targeted towards your audience. Every paid search workflow should include a process for expanding your keyword lists over time. But most free tools offer limited results and limited utility, especially when it comes to keyword research for PPC.