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Tracking people who bookmark site
palmpal

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Msg#: 1629 posted 2:13 am on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

How can you tell how many people have bookmarked your site?

 

Nermin

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Msg#: 1629 posted 2:21 am on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

you can see how manny people visited your website but ot really how manny people bookmark your website

who cares anyway unless they use that link :)

defanjos

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Msg#: 1629 posted 3:00 am on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Look at your logs and check how many requests for favicon.ico you had, this will give you a rough idea of how many people bookmarked your site.

palmpal

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Msg#: 1629 posted 7:47 am on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks,

I noticed this file name in my logs in my error file. I know the bookmark script works for me. Any ideas why this would come up as an error?

ncw164x

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Msg#: 1629 posted 8:37 am on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Have you got a favicon.ico in the root of your site, if not when a visitor bookmarks your site it will show an error.

A Favorite Icon is the icon which appears next to a favorite in your favorites menu and only works on Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher.

It must be called favicon.ico and can only be 16x16 pixels with 16 colours

How to make a Favorite Icon
You will need a graphic editing program to make you Icon
open up your Icons program
create a new 16x16 pixel icon with 16 colors and save it as favicon.ico
Upload the file to the root directory of your website eg http*://www.yoursitename.com/

If you don't have access to the root directory, then you will have to add the following code in each of your webpages:

<link rel="SHORT CUT" href="http*://www.yoursitename.com/favicon.ico">
place this in the head of your webpage
just before the body tag

Example
<link rel="SHORT CUT" href="http*://www.yoursitename.com/favicon.ico"></head><body>

Hope this helps

ncw164x

palmpal

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Msg#: 1629 posted 11:04 am on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi,

I found 148 instances of 404 errors for favicon.ico. I have IE 6.0 and I'm able to bookmark my site with no problem. I don't have favicon.ico in my root. I can add it by hitting favorites, add . . .or by hitting my "Bookmark Us" text link which runs a JS to bookmark my site.

Also, I looked at all my favorites and they all have the IE "e" icon next to them. If I bookmarked a site that did have favicon.ico would I see that icon instead of the IE icon?

Edit - Just did a Google search and found some links to articles that explain this further. Off to read more...

ncw164x

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 1629 posted 11:41 am on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>If I bookmarked a site that did have favicon.ico would I see that icon instead of the IE icon?

Yes you would and that's why you get the error because you don't have one

ncw164x

andy_boyd

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Msg#: 1629 posted 12:37 pm on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think that cPanel shows the number of people who have bookmarked the site, quite useful as you can then roughly gage if people like the site or not.

ruserious

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Msg#: 1629 posted 4:10 pm on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Look at your logs and check how many requests for favicon.ico you had, this will give you a rough idea of how many people bookmarked your site.

That did work at one time in the past. However a lot of current/modern browsers request favicons all the time.

However I am not really sure I understand how this statistic can be useful?

defanjos

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 1629 posted 7:43 pm on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

However a lot of current/modern browsers request favicons all the time.

I don't think it is "a lot", for example, on a site I have:
- 2500 visitors
- 51 favicon requests

If many browsers requested the favicon.ico, log requests for it would be a lot higher.

Does anyone know which browsers request the favicon?

fabfurs

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 1629 posted 12:19 am on Jan 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Opera request favicon.ico each time it lands on a site.

When a user bookmarks a site, the favicon hit happens after the page is loaded.

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