Million Dollar Home Page

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It seems so long ago but this was one of the most simple yet ingenious ideas of it's day. I Googled it out of curiosity to see if it was still there, and it is . . . The Million Dollar Homepage - Own a piece of internet history!

And to think it all started with an idea posted on a forum, here, on the 5th of September 2005. The subsequent posts on the thread make for interesting reading as well.

Many have copied since. None have surpassed. Doesn't that tell you something about being original.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    That is cool i remember this it shows that a simple idea that goes viral, can make you a ton of money.

    It's cool looking at that old forum post and seeing people's responses to his idea.

    You knew it was going to take off when he sold over 1,000 dollars of them.

    Thinking outside the box, and being original can make you a millionaire.

    That brought a smile to my face I needed one today lol. Thanks for the piece of history a lot of us remember, or have heard of.
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originality is so rare. As soon as someone comes up with a great idea, every assmonkey and their brother attempts to clone it. Look at how many fiverr clones there are. Very few successful, I imagine.

    I loved that idea when it came along and so glad he sold all the pixels. Originality should be rewarded.
  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    Are there really 1 million sites on there? My eyes are deceiving me.
    • Profile picture of the author Baadier Sydow
      Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

      Are there really 1 million sites on there? My eyes are deceiving me.
      he had a 1 million pixels for sale at a dollar a piece, with a minimum purchase amount of 10 pixels at $10.

      Please bare in mind that I havent gone to check this, this is how i remember his concept working as its not the first time I've heard of it.
    • Profile picture of the author Rossome
      Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

      Are there really 1 million sites on there? My eyes are deceiving me.
      1,000,000 pixels, not sites. So each site paid multiple hundres of dollars for their ad. Great idea and looks like it worked!

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  • Profile picture of the author Baadier Sydow
    I remember reading about it and being shocked at the simplicity of it all. Quite often we come up with these exotic ideas on what we to do and that simple little site is all he needed to be "successful".
  • Profile picture of the author Anonymous Affiliate
    WOW... never heard of this before.

    At $1 per pixel, he must have made A LOT of cash: The Million Dollar Homepage - The List (exactly 1 million bucks).

    Question: why would anyone pay to add their banner there? I mean, what's the benefit for the advertiser? surely no-one is going to notice their add in that mess? I think I'm missing something here ;p
    • Profile picture of the author Baadier Sydow
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      WOW... never heard of this before.

      At $1 per pixel, he must have made A LOT of cash: The Million Dollar Homepage - The List

      Question: why would anyone pay to add their banner there? I mean, what's the benefit for the advertiser? surely no-one is going to notice their add in that mess? I think I'm missing something here ;p
      Novelty.

      At the time it got a lot of media coverage online amongst the offline coverage. Its the type of story the public loves. I wonder if theirs a way we can see what kind of traffic data he gets.
    • Profile picture of the author SurrealPSD
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post


      Question: why would anyone pay to add their banner there? I mean, what's the benefit for the advertiser? surely no-one is going to notice their add in that mess? I think I'm missing something here ;p

      High PR, permanent place on a historic site, forum threads still talking about it, people still clicking links, etc etc..

      Not bad for a $100 investment.

      I always admired the simplicity of the idea, I loved reading the haters on that thread trying to gun him down. Who had the last laugh?
  • Profile picture of the author Baadier Sydow
    Just checked Alexa and his still got the site in the top 50,000 sites in the world which is not half bad at all.

    Milliondollarhomepage.com Site Info
  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    And he is still making money selling posters of the website.... I wonder how much money this guy has made in total from the website and his merchandise. Time to start brainstorming ideas!
    • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      And he is still making money selling posters of the website.... I wonder how much money this guy has made in total from the website and his merchandise. Time to start brainstorming ideas!
      According to a friend of mine that knows the guy he originally made just over £400K ($635k) in the first year from it! He left college after that year so not sure how he's done in the years after.
    • Profile picture of the author deji yusuf
      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      And he is still making money selling posters of the website.... I wonder how much money this guy has made in total from the website and his merchandise. Time to start brainstorming ideas!
      You are so right!
      the gentle man would have made a lot of money fro his marvelous idea!
  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    wow, ya that bring back memories. I remember as well when that deal first started. And yes, as mentioned, there was ALOT of press about it.

