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Cash Pours in for Student with $1 Million Web Idea

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the pet-rocks dept.

The Almighty Buck 527

Quantum Logic writes "Alex Tew, a 21-year-old student from a small town in England, earned a cool million dollars in four months on the Internet. Selling porn? Dealing prescription drugs? Nope. All he sells are pixels. The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots, 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. He sold a few to his brothers and some friends, and when he had made $1,000, he issued a press release. 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."

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rest of the article (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14362958)

since the submitter copied half the article, here's the rest:

So far they have bought up 911,800 pixels. Tew's home page now looks like an online Times Square, festooned with a multi-colored confetti of ads.

"All the money's kind of sitting in a bank account," Tew told Reuters from his home in Wiltshire, southwest England. "I've treated myself to a car. I've only just passed my driving test so I've bought myself a little black mini."

The site features testimonials from advertisers, some of whom bought spots as a lark, only to discover that they were receiving actual valuable Web hits for a fraction of the cost of traditional Internet advertising.

Meanwhile Tew has had to juggle running the site with his first term at university, where he is studying business.

"It's been quite a difficulty trying to balance going to lectures and doing the site," he said.

But he may not have to study for long. Job offers have been coming in from Internet companies impressed by a young man who managed to figure out an original way to make money online.

"I didn't expect it to happen like that," Tew said. "To have the job offers and approaches from investors -- the whole thing is kind of surreal. I'm still in a state of disbelief."

Holy old news. (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363057)

This is seriously old news [i4u.com] . Like, from September old. What next, are we going to get an editorial about this new phenomenon called "blogging"?

Re:rest of the article (3, Insightful)

aprilsound (412645) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363121)

Job offers have been coming in from Internet companies impressed by a young man who managed to figure out an original way to make money online.
This is the trouble with business. This kid isn't a genius, after all:
...I've only just passed my driving test...
This is just a flash in the pan, he'll get some publicity, sell some ad space, and then what?

Yes, he made a significant amount of money in a short time, which seems to be the model the new economy [fastcompany.com] is adopting, but it's not sustainable business. In 2 months, who is going to care about a site full of ads with no content?

The kid had a good idea, and got lucky, but that doesn't make him anything special, and given the nature of the money (i.e. accrued with very little effort on his part), I don't think he gained any experience that will make him an asset to any of these companies offering him a job. This is winning the lottery, not entrepreneurial success (not to say there isn't a lot of luck in entrepreneurship).

This is not news, it's barely human interest, and its not anything anyone will care about even next week (except the people seeing the dupe for the first time).

Nothing to see here, please move along.

Re:rest of the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363144)

Boy, talk about sour grapes. The kid did have a good idea that earned him a million bucks, which is one more million dollar ideas than you've had. He probably will never do it again, but he'll still be a million dollars richer than he was. Good for him, and I hope he's smart enough to invest the money instead of blowing it.

Re:rest of the article (1)

aprilsound (412645) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363175)

My comment was directly less at the kid and more at the current economic disease of short sighted gains. This site is just a good case study. I'm happy for the kid, and wish I had thought of it first. But it wont last.

This is not something that anyone should care about; if not this kid then someone else would have made a similar cute site for a few businesses to throw money at and the media to use as filler for a few months.

A year from now, this site wont exist, but the kid is set for life. Why? He didn't demonstrate a knack for business or marketing or anything like that, much less a unique talent.

Re:rest of the article (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363163)

well I think you're missing the point of what they see in him

and quite the opposite argument can be made, look at nobel laureates, how many of them did any significant work after the work that won them the prize, some do, but in proportion to the expectations you have?

coming up with one good idea unfortunately isn't a sure fire predictor of future good ideas

rather what they see in him I think is that he has what it takes to transform an idea into real world action

there's a lot more people out there with grandiose "good" ideas than there are people with the skills to take one of them and turn it into real world profit

griping that there's nothing special about this kid just makes you look petty and jealous

Re:rest of the article (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363183)

There's some similarity to this [scripophily.net]
The "Klondike Big Inch" was a promotional campaign by Quaker Harvest Oats in the 1950's. The deeds, for one square inch of Yukon land, were included in cereal boxes. Although it was a very successful marketing enterprise, the deeds were strictly promotional and never entitled holders to any actual land.
Also see ownapieceofamerica dot com.

implied # of visitors for $1M (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363201)

On Google you can get targeted traffic for roughly $0.20/click.
This site gets untargeted traffic - let's value it at $0.05/click.
Paying $1 million implies 20M clicks from the main page to the ads.
Let's assume that a visitor curiously clicks on 2 ads.
That works out to 10M visitors.
Anyone know how many visitors it's gotten so far?

