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1. Qumana Setup

  1. Installing Qumana
  2. How do I set up my blog?
  3. Manual blog setup
  4. Adding more blogs
  5. How do I set up my Windows Live Spaces (MSN Spaces) blog?
  6. Troubleshooting blog setup
  7. Blog endpoints

2. Getting Started

  1. Qumana user interface

3. The Qumana Editor

  1. How do I open the Qumana editor?
  2. How do I publish to my blog?
  3. Editing HTML / Source View
  4. Inserting a link
  5. What is the 'New Post' button?
  6. What are the Editor Properties?
  7. What are trackbacks?
  8. What is cross posting?
  9. Tags and how to insert them
  10. Inserting Tags
  11. What is a tag?
  12. What is Technorati?
  13. Removing the 'Powered by Qumana' footer

4. Blog Manager

  1. What is the Blog Manager?
  2. How do I open the Blog Manager?
  3. How do I edit an old post?
  4. Which blog platforms support editing old posts?
  5. I get a time/date error when I try to save, why?
  6. What is the Refresh button for?
  7. What is a permalink and how do I access it?

5. Blog Properties

  1. Qumana Preferences
  2. General Tab
  3. Editor Tab
  4. Ping Tab

6. What is pinging

  1. What ping services are available?

7. Accessing Help from within Qumana

8. Qumana DropPad

  1. What is the DropPad?
  2. How do I use the DropPad?
  3. What can I drop into the DropPad?
  4. What happens to dropped images?
  5. How do I hide the DropPad?
  6. Can I use the DropPad for a post I have already started?

9. Working with Images

  1. The image I dragged showed up as a link
  2. I cannot upload images to my blog
  3. How do I insert an image?
  4. DropPad method
  5. Drag to Editor method
  6. Insert method
  7. What is the difference between 'Upload & Insert' and 'Insert'?
  8. How do I position images?
  9. What is the landscape/image button for?
  10. Image properties dialogue explained
  11. How do I wrap text around my image or ad?
  12. Why does it have margin:5px; in Style?

10. Qumana Ads

  1. What is Q Ads?
  2. How do I make money?
  3. How much can I get paid, and when?
  4. Why focus on blogs?
  5. How does Q Ads work?
  6. How do I insert Q Ads?
  7. Can I use other ads with Q Ads?
  8. I forgot my username and password for Q Ads
  9. How do I change my information?
  10. Can I change my username?
  11. Where do the ads appear?
  12. What is a CTR?
  13. Why do I need to use keywords?
  14. Where do I view my stats?
  15. What are impressions?
  16. What is a CTR?
  17. Why is my CTR% so low?
  18. What is audited revenue and why is there a delay?
  19. How do I insert ads with Qumana?
  20. How do I position my ads?
  21. How do I change what my ad looks like?
  22. What if I get 'no ads found'?

11. Blog hosts and API's

12. Keyboard Shortcuts


1. Qumana Setup

Installing Qumana

After you have downloaded Qumana, simply double click the file (.exe for PC, .dmg for Mac).

For PC users, double click the .exe to start an installation Wizard and begin using Qumana.

For Mac users, double click the .dmg to open the program folder.
Then drag the program icon, the Q, to your applications folder.
Launch Qumana by clicking on the program icon.

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How do I set up my blog?

When you start Qumana for the first time, a wizard will appear to help you set up your blogs.

  1. Enter your blog's URL and click Next
    • For example: http://myblog.com/
  1. Qumana will auto detect most blog settings. Click Next.
    • If it does not, please follow the manual instructions below
  1. Enter in your username and password for your blog and click Next
  2. A list of blogs for that URL are presented. Click those you wish to add and click Finish.

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Manual blog setup

If your blog settings were not auto-detected in Step 2, you will be prompted for Manual Setup.

  1. From the Platform pull down menu, select your blog or the API it uses
  2. Enter your endpoint and click Next
  3. Continue to Step 3 above

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Adding more blogs

You may add more blogs at any time from the Blog Manager.

