Use Keyword Planner

If you’re affected by market changes, we recommend planning weekly rather than monthly or quarterly until markets stabilize.

Keyword Planner’s forecasts are refreshed daily and based on the last 7-10 days, adjusted for seasonality. Your forecasts will take into account any impact of market changes during this time frame. We’ve updated our seasonal model to account for current market conditions.

Keyword Planner helps you research keywords for your Search campaigns.

You can use this free tool to discover new keywords related to your business and see estimates of the searches they receive and the cost to target them.

Keyword Planner also provides another way to create Search campaigns that’s centered around in-depth keyword research.

This article shows you how to use Keyword Planner to lay the groundwork for a successful campaign.


  • Discover new keywords: Get suggestions for keywords related to your products, services, or website.
  • See monthly searches: See estimates on the number of searches a keyword gets each month.
  • Determine cost: See the average cost for your ad to show on searches for a keyword.
  • Organize keywords: See how your keywords fit into different categories related to your brand.
  • Create new campaigns: Use your keyword plan to create new campaigns centered on in-depth keyword research.

Keep in mind that while Keyword Planner can provide insights into keyword targeting, campaign performance depends on a variety of factors. For example, your bid, budget, product, and customer behavior in your industry can all influence the success of your campaigns.


To access Keyword Planner:

  • Your account must be using Expert Mode. You won’t be able to access Keyword Planner if your account is using Smart Mode.
  • You must complete your account setup by entering your billing information and creating a campaign. If you’re not yet ready to spend money, you can choose to pause your campaigns.

1. Create a keyword plan

Once you open Keyword Planner, there are 2 ways to create your keyword plan:

  1. Search for new keywords by clicking Discover new keywords.
  2. Upload existing keywords by clicking Get search volume and forecasts.

Discover new keywords

A. Get ideas for new keywords

Enter words and or websites related to your business to see keyword ideas.

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click the tools iconGoogle Ads | tools [Icon] , then under "Planning", click Keyword Planner.
  3. Click Discover new keywords.
  4. There are 3 ways to discover new keyword ideas:
    1. Start with keywords: Enter words related to your products or services. You can separate multiple phrases with a comma and space.
      1. Enter your domain and Google will try to exclude keywords not related to what you offer.
    2. Start with a website: Enter any website and Google will look for keywords related to the content on that site.
    3. Preview keyword ideas in ad groups: Keyword Planner will try to organize keywords to automatically find new keywords for your top campaigns. Learn more About organizing keywords in Keyword Planner
  5. Click Get results.

After clicking “Get results”, you’ll see a list of keywords related to what you entered. These keywords haven’t been added to your plan. You can now edit your list with filters and categories to help you find those that make sense for your plan.

Note: Keywords with very low search volumes or keywords that are considered sensitive aren't discoverable or forecastable. In those instances, you’ll get an error message and prompt asking you to try new keywords or URLs.
This image is an example of a keyword targeting error message.

B. Edit your list of keyword ideas

You can now edit your list of keyword ideas using filters and categories. Learn more in-depth tips on editing your keyword list.


Narrow down your list of keywords based on criteria like competition, impression share, and keyword text. For example, you may want to see keyword ideas where bids under $1 may be enough to reach the top of the page.

  1. Click Add filter.
  2. Select a filter and enter its values.
  3. Your list of ideas will now match the filter.

Refine by category

See groups of keywords based on their themes, brands or categories.

  1. Look for the “Refine keywords” side panel on the “Keyword ideas” page.
  2. Open the categories beneath it to see characteristics related to your keyword ideas.
  3. Uncheck the box next to each category to remove these keywords from your list.
    • For example, if your keywords are related to running shoes, you may see a category for shoe color. To only see keywords for “red running shoes,” you’d uncheck the box for all other colors.
C. Add keywords to your plan and see a performance forecast

After you have a list of keywords, there are 2 ways to incorporate them into your campaigns:

  1. Add the keywords to your keyword plan to see forecasts of their performance and create an optional new campaign.
    1. Check each keyword you’d like to add to your plan, then add them to an existing ad group or create a new ad group with a name.
    2. Select a match type using the “Broad match” dropdown.
    3. For a new plan, click Add keywords to create a plan.
    4. For additions to existing plans, click Add keyword.
  2. Add keywords to ad groups within existing campaigns.
    1. Select keyword ideas.
    2. Select Existing campaigns in the “Plan” dropdown menu.

A guide on how to add keywords and forecast their performance in Keyword Planner.

Get search volume and forecasts

Add keywords to plan and see forecast

  1. Sign in to your Google Ads account.
  2. Click the tools icon Google Ads | tools [Icon], then under "Planning," click Keyword Planner.
  3. Click Get search volume and forecasts.
  4. Enter or paste a list of keywords into the search box, or upload a list of keywords from a CSV file following the instructions below:
    1. Click Upload a file.
    2. Click Select a file from your computer. Review the templates provided for uploading keywords.
      1. Upload a list of keywords: Your file should have just one column with the header titled “Keyword”.
      2. Upload an entire keyword plan: Download the template to include optional data like campaign, location, and ad group, etc. along with your keyword.
    3. Click Submit.
  5. Click Get started.

2. Understand your keyword forecast

Your plan forecast shows you how many conversions, clicks, or impressions you’re likely to get for your keywords based on your spend.

Understand your forecast

Your forecast is available on the “Forecasts” page of your plan. It includes keywords that you uploaded through “Get search volumes and forecasts” or those you added from the “Keyword ideas” page.

What’s included in your forecast

  • Forecast of optimal performance for all keywords based on your spend.
    • Change the metric you’re forecasting by clicking “conversions” or “clicks”. This is available to you when you enable conversion tracking in your account. Otherwise, click Add conversion metrics to review the options.
    • Change the average daily budget by clicking the amount.
    • Change your bid strategy by clicking the “Maximize clicks” drop-down.
    • Click the drop-down arrow to see a chart of your estimated performance to get based on your spend.
  • Estimates for each individual keyword based on the “Maximize clicks” bid strategy.
    • Edit the amount in the “Average daily budget” to see how these estimates change.
  • Ad groups that your keywords will be added to in a new campaign if you implement your plan.
  • Date range for your forecast.
    • Click on the date range at the top of the page to change the timeframe for your forecast.

Additional options

  • Add new keywords by clicking the plus button and entering new keywords. You can also return to the “Keyword ideas” page and add keywords from there.
  • Download forecast by clicking the download button.
  • Share plan with others by clicking the Share button and enabling share access.

3. Create campaign based on your plan

Create campaign

You can implement your plan by creating it as a campaign.

  1. You can create a campaign from the "Forecast", "Saved keywords", or "Negative keywords" page.
  2. Click Create campaign near the top corner.
  3. Name your campaign.
  4. Select the recommended daily budget based on optimal performance from your plan forecast, or enter a custom budget.
  5. Click Save.

After clicking “Save”, your forecast plan will be converted into a new campaign on your account’s “Campaigns” page. Click “View campaign” to access the settings for your new campaign.

Once you’ve implemented your plan as a campaign, you can still access its forecast from the tools icon, under "Keyword Planner". However, you’ll only be able to make changes to the keywords for this plan within the new campaign you created.

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