If your new to blogging or have been around for any amount of time you know the pain of getting those emails from your blog about bogus comments. How do you get rid of them or limit them ?

The easiest method is to click the plugins link from your dashboard then look for a jewel called “Akismet” In most cases its already installed on your WordPress installation. You simply have to click activate then go into the settings page and request an “Akismet API Key”. This is done by clicking the settings link from within the list of plugins under “Akismet”. For many people, Akismet will greatly reduce or even completely eliminate the comment and trackback spam you get on your site. If one does happen to get through, simply mark it as “spam” on the moderation screen and Akismet will learn from the mistakes. If you don’t have an API key yet, you can get one at Akismet.com.

The following page will appear:
Get an Akismet Key!!

Click Get an Akismet Key, you will then be greeted by this screen:
API Key signup

Select the plan that suits your website type.

For most blogs typically you will select personal. You will then follow the next three steps to get your API key. Once you have the key, go back to your Akismet Plugin settings page and enter your api, then click update settings.

Update Akismet API Key and save
That’s it: sit back and see how many spam comments get caught. If you’ve enjoyed this WordPress Tutorial, share it with a friend.

Updated: 10/29/15

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