Get Free Akismet API Key for WordPress Blog

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Every Fresh WordPress Installation comes with some WordPress default themes and Plugins,the two default plugins are Hello Dolly and the second one is Akismet. Today i will share you “how to get free akismet api key ” for your wordpress blog. Before that get to know more about akismet.

Get free akismet api key for your wordpress blog

What is Akismet?

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Akismet is one of those WordPress anti-spam plugins, which is not only essential but also highly recommended. Spam comments are nothing new, and as soon as your WordPress blog goes live, you will start seeing lots of spam comments which looks genuine. Akismet is one of the free solution to combat WordPress spam.

It’s an official free plugin by WordPress parent company Automattic. Though, in past few months, they have made major changes in a way to get free Akismet API key, and it’s not as easy as it looks.

In this quick post, I will share how you can get your free Akismet API key for new installation. Earlier, one can get free Akismet API key by signing up for a free account on, but now they have setup a dedicated site for Akismet and there is no button for free sign up. Even pricing page, doesn’t show any free plan. Actually it’s paid for commercial site but in case if your blog is a personal one, you can get the plugin for free.

Remember the plugin is only free for Personal blogs only, not for commercial one.

How to get the Free Akismet API Key?

Visit Akismet site and Sign up and chose Basic Plan (For personal, non-commercial sites and blogs).

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You will have 2 options either fill the sign up form or use account to sign up with Akismet. can ask for Authorization, If you see a message regarding authorization then just click on “Authorize”

Now  just decrease the amount to $0 using the pointer under Your Contribution as shown in the below image and fill up your name and click on continue. Finish the sign-up and click on continue.

select akismet free payment plan

Clicking on Continue will take you to the next page where you will be able to see the Akismet API key for your WordPress Blog/Site as shown in the below image, copy the API key.

successful completion of akismet process

If you ever lost your Akismet API key, you can use this link to recover lost API key. Once you have added the API key in configuration page, Akismet will start protecting your blog from spam comments.


I hope this trick will help newbie bloggers to quickly get free Akismet API key. If you still have any query, feel free to ask me via comments.

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