Akismet is a great plug-in and a bargain at any price, if you ask me. Luckily, Automattic gives Akismet away to the vast majority of users. If you're using Akismet for only one or two blogs, you don't need to pay anything.
A few paid options are available, though, offering the usual benefits:
• Paid accounts have priority over free accounts in the form of getting access to new versions first. Requests for paid accounts are handled by the Web service before free account requests (though the difference isn't noticeable).
• Traffic is never throttled for paid accounts. The Akismet Web service may check free accounts for spam less frequently, however, if those free accounts generate lots of requests.
• Paid users get notified first when an update is out.
If you make more than $500 a month from your blogs, you may want to opt for a pro-blogger API key. For $5 a month, you get access to all the benefits described above and also technical support against comment spam.
Enterprise customers (big companies) can sign up for enterprise-level accounts, and discounts are available for not-for-profit organizations.
Check out http://akismet.com/commercial for all the pricing details.
If you change your mind about these settings or want to use your API key for another blog, you can change these settings at any time by choosing Plugins > Akismet Configuration (a command that's available only when the Akismet plug-in is active).
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