So, why there is a need of the Akismet plugin to reduce spam comments in your WordPress?
Because of the popularity of WordPress, there is high likelihood that your WordPress account after installation is often targeted at random for all sorts of comment spam.
One of the best plugins available to help combat this is the Akismet plugin. In this post, you will see how to install and activate the Akismet plugin to reduce Spam Comments.
The first thing we need to do is install the Akismet Plugin. (If you have a freshly installed WordPress then by default this plugin would be installed so you just need to activate the plugin).
Click here to install the Akismet plugin if you don’t have it in your WordPress.
Once you have downloaded the Akismet plugin zip file, you need to upload it in your WordPress.
Just go to Plugins -> Add New
Then click on “Upload Plugin” on the top.
Upload the zip file which you had downloaded above and then click on “Install Now” button. (version for Akismet shown in the image below may vary for you)
Once installed it will ask you to activate the plugin. Click on “Activate Plugin”
On the next page you will see something like the image below. Just click on that blue button “Activate your Akismet account”
On the next page you will have to get an API key (if you don’t have one). Click on the blue button which says “Get your API key”
You will be redirected to Akismet website and you will get something similar to this wherein you will have to click on “GET AN AKISMET API KEY”
On the next page, you will have to fill in your WordPress account details.
Once you are done filling your WordPress details, you will have to select the price plan from the options shown.
After selecting the price plan, you will have to enter your contact info and the billing details.
After that, you will receive a popup message like the one below:
Copy the API key and go to your WordPress once again and paste it in there and click on “Use this key”
Voila! Your Akismet account has been successfully set up and activated. Happy blogging!
And that’s it! At this time, the Akismet plugin to reduce Spam Comments is 100% activated and working. Once this plugin is activated you will notice a significant decrease in the amount of spam comments that are placed in your WordPress account.