How To Get Free Akismet API Key For WordPress Blog


Akismet is one of those WordPress anti-spam plugins which is not only essential, it’s also highly recommended. It’s an official free plugin by WordPress parent company Automattic and, if you aren’t using it, you should be.

Spam comments are nothing new. As soon as your WordPress blog goes live, you will start seeing lots of spam comments that look genuine. Akismet is one of the best free solutions to getting rid of WordPress spam. 

In this quick post, I will share how you can get your Akismet API key for your new Akismet installation.

Earlier, one could get their free API key by signing up for a free account on, but now there’s a dedicated site for Akismet and there is no button for “free sign ups”.

Easy Way To Get Free Akismet API Key

Akismet is one of those few WordPress plugins which comes with the stock installation of WordPress. In order to activate it and start using it, you need to add an API key.

When you click on “Get your key”, you will be directed to Akismet’s website where you will get lost looking for the non-existent “free” option.

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Here is the way out:

  • Click on “Get your key.”
  • Under the “Personal Contribution” plan, select ” Basic : Use Akismet for Free on a personal site”. 

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  • On the next page, move the slider all the way to the left under the column which says “What is Akismet worth to you?”

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  • Finish the sign-up and click on “Continue”.

If you ever lose your Akismet API key, you can use this link to recover your lost API key.

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

How To Configure Akismet WordPress Plugin

Here is a video which shows how to set up the Akismet WordPress plugin and how to get your free API key for Akismet:

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

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

34 thoughts on “How To Get Free Akismet API Key For WordPress Blog”

  1. JesterXL

    Thanks! I had no idea you could drag that black price button.

  2. Gregory

    Thank you! I was wondering why my old Akismet key was no longer active, and thought they started charging for using Akisment. I got the Akismet working and active all because of you 🙂

  3. Isaac

    Thanks now I have my API key

  4. Pradip nalwaya

    thanks @Harsh, i just got my free API key and now ts it working.

  5. Robyn

    Thanks much. That was pretty tricky but I got it for free with your help.

  6. Prateek

    Harsh, the free license is just for non-commercial use? So that means if i put ads on my blog and intend to make money out of it..i can’t use the free Askimet license..

  7. Saransh Srivastava

    Thank You Harsh bro.. I have just activated this plugin .. thanks again..

  8. resiki

    Harsh… thank you for showing the way to get free api keys… it works.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Free is good 😉

  9. karthic

    Is it ok to use akismet free plugin for my personal tech blog that is using adsense. (I am new to blogging)

  10. Sonam

    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??

  11. Harsh S.

    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!

  12. Gudtalent

    thanks a lot Harsh, i just got my free API key now and its it working perfectly.
    i will keep visiting this blog.

  13. Tanmoy Das

    Wow. This is just a great man. Seriously, I was f##ked up by the spam. Thanks for this tricks.

  14. yash

    I have been using Aksimet, but sometimes it even spams a good comment!!

  15. Anish K.S

    I am not sure, i think we can get it through a blog created at ?.

  16. Ravi

    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

  17. aman

    Is there any pro version?????

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Aman Yah they do offer pro version…Though I’m not sure what’s good about Pro version apart from the support part.

  18. Prateek

    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..

  19. karun

    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 …

  20. Aolor

    I’ve got it run on my blog, it filters 97% of spams. Nice job, Harsh!

    1. ismo adamou

      Hi AOLOR
      It works for you cool, I’ll try to activate it on my wordpress board, excellent content as always.

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