How to Get Free Akismet API Key for WordPress Blog

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 that look genuine. Akismet is one of the free solutions to combat WordPress spam.

Missing Akismet KeyIt’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. I’m not sure if this confusion is just to add extra bucks, or Automattic is planning to make Akismet a commercial plugin in future. Also, adding to my wondering thoughts: Jetpack plugin is still missing Akismet integration.

In this quick post, I will share how you can get your 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.

Easy way to get free Akismet API Key

Akismet is one of those WordPress plugins, which comes with the stock installation of WordPress. You need to add API key to activate and start using Akismet plugin. Now, when you click on Get API key, you will be directed to Akismet website, where you will be lost in finding the free option. Here is the way out: Click on get Akismet API key, and select a personal option. <Direct link>

Akismet Subscriptions


Click on Get started under Basic plan & on the next page, move the slider to extreme left under column which says ‘What is Akismet worth to you’

Akismet basic free

Fill out the Akismet sign up form, and you need to make only one change. In yearly contribution, move the slider to $0, and your payment option will be done. Finish the sign-up and click on continue. You will receive the Akismet API key via Email. If you ever lost your Akismet API key, you can use this link to recover lost API key.

free Akismet Key

Check your Email for the key, and add the API key into your Akismet configuration page. Once you have added the API key in configuration page, Akismet will start protecting your blog from spam comments.

How to configure Akismet WordPress plugin


Here is a video which shows how to setup Akismet WordPress plugin and how to get free API key for Akismet:

I hope this tip 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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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 16 )

  1. says

    Hello Harsh,

    I have got a problem in getting my API key. I had Installed Akismet 5 months back. But, It’s asking for API key again and when clicking on Resend, I am getting an error message saying “Your API key has been suspended, please contact support for further details”. I am confused how to get the Key now. Can you suggest how to fix that??

  2. says

    This is a wonderful article. It reveals the process to fetch a free akismet API key which a newbie can certainly not predict him/herself from the akismet site. Superb!

  3. Ravi says

    Thank You very Muchhh harsh. I was trying to get get Akismet several days before as My blog is receiving too many Spam comments, but i closed the tab as soon as i saw the price listings, didn’t tried to digg further

  4. says

    Yeah harsh in these Automattic have made the way to get the API key a bit cumbersome but it’s the best plugin against spam.. Nice tutorial anyway..

  5. karun says

    Thanks harsh …it really works for me …last night I was going to buy this plugin but for some reason I can’t buy this plugin and today morning you save my money …