Getting rich selling pixels

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Pixels just $1

When I read about a college student who is more than half way toward his goal of making a million dollars, and he is doing it just by selling pixels on his website for $1 each...

From the Wall St. Journal article:

It was just a few months ago that 21-year-old Alex Tew of Great Britain was stumped about how to pay for college. He'd filled a notebook with ideas before jotting down this simple, if rather audacious, query to himself: How Can I Become a Millionaire? . . .

Instead of selling banner ads, text links or splashy videolike ads that fill a screen, Mr. Tew opted to hawk the simplest graphical denominator of a computer screen: the pixel. A pixel is a tiny dot of light and color, and each screen has tens of thousands of them.

Mr. Tew created a home page, www.milliondollarhomepage.com, where he divided the screen into 10,000 small squares of 100 pixels each. His plan: to sell the pixels for $1 a piece, with a minimum order of 100 pixels. In each space, buyers could put a graphical ad of their choosing that links to their own site when clicked on. The end result is a cluttered collage of ads in various shapes and colors all amassed on a single digital billboard. (Mr. Tew doesn't charge his advertisers anything when a visitor clicks on the ads.)

And it's working for him: "As of yesterday evening, Mr. Tew said he was $623,800 toward his goal, more than enough to pay for college and earmark some cash for his next entrepreneurial venture, he says."

... I wonder why can't I have dumb ideas that make so much money?? Why isn't my friend Little Jeff a billionaire yet???

—Michael A. Cleverly

Comments

Rachel: [ mail | www | link ]

Iv just started my pixel selling site.Its only HALF A CENT per pixel!Its the cheapest you'll find. Tell all your friends!

Thu, 24 Nov 2005, 13:16

gina: [ mail | www | link ]

wow , that is great ... good idea ,

Wed, 14 Dec 2005, 21:04

dude: [ mail | www | link ]
Another, but quite different pixel selling website favlinkd.com

Mon, 02 Jun 2008, 10:13

Cody: [ mail | www | link ]
This one's half a cent too, but it actually works like a pixel site is supposed to. http://halfcentpixels.com/

Mon, 21 Jul 2008, 04:00

Pixeltimeline - Marking a unuque: [ mail | www | link ]

We have setup a timeline using the pixel software www.pixeltimeline.co.uk

Thu, 13 May 2010, 07:58

HalfPix: [ mail | www | link ]

High Optimized Pixels. 0.5$ / pixel.

Sun, 20 Jun 2010, 08:11

john: [ mail | www | link ]

Interesting site..www.3millioninpixels.com not only pixel selling..

Thu, 11 Apr 2013, 07:04

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