I don't think Hubpages has ever suggested that anyone can make a living. There are Hubs written by folks who apparently make some decent cash --- but even those Hubbers don't say they make a living.
I like writing for Hubpages, even though I don't have a clue about the whole SEO --- or whatever you kids are calling it nowadays :-)) The fun for me is that it's possible to make something.
But, the most fun of all for me is that folks can read my Hubs and comment.
If you're polite, honest and courteous, you probably won't be banned.