How to Install a Spam Filter on Your WordPress Blog
Spam is taking over our lives but there is something that you can do about catching it on your blog before your email box fills up each day with male enhancement drug offers, diet pill offers and those pesky Nigerian solicitors who drop by to let you know that your millions of dollars are waiting for you.
To block and reduce spam on your self-hosted WordPress blog, I use and recommend Akismet.
Akismet comes pre-installed on new WordPress installations so all you need to do is activate the plugin. Do this by navigating to WP Dashboard > Plugins. You will find Akismet Plugin in Installed Plugins. Click the “Activate” button.
Now you will see a yellow highlighted message at the top of your WP dashboard asking you to enter your Akismet API key.
Go to Akismet and register for your key.
The default setting will look like they want you to pay $36 for the key. Grab the slide and shift it left until it registers $0 and then proceed with your registration. Be sure to use an email address that you have access to as they will email the key to you.
Return to your WP dashboard, click on the “Enter yoru Akismet API key” highlighted message and copy and paste your emailed key there. Click the update options button and your key will be verified. If the key is valid you will see this screenshot:
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