  1. Open the Blog Manager
    1. click the Blog Manager button in the editor, or
    2. right click the DropPad and select Blog Manager, or
    3. File > Blog Manager
  2. Click Add Blog or go File > Add Blog
  3. Follow the wizard instructions above

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How do I set up my Windows Live Spaces (MSN Spaces) blog?

Windows Live Spaces (previously MSN Spaces) now allows for remote posting - which means you can use tools like Qumana to write to your Spaces blog. Good news!

Windows Live Spaces does not by default allow for remote posting - you must first enable it in your Spaces account. It's a little confusing since you are technically enabling "email" posting, but it also makes it possible to use Qumana. Here's how:

Set up Windows Live Spaces for Remote Publishing

  1. Log into your Windows Live Spaces blog
  2. Go to Options -> E-mail Publishing
    • note: Options is in the upper right menu on your Spaces screen
  3. Turn on E-mail Publishing by clicking the button
    • note: it does not matter which email address you enter.
  4. Select a 'secret word', which will later be your password in Qumana
  5. Indicate your preference to publish as Draft or Immediate (we recommend immediate so you don't need to go into Spaces to publish everything).
  6. Save your settings.

Set up Qumana with Windows Live Spaces

  1. Download and install Qumana version 3 for your PC or Mac
  2. Qumana will prompt you to add your blog or you can alternatively go to the Blog Manager and go File -> Add Blog or click the Add Blog button
  3. Enter your URL, e.g. http://ianivs.spaces.live.com, click Next
  4. Click Back and add replace "http" with "https", click Next
    • Windows Live Spaces currently has a bug in their API which sends incorrect information to Qumana during configuration. This step is temporary until Windows Live Spaces is fixed.
  5. Enter your username and password, click Next.
    • Your username is the name of your space (if your URL is http://ianivs.spaces.live.com then 'ianivs' would be your username.
    • Your password is the secret word you selected when you turned on Email-Publishing on your space, not the password you use to log into your Space.
    • Click Finish

Note: Windows LiveSpaces does not support image uploading. You will need to host these on another blog or use a service like Flickr

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Troubleshooting blog setup

Common errors & fixes:

  • '404 Not Found' - your blog settings (server type) are not correct. Metaweblog and MovableType are the most common API's to use.
  • 'Invalid Login' – you have mistyped your username or password. These are case sensitive.
  • the endpoint is incorrect. See below for a list of common endpoints for many blogs. If they don't work, contact your administrator or Qumana for assistance.

Blog Endpoints


Qumana will auto-detect most blog settings (known as access points or XML-RPC endpoints), others follow these settings:

Blog System Access Point
Blogger Atom https://www.blogger.com/atom/
BlogHarbor Blogware http://api.blogharbor.com/xmlrpc.cgi
Blojsom MovableType or metaWeblog http://127.0.0.1:8080/blojsom/xmlrpc/default
Blogware MovableType or metaWeblog http://www.blogware.com/xmlrpc.cgi
Conversant MovableType or metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/RPC2
Drupal (4.4+) MovableType or metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/xmlrpc.php
GeekLog Blogger http://YOURSITE/blog/
IlohaBlog MovableType http://blog.iloha.net/rpc.php
LiveJournal Blogger http://www.livejournal.com/interface/blogger/
Manila metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/RPC2
MovableType MovableType http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/mt-xmlrpc.cgi
Nucleus 2.5 metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/nucleus/xmlrpc/server.php
Nucleus 2.5+ MovableType or metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/nucleus/xmlrpc/server.php
PLog metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/xmlrpc.php
pyblosxom metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/cgi-bin/pyblosxom.cgi/RPC
pMachine Blogger http://YOURSITE/pm/pmserver.php
Radio metaWeblog http://127.0.0.1:5335/RPC2
Roller metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/xmlrpc or http://YOURSITE/root/xmlrpc
Serendipity MovableType http://YOURSITE/serendipity/serendipity_xmlrpc.php
SquareSpace metaWeblog http://www.squarespace.com/do/process/external/PostInterceptor
TextPattern metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/textpattern/xmlrpcs.php
TypePad TypePad http://www.typepad.com/t/api
WordPress MovableType or metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/xmlrpc.php
Xaraya MovableType or metaWeblog http://YOURSITE/PATH/TO/ws.php?type=xmlrpc

 

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2. Getting Started

Qumana user interface

When you open the Qumana application, you will see the Blog Manager, which stores your drafts and posts, and the DropPad. This DropPad looks like a square image, small, in the corner of your screen. You can move it around wherever you please.

