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KeyForCash.com Review

May 14th, 2008

Earlier this morning, I made another serendipitous find of an apparently legitimate work-at-home program called KeyForCash when I discovered this article by Shanna Coon. Normally I am rather skeptical of programs in the data entry category because this is one of those areas where there has been a significant amount of deceptive advertising. Many such programs are sold as ebooks or home study courses but are not what most of us would think of as data entry jobs. In reality, most of them are actually instructions for how to advertise on AdWords and make money as an affiliate or publisher; the “data entry” part comes in when you type the relatively small amount of text that goes into creating the ads.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with trying to make money with AdWords, being successful with it generally requires a substantial amount of knowledge and experience with marketing, not to mention the fact that there are initial costs involved in paying for the clicks. Real data entry jobs are not supposed to work like that — there are no up-front costs to get started, and you are actually paid for the typing, not for advertising products.

Supposedly this Key For Cash program is more like actual data entry, but since I have only recently discovered the site, I have not had the chance to put it through a full vetting process yet. If any of you have previous experience with this program, please share any relevant information with our readers. If the operation is indeed legitimate, it could be a good way to make some extra money without having to actually write articles, maintain a website, or do any advertising, which at this point would be a welcome relief for this particular webmaster.


Earning money at home is a big craze these days, especially with gas prices hovering above $3 per gallon. Low wages, decreased by the cost of fuel and day care, steer many to search for opportunities allowing them to stay home while earning a living. One of the harder markets to gain reputable work in is data entry. The pickings are slim; however, legitimate work-at-home positions do exist. KeyForCash is one of the honest, paying sites offering data entry work for good typists.

KeyForCash presents those with good data entry skills the ability to earn money for typing information into a database. Typists can choose between entering alpha, numeric, or alphanumeric data. After choosing the session you prefer, a screen appears showing the information needing to be entered. The data appears in online documents containing handwritten or computer generated information.

The free registration process for KeyForCash involves entering basic information, such as name, address, phone number, and email. At times, KeyForCash receives so many inquiries that a waiting list is necessary. When your name comes up on the list, you receive an invitation email notifying you of an opening. Upon acceptance of the invitation, you can immediately login and start working.

KeyForCash verifies all entered keystrokes for accuracy. The current rate paid is 55 cents per 1,000 accurate keystrokes. Only accurate keystrokes count towards the account balance. Once the account has a balance of $50 or more, KeyForCash sends a check. If an account balance is less than $50, the funds continually rollover until the minimum is met. KeyForCash sends any earned and unpaid amounts at the next pay date if you desire to discontinue typing, even if you have not met the $50 minimum.

In order to earn a $50 check on a weekly basis, you must spend an immense amount of time typing, regardless of your typing speed. Consider this: 55 cents divided by 1,000 equals .000555 per individual keystroke, requiring you to type a minimum of 90,090 keystrokes per week. Even expert typists will tire quickly of entering redundant and repetitive data. Another downside to KeyForCash is the unsteady, unpredictable amount of work available.

If you are serious about earning money with your data entry skills, KeyForCash provides a reliable and legitimate opportunity. However, your success does not depend solely upon your ability and speed. Variables such as amount of work available and number of other “working” typists can drastically affect your earning potential. KeyForCash is best suited for those interested in supplemental income or holiday spending money.

27 Responses to “KeyForCash.com Review”

  1. comment number 1 by: Kim

    This actually sounds quite interesting! Please keep us posted with any other information you may come across about this opportunity.

  2. comment number 2 by: Maroa

    Hi. Been to the site and it actually works. Thanks.


  3. comment number 3 by: Maroa

    Thanks for this. Sounds very interesting. For a long time now I have been seeing adverts about data entry jobs yet all of them have turned out to be scams. They ask for upfront payment before revealing details, most of which have proved worthless.

    However low the rates appear, at least the program offers what it promises. That’s the catch.

    This post has helped me and others.


  4. comment number 4 by: Kathy

    I have been working for them for about 3 years. At first it was much better with much higher pay rates. They have changed hands and changed some things which improved and some which didn’t.

    Each typist is given a payday. Mine is Tuesday. If I have $50 in my account on Tuesday morning, they tell me they will send me a check in two days. Well, lately, the checks are taking longer and longer. Instructions are to wait 30 days after mailing date to ask about the check. They have also added a statement that all payments are net 30. Basically, what this means is they wait 3-4 weeks to mail the check to make sure you get it in 30 days.

