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The Million Dollar Homepage

Want to see an enterprising online idea? The Million dollar Home Page is an attempt by one young business student to pay his university fees by selling advertising on a site – one pixel at a time. A pixel costs $1 and there are 1,000,000 of them up for grabs.

You have to buy them in 100 pixel blocks ($100 a pop) but people are buying them and he reported on his blog yesterday that he’s already paid for his 3 years of college fees completely.

Of course – a lot of those buying pixel are poker pages and affiliate programs by the looks of things – but he’s doing ok out of it and is reporting that each advertisers is getting good click-throughs for their money.

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  1. Anky says:

    There is another one in the scene now. The guy seems to have taken the idea and recycled it. But the theme of the site seems original. Really wish I had thought of it earlier :-(

  2. Anky says:

    Sorry, missed out the site URL

    http://www.darlingiloveyou.com/

  3. Jim says:

    I actually thought of doing something a lot like this several years ago, but I chose not to do anything about it, so I totally respect Alex for doing this. I’ve put together my own “spinoff” site with a twist – I’m trying to raise money for a new house, and the way my ad spaces work is a little different. I acknowledge Alex for paving the way for this new genre of page. When I sell a few more ad spaces, I’m going to buy a 30×30 ad on Alex’s page in appreciation.

    My site is called “The Friendly Neighborhood Home Page.”

    http://fnhomepage.com

  4. Let’s not forget http://www.OneBuckPixels.com

  5. OMP says:

    One of the original pixel ad sites: http://onemillionpixels.com

    Cheap ass pixels!

  6. Jim says:

    I decided to drop my spinoff site. Refunds were issued. There are just too many people jumping on the bandwagon, and I didn’t want to be locked into hosting a mostly empty page for 5 years. It was really just something I was testing the waters with. It turns out that the water is getting too crowded with sharks.

    My url now forwards to a list of current “Million” clone sites. It’s a wiki, so anyone can edit the list if they know of new sites.

    http://fnhomepage.com

  7. meghager says:

    Hey I thought it was such a good idea I did it myself….

  8. Maciej says:

    Wow! Super sites! Yeah! Really wow! Great!

    Alex’d got a great idea. But what are the others? Yuuuuh!

    Copy-sites-parody-page: http://www.one-pixel.tk

  9. Cookie says:
  10. Oleg says:

    I’ve put my link at http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/ site also.
    Very good idea and so simple! Impresive!

  11. Oleg says:

    Who has already calculated the number of the clones?

  12. Dan says:

    It seems that there are a lot of copies out there but little in the way of new ideas. This one’s a bit different :

    http://www.bigbannerlottery.com

    You can win the prime advertising space every time somebody visits the homepage.

  13. Baruch says:

    10 Ways to promote your website

    1. Pixel advertising – newest addition
    2. Monthly newsletters.
    3. Resources page.
    4. Free e-books.
    5. Link exchanges with similar sites.
    6. Offer a free affiliate program.
    7. Search engines.
    8. Buy own domain name.
    9. Write articles.
    10. Write a press release.

    Visit “The Auction Homepage” for the next level in “Pixel advertising”

    http://theauctionhomepage.com

  14. Kelvin Foo says:

    Not just a million dollar homepage, but a BETTER MILLION DOLLAR HOMEPAGE! :)

    http://www.bettermilliondollarhomepage.com

  15. beau says:

    And the concept winds its way into a specific market…..wine!

    http://milliondollarwine.com

    Comments, tips appreciated.

  16. Chris Edge says:

    naughty adverts he he http://www.theadultadgrid.com

  17. Affiliate says:

    Russian version. Seems to be a joke one. But it has one-tier affiliate program. http://www.millionrublehomepage.com

  18. Scot says:

    Scottish version where you can buy your own tartan pixels. Fully automated system, you can sell or transfer your advert to others, you can move your image to any other location on the grid as long as it’s not occupied and there is an affiliate deal going. http://www.tartan-pixels.co.uk

  19. Well, if any of you start selling topic based pixels… get listed on http://targetedpixels.com ( launching soon ).

    Pixel advertising will beat PPC. Just don’t tell *G* and *Y* and tiny *k*.

