When you start your WordPress Site for the first time, your site already has the Akismet Anti-Spam Plugin installed. However, this “Akismet Anti-Spam plugin” is not activated by default. You have to activate it manually, and you have to get an API key from its official website.
What is the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin & why should use it?
Akismet Anti-Spam is a best spam firewall plugin created by Automattic Company. “Akismet Anti-Spam WordPress Plugin” prevents spam comments and pingbacks on the blog. This is the best anti-spam service for spam comment. Because it blocks 7.5 lakh spam comments every hour.
If your blog or website has become popular, then the number of spam comments on your blog will be greatly increased. This means only 60 out of 100 comments will be legal. Then you will take a lot of time to delete one by one comment and in this case “Akismet Anti-Spam WordPress Plugin” recognizes these spam comments and auto delete, which saves a lot of time.
If you don’t know what is plugins and how to install these in WordPress blog than read our article how to install plugins in your WordPress blog? read this first and then come back here.
Not All Comments are spam blocked by Akismet
However, sometimes legal comments are also marked as spam comments by “Akismet Anti-Spam WordPress Plugin”. This is because since a WordPress users mark your comment as spam comments by “Akismet Anti-Spam service”, then after “Akismet” all your comments are marked as spam.
How to find out that your comment has been marked as Spam.
If you submit a comment to a site and your comment will be marked as spam by Akismet anti-spam guard, then you will not be able to see the Awaiting Moderation notice text, in this case, you should contact the site administrator. So they can uncheck your comment with a spam mark.
How to Set Up Akismet Anti-Spam Plugin in WordPress Site
First, you need to install and activate ‘Akismet Anti-Spam’ by visiting the Plugins page of the WordPress Dashboard. After activation, Akismet Anti-Spam Plugins will add a new menu item to your WordPress Admin area. Click on Plugins–>Akismet–>Settings for “Akismet Anti-Spam Configuration”. This will take you to the Akismet Configuration screen. Here you will be asked to enter an Akismet Anti-Spam API Key.
To make Akismet Anti-Spam Setup on your website, you need to get an Akismet Anti-Spam API key free. Visit the Akismet Anti-Spam website and register there, get an Akismet Anti-Spam API key.
Here you will be able to see Akismet Anti-Spam plans. Akismet Anti-Spam API key is free for non-business and personal sites. For business websites, different plans and packages are available. Choose a plan according to your requirement which is most suitable for you.
You can sign up here with fill-up your personal details or if you have any WordPress.com account then you can log-in directly through that.
After sign-up you will ask for the payment details. If you do not want to spend money and want to use it in free then select free $0 plan and click on create the subscription.
Now you will find the API key and this will send you an E-mail as well with API key.
Note: API key is like a password so do not share this to anyone.
Now go to WordPress dashboard Plugins–>Akismet Anti-Spam–>Settings than past your API Key here and save your changes.
Now it will start protecting your website with spam comments.
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