How to make Money with your Magazine

As a publisher, there are many ways to make money off your publications. Here at Joomag, we provide you with all the tools and features to create a successful and profitable online magazine. Depending on who your audience is, free and paid magazines can be both successful. Enjoy the first of this two part series on “How to make Money with your Magazine”.

PART I: Creating A Profitable Free Magazine

FREE MAGAZINES. Most magazines have a longer shelf life than newspapers, because readers tend to identify more closely with the magazines they read. Free magazines rely on subscribers and advertisers for their success. Eventually, some of these free publications even turn to providing marketing services, giving them new revenue streams. Without a subscriber base though, it can be hard to get advertisers for your publication.

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If you already noticed our new viewer features a back-issues panel, making it easier for readers to find the previous issues of your magazine.

It’s time to benefit from this brilliant possibility to increase your pageviews. What you need to do is login to your Joomag account, go to the magazines management and link your magazines with each other. Continue reading

Working with layers and arranging objects in them

In this tutorial we are going to show how to use layers. Layers can help you a lot especially when dealing with background images. Let’s have a look at the example of the magazine cover page. Here you can see a background image, the title of the magazine on top and a short annotation at bottom right corner.

Now let’s open Layers’ panel and find out what do we have in there. Layers’ panel is located on right toolbar of Joomag editor. As you can see we have 3 layers on this page. Let’s take a closer look at them.

First layer named “Text” contains magazine title and the annotation. This layer is marked with Green color. The “eye” icon indicates that the layer is currently visible. Clicking this icon will hide the layer.

Hiding layers can be very useful when you have a lot of objects on your page and don’t want some of them to mess around while you’re working with the rest of them.

Please note that Hiding a layer will only hide it in the editor, but it will still be visible in reading mode.

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Introduction to Multiple object selection and object alignment

On October 2010 editor release Joomag introduced several new features. Here I’m going to discuss 2 of them: a new way of selecting multiple objects and means of aligning the selected objects.

In previous versions of Joomag editor, selection of multiple objects was done by making a rectangular selection. The objects that were in marked area were selected. This had the drawback that sometimes objects that were not intended to be selected were getting selected. (see the picture below, there is no chance to select red and blue ellipses without selecting the yellow one)

This method of selection is still available in Joomag editor, but to provide the ability of selecting only the objects you need, Joomag introduces the new way of selection.

Just press the Shift key and start selecting the objects by clicking on them with your mouse pointer. (see the picture below, we’ve selected 3 ellipses without selecting the yellow rectangle in the center as we’ve selected each ellipse separately)

Now let’s discuss the new aligning functions of Joomag editor.

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Using Joomag’s new Embedding features

On October the 5th Joomag has added some new options for Magazine Embedding, so let me introduce you to these new options and embedding in general.

To embed a magazine in a website one needs to get it’s embed code and place it in HTML of the website. To do so first go to Joomag Control Panel’s Magazine manager and press the “embed” link on the row of the magazine you want to embed.

Embed Button in Magazine Manager

When you click the “embed” link embedding dialog opens and you need to choose whether you want to embed full or light version of magazine.

Embedding light version will only put the thumbnail of the magazine in your website with link to the full publication while embedding the full version will put the viewer in the website.

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Modifying Image after placing on page

Often we need to modify sizes of an image we use in magazine to fit the page or other object on it. As using photo editing software requires some skills and often such software is simply unavailable on the PC we use, Joomag provides easy means to modify the image sizes.

There are 2 cases of size modification. We either need to crop the image or stretch it. In both cases first of all we need to place the image on the page. So just select the image you want to use from library and place it on the page.

Note that when placing image from library, size proportions are preserved.

Cropping of image in Joomag editor is performed by means of Selection Tool. Select the “Selection Tool” from the left toolbar of the editor and click the image you want to crop.

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Enriching converted PDF with links

We all use Joomag for sharing or publishing our PDF documents. But when it comes to interactivity there is a little more we want. Enriching the document with links is the first and the easiest step in making the document really interactive and I’m going to show you how…

First of all we need to have the PDF document converted. To do so just click the “Create from PDF” in the Control Panel, then upload the PDF and return to Magazine list. After the PDF is uploaded, we’ll have to wait a bit to have it converted.

Now when we have the PDF converted to Joomag magazine we can start enriching it.

Open the magazine in editing mode by clicking its name in the Control Panel. Edit the page you want to enrich with links.

As a  magazine created from PDF contains only one object on a page, we can’t select different parts of it to make links. That’s why we’ll use hotspots for links.

Select the Text Tool from left toolbar in the editor.

Create a text area where you want to put the link.

Having the text area selected, press the Link icon on the right toolbar of the editor. The link properties window will open.

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How to place an image on 2 pages

Today I’m going to introduce you a step-by-step tutorial on creating a photo album, that has a single large image on both pages, using Joomag’s online editing environment.

Step 1: Create a magazine by pressing “Add New Magazine” button on main page after login or in control panel.

Step 2: Fill magazine info at your will, but give a close attention to picking sizes of magazine.

Let’s discuss picking sizes in details. Sizes in case of creating a photo album are best decided depending on sizes of photos you’re going to use. Assuming your photos are landscapes, choose half of photo’s width as magazine’s width and full height of the photo as magazine’s height. For example if your photos are 1600x1200px choose 800 for width and 1200 for height.

Step 3: Open your newly created magazine in editor by clicking its title in magazine list.

Step 4: Edit the left page of the magazine by picking “Edit Page” from context menu.

Step 5: Open Library in the editor and upload the photos.

Upload photos with the best quality and highest resolution you have. Joomag will display photos based on viewer’s screen resolution so it won’t take long to download them anyway. Also don’t be afraid of using photos with different sizes. Even if sizes of photos are different but aspect ratio is the same, there should be no problem with covering whole magazine space and matching the halves.

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