    Marcel
    http://targetedpixels.com

  20. This site is donating 100% of the profit to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief such as the hurricanes on the gulf coast, or the earthquake in pakistan.

  21. Push your pixels to the max, push advertising and getting push pixel to the top og google search engine overall http://www.pixelsupermarket.com is the best site.
    buying pixels for free has never been easier with
    http://www.Pixelsupermarket.com was setup by a student to earn million dollar home page

  22. Willy says:

    I like http://www.milliondollarsweethearts.com At least it’s not a blatant ripoff, but kind of innovative and “cute” if you will. What do you think?

  23. John D says:

    Don’t forget the http://www.MillionDollarSALEpage.com

    They auction off just ONE video banner every 7 days!

    They think somebody will buy it for $1,000,000! Crazy guys at http://www.milliondollarsalepage.com

  24. Nick says:

    Look at this one I found

    Targeted advertising for pokers business. Million dollar pokies page

    http://www.milliondollarpokiespage.com

  25. Jody says:

    here’s yet another one, but this one also sells advertising on a car that will go on tour & race. It does sell pixels, but that isnt the primary focus. The car is the focus of this one

    http://www.milliondollarcarproject.com

  26. Kelvin Foo says:

    http://pixamarket.50webs.com

    Pixa-Market
    The Online Market Place!!!

    http://pixamarket.50webs.com

  27. Paul says:

    The milliondollarhomepage buzz is slowing coming to a end. There’s quite a lot out there nowadays. There’s basically a milliondollar thingy for everyone. The LAMEST of them all have to http://the-power-couple.blogspot.com/

    What do you think?

  28. The Indian Version of Million DOllar Home Page – Million Rupee Home Page

    http://www.millionupeehomepage.com

  29. TimeThis.com says:

    Forget pixels, buy blocks of time – have your ad displayed at the same time, every day, for seven days!
    http://www.TimeThis.com

  30. The indian version of Million dollar Homepage
    http://www.millionrupeeshomepage.com

  31. Brian says:

    I think Alex Tew’s idea was fantastic. I also believe that many will make money from the concept. I put my own experimental site up called http://www.milliondollarhomesite.net. It is a copy but I give Alex full credit and link his site to my buy pixel page. Good luck to all.

  32. Dylan says:

    Aah okay so me and everyone else above have jumped on the bandwagon – its like a gold rush hehe.. like a mini version of the .com boom.. I remember this used to be a bit what it was like back then.. the whole idea of sitting back and watching the money roll in off the net. I remember there were websites based on the business model of selling advertising in ways like this (banner ads though) but i havent heard of anyone making this much money from it. During the 2000 olympics I was involved in a site that for the short period of the games drew some huge traffic and they sold about $3K in ad space.. which sounded good until the hosting bill arrived which was $4K due to the excess bandwidth used. Nowdays bandwidth is so much cheaper it could work. okay well so I went and made one of these pixel selling sites too.. http://www.moneytotem.com – okay after seeing the million dollar homepage and then spending 3 hours bashing my head into the wall screaming whyyyy didn’t I think of that?? well the best that popped out of my beer soaked brain was throw in some flash and a bit of a theme a little bit of code trickery to get the totem to speak the ads and have it all fit on a typical 1024×768 screen ..
    ps for everyone trying to score some links to their pixel pages a few directories have sprung up like http://www.thepixelwars.com Cheers!
    Dylan

  33. Ari says:

    This guy accepts donations of $1.30 or more to buy him a CORVETTE!
    Check it out, you can list your own site or business -

    http://www.BuyMeCORVETTE.com

  34. Shari says:

    Ok, we’ve been around for a couple of weeks… wanted to squash any bugs before making the rounds…

    Our Alexa ranking is currently #7 amongst the top 100 pixel sites I can find with any ranking.

    http://pixelsanyone.com lets you select your advertising price, from .25 to $1 per pixel, depending upon the page you choose.

    Backed by an 8-year old online advertising agency, we have incredible reach. We put your ad (on our pages) in front of millions of targeted viewers weekly.

