Webmaster Questions and Answers
Question: Sometimes when I bookmark
a page and look at it in my bookmarks folder, there is
a custom icon next to the link. How can I make it so that
when a person downloads my page they get a custom link?
Answer: Here's exactly what it is
and how to upload one taken straight from my book, Web
Marketing Applied (page 72):
"Internet Explorer 5.0 has a nifty new feature
in which a Webmaster can determine what icon will be shown
in a person's Favorites (bookmarks) folder when that person
bookmarks the Website. This is a great way to attract extra
attention to your Web page. When a person bookmarks a Web
page, the Internet Explorer default icon (of a blue e on
a blank page) normally appears next to the bookmark. But
with this trick, the default icon won't show when a person
bookmarks your Web page - your icon will show!
If you've ever done a detailed analysis of
your Website statistics, you've probably noticed, under
Errors, that one of the errors is that favicon.ico is missing.
That's because when a person using Internet Explorer 5.0
tries to bookmark a Website, the browser first checks to
see whether you have an icon saved to use. If not, it puts
its default Internet Explorer icon next to your bookmark,
and you see on your log files the error that it couldn't
Create a 16X16 pixel image and save it as
favicon.ico . Now upload this image to your root directory
and you're done!"
P.S. In Web Marketing Applied, I also direct
you to a free program to help you make the 16X16 icon.
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