How I Made $1700 in the Month of December

My highest month as a solopreneur to date!


I thought long and hard about doing this. If you follow me you’ll know that most of my blogs are geared towards self help and personal development but you’ll also know I like to be open and honest with you guys too!

I’ve been reading so many blogs lately about how to make money blogging and I find them very inspirational. So why not write one too? I figured it was time to share my online income report! I figure it may just give someone out there some hope! :)

But first this…

How to make money blogging

Before we begin, let me say that it’s not easy and there’s no fast track to it. Making money blogging takes dedication, hard work and perseverance. Consistency is key. You probably will see a lot of blogs about making money and “How I Earned $1,000,000 in my first 6 months of blogging”. Well they probably did but it wasn’t without seriously hard work. Trust me on that one.

Nothing good comes easy, especially online income. There is much to learn about it. I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now and I’m just starting to see the fruits of my labour but that’s my own damn fault. I spent the first 3 years not having a clue what I was doing.

Don’t be like Iva. Learn, learn and learn some more.

Before I dive into my online income and how to make money blogging I want to talk about a few things that helped me get to where I am now with finally earning a decent online income. Without these key things I doubt I’d be where I am today with my earnings.

Keyword, SEO and blog formatting

These were all Chinese things to me. I had no clue what any of them were, how to do them properly or what to do with them. In 2018 I kicked things up and set aside time to learn new things, almost daily. You never stop learning really. Be like Iva.

Though I’m still learning SEO and keywords, my blog formatting has gotten much better. Yay me. If I had to give you any advice of great value it’s this: learn SEO and keywords, how and where to use them. Remember, people search things using questions. “How do I bla bla bla…” Your blog and your mission is to help people or teach people things.

Make sure it’s keyword rich so people can find you.

I learn a ton of stuff from Neil Patel. Find him here, sign up for his freebies and watch his videos. He’s amazing.


I’d be nowhere without Pinterest. True story. Pinterest drives about 90% of my traffic to my website right now. I know I shouldn’t solely rely on this and neither should you. I’m not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth but you should also be working on driving traffic organically through Google with the help of SEO and keywords.

I’m still working on that and have a long way to go to be honest. Still much to learn.

When I started with Pinterest in January of 2018 I didn’t have a single solitary clue what I was doing. My account was cricketville and I think I had maybe 15 followers. After reading and learning hard core for about a month this is what happened:

You can see how I started at almost 0 and grew in two months by applying all the things I learned from reading blogs and taking free Pinterest courses. Find people who know what they’re doing, what they’re talking about and are genuine. I sniffed around a lot and found a couple of peeps who I admire. I also watched some webinars about how to master Pinterest. You should do this too.

So after all the hard work I have put into my Pinterest account this is where I sit now, quite comfortably I might add:

  • 13K followers (yup in under a year),
  • my monthly views are a little over 5 million (don’t get too wrapped up in that number but it sure is nice to look at) and
  • my monthly engaged (that’s the important number) is around 350K. This all happened in one year by learning and applying and learning more. If I can do it, anyone can.

I’m also experimenting and trying out new things on Pinterest. Take note here, though following rules is always a good thing, sometimes it’s good to test different things that no one is doing. Don’t always follow the crowd. You can be a leader too!

Pinterest isn’t easy to start but once you get going it’s actually really fun and slightly addictive. Now that I have all my ducks in a row on Pinterest (though I think sometimes my ducks are squirrels on acid) it’s smooth sailing for me.

Freelance writing and guest posting

Though it’s not hard to find freelance writing jobs, it doesn’t come without it’s frustrations either. I’ve looked at Upwork and all those other content sites but I had the most luck actually reaching out to other bloggers in my niche who already run high authority sites. That’s where most of my freelance writing income comes from to be honest.

The answer will always be no if you never ask. This is why it’s so important to make key connections and form relationships with fellow bloggers. Sometimes there is gold to be found if you just take the time to dig deep enough.

