For a number of days I’ve been unable to access the keyword selector tool over at Overture Keyword Selector tool.
Though the results lag real time searches by about 2 months, they’re good for getting an indication of search volume and related searches for given keywords and keyphrases.
In the past few weeks, there’s been speculation that with the launch of the new Yahoo! Search Marketing (AKA Panama), the Overture tool might be taken down for good.
[Incidentally, Pepperjam head honcho Kris Jones gives a good overview of Panama with his post: The New Yahoo Search (aka, Panama) Looking More & More Like Google Adwords ]
While there’s no official word from Yahoo!, it looks like traffic to Overture, while dropping since the disruption in the service sometime around mid December 2006, is still very robust.
So it was a little surprising that the Overture tool appeared to be up when I accessed it a short while ago, and ran a keyword search.
Which was a little surprising as the tool appeared to be down when I tried to access it.
In the interim, the WickedFire folks have been compiling a list of other keyword research tools. This’ll be no doubt useful if Overture is eventually removed.
Among the tools I’ve looked into, Wordze seems to be gaining popularity.