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Does anyone know how to construct and add a "favicon.ico" icon to the site so it will show up in our "Favorites" list as a unique identifier like the ebay, Yahoo, etc sites have?

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those little icons don't stay on mine for some reason. after a day or two it goes back to the standard icon.
 

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Yea I know

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those little icons don't stay on mine for some reason. after a day or two it goes back to the standard icon.
Nancy,

That usually happens when you clear you IE cache and temp files. There are ways to keep that from happening by keeping the icons in a separate folder. Also there's a free utility called FavOrg that you can run periodically to keep them the way you want.

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Does anyone know how to construct and add a "favicon.ico" icon to the site so it will show up in our "Favorites" list as a unique identifier like the ebay, Yahoo, etc sites have?

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Here's a "cut & paste" of a "how to", including the copyright so that the author gets proper credit:

1) Choose an image or symbol that you would like to use to represent your web site. This could be a tiny version of your logo, a graphic or perhaps a stylized version of your company initials. A famous example of this is the "Y!" Favicon used by Yahoo! A Favicon is meant to reflect the look and feel of a web site or a company logo. Remember it needs to be simple and clear enough to have visual impact when converted to 16 x 16 pixels.

2) Take a high quality version of your chosen image in .JPG or .GIF format and if it isn't already, convert your image to the 256 color Web Safe Palette or the Windows 16 color format (the fewer colors the better).

3) Using your favorite graphics package or image manipulation software, reduce the image down to 16 pixels wide by 16 pixels high, being careful to preserve the image resolution. This is the tricky bit, because you might find your chosen image looks fantastic at the original size and downright silly at
16 x 16 pixels! Keep experimenting until you are happy with the finished icon.
If you can't seem to make it work or you're short on time, you can use a frëe icon converter like Image Icon Converter to convert your graphic to an icon or use an icon editor such as ImageAuthor to build your icon from scratch.

4) You're nearly done! Take your completed icon and save it as "Favicon.ico". This is the default icon name that web browsers like Internet Explorer and Netscape look for. If you want to be really clever, you can even create a customized icon for each page on your site - instructions for this can be found at Favicon.com.

5) Take your .ico file and copy it into the the root directory of your web site (the main directory that contains all your HTML pages). In future, every time a visitor bookmarks your site, your icon is copied into their cache file and displays whenever that visitor returns.

6) To test your finished Favicon, get a friend or colleague to bookmark your site and then open a new browser window. You can bookmark your own site but you generally only get one attempt at this so it's best to save it for when you are sure you're happy with your finished Favicon. Alternatively, dump your cache and open a new browser window between tries.
That's it, you're done! You now have an eye-catching icon representing your web site in the favorites list of all your visitors. A professional impact for very little effort.

About The Author
Article by Kalena Jordan, one of the first search engine optimization experts in Australia, who is well known and respected in the industry, particularly in the U.S. As well as running her own SEO business, Kalena manages Search Engine College, an online training institution offering instructor-led short courses and downloadable self-study courses in Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing subjects.
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