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Keyword Planner says it is a free tool, but . . .

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I'm not ready to start AdWords campaigns yet. I wanted simply to use the Keyword Planner and research some terms. It says it is a free tool. But the website seems to require me to set up billing and start a campaign before I can use Keyword Planner. Am I missing something or is Keyword Planner free to "paying customers" only?

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Correct; The keyword planner is a feature for active advertisers. The campaign does not necessarily  have to be running / launched, but should be set.
If I remember correctly, I read somewhere that Google, at one point, considered withdrawing this restriction, but apparently decided not to.

 

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Correct; The keyword planner is a feature for active advertisers. The campaign does not necessarily  have to be running / launched, but should be set.
If I remember correctly, I read somewhere that Google, at one point, considered withdrawing this restriction, but apparently decided not to.

 

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Thanks, Moshe.

So I could set up billing and a campaign, but not launch it ;-)

A way to keep it free.

Keyword Planner says it is a free tool, but . . .

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Keyword Planner used to be a free tool, it no longer is as of September 2016. Google are short of money so they want yours..

Keyword Planner says it is a free tool, but . . .

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,something going in confusion with free keyword. 

Keyword Planner says it is a free tool, but . . .

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i am searching for 1 hour for the keyword planner but not getting to me.