Akismet is a WordPress plugin, which you will find as pre-installed in your WordPress. In this article, we will cover why you need Akismet, how to install it, and how to use it.
What is Akismet?
The spam filtering service Automattic Kismet is also known as Akismet for short. It is created by Automattic , the corporation that developed WordPress, and was released on October 25, 2005. It attempts to filter link spam from blog comments and spam TrackBack pings using its own algorithm. It filters comments by using the collected data of WordPress bloggers. The comments are sent to the Akismet web service and literally undergo hundreds of tests before being approved as comments and posted on your blog. Activating the Akismet plugin is like opening a can of whoop-ass on spammers and, once activated, you will never have to deal with faux comments again.
Why should I get Akismet?
After activating your blog you will begin to get comments, and unfortunately most of them might be spam as determined by Akismet. You might get far fewer actual comments than SPAM comments; the ratio may be 1:10 or even more. If you do not have Akismet in your WordPress, you will find all pending comments with viewed as potential spam are waiting for your approval, and you have to check them manually. But you can transfer your headache to akismet, which can detect spam automatically with more than 90% accuracy. This is why the Akismet plugin is very popular for WordPress comment spam protection.
What are the criticisms of Akismet?
Sometimes, Akismet will accidentally flag a real comment as spam. If a commenter has been flagged as a spammer in an Akismet-activated blog then that same user may be perceived as a spammer in other blogs as well, and it can become very difficult for that person to participate in the blogging community.
When your comment is detected as spam
When you do not find your comment for moderation or modification, it means that it was detected as spam by Akismet. In that case, you should contact the administrator of the site to approve your comment.
For your own WordPress site, you can let users know this in your first post or in your “about” or “contact us” page, so they know what’s going on and don’t think that they are being ignored. Be sure to let them know how to get a hold of you so that you can resolve the issue.
How to get the API
By following the steps below, you can get your Akismet API key.
1. Register a WordPress.com account
After your registration you will get the API in your email with your confirmation. But if you lose it, or failed to get the API, don’t worry, you can still get it (or get it again).
2. Retrieve Your API
In the Global Dashboard of your WordPress, click on your profile in the left hand tab. You will find your API on that page. DO NOT share your API with others!
Cool Akismet Back / Front-end Features
In your dashboard, you will find notifications of all comments blocked by Akismet.
You will also find the Akismet stats on your Admin Panel.
The following snippet will display the count of spam comments blocked by Akismet. Simply copy and paste the code if you want to use it.
<?php akismet_counter(); ?>
You can also use widget for Akismet, which is available in your admin panel.
Bottom line – Akismet is one of the most important plugins for the WordPress Blogger. It is a spam fighter and protector of your blog. Don’t delay – activate your Akismet straight away!