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    Do you need to know any programming language to succee in affiliate programs?
    Hi everyone:

    I've only been in affiliate programs for 4 months, I run a video game deals site from blogger. The only programming i know is <a href=, and<img src=. I've been thinking about starting my own site, but I wasn't sure how much, if any programming knowledge is needed.

    Im looking to run a simple site that just lists a few deals a day, and possibly a forum(kind of like slickdeals where all the links posted will have my affiliate ID embeded automatically).

    Is knowing how to program absolutely necessary?

    thanks

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    It's a good idea to know some basic HTML programming. Check out http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp for some quick lessons.

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    I would say yes you do need to know at least HTML

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    I've never thought of HTML as a programming language before, so I'll answer the question you asked.

    No, you don't need to know any programming language to do what you described since there are web applications that you can use to run a forum or manage a basic website.

    I can think of a few full-time affiliates who are still hand coding HTML pages.

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    Basic understanding of php and mysql certainly can't hurt.

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    You can do a lot of good things with just a tiny bit more HTML than what you already have, plus WordPress blog software, and maybe some of the other CMS applications.

    And as those above have said, a little PHP/MySQL is always good. Not really that hard, either, once you get a little more HTML via the link above.

    Give it a shot. It's actually fun!
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    same here, BUT it can help make things faster for sure!

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    I don't really think of HTML as a programming language either - but that being said, I'm of the opinion that it's almost crucial that you understand it. You don't have to be a guru certainly, but unless you're willing to pay someone for your site design and coding, you definitely need to know it. PHP, on the other hand, is definitely a programming language, but it's not nearly as critical for success as basic HTML knowledge. IMO.
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    thanks guys, for your input. I guess i got a little intimidated when i read posts where people talk about php, perl, C++, scripting...bunch other stuff i've never heard of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomtexture
    thanks guys, for your input. I guess i got a little intimidated when i read posts where people talk about php, perl, C++, scripting...bunch other stuff i've never heard of.
    I know what you mean about getting intimidated. The more I hang around here and the more I learn, the more "impressed" if not intimidated I am about some of the folks who hang around here.

    The secret is: Ask questions, contribute ideas and info where you can, and learn a lot in the process. I knew absolutely nothing about PHP or any other programming languages, coding, whatever. I knew very little even about how to use HTML.

    Now I'm practically a genius -- oh, uh, well, no, not really. But I actually can pick apart some simpler PHP scripts and figure them out, A LITTLE, and find my way around modifying most WordPress themes to suit me.

    All that only came about as I read and puzzled over the stuff the good folks here are doing and those parts of it they're gracious enough to share from time to time.

    Sorry for the ramble. Just hang in there and you'll be surprised at how easy some of this stuff will become.
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    I think that the ability to be creative with what you write, and where you place in on the page is more important that being able to write code.

    Although being able to also design the pages can be beneficial. The more you know, the more you can do with your site.

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    I'd get a lot more done if I were good at coding PHP. You don't need it, but it sure is nice to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomtexture
    I've only been in affiliate programs for 4 months, I run a video game deals site from blogger. The only programming i know is <a href=, and<img src=. I've been thinking about starting my own site, but I wasn't sure how much, if any programming knowledge is needed.
    Most webhosts have the ability to auto install word press which is a blog software. If you can use blogger, you can use word press. You can pretty easily customize your word press site with a little html which you can learn as you go. Aside from the site linked to previously you can google for specific things you want to do and find thousands of examples of how to do it with straight html.

    Quote Originally Posted by randomtexture
    Im looking to run a simple site that just lists a few deals a day, and possibly a forum(kind of like slickdeals where all the links posted will have my affiliate ID embeded automatically).
    Is knowing how to program absolutely necessary?
    thanks
    Rewriting links posted into a forum is no small feat and is not done with html. To do this you'll need to learn and understand some php and regex or pay for modifications to be done to your forum. I don't believe their are any plug ins for any forum that provide this function. If there is, hopefully someone can point them out.
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    I've made a fair amount of money, with little to no programming.

    I use Frontpage to make websites and wordpress for blogs (with the automatic plugin to install wordpress so I don't even know how to do that). The closest I get to datafeeds is popshops or golden can. I took a php mysql course at the local community college this spring, so I wouldn't feel so intimidated. It was one of the most painful and boring experiences in my recent memory. So far I haven't used it.

    Don't be intimidated by anyone here. At lunch today (at the affiliate summit) with several affiliates, it was amazing to see all of the different strategies and viewpoints. Be yourself and focus on what you can do well. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Lily
    I've made a fair amount of money, with little to no programming.

    I use Frontpage to make websites and wordpress for blogs (with the automatic plugin to install wordpress so I don't even know how to do that). The closest I get to datafeeds is popshops or golden can. I took a php mysql course at the local community college this spring, so I wouldn't feel so intimidated. It was one of the most painful and boring experiences in my recent memory. So far I haven't used it.

    Don't be intimidated by anyone here. At lunch today (at the affiliate summit) with several affiliates, it was amazing to see all of the different strategies and viewpoints. Be yourself and focus on what you can do well. Good Luck!
    What Aunt Lily says here is some of the best advice you'll find regarding programming, coding, PHP, and all that. You don't make money at affiliate marketing doing that stuff -- you make money by getting targeted traffic, sending that traffic to good merchants, and collecting your commission.

    Personal confession: It is extremely easy for me to get so distracted by coding problems, website tweaks, and all the TOOLS that I spend not enough time at the BUSINESS, i.e., getting good traffic to click through and buy.

    But then I'm pretty easily distracted by a lot of -- OOOOOH pretty, shiny, blinky object ...
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    No you don't.

    I started to earn before I picked up anything that happens in the code interface. Get a WYSIWYG editor to start with and see how it goes, you'll find you pick up along the way, get a beginners book or two as well to help if you want to get more into it.

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