It makes me angry... (5, Funny)

Kickboy12 (913888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362960)

...cause I didn't think of it first. :(

It's so simple! *bangs head on table*

Re:It makes me angry... (1)

yog (19073) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362993)

That's OK, here's an idea you can take and run with. Sell 5 second sound bites to advertisers, so that when you bring up your web page you will hear this cacophony of voices clamoring for your money.

I mean, if that guy can make hundreds of thousands of $'s with his idea, then this ought to work too.

Good luck!

Re:It makes me angry... (2, Interesting)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363079)

It's so simple...

that someone else copied the idea
www.mymilliondollaradpage.com/

And advertised for it on the orignal guy's site.
Is that sneaky or what?

Re:It makes me angry... (5, Interesting)

Urusai (865560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363250)

Other bright ideas:

- Beg for money on your website (with a handy PayPal link)
- Sell square inches of lunar real estate
- Sell naming rights to various stars in the galaxy
- Sell prayers (or better yet, indulgences)
- Sell "homeopathic" remedies (tap water)
- Start a "blog" (really a BBS), charge subscriptions for people to entertain themselves
- Make lots of toast, sell on Ebay as "Virgin Mary and/or Jesus and/or Elvis Toast"
- Declare yourself an independent country and sell people citizenship
- Pose as an ousted Nigerian dignitary, promise people a cut of your ill gotten gains, take their money and run (possibly illegal in some jurisdictions)
- Make a bunch of finger paintings, fake your own death, sell your work as high art
- Make some lame Flash cartoons, create an Internet meme ("Badger..", "Trogdor...", etc), sell T-shirts
- Create a blog, sift through a couple of common sites and "aggregate" articles, then post to other people's blogs citing your blog as a news source
- Threaten to kill some cute animal if people don't buy something from you
- Stop bathing, acquire some army-surplus accoutrement, stand on street corners looking dazed with a cup in your hand
- Do something stupid, get humiliated on national TV, do the talk show circuit, become a regular guest on some low-budget game show
- Get a job. But only if you're desperate.

web address? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14362963)

What is the web address to this site?

Re:web address? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363026)

http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com [milliondol...mepage.com]

Motivation to invest in this sort of advertising? (1)

the_instigator (679233) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362964)

Geek cool? I never worked out why people what to advertise on a site like this. There's no draw to the site other than to see the (ridiculous) sight of all these little squares, and then damn the guy for getting away with it to the tune of 1million! Gotta hand out the props for that.

Re:Motivation to invest in this sort of advertisin (4, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362996)

Come on, wouldn't you want to click on a link that says "Even Monkeys Fall From Trees"

I think the runner up (for me at least) is "Don't Click"
because the alt text says: Fine, if you really must click, go ahead...

P.S. I found Waldo in the pic too
Just the picture [nyud.net] (without the link overlay)

Re:Motivation to invest in this sort of advertisin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363251)

I think the runner up (for me at least) is "Don't Click"
Dammit! Now I'm trying to find the pixels that say "Don't Click", just so I can click them... But I can't find them!

Re:Motivation to invest in this sort of advertisin (1)

jacklexbox (912121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363267)

I found Waldo! I WIN! I didn't cheat either... ;) funfun

Re:Motivation to invest in this sort of advertisin (1)

jdbartlett (941012) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363187)

You have indeed, and I think that was the whole idea. This was a smart kid, he realized and harnessed the draw of the novelty site. This is a site people visit because it's a novelty and that companies sponsor because people visit. Now that's clever.

The Million Dollar homepage (5, Informative)

mge (120046) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362966)

The Million Dollar homepage [milliondol...mepage.com]
oops forgot the obligatory WOOOT!!! FP

Re:The Million Dollar homepage (1)

Unknown_monkey (938642) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363202)

No, woot is a different page than this one. Anyone else think that the bandwith costs from a slashdotting might eat into his profits?

I am selling space in my sig (5, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362969)

$1 buys you a character. I hope to collect a cool $120 by the time this is all over.

If I had this same idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14362971)

I'd have thought "Nah, it's idiotic... who'd pay $100 for a 10x10 plug?"

