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How AdCombo Affiliates make $1m Starting From Scratch: Q/A with Affiliate Team Lead Una Simich

How AdCombo Affiliates make $1m Starting From Scratch: Q/A with Affiliate Team Lead Una Simich

Bethenny Carl
Website Planet interviewed Una Simich, Team Lead of the Affiliate Department at AdCombo, a multi-awarded Affiliate network with nearly 200k registered affiliates. We learned how AdCombo made millions of dollars to affiliates starting on a low budget by offering them the best COD offers, and what makes their approach to support and user experience the key to win against other affiliate networks.

What problems are you solving for your customers?

Our customers are affiliate marketers who are looking for great converting offers to promote and get the commission. Being in the industry for more than 10 years, we know exactly what type of offers to add to our network to get the maximum profit for us and for the affiliates, and our team of affiliate managers is online 24/7 making your start and picking the offer easier.

What are CODs?

In affiliate marketing, “COD” refers to “Cash on Delivery” offers where the customer pays for a product or service only when it is delivered. This payment method is common in e-commerce and is particularly popular in regions where online payment methods are not widely used or trusted.

How COD offers work:

Affiliates promote products (typically physical goods) or services on behalf of the seller. When a customer clicks on the affiliate’s tracking link and makes a purchase, the affiliate earns his commission (usually a percentage of the sale amount).

With COD offers, the customer doesn’t pay for the product at the time of purchase, but when the product is delivered to them. This means that the affiliate earns a commission when the product is successfully delivered and paid for.

COD offers can convert very well in markets where consumers are more comfortable paying in cash upon delivery rather than making online payments in advance, and they can be started with a low budget even without a strong brand awareness, as the customer can always refuse the product once delivered.

Which types of companies benefit the most from your services?

Affiliate marketers benefit the most, but also we work with lots of external advertisers, finding top quality traffic for them. So much so, that some of them became millionaires in a year, just by adding their offers to our network.

The Niches we work the most are health and beauty.

What makes them eventually choose you over your competitors?

Friendly affiliate managers, easy to use platform. Most importantly, we treat our top affiliates as part of our family and that’s why we have long term “work and friend” relationships with our affiliate partners. The best example is a team of 2 affiliates who started as a small team a few years ago, now having two offices in two countries, with around 50 employees.

Through the years we have sponsored 5 cars (Ferrari, 2 Porches, 2 Tesla cars, 1 Aston Martin) in different contests, and organized 4 exclusive parties in exotic locations for our top 50 affiliates. Numeroгs times we won prizes for best affiliate network.

Since you started, what helped you grow and retain your audience?

High converting offers, expanding to new GEOS, for example, we were the first network to have COD offers in the USA.

Attending all possible affiliate conferences in the first 5 years, focusing on few of the biggest ones in the last few years. We invested lots of money in meeting in person with our clients, which made us trustable, forming a long-term partnership.

How are you doing today and what’s in the roadmap for the future?

When an image speaks more than a thousand words…

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More offers, more GEOs, more profit! We are proud of our achievements, but we are not going to stop where we are. AdCombo attends every single important event in the world of CPA-marketing, that is why we always know the most crucial industry trends, so we are ready for any changes!

What tools are you using to run your business and daily activities?

We have everything in–house, starting from our platform for affiliates, to our CRM for employees and top management. From external services, we use Jira for daily tasks and telegram as our main messenger.

What perspective do you have about where your industry is headed?

Some people think that it’s enough to sign up and get a manager assigned, but affiliate marketing requires a lot of work these days. Luckily with AI, you can get everything running by yourself. But it’s always easier to team up and work together with like minded people.

Challenge for our industry is the rules of traffic sources – who learns how to overcome this is already a winner.

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