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.
What is Akismet?
Akismet is a WordPress plugin that filters comments and trackbacks spamming. It is founded by WordPress.com.
What does Akismet do?
Akismet checks blog comments & pingbacks and filters out the ones that look like spam. Then it lets you review the spam it detects.
Do I need Akismet?
Yes, you need Akismet if your blog comments are enabled. This plugin will help you to get rid of spam comments.
Can I get Akismet for free?
Yes, you can get it for free. I’ll show how to get it for free on this tutorial.
Do I need Akisment with Disqus?
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).
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.
Akismet will send you a confirmation code to your email address. Copy and paste the code. And click on the ‘Continue’ button.
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.
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