I still remember the excitement I felt when I wrote my first basic program on the BBC Micro at school. It was a simple four line program that drew a triangle on the screen. In the early 1980s we enjoyed playing games such as Chuckie Egg and the famous Granny’s Garden on the BBC Micro which was the first computer we were introduced to, but the real excitement was getting the computer to perform tasks in the basic programming language. Simple programs that drew shapes or printed text on the screen weren’t exactly ground-breaking but it was enough to wet my appetite for programming and set me on the path to programming games on other computers such as the Spectrum, Atari ST and Amiga.
In the good old days of the Spectrum you could buy magazines which feature pre-written games in basic code that you could type into your own Spectrum and hope the program ran okay. This was a great way of learning how code works and what commands do what. Books on basic programming were also released that would take you through the basics of commands and structure, and end up programming an entire game. The satisfaction of making things happen was amazing.
So what are the benefits of learning how to program computers? In my personal experience it gives you a sense of achievement to create an entire program from scratch and see it working. Working out how to get the computer to do something is challenging as you try to decide how you are going to do it. The excitement of being able to create your very own game where you make the rules. The joy of other people playing it.
Programming is good for the mind as it involves problem solving. For example: how to get multiple sprites moving across the screen and dropping bullets like the famous Space Invaders game. What to do if a player does something unexpected and the game crashes, how to tell the computer how to deal with these unexpected events. I once spent over a week programming a zoom function into an Art Package I wrote which gave me a great feeling of relief when I finally got it working.
Programming can also be lots of fun and a great hobby. I met some good friends when I was writing programming tutorials for various Atari ST diskzines in the 1990s who I still hear from to this day. We would send each other disks full of programming tools and routines and look forward to the many programs we could create where we were limited only by our imagination. Our creations were reviewed in the top Amiga and ST magazines of the day which is something we all looked forward to.
Finally programming can become a good source of income for you. Creating your own programs can become a reality with the many excellent programming languages available such as App Game Kit which allows you to create software that runs on multiple devices. People always want new software and employers need to find programmers to create it.
There are many game creator programs on the market which require no programming at all but I personally find them limiting. If you want to create your own games or application then I highly recommend you get stuck into some good old fashioned coding with one of the popular programming languages on the market today.
The Right Affiliate Programs To Promote
Most people are under the mistaken notion that just because an affiliate program is free that they can promote it and get rich.
Nothing can be farther away from the truth.
The bitter reality is that if an affiliate program is free, then most likely thousands of people will want to sign up to promote it.
Since thousands of people are promoting it, competition will be stiff and so the likelihood of getting rich from it will be slim because there will be more people promoting it than people who wish to buy it.
When supply is greater than demand, profitability will nose dive.
This is economics 101.
So stay away from free online affiliate programs which hundreds of thousands of people are already promoting!
The best online affiliate program which will likely make you rich will be the one that very few people are promoting and which is in great demand. The demand MUST be greater than supply.
Most likely, such an affiliate program will not be offered free!
You will have to pay for it to promote it.
When people are required to pay to promote an affiliate program, then most people will not sign up for it, so only few people will promote it.
This will then guarantee that the demand for it will be greater than the number of people who promote it and this means that the profitability for it will skyrocket.
This is the kind of online affiliate program which can make you rich!
There are few people online who are getting rich from online affiliate marketing and this is one of their sacred hidden secrets of success!
(2) Build Landing Pages For Your Online Affiliate Programs
You must create a landing page at your website for any affiliate program which you desire to promote.
At the landing page, you will then include a short introduction of the affiliate program, preferably, your own personal experience of using the program or a short review.
Then at the bottom, include the link to the affiliate program website.
This affiliate program landing page must be optimized also.
You may also add Google AdSense ads and other pay per click ads as well as Clickbank products on this page to monetize it.
This way, if your customer doesn’t click and go to the affiliate program, they may click on any of the pay per click ads such as AdSense or Clickbankbuddy or pay per click ad and you’ll make money.