You get provided with an API key when you open a WordPress.com free blog account.
So in order to install your WordPress analystics with the Stats plugin and protect your website or blog from spam with the Akismet plugin you will need to first get an API key. Fortunately this is very easy to do…
Create an Account for yourself at WordPress.com
Simply go to WordPress.com and open a free account – it’s really quick and easy!
If you have already done this then just go to the next section. If not go to WordPress.com and create your account. When you are done getting your free acount – log out!
HOW TO FIND YOUR API KEY
Login to your Account at WordPress.com and click on MY ACCOUNT (in the top left corner of the screen).
Then select GLOBAL DASHBOARD from the drop-down menu.
In the Global Dashboard click on PROFILE in the left sidebar menu and your Profile page will be displayed. This lists a lot of stuff about your account and also…
At the top of the page you will see your API Key displayed.
Whenever you need your API Key just copy and paste from this key value into the field that requires during the configuration of WordPress plugins from WordPress.com, such as Askimet and WordPress Stats plugin and any other plugins that they may release in the future.
Without a valid key these plugin installations will not work.
You WordPress API Key is a valuable piece of data and you should keep it secure at all times.
It is also an essential part of your WordPress kit as both Aksimet and the Stats plugin are invaluable to any WordPress site owner.