    They do pay you for your work eventually. As mentioned, how much you can make is dependent on availability of work and the number of people working. The rates have been reduced to $.50 per 1000 (confirmed) keystrokes. When I first started, there were shift differentials. Not anymore. And as I said the rates were much better. I understand that before I started the rates were at least $1.00 per 1000 confirmed keystrokes.

    They have your personal information and send you a 1099 at the end of the year if you make over $600. You are responsible for your own taxes as an independent contractor. To the best of my knowledge, all your personal information including e-mail address stays confidential. I have not had any problems with them giving it out.

  5. comment number 5 by: Karlonia


    Thank you for this informative update. I had signed up for KeyForCash on the same day that I published this article, but so far it seems that I’m still on the waiting list. I have not yet received any more emails from them since the original signup confirmation.

  6. comment number 6 by: ModernMode

    I worked for Keyforcash.com. After finally reaching the $50.00 amount that they require, I waited for my check. THEY SENT NOTHING. When I contacted them by email (the only way to contact them), they responded that they would look into it. Now they don’t respond at all. STAY AWAY FROM KEYFORCASH.COM.

  7. comment number 7 by: Pam

    I have been working for KeyForCash since March 8, 2008. They sometimes send you check every week and then there are periods where the issued check is held and not mailed until the latest possible date for the check to reach you in the 30 days as required by net-30. Regardless, they are legitimate and they do offer you work with no cost no you. You have the freedom to work as little or as much as you want. If you are a fast typist, and the work is available, you can make around $140.00 a week for about 30 hours of work. The biggest problem is that there is not always work. One secret, is to keep clicking to check for work repeatedly as small batches will show up and then be gone quickly if you are not there to “grab” it before someone else. I have made over $3,000 since last March.

  8. comment number 8 by: FYI

    Just updating information. You now have to take an evaluation test when you sign up. The pay has dropped to $.40 per 1000 confirmed keystrokes.

  9. comment number 9 by: FYI1

    Keyforcash is now 40 cents per 1000 keystroke. best times to get some decent work is around 8-5pm tues to fri after that is some to no exitant. Sat and Sun just check and if nothing pops up after 5-10 tries..just forget about it.

    Patience is the key. Good to get that extra 50-200 a month while waiting for calls to other work at home ventures like (liveops,west,wesat,teletech and voicelog all with .com…

    hope this helps.

    NY #1 Yankee Fan.

  10. comment number 10 by: Kerry

    I have been working for KeyforCash for almost a year now and I have not had any problems with them. Although, I don’t use their site on a regular basis. I made the minimum payout twice last year and received a check within 10 days. I just recently reached the payout last week and am currently waiting for a check. Overall, I find it to be a rather good option to earn a little extra money every month.

  11. comment number 11 by: Sue

    Just this week KeyForCash dropped their pay rate for new hires down from 40/1000 keystrokes to 20/1000. At that rate you will make about $2.00 an hour IF you can key around 13000 kph. Six months ago they dropped the rate from 50/1000 to 40/1000. A sign of what’s to come?

  12. comment number 12 by: Sasha

    i came across keyforcash, and i was just laid off from my secretary/ dispatcher for a transportation service in milwaukee, wi. i was wondering before i actually sign up, do i give out my address, phone number and etc.also i have been searching for a job after i got laid off for 3 weeks so far. so please if any of u can email me an answer, please do so, because im lookin for a work from home site where i dont have to buy the kit or anything, just sign up legitimately and start doin either clerical or data entry work.

    please email me at Romana125@yahoo.com

    also if u know any free work at home sites where i dont have to call in or buy stuff, please email me that help too. thanks. thank you for your patience. :)

  13. comment number 13 by: lori

    wow the rate are way low now like 22/1000… i haven’t received a check yet… the site says that pay roll has changed and that it would take longer to receive checks… you have to be a hell of a keyer to make any money and the checks are dispersed once you make 20.00… the work is very much like the entry test..

  14. comment number 14 by: hr

    Does anyone know if keyforcash is hiring now? I just took the evaluation test and scored really high (99-100). How long do you think the wait will be before hiring?

    Thanks!!! :)

  15. comment number 15 by: preethi

    the payment is very low. one will get $1 when he key s 20000 times

    kindly pay atleast $1 for 1000key strokes

  16. comment number 16 by: MsD

    Yes, KeyforCash has drastically reduced it’s pay rate for 1,000 characters typed. I have been with them for a little over a year and I like them. I was hired before they changed the pay rate to .20/1000. I still make the .40/1000 rate and can make decent money, as long as there is plenty of work available. I was actually able to make $200 for one week a couple of weeks ago. On average I make at least $130 a week for about 5 hours of work a day. I am a fairly fast typist and have done high-volume data entry for a number of years.