The DropPad is the window into Qumana - it is the place where you begin collecting links and information. When you drop/put things there, they will get ready for your next post.

To start, add items (text, images) to your DropPad or click New Post to open the Post Editor Window.

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3. The Qumana Editor

How do I open the Qumana editor?

Click "New Post" in the Blog Manager or double-click the DropPad to open the editor.

If you have used the DropPad to gather links and text, double clicking on the DropPad will open the collected links in a new editor window.

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How do I publish to my blog?

  1. Write your post
  2. Select the blog you want to publish to from the pull down menu
  3. Add tags and insert an ad
  4. Assign categories (you set these on your blog)
  5. Press Publish

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Editing HTML / Source View

The Qumana editor has two tabs at the bottom of the screen: WYSIWYG and Source View.

WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) is how you can write blog posts without knowing any HTML. No need to know about link formats or how to bold, for example.

Source View is where you can view the HTML, and also edit it and add your own code.

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Inserting a link

Click on the link button (the icon that looks like a chain link) or
Ctrl-Shift-L (PC) or Command-Shift-L (Mac) or
Format > Insert Link

A dialogue box will appear and you can enter the URL with the format: http://www.qumana.com

Qumana will remember the last URL you copied to the clipboard and pre-insert it into the dialogue. To accept, press OK.

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What is the “New Post” button?

After you have published your article you can close the editor window and start over with a new one, or you can simply wipe it clean using the New Post button. This does not erase your post, as you have already published it.

Note, if you are prompted to Save, you have not successfully published your article yet. We suggest saving then attempting to republish.

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What are the Editor Properties?

The properties area contains all the information about your post - not your blog. You can update the time of your post (e.g. set it to publish tomorrow - called advanced posting), your categories, and your preference to allow comments or trackbacks.

Also important is your ability to set trackbacks - so you can see there are two trackback areas. One allowing others to trackback to your post (the check box) - one that collects the trackback URL's for posts you reference to (the open area).

You can choose to allow comments on your blog by checking or unchecking the box. In so doing, you will either allow or ban people from commenting on your post.

You have the option to hid the Properties pane to have more room to type, but don't forget to open it again to set your categories.

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What are trackbacks?

A trackback is a unique URL associated with a permalink which sends a message to a post you want to refer to say you have linked to it. Not all blogs support trackbacks, and some will auto-detect them for you.

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What is cross posting?

After you have written a post, you select which blog to publish it to. After it has been published, you can then select Another blog from your pull down menu, set new categories, and click Publish again.

In so doing, you can publish the same post to more than one blog.

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Tags and how to insert them

Qumana has integrated Technorati tags right into the editor. This allows you to easily describe your post with keywords relevant to your content, making it easier for people to find you in searches.

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Inserting Tags

  1. Place your cursor where you want the tags to appear
  2. Click the 'Insert Tags' button
  3. Type in as many keywords as you want
    1. 'commas' separate keywords/tags
    2. 'spaces' indicate key phrases (multiple words in one tag)
  4. Click OK

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What is a tag?

Tags are special links within a post that categorize the content. Blog search engines like Technorati use these tags to help searchers refine and find content on the topics they are most interested in quickly. Better tagging means better visibility on the Web.

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What is Technorati?

Technorati is a blog search engine that allows people to search for information by keywords or categories, also known as tags. You can tag your posts with keywords that will ultimately make your content easier to find, and profile your blog more accurately.

