Just discovered that the google keyword tool now shows the number of keyword searches but I am still not sure the number is a period, yearly, monthly, weekly or daily search volume. Need to explore more but it is definitely great to finally see some number appearing.
I believe alot of IM products will be in for some change as well.
Took it from Google’s description about the search figures
Approximate Search Volume [Previous Month]
This column shows the approximate number of search queries matching your keywords that were performed on Google and the search network in the previous calendar month. This number is specific to your targeted country and language as well as your selection from the Match Type drop-down menu.
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