    I hate that they have reduced the rate by so much. I have family members that joined after the rate change, and they usually just make the minimum $20 needed to get a check. It sounds like back in the day, when they paid $1.00 per 1,000 and had a shift differential that it was a really great and reliable source of income that you could actually maybe pay your rent with. Even the .55 cents per 1,000 would be nice at this point. I just don’t understand why they keep reducing the rate . I mean it’s obviously work they need to have done and by a certain time. I mean if people see that it takes so long to make $1.00, they will become discouraged at this and quit. So, really to me KFC is spiting themselves.

    I try not to make a lot of my $ with them, when I have bills to pay by a certain time of the month, because lately they have been slow in sending out payment. The checks are coming later now, and therefore I can’t depend on them to reach me before my bills are due. So, I am forced to work on other things I have to do and make most of my money with clients that pay me on time. It’s too bad they pay erratically like this at times, because I really love doing the work. Just can’t depend on when they will send your check and it’s hard to budget this way.

  17. comment number 17 by: Quisha

    I was wondering how long it usually takes for you to get hired and what type of score you need. I am in the 97th percentile and have been waiting to hear from them for a few weeks now. Anyone know?

  18. comment number 18 by: MsD


    I was hired at 97 percentile, so that will be a good enough score to get on. Usually they hire around the end of April into May for the tax season, after all taxes have been filed. So, you just have to wait until they are hiring again. Once they need more keyers, they will notify you if they want to bring you on.

  19. comment number 19 by: LaVeta

    This is a legit site. A friend of mine has been keying for cash now for about a year and I have just started and have been paid twice already. Very easy work. I love it.

  20. comment number 20 by: mohan

    dear one,
    i have alreadey for work kfc, i got a payment.
    then any other legimate is there, please sent my mail rmogans@live.com

  21. comment number 21 by: Sinha

    They have dropped the payment to 0.5$ per 1000 strokes. it has gone so wrong. But the minimum cashout is 10$ via PayPal and check for US members. So, what do you think now?

  22. comment number 22 by: kaka

    Halo I found that this is actually a very useful web!
    I have sighed for keyforcash.com too but i am on the waiting list too.
    So here comes my problem:
    Since I’m not US member,can I receive the payment successfully?
    I’m worried that the web won’t pay any more.Is it now a SCAM?

  23. comment number 23 by: Angered

    The Pay is absolutely ridiculous here. .20 cents per 1000 keystrokes can net you about $2.50 - $3.00 an hour is you’re lucky and get easy to read snippets. It’s not worth your time.

  24. comment number 24 by: MsD

    Well, KFC has really gone down hill for me. They just recently a couple of days ago dropped the rate for those of us who were making .40/1000. They did another rate change, but it actually benefited those who were making .20 cents. The rate for everyone (except a few) is now .25 per 1,000 characters typed. There are some people who reported that their rate was put back up to 40 cents. I don’t know why some older keyers pay was put back and mine wasn’t.

    I am very disappointed with my .15 cent cut in pay. I used to love working for KFC, but now I don’t. I may just type until I reach the payout of $25 for some extra money. But I can no longer work 30 or more hours for this low pay rate. I would have to work a lot of hours to make the $100 - $200 a week that I was able to make at the 40 cent rate. All I can say is, you would have to be super duper fast to make a decent wage with them now and able to type around 40,000 characters an hour. At the 40 cent rate, I was able to make between $7 & $8 an hour. Now that will be reduced to between $3.50 & maybe $4 an hour with the lowered rate of .25 cents.

    I will not be recommending KFC to anyone ever again. It’s just ashame how much they take advantage of workers.

  25. comment number 25 by: asif

    I have just joined key for cash for earning money as i am greatly in need of money. but it seems i cannot rely on it.

  26. comment number 26 by: Jaqui

    Key For Cash is not a scam. However, their pay rates, lack of customer service, and payment system does not put them on my list of ideal work-at-home jobs.

    I had a bad experience with them:

  27. comment number 27 by: Barbara searls

    i would like to no how the key for cash works so can you leave me a message in my gmail because i want to see how it works i am looking for a job that i can to at home

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