How do I confirm Akismet is working?

Once a site has been configured correctly, you can test it by submitting a comment or submission from the contact form with one of the following triggers:

  • Name: viagra-test-123
  • Email: akismet-guaranteed-spam@example.com
  • Comment/Contact Form Body: akismet-guaranteed-spam

For comments, the submission will be accepted normally, but you can confirm Akismet is working by checking that it was automatically filtered into the Spam tab at “WP Admin > Comments > Spam”.

Checking for spam in WP Admin

For the contact form (if it is correctly setup to work with Akismet) and if you want to check if the submission was captured correctly in spam by the contact form, then you will need to check the spam section of the contact form you are using if your contact form provider provides an option to check spam submissions.