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Removing the 'Powered by Qumana' footer

When you first open the Qumana editor, your post will come with a footer promotion for Qumana in the bottom right, 'Powered by Qumana'. This is an optional way to show support for our free program.

To turn off the footer:

PC: Edit > Preferences > Editor tab > uncheck Insert Qumana tagline in new posts
Mac: Qumana > Preferences  > Editor tab > uncheck Insert Qumana tagline in new posts

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4. Blog Manager

What is the Blog Manager?

The Blog Manager is your control station. It stores your drafts, your previous posts, and your list of blogs. From the Blog Manager you can:

  • edit an old post (double click to open, edit, and republish)
  • store drafts
  • add or delete blogs
  • delete blog posts (published or draft)
  • get the permalink for a published post
  • search your archives for posts to reference

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How do I open the Blog Manager?

  1. click the Blog Manager button in the editor, or
  2. right click the DropPad and select Blog Manager, or
  3. File, Blog Manager

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How do I edit an old post?

Any post you have published can be edited, and reposted, from within Qumana. Simply open the post, edit it, and click Publish. This will send an edit (not a new post) to your blog.

You can, also, grab an old post and cross-post it as 'new' to another blog.

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Which blog platforms support editing old posts?

Most blogs will support editing of old posts. The following are the most common blogs:

  • Blogware
  • Wordpress & Wordpress.com
  • MovableType
  • TypePad
  • Blogger

Blogs that use the Metaweblog, WordPress, or MovableType API's will likely support this feature.

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I get a time/date error when I try to save, why?

This is an error regarding the integration of the API with certain blog platforms. If you get this error, the post may still be published OK. We may be able to help fix the problem. Please contact us.

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What is the Refresh button for?

If you have changed any of your posts on your blog, not from within Qumana, you want to synch them together so you can have local copies on Qumana. This button will do that.

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What is a permalink and how do I access it?

A permalink is a unique URL associated with your blog post. That way, blog posts can refer to other blog posts and be very specific. Unlike webpages, these permalinks never change.

Qumana gives you an easy way to grab, and reference, your older posts. From the Blog Manager, select any post you wish to reference, right click, and Copy Link. Now you can paste that URL into a new post.

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Blog Properties

If you ever need to change your blog properties, your username or password or URL information, go to your Blog Manager and:

Right click the blog name > Blog Properties
File > Blog Properties

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5. Qumana Preferences

Qumana allows you to set preferences for how Qumana behaves, and how your posts are configured.

To access, go:

PC: Edit > Preferences
Mac: Qumana > Preferences

Here you can change:

General Tab

  • What opens when Qumana starts
  • Whether double-clicking the DropPad starts a new post or opens the Blog Manager
  • Number of posts to retrieve and store locally (this is really only needed when you first install Qumana and want local copies)
  • Time zone (ensure your blog time zone matches what you set here)

Editor Tab

  • Whether to enter one or two breaks when you press Enter
  • Preference to insert 'Powered by Qumana' footer
  • Spell check as you type
  • To close the editor window after you publish, or leave it open

Ping Tab

  • Here you can add sites to ping. See below.

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6. What is pinging?

"Many blog authoring tools automatically ping one or more servers each time the blogger creates a new post (or updates an old one). That is, the tool sends an XML-RPC signal to one or more 'ping servers', which can then generate a list of blogs that have new material." – Wikipedia

Basically a ping is a signal sent from you to a search/aggregator server that says "hey, I have new stuff, come look at me".

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What ping services are available?

