Today, let me show you how to fix Google Keyword Planner Tool problem which is currently faced by hundreds of thousands of SEOs all across the globe.

You probably have seen this message on the platform: “This page shows ranges for search volumes. For a more detailed view, set up and run a campaign.”

Some suggest that you run a campaign to have this working but it still shows this:

Undesirable Search Volume Ranges

I have seen many SEOs cry foul. Facebook, twitter and other forums have been flooded with questions asking for ways to fix Google Keyword Planner and other alternative keyword research tools. Now, it has become almost completely unusable and it has really made a stir in the online world.

Our keyword research campaigns here at On Page SEO Services have not been spared as well. We recently run a keyword research for a client and found that the tool was not showing the exact range (see screenshot):

Undesirable Search Volume Ranges on GKT

This leads me to figure out how to have it fixed. I researched and have never found any solution. I tried AdWords Manager Accounts (formerly My Client Center or MCC) and after a few tweaks, I finally found a way how to fix this search volume range issue (see screenshot):

Successful Result After the Tweak

Here are the steps:




1. CREATE AN AdWORDS MANAGER ACCOUNT

Head on to AdWords Manager Accounts HERE and click on the green button which says “Sign Up For Free”:

Sign Up for Google AdWords Manager Account

2. PROVIDE THE BASIC INFORMATION REQUESTED

Fill up the required information

You need to use a different email when creating you AdWords Manager Account. If you have an extra email other than your previously registered email, go use it.

Under “How will you primarily use this AdWords manager account?”, tick “To manage other people’s accounts.” While I am only using my own account, I need to tick manage other people’s accounts so Google will show me correct range here. The idea is, I am working only in behalf of a client and Google needs to show me the correct ranges per month so I will be able to properly manage the account.

3.LINK YOUR NEW MANAGER ACCOUNT TO YOUR OLD AdWORDS ACCOUNT

When visiting the page for the first time, you will see this on your screen:

Linking to existing account

You need to click on the Big Red Button which sais “+Account”. You will now have a choice on the dropdown consisting of Link existing accounts; New AdWords account; New AdWords Express account; and Upload accounts. Here, you need to click on “Link existing accounts”.

Link existing accounts

You will now be asked of your 10 digit numeric customer ID.

Enter customer ID

You can find it on the top right hand corner of your OLD AdWords account.

Finding Customer ID on OLD account

Once you find it, enter it on the box provided on your NEW Manager Account and click the Blue “Continue” button. Enter the account name (any name) and click on “Request Approval”.

4.GO BACK TO YOUR OLD AdWORDS ACCOUNT TO ACCEPT THE REQUEST

Find the cog wheel on the top right hand side

You will see a cog wheel on the upper right hand corner of your OLD AdWords account. You will see a drop down consisting of Billing; Account settings; Linked accounts; send feedback; and Help. Click on the account settings. When it loads click on “Account access” on the left hand side of the screen.

Click on Account Access tab

You will see the request on this page and you will then need to click on “Accept Request”.

5.HEAD BACK TO YOUR NEW AdWORDS MANAGER ACCOUNT

Refresh the page on the browser where you created your new AdWords Manager Account.

Click on the new account name created

You should now see you new account created. You will want to click on your account name and you will be forwarded to a familiar page like this:

A familiar page loads

You can now click on Tools and choose Keyword Planner on the dropdown.

Click on Tools tab and choose Keyword Planner on the dropdown

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Google Keyword Planner now asks that we create a campaign before we can use the Google Keyword Tool. I have found a way to use it without spending so much. What I did was run a campaign for a few days. It worked fine. But it wasn’t actually my intention to run it for so long. I just wanted to test what happens when I pause the campaign. Here’s a screenshot of a 5-day campaign I had and which I put an Ad spend limit of 1 dollar a day:

How To Fix

As planned, I paused the campaign and an Aha moment came! I realized GKP will continue working even the ad is paused and here’s a proof to it (note that the keyword tool I used was on my Adwords Manager Account):

GKP Result

To address issues on not being able to access Google Keyword Tool on succeeding uses, please follow these steps:

1. Login on your NEW (again New) Adwords Manager account here: https://www.google.com/adwords/manager-accounts/
Keywor Tool Access 1

Keyword Tool Access 2

Keyword Tool Access 3

2. Click on the Account Name of your previously added account

Keyword Tool Access 4

3. Click on Tools and Select Keyword Tool on the dropdown

Keyword Tool Access 5

4. Enjoy!!!

Keyword Tool Access 6

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