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Any site that operates a blog where anyone (or bot) cane leave a comment or that uses similar forms (text boxes, etc) will benefit by installing and setting up Akismet.
This is a very simple plugin to install but DO NOT forget that in order for it to work you will need to set up an Akismet account. You’ll do that when you set up the plugin as I show you here.
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OK, so what are we looking at here? I’ve installed two plugins, they’re both active, but I need to do some configuring. In this video, I’m going to show you how to configure the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin. Number one, “What do you need this plugin for anyway?” Once your site is up and running, you’ll have a number of forms on your site where people can say, leave a reply or send you a comment. That’s all good, but that can be a source of mischief. That is, people or bots can spam you, and you don’t want that. This plugin will help not just prevent the spamming– Because it can’t do that. But what it will do is it’ll filter out spammy comments to you, so you’ll never see them in your email. Generally, the process is when somebody leaves you a comment you’ll get an email, which is fine, and if it’s legitimate then maybe you’ll approve it, and you’ll reply to it. That’s fine, but you don’t want to see a lot of junk spammy email to you as a result of the fact that you have a website. So, this is a very good plugin. This is the number one plugin to filter out spammy comments, and thereby eliminating or thereby removing you from seeing a bunch of ridiculous emails every day.
In order to do this, you have to do some settings. It’s very simple. Click on “Settings” and two things. One is if you don’t have an Akismet account what you’ll have to do is click on this, and it’ll take you to the Akismet website. By the way, Akismet is owned and operated by the folks that manage the development of WordPress. It’s a company called Automattic. You have three different plans here, the one that most people may want is the personal one. I have the personal one, and I think I pay $5 dollars a month. In fact, I know I pay $5 dollars a month for my Joy of WP site, and you would go ahead and click on this and complete the process. When you’re done with your credit card, you’ll see down here they want all that stuff, and when you’re done, you’ll get what’s called an API key. An API key, you would go back in over here, and you’d paste it in. It’s just a series of digits, and what this does is it connects your website to the Akismet filtering service.
Without that API key, there’s no way to communicate from your site to Akismet. So, make sure you get the API key and paste it in here. I’m not going to do that, but what I do want to show you is what happens if it was active. OK, this is the Joy of WP site and the very site that you’re probably watching this video from. If I go over here, you’ll see under “Settings–” I have my API key in place, and the Akismet filter is working, and it is filtering out these spammy comments so that I don’t see the emails, which is great. You can see the accuracy of the filter is pretty high. Right over here you can see “API key,” I blocked this out so that you can’t see it because I don’t want you to know what the digits are. That’s all it is, just a series of digits for an API key. So, that’s all you have to do. It’ll work nice and quiet in the background, and it relieves you from seeing a whole lot of spammy email.