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Million dollar homepage

Very creative idea by a UK student to sell one million pixels on a web page at $1/ pixel to raise money to pay for his education.

Great write up in the Startup Journal and visit the Million Dollar Homepage.

Quick description from Wikipedia.com:

The Million Dollar Homepage is a website conceived by Alex Tew, a 21-year old student from Wiltshire, England to help raise money for his university education. Launched on August 26, 2005, the website has (as of January 3, 2006) generated a gross income of $999,000 and has a Google PageRank of 7.

The index page of the site consists of a 1000 x 1000 pixel grid (one million pixels), which he sells image-based links on for US $1 per pixel, in minimum ten by ten blocks. A person who buys one or more of these pixelblocks can design a tiny image which will be displayed on them, and also decide a URL which he or she wants them to link to, as well as a slogan displayed when hovering the cursor over the link. The aim of the site was to sell all of the pixels in the image, thus generating one million dollars of income for the creator, which has been accomplished.
On January 1, 2006, the final 1,000 pixels left were put up for auction on ebay.co.uk. The auction closed on January 11 with the winning bid of $38,100.00. This brought the final tally to $1,037,000 in profits.

posted by Michael Tavani @ 1:38 AM |


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