  • My Yahoo - http://ping.blo.gs/
  • Technorati - http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
  • Feedster - http://api.feedster.com/ping
  • PubSub - http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/
  • Weblogs.Com - http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
  • Ping-o-matic - http://rpc.pingomatic.com
  • Newsgator - http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
  • TailRank - http://rpc.tailrank.com/feedburner/RPC2
  • pingoat - http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
  • Blogdigger - http://news.blogdigger.com/RPC2
  • Syndic8 - http://www.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
  • Blog Buzz Machine - http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
  • RssFwd - http://www.rssfwd.com/xmlrpc/api
  • MSN Alerts - http://signup.alerts.msn.com/alerts-PREP/submitPingExtended.doz
  • iTunes - https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/pingPodcast
  • My Yahoo - http://ping.blo.gs/
  • Technorati - http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
  • Feedster - http://api.feedster.com/ping
  • PubSub - http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/
  • Weblogs.Com - http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
  • Ping-o-matic - http://rpc.pingomatic.com
  • Newsgator - http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
  • TailRank - http://rpc.tailrank.com/feedburner/RPC2
  • pingoat - http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
  • Blogdigger - http://news.blogdigger.com/RPC2
  • Syndic8 - http://www.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
  • Blog Buzz Machine - http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
  • MSN Alerts - http://signup.alerts.msn.com/alerts-PREP/submitPingExtended.doz
  • iTunes - https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/pingPodcast
  • Feedburner - http://ping.feedburner.com

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7. Accessing Help from within Qumana

Click Help > Qumana Help to be directed to the Qumana website for assistance.

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8. Qumana DropPad

What is the DropPad?

With the DropPad you can:

  • Drag and drop images, text and links for your next post
  • Double click to launch a new editor window (or open the Blog Manager, depending on your set preferences)

Qumana's DropPad looks like a small square picture hovering on your screen. It may not look like much, but it's a powerful tool included in Qumana. The DropPad is your funnel into the blogging editor. Any images or text or links you drag & drop into the DropPad will appear in an editing window. So, while you are browsing websites, you can effectively "collect" the information without going between windows or having to cut & paste material.

Note: on the Mac, links will not appear, only text and images.

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How do I use the DropPad?

  1. Highlight text or links you want to use,
    1. click the mouse and hold while dragging that selection into the DropPad,
    2. release the mouse to drop them into the DropPad.
    3. For images, simply drag the image to the DropPad.
  2. When you have collected all the information you want for that single post, simply double click on the DropPad to open that window, edit your content that is already there, and post it.

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What can I drop into the DropPad?

You can drag any images, bits of text, and links. They will be reproduced in the Qumana editor.

(In Mac, links will not reproduce)

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What happens to dropped images?

If you drop an image into the DropPad, when you double-click to launch your new post, you will be prompted to upload your image to your blog.

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How do I hide the DropPad?

The DropPad can only be hidden in the PC version of Qumana. To hide it, simply right click the DropPad or click the Qumana icon in your task bar and select 'Hide DropPad'

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Can I use the DropPad for a post I have already started?

No, the DropPad gathers material for a new post. However, you may mimic the drag & drop ease right into the editor: drag & drop text & images right into your editor window.

I tried to drag and drop items into the DropPad, but received an error and nothing showed up

When websites contain errors, Qumana tries to correct them automatically. In some cases, the material (usually text) you are dragging has too many errors. Try smaller areas of text.

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9. Working with Images

The image I dragged showed up as a link

If the image you tried to drag into the DropPad, or the editor, shows up as a link instead of the image, it is because that picture is linked – it is not the absolute picture file.

As a guide, make sure the image you are dragging does not link somewhere else. If it does, click there to find the original picture and drag that instead.

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I cannot upload images to my blog

Blogger & MSN Spaces blogs currently do not support uploading images from any application.

If you have an alternate blog, we suggest hosting your images there by indicating this in the image dialogue. Alternatively, you could use an image hosting service such as Flickr.

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How do I insert an image?

You can insert images to your blog from any website, or even your hard drive. All methods below will work.

DropPad method

  1. Drag and drop the image to your DropPad. You can drag just the image or a section containing image and text.
  2. Double-click on the DropPad
  3. You will be prompted to upload the image to your blog. Set properties then Upload & Insert
  4. A new editor will appear with your image(s)

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Drag to Editor method

  1. Drag and drop one or more images into any open editor window – it will be placed where your cursor is
  2. You will be prompted to upload the image to your blog. Set properties then Upload & Insert
  3. You will now see your image

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Insert method

  1. Insert your cursor where you want the image placed
  2. Press the image button (looks like a landscape) or Format > Insert Image
  3. Press browse to locate the file on your hard drive that you want to upload or paste in the URL for the image
  4. Press “Upload & Insert”

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What is the difference between “Upload & Insert” and “Insert”?

