December 29, 2005

I can't believe this worked.

This should make every blogger out there kick themselves. An English lad, Alex Tew, came up with a brilliant idea on how to make money, the Million Dollar Home Page. I know my brain had a momentary seizure when I read this:

”The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots (pixels), and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100.

What the hell? He’s selling pixels on his home page… and major companies are buying it up?

”That was picked up by the news media, spread around the Internet, and soon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites.”

You know why this is working? Idiots like me are linking to this kid, driving up his traffic. That means people are actually seeing these adds, thus making it a fairly plausible marketing campaign.

Posted by Contagion in Things I find interesting at December 29, 2005 12:36 PM | TrackBack

I saw that web page when there were only 4 people that had bought pixels, I missed the bandwagon there.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at December 29, 2005 12:15 PM

Oh man! This is like "bag-o-salad." Another money maker I should have thought of....

Posted by: Richmond at December 29, 2005 05:16 PM

What Phat Tony said. I first saw it when it was mostly blank, too. Figured it'd stay that way.

Just crazy.

Posted by: Harvey at December 30, 2005 02:13 PM

Theres a lot of copies of these sites now. Here's one involving fashion models ...

Posted by: FD at January 24, 2006 07:36 AM