Hubpages Rocks The Financial Times Sux

As a professional blogger, I tend to be paid by clients either for production content, managing a site, link building and other various functions that make a blog successful. But – I also run my own sites and monetize them using affiliate products and contextual advertising. Nothing unusual in that. One of the venues I like to use for these affiliates is hubpages. Having recently completed another hubpages challenge, one of the subjects I covered was “making money online” and I decided to write a few more hubs around this topic as I see more and more people turning to the internet to make a living over the next few years, what with the financial crisis that is all over continuing it’s destruction. I hope there will be some useful information in there for those would be internet marketing experts.

This subject is particularly competitive and I think one of hubpages strong suits is to give a little boost when compared to privately owned websites. But – what do I know – Today.com just up and disappeared recently, taking a lot of  people’s work with them. It turns out Microsoft bought the domain and killed the site – the URL now resolves to MSNBC, which has possibly the most annoying advertising built in to a page since those annoying sound bite ads that played as soon as you opened the page. So – if you were making money at Today.com using their revenue sharing – TOUGH SHIT!

Therein lies one of the quandaries of affiliate marketing – whether you are using adsense or amazon or ebay or any of the numerous other companies – to a large extent – it is a one way street. They can throw you off the program anytime – with good reason sometimes – and you have almost no recourse. Today.com is a great example of the one way street – wham – here today, gone tomorrow. (sic)

Still – that seems to be the way things work – all the power to the big guys. I see amnesty international had one of their ads pulled by the Financial Times at the last minute last week. The ad:

As you can see, the ad was targeting the disgusting business practices Shell use in Niger to screw every penny profit they can for their shareholders at the environmental expense of the local population.

Numerous oil spills, which have not been adequately cleaned up, have left local communities with little option but to drink polluted water, eat contaminated fish, farm on spoiled land, and breathe in air that stinks of oil and gas.

Tim Hancock, Amnesty International UK’s campaigns director, said:

“The decision by the Financial Times is extremely disappointing. We gave them written reassurances that we would take full responsibility for the comments and opinions stated in the advertisement.

Sounds about right to me and you can follow the campaign to shame Shell (good luck with that) here at the protect the human blog.

Not sure which is worse actually – the fact that I either never drive my car ever or know that I am helping to fund this behavior. Oh well – I am sure BP will do the right thing in the Gulf and pay off a few politicians. So what if there is no shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico for the next 40 years. Must be God’s judgment for promoting the homosexual lifestyle.

That was SARCASM in case you think I am promoting the homosexual lifestyle. Been a while since I upset any gay guys – last time was when I fell out with the Real Estalker. They get mean when you diss their Mama. Any way – back to the hubpages stuff – these are a few of the latest ones.

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