    So many of them popped up right after, every one thought they were going to get rich doing the same thing.

    Seems that guy started something else that was different, but can't remember what it was or how well it did.
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  • Profile picture of the author deji yusuf
    MEN...simplisity is just too powerful!
    God Show me the way! m
  • Profile picture of the author The Copy Nazi
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    I was an "early adopter" of that site. I bought a $100 10 X 10 pixel square back in 2005 and broke the story nationally on The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - way before he reached his million dollar goal. The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Radar


    My piece of real estate is to the left of the I.P. Chicken (top right hand side of the page) and under the Ant - "Welcome to Wallyworld" blog.
    • Profile picture of the author deji yusuf
      Originally Posted by The Copy Nazi View Post

      I was an "early adopter" of that site. I bought a $100 10 X 10 pixel square back in 2005 and broke the story nationally on The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - way before he reached his million dollar goal. The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Radar
      Hello copy Nazi! Nice to have you here!
      I am your big fan!
  • Profile picture of the author The Copy Nazi
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    Love the first comment on that forum link from the O.P. -
    i dont think this will be big
    Yeah it will never work...you're dreaming...make it 20 cents a pixel or even 1 cent a pixel...no-one's going to pay a minimum of $100.

    PR5 link for 7 years for $100. I'm happy.
  • Profile picture of the author Mr. Ken Russell
    They should charge a yearly fee. Easy 7 figure income
  • Profile picture of the author TeamBringIt
    This indeed, was a great idea that went viral. I invested in a few pixel projects, back in those days, no success though

    For 1+ years pixel ads, were on fire and everyone wanted to get in the action...
  • Profile picture of the author KingOfContentMarketing
    Cool. I remember it well. In this video, Alex Tew explains how it happened:


    The Million Dollar Homepage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    The funny thing is that some of those advertisers are no longer online (especially the smaller pixel advertisers).....If you're shrewd enough, you might be able to find the owners of those sites and contact them...Offer to buy their domain name and then develop the domain or redirect to other money makers.....The possibilities are endless!
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  • Profile picture of the author KristinePeterson
    The Million Dollar site was very successful for Alex Tew. But it was not a model that others would successfully replicate. It was a short term viral success that created wealth for Alex.

    It shows that no idea is stupid. All ideas have potential. Some may have an extremely short time frame for success but it exists. Be the first with an idea and you could profit from it even if the market potential is not sustainable long term.
  • Profile picture of the author Morphius
    That was a brilliant idea then. I remember the news coverage.
  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I have never seen that website before.

    Pretty cool I must say....

    Now I am pretty sure that many who are reading this thread will also come up with something like it. An idea is born.
    • Profile picture of the author Dude-Dastic
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      I have never seen that website before.

      Pretty cool I must say....

      Now I am pretty sure that many who are reading this thread will also come up with something like it. An idea is born.
      Count me as one of the inspired. My pixel site is already up and a bit easier to use, I should say.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by Dude-Dastic View Post

      Count me as one of the inspired. My pixel site is already up and a bit easier to use, I should say.
      You are about 7 years too late buddy. It's been done. An entrepreneur doesn't try and imitate ideas that were successful once 7 years ago, they try and create something even more original.

      You've only got people on there because you are giving them away.

      Originally Posted by Morphius View Post

      That was a brilliant idea then. I remember the news coverage.
      It was the PR that made all the difference. Had the news channels not picked it up it would have been a different story. Just goes to show if you can create something newsworthy the possibilities are endless.

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