If you plan to use Hubpages, I would read up on some hubs about Adsense and Amazon marketing. You can look around for things like seasonal hubs with Amazon products listed.
Generally, online marketing with Hubpages requires some knowledge about SEO and how to successfully use "trends" (like holidays, green items for holidays, etc.)
Anyway, the best way to start is DEFINITELY by keeping yourself from spending a dime. It is much, much too easy to waste money on self-proclaimed guru products that do not give you a clear picture of the whole picture in a field.
I wish you luck in your endeavors!