In blogging, spam comments are a big headache for any blogger, especially if you have not taken any measure to prevent them. A very popular WordPress plugin called Akismet is there to handle this headache for you. I have talked about a number of important plugins in my previous posts. In this post, I will explain how you can set up Akismet in WordPress.
When you set up your WordPress website, one of the very first plugins that comes across you is Akismet. Quite simply an indispensable plugin, you should set up Akismet as soon as you set up WordPress on your site. It is the best way to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam, and keep your blog at bay from spam links.
Here is how you configure Akismet on your blog: First of all, Activate the plugin. Next, you will see a notice that the plugin has been activated but you need to enter a WordPress.com API key for it work.
Sign up for an Akismet API key using this link. Create a free WordPress.com account (it is not the same as WordPress.org account that you use to login to your admin panel) and after the confirmation, you will receive the key in your email. Don’t worry when you see the donation figures. You can select that you will contribute 0$ and create the account.
Now that you have the API key, go to the Akismet settings and paste the code there. Save the changes and you will see a Valid sign next to the key. This is an indication that your key is working. You can also check that Akismet is working by clicking on the link at the end of the Settings page.
So that’s how you set up Akismet WordPress plugin on your WordPress blog. Quite easy it is. If you haven’t done so, then do it immediately and block your blog from spamming forever. The beauty of this plugin is that it works even when you are offline.