Upload & Insert will upload the file (from your hard drive or its URL source) to your blog's image directory. This is recommended so that you host your own pictures.

Insert will just link to an online image (but will still display it). This is good if you want to use pictures you already have uploaded, but is not recommended to link to other people's images.

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How do I position images?

  1. Click on image you wish to modify
  2. Click on the landscape/image button on the Qumana editor toolbar
  3. Use one of the wrap buttons to choose the display (left, right, centre, none)

All wrap options come with a preset margin of space that will make your picture look good when wrapped with text. You can change these options in the 'Advanced' tab

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What is the landscape/image button for?

  1. To upload or link to images
  2. To change the properties of existing images (alignment, wrap, border, margin).

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Basic Image properties explained

Location:

  1. Before you upload, this is the URL or place on your hard drive where you wish to upload from,
  2. After you have inserted an image, this is the URL location on your blog where your image is stored

Wrapping Style:

These buttons direct the position/wrap for your image. The following options are available:

  1. None (default) - text will begin after your image
  2. Right - text will wrap around on the right side of the image
  3. Left - text will wrap around on the left side of the image
  4. Top - text will begin at the top of the image, but continue after the image (no wrap)
  5. Bottom - text will begin at the bottom of the image and continue after it

All wrap options include a margin of space around the picture so make it look good

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Advanced Image properties dialogue explained

Location:

  1. Before you upload, this is the URL or place on your hard drive where you wish to upload from,
  2. After you have inserted an image, this is the URL location on your blog where your image is stored

Alternate Text:
If, for some reason, your image does not display on your blog, this text will be in its place. It is not required.

Title:
This text may be displayed when someone hovers over your image. It is not required.

Width:
The width of your image will be displayed here, and can be altered.

Height:
The height of your image will be displayed here, and can be altered.

Lock symbol:
When the lock image is 'closed', the proportions of Width and Height will be locked. This means when you change the Width, the Height will change in proportion. This ensures your image scales properly.

To unlock, simply click on the image.

Border:
You can put a border around your image. If blank, it will use your blog default. It is not required.

Align:
This is where you can set the alignment of your image in relation to the text. This is commonly known as 'wrapping text' around an image. See below.

Class:
This is where you can assign a CSS class. This is not required.

Style:
You can manually add style information to your picture. By default, we include a margin of 5 pixels, which just ensures that when you wrap your text it’s not right next to your image. It adds a buffer of white space.

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How do I wrap text around my image or ad?

1. Select the image with your cursor
2. Click on the image/landscape button Format > Insert Image
3. Use the easy Wrapping Style buttons menu to select the image properties - right, left, top or bottom

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Why does it have margin:5px; in Style?

The image properties, by default, set 5 pixels of white space around your image to make it have a clean look on your blog. You can delete or alter this.

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10. Qumana Ads

Make money from your blog – easily – no matter what you write about. Insert keyword-specific ads, tailored to your look and feel, right into your posts using Qumana, and start making money.

Qumana Ads, known as Q Ads, is an advertising network for bloggers – this network of ads is available from a little button inside the Qumana blog editor. It's money, right at your fingertips.

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What is Q Ads?

Q Ads is an advertising network focused on bloggers - it's a way to insert keyword-driven ads into blog posts, templates, and static pages.

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How do I make money?

Simple. Each time you put an ad into your blog post, and someone clicks it, we put money in your account. Simply get to $20USD, and we'll pay you.

Sign up for Q Ads. Download Qumana (blog editor) and/or the Q-Ads Tool (IE/Firefox extension) and begin inserting ads when you write content. And then just press the Insert Ad button and type in a keyword every time you write something.

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How much can I get paid, and when?

You will be paid each month, provided you make the minimum $20USD required for payment. You will be paid via check or PayPal.

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Why focus on blogs?

