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Let me show you how you can get your Akismet api key, basically if you just simply go to akismet site and try to get the api key, it will ask you to make a donation, so let’s go ahead and click on activate your akismet account, now here click on ‘get your api key‘, this will take you to the Akismet website and here is what you need to do, click on ‘get an Akismet API key’ and you need to create an account, so simply add your email address, it will take few seconds and once you’re in, now here are few options like personal, business, enterprise.
What you can do, you can click on sign up, you need to take care of this particular section which says ‘what is akismet worth to you?’, this is more like a donation, simply drag this to 0.0 per year and your name, click on continue and that’s it, you will get your Aksimet API key from here, you will also get an email into your registered email address, so simply copy the Akismet API key and go back to your WordPress dashboard and here paste your API key and click on verify to confirm if your key is working or not.
Here are a few things that you know you can configure and one of them is shows the number of approved comments beside each comment author, technically I use this because I have a busy blog and this way I can filter out like who’s the regular commentator or who is not and you can always put the spam comments in the spam folder, so basically when akismet catches a comment as a spam, it will put it back into the spam folder, you can simply select ‘trash it’, so that depends upon the volume of spam comments you are getting.
I prefer it to select the first option and do remember the comings that are in the spam folder, they will be automatically deleted in 15 days so pretty much that’s it, click on save changes, there you go, your Aksimet plugin is read, live and from now on, whenever somebody comment on your blog, if it’s a genuine comment, most of the time you will be approving it manually and if it’s a spam comment, Akismet plugin will be taking care of it, so this is a first plugin that I highly recommend to you and you should install it in your blog, it will hardly take three minutes and after that your blog will be spam free.