Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Million Dollar Homepage

Don't know if you recognize this image but this is the The Million Dollar Homepage website which was conceived by Alex Tew, a then 21-year-old student from Cricklade, Wiltshire, UK. He became a millionaire in approximately 6 months.

He had to figure out a way to raise funds for his university education, so he launched the website on August 26, 2005, the website is said to have generated a gross income of $1,037,100 USD and has a current Google PageRank of 4a. The site's Alexa ranking as of 2008-05-08 is 50,101, having peaked at around 127.[1]
The index page of the site consists of a 1000×1000 pixel grid (one million pixels), on which image-based links were sold for US $1 per pixel, in minimum ten by ten blocks. The purchasers of these pixel blocks provided tiny images to be displayed on them, a URL to which they were linked, and 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.
On January 1, 2006, the final 1,000 pixels left were put up for auction on eBay.[2] The auction closed on January 11 with a winning bid of $38,100.00, bringing the final tally to $1,037,100 USD in gross income.

See the ranking for yourself if you want on Alexa.

Just shows that anything is possible on the web for you entrepreneurs out there.

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