Create Your Own Favicon

Lots of sites have favicons these days, the little symbol that sits next to the page name in your browser tabs, but most small business owners have no idea how to make one for themselves. Here’s how:

1. You’ll need to make a small graphic 16 pixels wide. I think this is the trickiest bit, coming up with a tiny little symbol to represent your business, but that’s what you’ll need. It can be a .jpg, .png or a .gif, but I prefer .gif because it’s the only one that will give you an invisible background.

2. Plunk it into this handy dandy favicon generator. I know, pretty easy, huh? Follow their directions for saving the file.

3. Add this bit of code to the <head> section of your main page.
<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”/favicon.ico” >
The <head> section is where your meta-tags are, at the top of the page. Just paste it in there under your <title> tag.

4. Upload your favicon to your web site’s root directory. Be sure to upload the changes on the index page, as well.

And that’s it! Let us know if you need any help with that graphic. 😉

Cathy Wagner
Owner and Project Manager
ONE STOP Internet Business Services

P.S. Please note, if you change your favicon, it can take an hour for the change to show up on your browser tab and a week to show up in your address bar.


About onestopinternetbusiness

I am Cathy Wagner, owner of ONE STOP Internet Business Services - project manager, SEO specialist, sales writer, webmaster and online business consultant. My team of web professionals and I have helped a wide variety of online business people sell their products and services more effectively.
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2 Responses to Create Your Own Favicon

  1. GFI Norte says:

    Hello. I noticed your blog title, “Create Your Own Favicon | ONE STOP Internet Business Services” does not
    really reflect the content of your website. When composing your site
    title, do you believe it’s best to write it for Search engine optimization or for your viewers? This is one thing I’ve been struggling with due to the fact I want good rankings but at the
    same time I want the best quality for my website visitors.

    • I think creating a favicon is something that web site owners want to know about. In fact, it’s one of my most popular posts. I want my post titles to clearly convey the information that’s contained in the body, for both the viewer and search engines.

      I’m not posting strictly for search engine position; I really hope to pass along useful information. It’s always best to write for your viewers, and when you do, your keywords will naturally be included with less chance of being penalized for keyword saturation. For the best long-term search engine standing, always put quality first.

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