Akismet is a spam protection plugin, which prevents most comment spam from getting to your site. The plugin is already installed on your site but you need to get a key and activate it before you can use it. It is not a priority you do this but unless you do your admin pages will show the notification “Akismet is almost ready.”

Quick Steps

  1. Click on enter your Akismet API key link in the yellow box notification area at the top of your page
  2. Click on Get your key link in the olive green box
  3. You can get a free Akismet key from here
  4. Copy the key you will receive in email and paste it in your Akismet Configuration page
  5. Check the box for automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month (optional) and click the Update options button

Details

Akismet is a third-party plugin created for WordPress; it is your best protection against spam but you have the option to use it or not. Akismet is free for personal use; if your website is generating more than $500/mo revenue, you are asked to purchase a commercial API key. To learn more about how it works, check out Akismet FAQ page.

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