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How can competition be high when search volume is low?

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I don't understand how competition for a particular word or phrase in the keyword tool can be high when the search volume is low.

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Those are averages . The best way to analyze is to click the download button and this will give you numbers instead of qualificatives. If you download from the keyword planner you can see estimated searches by month instead of a single average number from the last 12 months.

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Hello David;
Well.. "low" is relative to the region you are targeting; ...
And, If I recall, we had in the past, an example of lawyers specializing in class action law suits, or in car accident personal injuries. The search volume was low, but competition is high...
Moshe, AdWords Top Contributor , Twitter | Linkedin | Community Profile | Ad-Globe
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Those are averages . The best way to analyze is to click the download button and this will give you numbers instead of qualificatives. If you download from the keyword planner you can see estimated searches by month instead of a single average number from the last 12 months.

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Thank you. That gives me a better perspective.

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That's just what I needed. Thanks.

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The next puzzle to solve is : why competition can be a higher number than 1 in the keyword planner ?

 

Some of us tried to ramble about it here

 

https://www.en.adwords-community.com/t5/Improve-results/Why-the-competition-is-higher-than-1-in-the-...