    Come see what we’re all about, and how we stretch your ad dollars.

    Shari Thomas
    http://PixelsAnyone.com

  35. James Topham says:

    Here’s my own contribution to the million dollar home page phenomenom.

    I like to think it’s a little second generation because I’ve added something – cows…

    Now, when you click the links on the homepage you don’t just get taken directly through to the advertised site, you also get a cow! Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. You can save or print the cows, collect all the different varieties and play them off together in various cow wars…

    Take a look…

    http://www.milliondollarcowpage.com

  36. Silvio says:

    hello there,

    we have launched the pixeladv. page http://www.pixel4rent.com . we sell our pixels for everyone in the world for 10 eurocent (also usd and pound sterling) per pixel. your pixels will be online for 5 years. our site will be market by seo-experts. visit us. thx ;-)

  37. aakash says:

    this site:
    http://www.crorepati.info
    is somewhat indian version of http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com the diiference is it has 4 category pages .
    also offers one week free trial

  38. http://www.crorepati.info is definitely better than its counterpart in india

  39. madhead says:

    Here a german Version of Millioindollarpage:

    http://milliondollar-homepage.de

  40. James Topham says:

    New cows featured at The Million Dollar Cow Page – http://www.milliondollarcowpage.com

  41. Joe says:

    Here’s the .net version with iPod Nano giveaways:
    http://www.MillionDollarHomePage.net

  42. Chris says:

    What do you think about these new web sites selling pixels? I’ve just put mine online at Bloc de pub, in french, and i’m trying to promote it on the Web. And I also make it cheaper, only 10 euros for a bloc of 10×10 pixels, to allow more people to advertise on it (like blogs or personnal web site). I just think 100$ for a bloc (what the other sites are doing) is quite expensive for an individual who has his own personnal web site !
    Do you think this can of web site can last for a long time or it’s juste a temporary web site ?

  43. Matt Dewie says:

    I discovered last evening an amazing site, about a marketing or promotion expert, who discovers business solutions to worldwide factories, that created this site.

    Buy an idea for one million dollars… do you think that he will succed in his aim??

    http://www.buyanideaforonemilliondollars.com

    i think it’s quite impossible, but, if it would not so… he would be a genius and he could go living on a golf court and reading the news on his golden laptop!!

    what do u think about it??

  44. Matt Dewie says:

    I discovered last evening an amazing site, about a marketing or promotion expert, who discovers business solutions to worldwide factories, that created this site.

    Buy an idea for one million dollars… do you think that he will succed in his aim??

    http://www.buyanideaforonemilliondollars.com

    i think it’s quite impossible, but, if it would not so… he would be a genius and he could go living on a golf court and reading the news on his golden laptop!!

    what do u think about it??

  45. farajb says:

    The website of Canadian Million Charity Pixels, pixel ads to support your chosen charity by selling 1 million pixels of internet ad space for $1 each.
    http://www.canadianmillioncharitypixels.com/

  46. Like5.com says:

    Like5 Free Text Link Advertising Onto 20 x 20 Circles Check it Out Now
    http://www.like5.com Or http://www.Likefive.com Tell Your Friends

  47. Lake Kern says:

    The recent launch of the new 5 year advertising solution from MillionPixelClick.com means the pixel advertising craze will continue unabated. Selling advertising space by the pixel the new form of advertising is proving popular with both clients and providers alike.

    About MillionPixelClick.com
    A new and innovative advertising company MillionPixelClick.com aims to raise the standard and expectations in pixel advertising. For any questions please contact us via the website.

    http://www.MillionPixelClick.com

  48. PubicAds.com says:

    You can now purchase Pubic Ad Space at PubicAds.com – Pixel advertising with a twist. Visit http://www.pubicads.com for more info.

  49. The Cow says:

    All these copy-cats, its amazing. I’ve done my own version of Alex Tew’s Million Dollar homeppage – but I guess you’d have to call it a copy-cow. It’s only $0.50 to advertise, and I think its pretty cool

    I’ve only just started the page, and so am looking to drum up some interest. Take a look at http://www.milliondollarcowpage.com.

  50. The Poor says:

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