FUCK YES you should, and here’s why.
Basic programming is NOT hard. I used to think that HTML, web design, programming, etc… was as difficult as learning a new language, like trying to read greek hieroglyphics or something. In reality, it’s more like picking up the rules to Texas Hold Em or something similar.
More importantly than that though, your campaign options will BLOW UP! There is a ton of free software and scripts out there that “do stuff” which you can just use. Your campaigns become a bit more than a shady attempt at a conversion since they have a function now. One thing I’ve noticed is how many websites basically rely on ONE programming function to “do work”. The majority of website owners didn’t write this software, they just assembled (eg copy/pasted) it into a website.
You don’t need to become a master to do useful stuff. The basics, which would take you a whopping few weeks to learn, will take you so far. One idea that I always thought sounded complex is those websites that convert file formats for you. Like doc to pdf. Something like that is super HARD, for the person who did it originally!
A doc to pdf website service is as simple as running a search like this: http://www.google.com/search?q=php+convert+doc+to+pdf. Running that search leads you to here!
If you click through that link, you’ll see some smart person ALREADY did that and will give you the code! Using it in your website is as simple as copy/pasting it. You don’t have to be the badass who does it himself. This is the nature of programming. You don’t have to be computer science major in his 4th year of study, you just need to learn how to use a hammer and drive the nail in.
If you are looking for some tutorials, I wrote a post a long time ago that
I still think is 100% relevant because I feel like it gives you the proper order to learn this stuff, from basic HTML/CSS to basic PHP. Here’s the link: http://www.trafficplusconversion.com/146/how-to-code-websites/
I urge you to start studying. It’s fun, satisfying and gives you a massive advantage as an affiliate. So much of affiliate marketing is tracking data points and “reading” the results of your test. Learning the basics is like taking a QUANTUM leap – and it really doesn’t take much time or effort. I hope you jump in.
If you need some clarification as to how this is useful for an affiliate, leave a comment and I’ll explain some more specifics in the comment section.