Earn Lots of Money with Hubs - Why?

So many of the hubs I am reading these days are all about driving traffic, backlinks, how to earn more money and how to tap into the best keywords available. Read them over and over, see if any of them offer anything new, and hope that what they offer as a tip can really help. Some of the hubs I read are genuine efforts at showing us something we might not already have known. Others are there to give us pause for thought, to compel us to think about something that may not ever have occurred to us. Really, why are people writing and looking for hubs to get them ahead in terms of revenue?

Many of us are likely feeling more and more stretched. The ever rising cost of living is grinding away at our dwindling income. Our regular jobs are insufficient at meeting all of the needs and wants we have. We have debt we need to conquer and the income we have is insufficient to make a dent. I am sure there are a myriad number of other reasons why we are trying to earn money with hubs.

Why are we all getting constricted in this way? I would like to posit one likely reason. Have you heard of Peak Oil?

Peak Oil in a nutshell is when the total amount of available oil used up until now is equal to the total amount of available oil that is left in the ground. I'm not going to get into too much detail about peak oil except to say that the inelastic nature of the world's production of this fossil fuel has and will cause ever deeper recessions that put more of us out of work, that increase the prices of food, hard goods, soft goods, transportation, electricity, heating oil and more or less everything that you can think of except for what you grow at your own home without using any industrial agricultural additives. As the price of oil continues to rise, fewer people will be able to afford the things that are made with or transported by oil. As we can't affort them anymore we start to look for new revenue streams, and then here we are, writing hubs that try to convince others that this is how you can increase traffic, all in the hopes of increasing traffic.

There is a hopelessness associated with the societal changes that many believe are pending. One way to keep our hope up is to make sure that we form close unions with the people around us and form resilient communities. The more we can support each other locally, the better off we will be in facing the coming changes. Yes, it would be nice to be earning more revenue through our writing like here at hubpages, but a more important focus is on building resilience in your household, in your neighbourhood and in your community.

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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

Excellent writing Phil, you have made some very valid points. Having a writing community that works towards a common goal is important to the success of all. Voted up and awesome...


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks, MMP. Any way that we can build community is a good thing.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

You raise some very interesting points - much food for thought.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks RE, if I can get you to think I expect I've done a reasonable job.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Good stuff. :)

Voted up.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks RT!


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whoisbid 5 years ago

I like Phil Plasma.. what gave you the idea to chose this name? I like your fish too! I also think that in real life you most likely have much stronger views but as you know we are all subject to the terms and conditions of any network we participate in.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Hmmm... origin of Phil Plasma name - perhaps a hub idea.

As for the strength of my views, that is in no way even clear to me.


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biblicaliving 5 years ago from U.S.A.

Well written. The fact that the price of oil is currently driven more by speculation than supply and demand is what I find the most disturbing. We are going to have to figure out a way to be more local though. Many people in my area commute 20+ miles one way. That alone is putting a strain on many budgets. Thanks for the Hub!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Indeed long commutes will fade away as the price of fuel continues to climb. Things will have to become more local out of necessity.


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mitshell 5 years ago from worlwide

There you are again,people needs are insatiable and needs money in taking care of families and others


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Yes, it is this insatiable need that will do us in.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Well written hub and you are so right about more and more people being stretched and searching for ways to earn a few extra bucks. My college student son sells his plasma twice a week to get some extra cash. I've thought about doing the same!

Skimmed your other hub on peak oil and will have to go back and re-read it later when I have time to check out some of the other sites you included.

Voted up


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks Danette, there is no sale of plasma here in Quebec so I can't earn any money that way. I'm hoping HP will help me out in the long run if I can keep up the activity. Thanks for the vote.


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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Interesting twist to how it started out ... didn't see that coming. Voted up and useful, although I really wish the would add an 'Interesting' button for the votes!

Nice work.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I agree, an interesting button would be good. Thanks for stopping by.


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mattdigiulio 5 years ago

Spot on.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks Matt.


UrsulaRose 5 years ago

Peak Oil is very real (I am with you on that Phil Plasma) and reading hub articles like this makes me appreciate even moreso why I chose to be a practicing Permaculturist in the first place! :-)


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Awesome - that you are a permaculturist. I'm slowly heading in that direction also but am impeded by full time work, volunteering and kids activities.


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Bill Yovino 5 years ago

Very interesting topic. I'm on a pace to earn nearly $20 a year on Hubpages. I don't think that's going to cover my energy bills.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

20$ a year. So far I'm on pace to earn 6$. We'll see if as I churn out some more hubs if my earnings grow.

Thanks for stopping by.


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venki_indiain 5 years ago from Chennai

Thanks Phil, good points to think about.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks for stopping by, venki, we all need to keep things like this in consideration.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Thanks for making this information available. Making money is not easy considering the fact that cost of living have tremendously increased. I support your notion


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks uban. The price of gasoline alone here in Canada is causing our discretionary spending to shrink.


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.josh. 5 years ago

Very well put, Phil - I'm glad to see someone discussed this. There is something very odd about discussing 'how to make money' in an attempt to make money, and 'how to increase traffic' in an attempt to do just that.

Useful, interesting, and voted up. Well done.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks for the votes, Josh, indeed - many people have been writing 'make more make more!'. I can't bring myself to do that unless I can honestly find a way to do it.


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.josh. 5 years ago

Agreed - I don't think anyone's interested in the path to making $0.75, so I'm out.

If you want to read some rather amusing posts on this, I suggest looking up Greg Sage. Pretty funny stuff.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I've been replying to most of Greg's hubs already. I can never tell if he is intending to be taken seriously, sometimes his MAKE MONEY hubs actually have a kernel of terrific info and other times it is mostly nonsense.


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

I think it's high time to give free energy to this world so we can all write purely for passion and fun. Of course the rulers of this world probably don't agree with me but then they don't have to hub to make an extra buck.

Good hub and vote up!!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Free energy... hmmm. I think we get it already, it is called sunlight. The problem is that it is too diffuse to be able to make good use of it. Thanks for the vote!


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

Now of course I'm only a poet with little knowledge of this kind of stuff but what about zero point energy?


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

As I understand it, zero point energy is the lowest point of energy that is produced in a non-linear energy production. I don't know how this can lead to anything beneficial.


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pelt545 5 years ago from Hampton Roads, VA

I never realize how complicated it is to make money online but I do not want to give up.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

ade, thanks for the votes.

pelt, I don't think it is complicated, I just think it takes lots of work and lots of time. Keep going at it for long enough and results should start to appear.


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Matty Says 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Great insight, Phil. I think that a focus on community is really where the value lies in HP. As writer's, there's usually a sense of hopelessness about making money, but the current economic outlook is driving that even further along.

I really like reading and writing hubs that come from the heart and not from the pipe dream of "internet millionaire." Great job, voted up and other clicks here and there. :)


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Matty, thanks for the votes. Indeed hubs from the heart do a much better job of expressing what it is to be human, rather than what it is to make money.


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whoisbid 4 years ago

We make pennies from google, not dollars - unless we own massive networks of websites


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Heya whois... indeed... I'm getting pennies from Google. I'm getting nickels and dimes from Hub Ad revenue, however.

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