And don’t underestimate the value of guest posting as well. Though I have to be honest, I don’t do it near as much as I should, it does bring a good amount of traffic to my site when I submit one. My goal for 2019 is to submit at the very least one a month.

Hello Medium

And then of course there’s Medium. I started in March of 2018, once again, clueless. There’s a pattern here with me not knowing how something works and diving in, figuring it out and making it work. Be like Iva.

After reading and learning from some of the greatest and most successful writers here, my December earnings came in like this:

(oh sorry that’s so tiny!)

I’m pretty pleased with this as it paid my rent and then some (the benefits of living in a third world country is that your rent is really low 😁). When you learn how to work things, they work for you.

Remember nothing good comes easy. Also remember why you are doing what you are doing. Don’t lose sight of your why.

Ad earnings

I have to tell you, I struggled a lot with ad earnings all year and ran into quite a few glitches and disappointments. I started out with Google Adsense but once my traffic increased I applied to Media Vine, 4 times throughout the year to be exact, and got rejected all 4 times. It was heartbreaking as I kept reading all these blogs about how amazing Media Vine is. Apparently not for me.

I then tried out Media Net. I had nothing but problems with them and lost about $300 in one month because of them. It was a bloody nightmare. I had to fight for my payment of a measly $75 a month. I know some people who have no problems with Media Net. I’m not one of them and would never recommend them. Just my opinion and experience with them.

I went sniffing around for other ad agencies and a friend of mine suggested Ezoic. I can’t say enough about them. They did almost absolutely everything for me to set me up and my account manager was the best in the land. Support is top notch. My earnings almost doubled once I switched to them and I expect them to triple soon. In one weekend I had a pin go viral and made over $250 just in two days with one pin. Can you say BOOM?

So I’m sure you’re dying to know what my numbers for December were.

I mean, that’s why you’re here right? So let’s get to it then.

Though this is about how to make money blogging you have to know I do have a few other income streams. Multiple online income streams is also key. Besides my freelance writing and my blog, I also made some sales with my self help guide From Hell to Happiness. It’s a really good book. If you are struggling with any part of your life this will help you get back on track.

I also have a Pinterest guide for beginners. Though I hardly promote it at all, it’s there for anyone who wants some tips and actionable advice on how to rock their Pinterest account. The Beginner’s Guide to Pinterest

I also do private Angel Card Readings. If you want more information on that or want to book your own you can check that out here.

Ok let’s get on with it. My online income report for December 2018

Ezoic Ad Earnings- $451.61

Google Adsense- $319.74

Medium earnings — $366.91

Book sales — $90.00

Freelance blogging income — $197.00

Angel Card Reading — $125.00

Facebook Instant Articles — $135.00 (I should note this took me 4 months to hit the $100 payout threshold)

Total: $1685.26

Have a goal!

It’s good to have goals and stay focused. For all of 2018 I lost focus and my goals were weak. I struggled to get through the year and dealt with a lot of emotional issues. It was a tough year for many of us I think.

I’m more focused this year on not only tweaking my blog and making it more SEO rich and friendly but also to hone my writing skills here on Medium.

My financial goal this year is to hit at least $2500 a month by April. I have a lot of work to do but I am confident I can make it. With any goal, you have to believe you can achieve it, otherwise it’s just a pipe dream.

My personal goal is to get my mission of helping more people here in Guatemala on track by starting up a donate page on my website and working out the details of how I want it to unfold.

Get clear on your goals. Crystal clear.

If you don’t think you can reach it, you won’t. Keep that in mind.

In summary

I have to say I’m pretty happy with my results for December considering all that online income is from doing something I love doing; writing and helping people. If you’re just in the beginning stages of blogging or have been doing it for awhile and still see no results, have faith. I was there once too. Wondering when was I actually going to start making money doing this. With a lot of hard work and determination, it will surely all come together for you.

Be like Iva. Don’t give up.

Peace and Love

xo iva xo

(this post contains affiliate links so if you make a purchase I make a small commission but the best part of that is the more I make, the more hungry bellies I can feed here in Guatemala-win win!!)

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