Peko – Peko
I've had a number of people email me asking for tips and advice on how to earn money using the Peko app. Rather than type out the same email response over and over again, I decided this topic was very well suited for a new blog post -- something I have been neglecting quite a bit recently. Maybe this will jump start the blog back to life!
If you already have a Peko account and are familiar with the basics of how to use the app and are just looking for usage tips, you can skip the introduction below and scroll down to the other headers. This post does not cover every single aspect of Peko, but provides enough information to get you started and well on your way to earning points. Some of the features are not necessarily available in all areas and some of the newly added features I do not use regularly so I am not yet able to talk about intelligently.
(I will try to add some screen shots to this post in the near future to make it a little easier to follow and navigate through the app.)
When I first heard about the Peko app and downloaded it, it sat dormant on my phone for nearly a month because I had NO idea how it worked or what to do -- so I feel for any of you who are just as confused! I lost a month worth of earning due to the lack of real instructions or guidance from within the app. Once I finally figured it out, I was amazed at how simple it really is and how fast I was able to accumulate points. (That said, recent changes to the app's payout have greatly affected cash out frequency, so those new to the app unfortunately will not be able to cash out as quickly as I did once I got the hang of it).
So keep in mind that, although it DOES take a long time to accumulate enough points to cash out, keep in mind these four things: (1) It is very easy to do/use; (2) It does not cost you anything to use; (3) It does eventually pay out if you keep playing; (4) It can actually be fun along the way!
Using the tips below, I have been able to earn over $80.00 in just over six months. You will not likely earn as much as fast anymore due to the recent reduction in points, but they do eventually payout. You can see my payment proofs for verification of legitimacy.
So what is Peko and how do you earn money using it?
You must have a Facebook account to sign up with Peko. I was not happy with that being the only sign up option. Although many apps have that signup/sign-in option for convenience, I always opt to have a separate username and password for any apps and keep them independent from my Facebook account. However, with the promise of earning money using the app, I decided to try it and went ahead with the Facebook sign up. I would still prefer an independent login, but I am happy to say that Peko has not given me endless prompts to share on my Facebook timeline of spam my Facebook friends.
Once you sign up with Peko, you generally have up to 10 'peko' to use -- you use a peko very much like the poke feature on Facebook if you are familiar with how that worked. You must first pull up the profile of another user and tap the peko button at the bottom of the screen to peko that user. He or she then has 60 minutes to peko you back. (If you get a return peko within ten minutes, you will get a 25% bonus on the points you score). If you peko goes un-responded for 60 minutes you LOSE your peko. This makes it very important to only peko users that you know are online and are currently using the app. The "Find People" tab is virtually worthless and I NEVER use it. It only wastes your pekos because it looks for users who are close to you geographically, but there is no guarantee that the users it finds are actively monitoring the app. I have NEVER had any luck finding an active user this way.
My apologies if this starts to sound confusing... Each time you initiate a peko to someone else, you use up one of your existing pekos. But if you are on the receiving end and someone ELSE peko's YOU, it does not cost you a thing to peko back! Those are free plays to you.
The BEST way to make sure you peko an active user is to either find a user actively begging for pekos under the "Scramble Match" tab (you will recognize the solicitations flying right to left across the screen); or my personal favorite: tap on the menu icon that appears in the bottom right of the screen showing your recent peko scores. This will show you all users who have recently won points on the Jackpot Challenge The screen will show you a list of profile photos, the jackpot and points won by each user, and a time stamp of when they won that jackpot. You will see that the list includes very recent winners who are still likely using the app.
What is the Main Peko Game?
Once you achieve a "peko-peko" (where you've been pekoed back by another user), you have the chance to play a roulette game. Press the button to drop a spinning ball into a roulette wheel. The point values for blue, green, and gold slots are displayed (these vary from game to game). Blue slots pay very little and are the most represented in the wheel. Green slots pay a little bit better but there are far fewer green than blue slots. Gold slots pay the most but there is only one gold slot on the wheel. Gold also gives you the option to play the Jackpot Challenge explained below.
You and your peko partner each have the chance to play the game and you each split your points with each other. KEEP IN MIND that not everyone plays their peko-peko's immediately -- so you may not get credit for your partner's spin right away, but you WILL eventually, even if not until a few days later. If you click the "My Challenges" tab, you will see which peko-peko's have been played and which still need to be played (either by you or by your partner).
What is the Jackpot Challenge?
If you OR YOUR PARTNER get the gold slot, then you BOTH have the chance to play the Jackpot Challenge. This is similar to a slot machine with the chance to earn a lot more Peko points. You have ten chances to match three symbols for various payouts (but once you win any one value, your remaining chances are forfeited back). Payouts range from 100 points (three cherries) to 100,000 points (three blue 7's) and various denominations in between.
All jackpot winners of any amount other than the three cherries/100 points and three oranges/300 points are then placed in the recent winners area described above. If you win a Jackpot, be prepared to receive a few peko requests from other users!
What is a Scramble Match?
In addition to the users begging for pekos, the Scramble Match page also has a third game available to you. The scramble game is almost identical to the popular Candy Crush game where you must match 3, 4, or 5 objects of the same color to remove them from the board and earn points.
Multiple users (2 - 4) may join an active game and compete against each other for about 30 seconds to see who gets the highest score. Some game are free and some cost you points to enter (these are clearly labeled before you join). If you join a points game, you will LOSE your entry fee if you score the lowest in the game; depending on the number of players, you may break even or win/lose a small amount of points if you score somewhere in the middle; and you will win additional points if you score the highest.
Although the potential to win points quickly is tempting, you can also quickly lose your hard earned points here, so consider yourself warned! This is also a good spot to find active users to peko or be peko'ed.
Make the Most of Your Free Pekos
The app gives you one 'peko' each hour up to a maximum of 10, so if you let the app go for more than 12 hours without using it, you will miss out on at least 2 peko chances. ALSO, anytime you peko someone, the clock for earning your next peko automatically resets to a full 60 minutes. So if you have less than 10 pekos to use, be careful to only use them when your timer to earning the next peko is at 50-60 minutes so that you do not lose all of your time spent on earning your next peko. As a general rule, if I see my next peko timer at less than 45-50 minutes, instead of using them, I set a separate timer on my device to alert me in 45-50 minutes. When that timer goes off, I check my peko timer again to make sure I've earned that additional peko before using any of them up.
If you aren't able to be that precise with timing your pekos, you should at least check in two or three times a day to use up your accumulated pekos. If I am unable to closely monitor my pekos on a particular day, I try to at least check in soon after I wake up in the morning and again in the evening sometime after dinner. Even on that schedule, I am guaranteed to use at least 20 pekos in one day.
Note: If you have a friend who also pekos, you are only able to achieve a peko-peko with the same user once every 12 hours.