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:


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

  1. 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 …

  2. 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..

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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??

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

  8. 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..

  9. 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 🙂

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