Everything You Need To Know About Cool Favicons
What’s a Favicon and why should a blogger care?
The term favicon is short for favorite icon. It goes by other names, such as bookmark icon, tab icon, website icon, and shortcut icon.
Here’s an example of a website with no favicon:
Notice, Build Your Own Blog has a cool favicon. 🙂 You should see it in your browser URL bar next to my URL (like in the top photo).
Here’s a few more examples of cool favicons:
Why should you have one?
There are two reasons why you should have a favicon.
First, having one is an important part of building your brand online. There are two places people will see your favicon – on the internet browser tab and in the bookmarks section.
Second, when people see your favicon, they are reassured that they are in the right place. Lastly, it may be a ranking signal. After all, the former head of Google’s web spam team has a favicon on his personal blog. Who better to emulate?
If you don’t have one, internet browsers will show a blank page icon, which looks like this:
How do you get a favicon for your wordpress blog?
Watch this video:
Step 1: design your favicon in Microsoft Paint (an alternative for the non-designers is to hire someone on Fiverr to do it for you.)
Step 2: convert your image into a favicon with this free tool http://www.icoconverter.com/
Step 3: Download custom favicon plugin – it’s free
Cool Favicons Conclusion
Paying attention to the small details of your website pays big dividends. Now that you know what a favicon is, go forth and create one.
Adam Morgan loves helping people find answers to their technical questions. He specializes in SEO, PPC, and loves learning all he can about online writing and social media. You can check out his blog and get his free eBook 6 Steps to Making Your First $100 with Your Blog at succeedwithadam.com