How to find keyword monthly search volumes

In my post, I show you two excellent tools you can use to find the average keyword search volume for any keyword or keyword phrase. These tools give you search volume data under the search box.

When you are doing keyword research, having important data on your screen as you type saves you time, no need to open another browser tab.

I must point out that as with all keyword tools the data is approximate, only Google has the exact average search volume, and they don’t share this data. Therefore, use these tools as an aid in your research, they should be one part of your keyword research strategy.

By the end of this post, you will have monthly average keyword volume and related search queries on your screen every time you do a search.

Let’s get started.

What is keyword search volume?

Keyword search volume is the number of times a search phrase is entered into a search engine over a month. This volume is based on monthly searches performed over the previous twelve months.

When you are doing your keyword research, you want to find keyword phrases that have monthly search volume. Writing posts targeting keywords that no one is searching for, won’t help you get visitors to your website.

Let’s look at the first tool.

Keywords Everywhere – Keyword tool

Keywords Everywhere is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox. It started out as a free tool but now it is a paid tool.

To see keyword search volume data, you need to buy credits. One keyword is equal to one credit, 100,000 credits only cost $10.

On their homepage, they have one-click installs for Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Keywords Everywhere

Clicking on the ‘Install for Chrome’ link, takes you to the Chrome web Store.

Chrome web store

To start, click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ link. From the popup, select ‘Add extension’.

Add extension

Next, enter your email address and agree to the terms of service to get the API key to activate Keywords Everywhere. You don’t have to sign up for the newsletter.

Sign up for API

Check your email to get the code needed to activate Keywords Everywhere in your Chrome broswer.

Check your email

Click on the link in the email to get your API key.

Click on the link

Copy your API key and then click on the Keywords Everywhere icon in your browser, from the menu, select ‘Settings’.


Paste your API key into the box and select ‘Validate’.

Validate API key

Once validated, every time you do a search in Google, you see search volume, cost per click, and competitive score data under the search bar. To see this data, you have to buy credits first.

On the right, you have ‘Related Searches’, and ‘People also search for’ data. This data is free.

Keywords Everywhere data

WMS Everywhere – Free keyword tool

If you want an alternative to Keywords Everywhere, then WMS Everywhere is excellent. It delivers search volume in the same way as Keywords Everywhere, but is free.

Here is WMS Everywhere’s home page.

WMS Everywhere

At the time of writing this post, the extension is only available on Chrome. An extension is planned for Firefox users in the near future.

To add to Chrome, click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ link. That link takes you to the Chrome web store. Then, click on ‘Add to Chrome’.

Chrome web store

Next, click on ‘Add extension’.

Add extension

Once added, you have an icon in your tool bar. To start using WMS Everywhere, you have to sign up for a free account.

WMS Everywhere extension icon

Once you are signed in, you get this message to confirm you are ready to start using WMS Everywhere.

You are all set

When you do a search in Google, the search volume data and cost per click is shown under the search bar. On the right, you have ‘Related searches’ and ‘People also searched for’.

Using WMS Everywhere

WMS Everywhere has a feature to show data for a certain country. In the above screenshot, you can see the flag of the United States on the right.

If you are targeting an audience in another country, click on the setting cog.

Change country settings

Then, select a country from the drop-down menu. As an example, I’ll select the UK.

Preferred location

After refreshing the page, I now have the UK flag. Now I have data for searched performed in the UK.

How to change country setting


It is important to remember that the data on Keywords Everywhere and WMS Everywhere is estimated. Using these tools helps you understand the search volumes of keywords you are targeting.

Use them as part of your keyword research strategy. Once you decide on a keyword, check to make sure it appears in Google’s search suggestions feature. This confirms it is a searched for term. Also, check the competition.

A great place to find good keywords is to have a look at your competitors are doing. To find out more, check out my ‘The easy way to find competitors keywords that rank for free‘ post.

Before you leave to install your favorite keyword tool, would you kindly leave me a comment to let me know what you thought of my post? Did I help you? Would you like me to go into more detail? Are you having issues with installing these keyword tools?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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