If you just installed WordPress Blog then you need to use some plugin to run your blog smoothly. But you would find some plugin which will come with WordPress installation like, Hello Dolly, Akismet.
Akismet is very important plugin for WordPress Blog because if you want to resist spam comments and track backs. I think you are aware about Spam on comments, Because spam can ruin your blog instantly. For fight back against spam and track backs you will find pre-installed Akismet plugin in self hosted WordPress CMS. This plugin is essential for saving your Blog.
However for using this plugin you have to simply activate the plugin. Because by default this plugin will be inactive. And for activating this plugin it require API key. Most of the newbie think that to get Akismet API key they have to pay but you can easily get Free API key but your blog must be personal not commercial. So to get Fee API key just follow the below step-
Step 1 Go to https://akismet.com/signup/ and sign up
Step 2 And Write your Email address, User Name and Password and press the Sign Up Button.
Step 3 It will display 3 Plan like Personal, Business and Enterprise. So choose Personal by clicking on Sign up button.
Step 4 Now it will headed to a page with Payment method. To remove the payment method just drag the moving bar to the left under to What is Akismet Worth to you? At the right side of the page. And see the Payment method disappeared.
Step 5 Now under contact info just write your First name and Last name and hit the Continue button.
Step 6 In this time you will get Akismet API key with a message Congratulations, You are the owner of a shiny new Akismet API key. Now copy the key and return to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 7 From WordPress Dashboard go to Plugins ->Installed Plugins and find the Akismet plugin and click on Activate link.
If you don’t find the plugin then you can download from the below link
Step 8 Now again under Akismet plugin click on Setting and it will directed to another page.
Step 9 Now click on I already have a key link and Paste the Akismet API key on key field.
Step 10 Finally hit the Save Changes button to activate. Now it will display a success message that Your Akismet account has been successfully get up and activated. Happy blogging!
That’s it your Akismet plugin is now activated. I hope this tutorial will helped you to get Free API key for Akismet plugin. Let me hear if you face any difficulty to get your API key.