Bloggers are incredibly creative folks, and we think they deserve ways to insert ads, and make money, in the easiest way.

Most bloggers don't think they can make money from what they do as a hobby, but you can! We give you the tools to find ads that are useful to your readers - by letting you choose the topic and not relying on a computer to add context to it. You simply choose when and where to place them, and start making money.

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How does Q Ads work?

Q Ads is focused on advertisements in blog posts, so we've built it into Qumana and made a Q-Ads Tool that can be activated from your browser (IE/Firefox). We combine easy blogging with easy money.

Every time you write something, you can insert an ad, or two, anywhere in the post. You can even change the sizes and colors, all to make your ads look better to your readers.

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How do I insert Q Ads?

You can insert Q-Ads in two ways now: via Qumana, our popular blog editor for PC & Mac, or via our new Q-Ads Tool for IE & Firefox.

Insert Q-Ad via Qumana

  1. Download Qumana
  2. Click the 'Insert Ad' button and click 'Create Account' or Sign up here
  3. Enter your username

Now, every time you write a post you simply need to press the 'Insert Ad' button and:

  1. Enter a keyword (about your topic, or something complimentary)
  2. Press Enter

Insert Q-Ad via Q-Ads Tool

  1. Download the Q-Ads Tool (for IE or Firefox)
  2. Install the Q-Ads tool
  3. Click the "Q" button when you are ready to insert an ad
  4. Enter your username and your keyword.
  5. Tweak the ads if you want, then click "Okay" to Insert.

You can use the Q-Ads tool to insert ads into any text field in any blog: MySpace, MSN Spaces, LiveJournal, Typepad or more. Wherever you can write HTML, you can enter a Q-Ad.

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Can I use other ads with Q Ads?

Of course. We want to give you the choice to use us or not, and our highest aim is for you to make money. You are free to use any other ads in your posts or on your blog along with ours.

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I forgot my username and password for Q Ads

Click here to recover.

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How do I change my information?

Log in to your account to change personal and payment information.

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Can I change my username?

No. Your username (also shown as your Client Name or Client ID) is attached to each advertisement you create. This allows us to track and record every click, and assign you the income that you earn, no matter where you use the banner. Your username is uniquely identified with your account and cannot be changed.

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Where do the ads appear?

Anywhere a picture can be seen, so can a Q Ad – both on your blog and in your RSS feed.

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Are the ads contextual?

No, the ads are based on keywords you specify. Your blog content is not used in any way to determine the content of the ad.

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Why do I need to use keywords?

Q Ads works based on keywords you enter in Qumana - keywords based on what you decide to say about your post. You get to decide what type of ad works best, giving you the power to make more money. Your own knowledge is far stronger than any computer program scanning your text.

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Where do I view my stats?

Go to the Qumana Editor window. Click on 'Advertising' then on the tab to the left which says 'Account Setup'. Next to your username is a button labeled 'Admin' - this will take you to your statistics and administration center. Alternatively, you can simply bookmark this link.

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What are impressions?

Impressions are the number of times an ad(s) have been displayed. This includes impressions both in your blog and in your RSS feed.

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What is a CTR?

CTR stands for Click-through rate. CTR represents the ratio of clicks to impressions and is typically reported as a percent. CTR's above 1% are considered excellent.

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Why is my CTR% so low?

Most ad systems embed their ad on the outside of your blog frame. So when someone hits your main page, that is counted as one (1) impression.

With Q Ads, we embed an ad in each post. So as people visit your main blog page, there are far more ads shown, even if the reader doesn't scroll down the page to read the older posts.

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What is audited revenue and why is there a delay?

The data provided to you has a 24-36 hour delay before it appears in your Report area. The data you see there is audited - which means we have analyzed the clicks you've received and made sure there was no click fraud. This analysis of clicks takes approximately 24-36 hours. What you see appearing in your Reports is actual earnings - what you can expect to receive when you are paid.

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How do I insert ads with Qumana?

To insert an ad into Qumana, follow these instructions.

