The Million Dollar Homepage

The Million Dollar Homepage was created by a 21 year old middle-class undergraduate living in a messy student digs and who drinks a lot of coke (don’t know why you need to know the coke fact, but that is taken from the news article where I found this website link, http://www.timesonline.co.uk).

All the website is, is a homepage with loads and loads of mini advertisements on it that takes a long time to load. But, the guy is making thousands of dollars off it everyday! He charges $1 per pixel and there are 1000 000 pixels on the page to buy. Quite a crafty idea, got to give him that! He has now sold 999 000 pixels, and is not satisfied with the 1000 last pixels going for $1000, so is auctioning them off on ebay!! The nerve!! The current bidding price for those last 1000 pixels is around $160 000.

Visit the site and wait an eternity for it to load.

www.milliondollarhomepage.com/

P.S. I have just been to his blog, which is linked to the home page. It is INSANE how quickly and easily this guy has made his money. Definitely worth reading.

4 thoughts on “The Million Dollar Homepage”

  1. There are a number of other sites that are taking off, i just found one http://www.millionpoundwebpage.net which is much more affordable for my business and have purchased pixels at a penny each. I just checked my webstats and within a few hours I had a referral. Its a silly idea but it seems to work.

  2. News from http://www.millionairepixels.co.uk

    ‘a Devon business with global ambition’

    Date: Monday 16 January 2006

    Australia asks Devon Designer for Help

    Devon internet businessman and web designer Alan Wheeler has launched an innovative web advertising service which has already attracted an international company to sign up.

    Bovey Tracey based Mr Wheeler has also been asked by Australian charity ‘Hope for Children’ to help them design and set up a similar web-based advertising service.

    His web-service http://www.millionairepixels.co.uk enables businesses to buy a square of pixels, on the web page. Customers click on the coloured pixels and are immediately transported to the advertiser’s web site.

    With each block of 100 pixels costing just £60 (60p per unit) it is, believes Mr Wheeler, one of the best value advertising and promotion options for businesses of all sizes and a potentially valuable boost to tourism related services.

    And, in the longer term, advertisers could end up bidding for space on what is being described as internet ‘real estate’.

    Mr Wheeler, aged 42, said “It’s a quick and easy way for people to find a service or firm and it also gives competitive advantage to the businesses because, with the millions of web sites available, this will draw potential customers to them much more easily.”

    “Without a doubt there are people globally willing to pay for quite gimmicky advertising solutions. The internet is a fast moving place with over eight million web pages added on a daily basis. For a website to stand out and generate sales it needs to stand out from the rest,” he added

    Last autumn university student Alex Tew set up the Million Dollar site and since then has been overwhelmed by the success of a venture intended to raise enough money to pay for his way through university.

    Alan Wheeler’s http://www.millionairepixels.co.uk is, he says, the next big step in the concept because, in effect, businesses are ‘leasing’ virtual real estate on the web to promote their businesses.

    Launched just two weeks ago, http://www.millionairepixels.co.uk has already won the backing of international business Optis Europe Ltd, an operations management company, which is using the site to promote its business.

    With more customers advertising it is, says Mr Wheeler, inevitable that like real property, some of the pixels on his site will become increasingly valuable for their ‘owners’ as more business is generated.

    However, the last 1200 pixels, or advertising blocks, will eventually be auctioned off in support of the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, said Mr Wheeler.

    Ends…

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