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How to Setup Akismet WordPress Plugin (With A Free API Key)

Istiak Rayhan
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If you’ve just started a blog, then you may not aware of comment and trackback spamming. But these things can destroy your blog with spam comments and trackbacks.

Now the good news is, WordPress comes up with a pre-installed plugin called Akismet which stops spam.

You need to activate the plugin and set up an API key to get started with Akisment.

Many folks thought that they have to pay money to get the API key. But you can get it for FREE if you are running a personal blog, not a corporate blog/site.

Here I’ll show you how to setup Akismet plugin with a free API key.

Before going to the tutorial, here are some FAQs about Akismet.

Akismet is a WordPress plugin that filters comments and trackbacks spamming. It is founded by

Akismet checks blog comments & pingbacks and filters out the ones that look like spam. Then it lets you review the spam it detects.

Yes, you need Akismet if your blog comments are enabled. This plugin will help you to get rid of spam comments.

Yes, you can get it for free. I’ll show how to get it for free on this tutorial.

No, Disqus has its own spam-fighting filters.

Now let’s dive to the tutorial.

How To Setup Akismet Plugin For Free

Setting up Akismet plugin is very easy. Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Sign Up for Akismet

At first, visit Akismet Signup Page and select the first plan (Personal).

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Here Akismet will ask you pay some money to get started. But it’s not essential. You can set it to $0/year.

Now enter your email address, name, and site URL; and check the boxes. Then click on the ‘Continue With Personal Subscription’ button.

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Akismet will send you a confirmation code to your email address. Copy and paste the code. And click on the ‘Continue’ button.

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Akismet will send you an API key. Go to your email inbox and copy that code.

Now go to WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Installed Plugins and click on ‘Settings’ under the Akismet Anti-Spam.

I hope this post helped you to get started with the Akismet WordPress plugin. If you have faced any difficulties, feel free to let us know via comment. However, if you found this post useful, help me by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Istiak Rayhan

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of, a blog that aims to make bloggers’ journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here’s more about him.


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  1. Jahanzeb Malik

    Thank you I have one question Hot To Add “Confirm you are Not a Spammer ” check box. Plus how your Subscribe to Roadtoblogging Updates is always checked ????

  2. Vishwajeet Kumar

    Yes! Akismet is absolutely a great anti spam plugin. But The free version is used only for Non commercial or personal use. Few days ago My blog was also bombered with hundreds of spam comment. So, I have put a captcha in the comment form and its helps me lot. now spam comments are down to zero.

    1. Istiak Rayhan

      It’s a WordPress plugin. You can’t upload it on Blogger. In fact Blogger doesn’t support any kind of plugin.

  3. Hi Istiak,

    Before reading this article i thought akismet was only a paid service. Thanks for letting us know how can we use it free without any cost.


  4. Istiak,
    Akismet is really a very useful plugin.Initially i didnot know of this plugin and faced lot of problems,but then one of my friends told me about this and i installed it.It is excellent tool to control spamming….

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