To insert an ad quickly:

  1. Place your cursor where you want your ad to appear
  2. Click the 'Insert Ad' button
  3. Put a single keyword or a combination key phrase into the keyword field that you want to match with your post.
  4. Click Okay (or hit enter).
  5. Your ad will be inserted. You can move it, or wrap text, as you see fit.

To insert and customize an ad with the ad preview:

  1. Place your cursor where you want your ad to appear
  2. Click the 'Insert Ad' button
  3. Put a single keyword or a combination key phrase into the keyword field that you want to match with your post.
  4. Change your selection in 'Step 2' of the dialogue to 'Custom ad banner designer'
  5. Your ad will be previewed - change it as many times as you wish to get the right one.
  6. Change colors and sizes for an optimized look and feel
  7. Click OK.

Note: your preference for 'quick' or 'custom' insertion will be remembered for your next ad placement.

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How do I position my ads?

Since the ads you insert are basically pictures, you can treat them as you would any other image in Qumana. Click here to understand image properties.

Tip: the most effective spot for an ad is in the upper right corner.

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How do I change what my ad looks like?

In 'Step 2' of inserting an ad, you can use the preview and pull down menu define the color, style, and size of your ad.

If you use the 'quick' ad placement, your add will be placed using a default style set by Qumana, which is optimized for most blog posts.

The settings you can change are:

Dimensions - the size of your ad, in width x height.
Background Color - the color of the background of your ad. Default: white.
Border Color - the color to surround your ad. Default: none.
Footer Color - the color block at the bottom of the ad. Default: green.
Gradient Color - the color gradient for the footer. Can be turned off. Default: white to green.
Title Font Color - the color of the underlined title at the top of the ad. Default: blue.
Text Color - the color of the text in the ad. Default: black.
URL Color - the color of the URL at the bottom of the ad. Default: blue. Note: not all ads will have URL's in them.
Footer Font Color - the color of the AdGenta.com name in the footer. Default: blue.

Tip: Choose colors and styles the fit both your blog and the post it is in.

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What if I get 'no ads found'?

When you are creating your ads, you insert various keywords. We return matches to those keywords based on our inventory and matching process. If we do not have an ad in our inventory to match your keyword, the ad being viewed will display 'no ads found' as a warning.

If you get this, try choosing variations of that keyword or a different keyword to describe your content.

If you insert an ad that has 'no ads found' in the preview window, we will choose an ad for you from our inventory that is high performing, but may not be at all related to your topic.

Download information & system requirements:

  • Version 3.0.0-4b (may change)
  • Download size: approx. 8.7 MB
  • For Windows(R) 98 & above and Mac(R) OS 10.3 & above
  • Java 4.0 or higher (5.0 recommended – download)
  • Additional space is needed to store any content you collect.
  • An Internet connection is needed for Qumana.

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11. Blog hosts and API's

Qumana works with all major blog hosts, including:

  • MSN Spaces
  • Blogger
  • TypePad
  • Movable Type
  • Blogware
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Bryght
  • Roller
  • Angelfire
  • Tripod

The following are the currently implemented API's:

  • metaWeblog
  • Blogger
  • MovableType

If your blog is supported by one of these API's, but is not listed above, it will most likely work with Qumana.

If you would like us to look at another one please click here to send us an email.

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12. Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl-S Save
Ctrl-P Post
Ctrl-F4 Close
Ctrl-B Bold
Ctrl-U Underline
Ctrl-I Italic
Ctrl-Q Paragraph Align = none
Ctrl-L Paragraph Align = left
Ctrl-E Paragraph Align = center
Ctrl-R Paragraph Align = right
Ctrl-J Paragraph Align = justify
Ctrl-M Increase Indent
Shift-Ctrl-M Decrease Indent
Shift-Ctrl-L Add Hyperlink
Ctrl-A Select All
Ctrl-X Cut
Ctrl-C Copy
Ctrl-V Paste
Ctrl-Z Undo
Shift-Ctrl-Z Redo
Ctrl-F Find
Ctrl-K Spell check
Ctrl-T Blockquote

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