by Mal Darwen
If you've been using the free keywords tool at http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com or our GTrends tool today, you'll have noticed that you'll need to create an account to continue using the tool.
Yes, it's kind of a drag having to set up an account to use a free tool, and you might be wondering why you now have to do this. Well, here's how you'll benefit ...
We're continuing to work on keeping Wordtracker the best keyword research and management tool that you can have, and part of our brief on this mission is to educate and inform. We want to make sure that everyone who is using any of our tools has access to good, clear information about keyword research and the processes involved. Asking you to sign up with a valid email address allows us to send every user who wants it a free guide to keyword research, so we know that people using even the free tools aren't doing it blindly, and have a clear idea of how to apply their research.
Signing up for a free Wordtracker account will give you the opportunity to receive our 'Using Keywords' guide and our "Keyword Expert" newsletter, which many of our experienced SEO customers find useful. Of course, there's also the Wordtracker Academy at http://www.wordtracker.com/academy, which contains dozens of helpful articles and interviews with professionals sharing their experience and techniques in many of the various SEO disciplines such as keyword research, on-site SEO, PPC, Link Building and more.
You won't see too many other changes with the free tool and GTrends - but we'll be able to give our free tool users much better support with their keyword research.
You can contact us at any time if you have questions, either by mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using our live chat facility (UK office hours) at http://www.wordtracker.com/livechat.
Good luck with your continued Wordtracker research!