Obtaining an Akismet API key and activating the Akismet plugin

Akismet is a spam filtering service by Automattic, the same folks who develop WordPress. Learn more about stopping comment spam and how Akismet works.

This article describes how to:

  1. Obtain an Akismet API key
  2. Activate the Akismet plugin in your WordPress site

Obtain an Akismet API key

The first step is to get a WordPress key from Akismet. Go to www.akismet.com/plans/ in your web browser. If you’re signing up for a personal blog, choose the personal option. Otherwise, do consider a Business plan.

Select a plan and you’ll be prompted to signup for Akismet with a WordPress.com account.

Signup with WordPress.com
Signup or login with WordPress.com
A WordPress.com account is different from your own user account for your website. A WordPress.com account gives you access to Akismet and other related services by it’s parent company, Automattic, e.g. Gravatar, Polldaddy and Jetpack. Learn more.

If you have one, click the link at the top of the page that says “I already have a WordPress.com account!” Otherwise, signup for a WordPress.com account to use Akismet. Look for registration confirmation emails from wordpress.com and follow the instructions to activate your account for Akismet.

If you selected the Personal plan and you would only like a free account, click the “use Akismet for free” link and then click the Use Akismet for Free on a personal site button.

Use Akismet for Free on a personal site
Use Akismet for Free on a personal site

Once you’ve completed the signup process, login to your Akismet account. Under the Account Overview section, click Reveal to display your API key which looks like a string of numbers and letters. Highlight the API key and copy it.

Copy your API key
Copy your API key

Now go back to your WordPress admin. If you haven’t already, activate the Akismet plugin. You’ll see the Akismet is almost ready message at the top of the screen.

Navigate to Settings → Akismet. Paste the API key from above into the field and click the Use this key button.

Congratulations, your site is now protected from comment spam by Akismet.