Akismet – Dealing with Comment Spam

Akismet | Dealing with Comment SpamAkismet is the first WordPress plugin that you’ll encounter because it comes bundled with the WordPress core installation files. Akismet was created by the creators of WordPress to fight comment spam.

“Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.”

Previously, you signed up at wordpress.com to obtain an API key and then paste that API key within Akismet Configuration to activate the service. Now, you must register at the Akismet website and choose a specific plan before you get access to an API key.

Get Started with Akismet:

    1. In your WordPress Dashboard click Plugins.
    2. Then click on installed Plugins and then -> click “Activate” under Akismet
    3. Go to the Akismet Website to sign up for an API key

A NOTE ABOUT AKISMET: You don’t HAVE to pay for Akismet. Until recently,  it has been free.  To choose whether you want to contribute, choose personal and slide the yearly contribution slider to $0 (or whatever yearly contribution you want to make). See the image below.

The Terms of Use state that “API Keys are free for personal use, and we offer paid licenses for commercial use” – Of course you are encouraged to make a donation to keep Akismet going strong.

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Follow these steps to use your new API key

On your WordPress Dashboard, click on the Akismet link

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On the Akismet page, click I already have a key
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Copy & Paste the API key into the text field then Click the Save Changes button
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Akismet is now ready to catch spam comments.

We recommend using the Fast Secure Contact Form plugin in conjunction with Akismet. This will flag emails received on your contact form as spam.

[cross posted on the Dandelion Web Design blog]

3 thoughts on “Akismet – Dealing with Comment Spam


  1. Hello,
    I use Akismet on my blog. As of the last month, every single one of my comments (even comments I make myself) go to spam.
    I have tried adjusting all the settings, but to no avail.
    I am about to pull the plug on Akismet. Seems like something is broken.
    Is anyone else having this problem?
    Karen deer


    1. Hi Karen thanks for stopping by.

      I’ve never experienced anything like this with Akismet. Maybe there is a conflict with another plugin or a configuration problem with your server? You can read this http://akismet.com/support/#ht9 for more information.


  2. Thanks for this clear post and instructions Ruth. I am happily on my way to being spam-free.

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