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The Million Dollar Homepage

January 9th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

This is really really cool. A lad named Alex Tew from Wiltshire, UK came up with a really inventive, very intelligent and quick way to make money, very quickly. His idea, the “Million Dollar Homepage” was this – get a single standard HTML page and sell pixels as advertisements on this page.

There are 1,000,000 (1 million) pixels on this particular page, and every single pixel is $1 each. So if you wanted an advertisement that was 10×10 in pixels, it would be $100 (about £70). The larger the space, the larger the amount of money it is to buy. Now the thing is with this, is website is more than just a great money maker and a great source of advertising, it’s Internet artwork.

Many big companies have joined up and bought pixels on this webpage – The Times newspaper, UK Government Speed Cameras website, but also plenty of online casinos and “free things”. I don’t know what’ll happen when this webpage gets full up – maybe he’ll have multiple pages… which means multiple million dollars? Who knows…

He may be a millionaire in the United States, but he’s only about half way there in British currency 😉

Updated: I forgot to change the link to the actual website. It’s changed below, sorry about that!

Useful links:
The Million Dollar Homepage
BBC News – "The million dollar student"

Posted in Daily Life, Humour | 6 Comments »


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6 Responses

  1. Andre N Says:

    This is actually the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of… Who in their right mind buys pixels there? And who goes to that webpage more than once?
    But oh well… This is the world where people wait days in a row in front of a store to buy Playstations and Tamagoshis 🙂

  2. Deansweb2004|NT Says:

    Agrees with Andre, I personally think he is doing spam, since he floods his website with people’s advisement only thing is that people are willing to be a retard and pay money for this.

  3. Patrick E Says:

    Studies prove there’s a new one born every minute…

  4. Sally Fisher Says:

    Sorry guys but if you look into the facts and figures these sites are actually working. I have just purchased advertising space at http://www.millionpoundwebpage.net for just £10 (they are selling a pixel at a penny each). Now I agree it did seem daft when I first looked into this idea, but I am actually getting 3 years worth of advertsing at ten pound. That to me is cheap as chips and worth the gamble. I also read that these pixel pages have generated upto 80% increase in online sales, and since using millionpoundwebpage I have already had a few referrals.

    Now I may be a fool but the ROI is already not bad! 😉

  5. Deansweb2004|NT Says:

    If lots of websits get developed like his site, then the internet will start evolving around these crappy advertisements, but I’ll give the guy credit for thinking of this idea. I wish him good luck..

  6. Patrick S Says:

    Agreed silly…however, he’s the one with the money!