Spammers can truly frustrate any busy blogger and the need for protection is ever on the increase. By default, every Wordpress installation, whether wordpress-hosted or self-hosted; comes with Akismet plugin. The only challenge is that, we are often asked to make payment on a monthly or yearly basis for the activation key; and many have avoided the plugin as quickly as possible.
Recently, I discovered how to unlock this mystery without paying any money in a legitimate way; therefore, I decided to share the knowledge with our readers.
The first step you must take is to go to Akismet Website and signin with your Wordpress account details. As soon as you finish that, you will see a page that says that you don't have any subscription, so click on Sign Up For Subscription button.The next page will show you the available plans - Personal, Business, and Enterprise.
The good thing is that, while other plans will tell you how much you must pay; Personal Plan will give you the opportunity to TELL THEM how much you want to pay.So, you should click on Sign Up under Personal Plan option.The next page might frighten you a bit; but hold on a little. Don't worry about the Visa, Mastercard, etc.
Look at the extreme right side; you will see a slide-bar with the caption "WHAT IS AKISMET WORTH TO YOU?" if you leave it like that, you will pay $36 yearly; and if you increase the bar, you might pay as much as $120 yearly. However, if you slidee the bar to the extreme left side, you will end up paying $0. Make your choice and move on.If you slide the bar to $0; they will allow you to signup with only your Name and your API key will be given to you at ZERO COST to you