Activating Akismet to Control Spam on Your WordPress Blog
No blogger likes spam. In fact, blogging services such as WordPress have spent untold hours in the name of stopping these spammers in their tracks. All WordPress installations have one significant thing in common: Akismet, a WordPress plugin. Activating Akismet is the answer to combating comment and trackback spam.
Akismet is already included in every WordPress installation, so you don’t have to worry, at this point, about downloading and installing it because it’s already there. Follow these steps to activate and begin using Akismet:
The Plugins page appears.
Click the Activate link below the Akismet plugin name and description.
A yellow box appears at the top of the page, saying Akismet Is Almost Ready. You Must Enter Your WordPress.com API Key for It to Work. An API key is a string of numbers and letters that functions like a unique password given to you by WordPress.com; it’s the key that allows your WordPress.org application to communicate with your WordPress.com account.
Click the link in the yellow box to navigate to the Akismet Configuration page.
The Akismet Configuration page asks you to enter your Akismet API key. You can obtain an API key free from your WordPress.com account. If you’re a professional or corporate user, click the Get Your Key link to visit the Akismet website, where you can purchase an API key.
You need to register for an account on WordPress.com in order to get access to a free API key.
In a new browser window, log in to your WordPress.com account and click the Edit My Profile link in the WordPress.com menu.
The My Public Profile page opens in your web browser.
Click the API Key and Other Personal Settings link.
The Personal Settings page appears in your WordPress.com Dashboard. Your WordPress.com API key appears at the top of that page.
In your Dashboard on the Akismet Configuration page, enter the API key in the WordPress.com API Key text box and click the Update Options button to activate the Akismet plugin.
Akismet catches spam and throws it into a queue, holding the spam for 15 days and then deleting it from your database. It’s probably worth your while to check the Akismet Spam page once a week to make sure that the plugin hasn’t captured any legitimate comments or trackbacks.
You can rescue those non-spam captured comments and trackbacks by clicking Comments in the left navigation menu and then clicking Spam. Browse through the spam and select the Approve link if you find any that are legitimate.