Favicons Are So Easy To Create. Where’s Yours? (How To)

favicons in tabsFavicons are those cool little graphics that site in the address bar and tab of your browser.

I’m amazed by how many sites either don’t have one, or are using which ever one shipped with their CMS.

Feed ReaderFavicons are a wonderful tool for branding as they provide a visual identifier to help your site stand out from all the other anonymous tabs a reader may have open. They also help your content stand out in feed readers such as Google Reader.

As I’m sure you can see from the image on the right, the blogs with favicons stand out and are far more identifiable than those which don’t have one. Those without favicons get stuck being displayed using the standard blue RSS icon in Google Reader.

Hopefully you can see mine above and have one already in place on your site.

If you don’t have one, here’s how to get one done in 3 easy steps.

  1. Fire up your favorite image editor and create a square image (200×200) and design the icon you’d like. Keep in mind that this will be reduced to 16×16 pixels in size, so don’t make it too intricate.
  2. Upload the 200×200 image to the Dynamic Drive FavIcon Generator. FavIcon Generator will reduce your image the necessary 16×16 size and output it as a favicon.ico file.
  3. Upload “favicon.ico” to the root of your site and then add the following code to the header of your site. It should be inserted before the “</head>” tag.

<link rel=”shortcut icon” type=”image/x-icon” href=”/favicon.ico”>

Clear your browsers cache and the cache on your site if you use one, hit refresh and enjoy your new piece of persistent visual branding.

FYI, there are a number of other favicon generator scripts online, but the Dynamic Drive one does the best job of reducing your image while keeping the best quality.

Enjoy!

Podcast: Splogging or Blog Pirating (Part 2)

Happy Hour with Mr. Business Golf – Splogging or Blog Pirating 2

As a follow up to our podcasts about the internet and the problems with social networks (Part 1, 2, 3, 4) Scot Duke and I recorded a segment about splogs, how they affect bloggers and how to deal with them.

This 14 minute show is the second of series of podcasts  (Part 1) to come out of that conversation.

As you remember, I am visiting with Paul O’Flaherty on Sploggers and the issues that surround what they are causing bloggers. In this second part Paul and I get down to the nuts and bolts of the issue on Splogging, what the problems they are causing and Paul offers some great insight into a few possible solutions bloggers should consider to battle Sploggers. I have a feeling you are going to enjoy this segment, so sit back and listen to what Paul and I have to say about Splogging.

Links

Download Podcast MP3: Splogging #02 12.9 Mb 0:14:09

Podcast: Splogging or Blog Pirating (Part 1)

Happy Hour with Mr. Business Golf – Splogging or Blog Pirating 1

As a follow up to our podcasts about the internet and the problems with social networks (Part 1, 2, 3, 4) Scot Duke and I recorded a segment about splogs, how they affect bloggers and how to deal with them.

This 15 minute show is the first of series of podcasts to come out of that conversation.

Now, in this short series of podcasts I came to Paul with a question on how to deal with the growing number of Pirate Bloggers, or Sploggers as they are commonly known. This is becoming a huge issue and is driving many golf bloggers offline since they are tired of dealing with the problem. Let’s hear what Paul has to offer as a solution to Pirate Bloggers or Sploggers.

Links

Download Podcast MP3: Splogging #01 13.3 Mb 0:14:34

Full Or Partial? Sara Feeds The Debate…

A little over a year ago I posted about how I felt that partial feeds are like foreplay without sex. Damn frustrating!

Sara from Suburban Oblivion has reopened that can of worms again and is getting some great feedback in her comments with the vast majority of folks preferring full feeds.

I’ve gone back and forth on this, and am finally going back to full feed. I almost hate to do it, because I know I’ll have to keep a sharp eye on where my feed is being fed(partial feeds protect from others running your RSS through their blog) and I suspect my comments will go down. BUT, I also know a lot of people get really annoyed by partial feeds, so back to full feed I go.

What makes the feedback Sara is getting really interesting to me is that it’s not coming from the tech bloggers. Sara is a “Mommy blogger” and most of the feedback she’s getting is from other bloggers like her.

Heck, I appear to be the only guy who’s commented on her post so that, in itself, should be enough to show that the feedback Sara is receiving is from a different demographic than we (male tech bloggers) usually encounter.

I publish full feeds on O’Flaherty and that will never change as it would be in conflict with my own feed reading habits.

What do you publish? Full or partial?

More Posts = More Attention?

Common sense would seem to tell me that the more I post the more readers I will have and the more I’ll be able to attract.

This may be true from a search engine perspective as the more material you have the more likely it is that somebody will click on something but what about retaining the attention of you subscribers.

Do more posts mean that they’ll visit more often or that they’re more likely to click through from their RSS reader and comments

No!

Actually, too many post can have a detrimental effect on you subscriber base leading them to loose interest in your blog and ultimately unsubscribe.

I’ve been looking at my reading trends in Google Reader for the past 30 days and noticed that in general the more items were posted by a particular site the less likely it was that I would read them.

Here’s the stats for the top 40 most prolific posting sites that I’m subscribed to as well as the percentage of posts I actually read:

RSS Feed Items/Day%Read
TechAddress88.75%
Robert’s shared items in Google Reader52.15%
Buzztracker.com – Technology51.630%
digg / Technology39.124%
The Register28.821%
Techmeme21.760%
Slashdot20.260%
Lifehacker14.257%
Dvorak Uncensored12.236%
digg / Science11.414%
Techdirt.8.560%
TechCrunch8.249%
Andy Beal’s Marketing Pilgrim – Internet Marketing Blog & Consultant6.780%
zedomax.com6.353%
GigaOM6.278%
Search Engine Watch Blog5.984%
Scobleizer Microsoft Geek Blogger4.978%
Technically Speaking 4.478%
bit-tech.net news Feed4.323%
Chris Pirillo3.833%
The Doc Searls Weblog3.791%
John Chow dot Com3.562%
Profy.Com3.479%
Digital Inspiration3.378%
InsideMicrosoft3.384%
Web Strategy by Jeremiah2.873%
Google Blogoscoped2.893%
we make money not art2.859%
BuzzMachine2.686%
Google Blog Search: link:https://pauloflaherty.com/2.562%
Google Operating System2.468%
Weblog Tools Collection2.384%
All about Microsoft21.83%
VTOR – Virtual TO Reality2.181%
Shoemoney – Skills to pay the bills2.176%
Tech-Recipes.com2.168%
eHub2.165%
SEO Book.com2.075%
Baron VC2.081%
Hack the Planet1.979%

These percentages are obviously swayed by the fact that I will like some authors more than others and therefore read more of their posts. The same applies to news sources.

My own personal bias’s aside it remains fairly obvious that once you start to get above 9 or 10 posts a day I tend to switch off and not read your feed.

Some of this could be due to duplication as the high output sites listed here tend to be aggregated news sources and there is a high chance of duplicate posts which I tend not to read. 

I find it rather interesting that I read only 5% of what Scoble posts to his link blog but 78% of what he actually blogs himself.

If you think that implies that I’m more interested in Scoble for his editorial commentary than anything else, you would be correct and the same can be said for many blogs that I read.

A quick look (no maths just intuition) shows that the sites posting up to 4 posts a manage to get me to read between 70 and 85% of their stuff, while those posting above 10 see a sharp decline.

2 to 4 posts a day seems to be the sweet spot for keeping my attention.

I wonder how my stats stack up against other Google Reader users?

Oh, here’s a little something for anybody who may be suffering from information overload 😉