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

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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.

20 responses to “How to Setup Akismet WordPress Plugin (With A Free API Key)”

  1. Mezbah Shuvo Avatar

    Thanks Istiak. Very helpful post :)

  2. Sathish Kumar Subramaniyam Avatar

    Thanks bro. Very to good info.

  3. Rafaqat Avatar

    I have installed JetPack plugin and now wondering how to use Akismet, but after going through the article I found the answer…Thx

  4. ID Konsultan Avatar
    ID Konsultan

    Dear, Istiak Rayhan

    Thanks for ur Tutorial, this is very help me :-D

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Glad I could help. Let me know if you need any other bits of help.

  5. Jahanzeb Malik Avatar
    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 ????

      1. Jahanzeb Malik Avatar
        Jahanzeb Malik

        Thank You :)

      2. Swapnil Kharche Avatar
        Swapnil Kharche

        Hi Istiak,

        Thanks for sharing this two awesome plugin. I am also looking for it. Thanks :)

  6. Lucie Kruger Avatar

    I am looking for the Akismat API key for the self hosted WordPress Blog, As this is for the free WordPress blog.

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      You can get a free Akismat API for your self hosted WordPress blog by using the above method.

  7. Vishwajeet Kumar Avatar
    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.

  8. mac Avatar

    Thanks for helpful tips

  9. sudhakar Avatar

    great article as usual…can I install this my site its on blogger now
    see it please and tell me about it what to do get this

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

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

  10. Rafaqat Avatar

    Thanks i am also using same Akismet Plugin and Thanks God that save my precious time from spam mails.

  11. Janmejai Avatar

    Thanks for the tip,Just did it,I thought i have to buy it therefore i never used it….

  12. Sarah Harper Avatar
    Sarah Harper

    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.


  13. Karnal Singh Avatar

    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….

  14. Achin Jain Avatar

    Akismet is the best AntiSpam tool that can be used for Blogs.

    Thanks for sharing nice and informative article..

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