Akismet is one of the most popular and most downloaded WordPress plugin. This free plugin will let you combat spam comments on your WordPress blog, and every WordPress user should have this plugin from day one. In this video I have shared everything you need to know about the plugin. For newbie, you will learn:
- How to Install and configure Akismet WordPress plugin
- How to get free Akismet API Key
- Few important comment settings.
If you are getting lots of spam comments on your WordPress blog, you should definitely watch this video. More over, do read my guide on “Moderating blog comments – A Guide for bloggers“, which will give you a detailed insight on how comments on your blog can help in overall growth of your blog.
Transcript of How to setup Akismet WordPress plugin:
Hey guys, Harsh here from ‘ShoutMeLoud’ and today I am going to show you how you can combats spam comments on your WordPress blog. If you have a WordPress blog, you might be getting a lot of spam comments on your blogs and you might be wondering how to stop those spam comments, so here is what we do, there is a free plugin called Akismet, the plugin is free, they have few subscription options but if you are a blogger and you can use this plugin for free and in this video I’ll be showing you how you can configure this plugin, from where you can get Akismet api key, so basically you need to get an API key to activate the plugin and after that, I’ll show you the settings that you need to do, so let’s go ahead and start knowing about Akismet.
The very first thing, if you are installing a WordPress blog for the first time, you might see Akismet plugin installed by default, it might not be activated, just in case if you are manually installing WordPress and you don’t see Akismet plugin, you can simply click on add new and search for Akismet and install it right away, so in my case, I already have the plugin installed, I’ll click on activate, now after that activating one of the thing which I need right now is the Akismet API key.
Let me show you how you can get your Akismet api key, basically if you just simply go to akismet site and try to get the api key, it will ask you to make a donation, so let’s go ahead and click on activate your akismet account, now here click on ‘get your api key‘, this will take you to the Akismet website and here is what you need to do, click on ‘get an Akismet API key’ and you need to create an account, so simply add your email address, it will take few seconds and once you’re in, now here are few options like personal, business, enterprise.
What you can do, you can click on sign up, you need to take care of this particular section which says ‘what is akismet worth to you?’, this is more like a donation, simply drag this to 0.0 per year and your name, click on continue and that’s it, you will get your Aksimet API key from here, you will also get an email into your registered email address, so simply copy the Akismet API key and go back to your WordPress dashboard and here paste your API key and click on verify to confirm if your key is working or not.
Here are a few things that you know you can configure and one of them is shows the number of approved comments beside each comment author, technically I use this because I have a busy blog and this way I can filter out like who’s the regular commentator or who is not and you can always put the spam comments in the spam folder, so basically when akismet catches a comment as a spam, it will put it back into the spam folder, you can simply select ‘trash it’, so that depends upon the volume of spam comments you are getting.
I prefer it to select the first option and do remember the comings that are in the spam folder, they will be automatically deleted in 15 days so pretty much that’s it, click on save changes, there you go, your Aksimet plugin is read, live and from now on, whenever somebody comment on your blog, if it’s a genuine comment, most of the time you will be approving it manually and if it’s a spam comment, Akismet plugin will be taking care of it, so this is a first plugin that I highly recommend to you and you should install it in your blog, it will hardly take three minutes and after that your blog will be spam free.
If you have any other suggestion or if you want me to review any other WordPress plugin, feel free to let me know via comments, thank you for watching, this is Harsh.
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