Whoda thunk it?

Re:If I had this same idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363023)

Me too, and I also wondered who the fuck would pay for an ad on a website which people would have to know the address to, know it's nothing but ads, and actively choose to go there.

Well, 80% of all people are idiots.

Just goes to show... (4, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362973)

You can be the smartest guy on the block with many awesome ideas, but it seems to repeatedly be the simplest/dumbest ones which get you rich quick.

Re:Just goes to show... (4, Insightful)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363041)

This reminds me of the guy who invented the pet rock. I mean, he got rich, but what a bunch of morons that *bought* a freakin rock! Although the look of the page is cool, I don't see this working for many more people.

Re:Just goes to show... (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363102)

I once tried to sell gallons of my own cum on the Internet. The old saying that if you get paid for something you love it just becomes a lot of work really is true.

Re:Just goes to show... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363147)

how long would it take to produce a gallon though?

Re:Just goes to show... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363248)

Now is that because the smart guys are distracted by too many good ideas - rejecting a great half-baked one for the new flavor of the month?

Or just dumb luck?

The Page Itself (1, Redundant)

RealmySG1 (928192) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362974)

Link to the page itself (gotta love the URl :-/) : http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/ [milliondol...mepage.com]

Looks Like... (1)

soda160289 (776461) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362975)

If you actually go to http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/ [milliondol...mepage.com] you could think it was a porno or prescription drug site.

Link? (1)

chrislees (791927) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362976)

It would be nice if the article had a link to this site....

Re:Link? (1, Informative)

werewolf1031 (869837) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363171)

You can't click on any of the ads. What's the point? Or am I missing something here?

Score:-1, Legally Blind [milliondol...mepage.com]

Yes, the URL is in the article, just not as a link - you'd have to copy/paste into your address bar, but it's there. Quote:

"He had the brainstorm for his million dollar home page, called, logically enough, www.milliondollarhomepage.com..."

Now go play in the street. Follow the sound of the bouncing ball...

Re:Link? (1)

werewolf1031 (869837) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363182)

Crap, wrong copy-pasted quote at the top, but you get my point. I'll shuddup now... :/

Cool idea .... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14362985)

... to just sell nothing, basically. Life in the 21st century.

In a totally unreleted news (5, Funny)

Vivek Jishtu (905067) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362986)

The site got unexpected high hits from slashdot :) which means more sales.

I don't get it.. (1)

Khoa (935586) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362987)

You can't click on any of the ads. What's the point? Or am I missing something here?

Re:I don't get it.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363115)

You have too much faith in people intelligence...

Re:I don't get it.. (2, Funny)

jdbartlett (941012) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363134)

You're missing something, probably a 21st century browser.

Re:I don't get it.. (1)

RandomPrecision (911416) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363242)

Follow the later links to the site [milliondol...mepage.com] , not the imagemap link that was posted earlier.

Return on investment (5, Informative)

quokkapox (847798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362988)

I clicked on multiple ads which looked vaguely appealing, loaded their pages in tabs, skimmed over some of them, and bought absolutely nothing. Net result: wasted bandwidth.

It'd be an interesting way to get your message out to some more people though, if you weren't trying to sell something.

This Internet thing is tweaking human communication in interesting ways. I like it.

Re:Return on investment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363050)

Exactly. It's not like people make it their home page or anything. It's not targeted (unlike google ads or something). And how the fuck searches for ads and will go there for that? Very briefly some people will visit just to see what it's all about (and buy nothing) and soon nobody will visit anymore... What a waste of money.

Re:Return on investment (1)

quokkapox (847798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363081)

Very briefly some people will visit just to see what it's all about (and buy nothing) and soon nobody will visit anymore... What a waste of money.

It could be targeted. This is just the first time we've seen one of these (I think). It's a genuine new idea, and I think we'll see similar implementations on the internet and elsewhere. (Too bad|Good thing) he didn't patent it...

Re:Return on investment (1)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363151)

You can't really. With this, you buy real estate space on the page, which is why the price is high initially but you don't pay per click. Normal websites change the ads each time, which would break this new model. Also, because after so much space, normal websites will have permanent ads and no more space to put new ones, causing their ad revenue to dry up.

I suppose you could combine the systems, but then if you're paying per click after they initial pixel payments, and your ad won't even appear every time, so I don't think it would be much different than current models. Can anyone think of a way this could work on a larger scale, because I just don't see it.

Re:Return on investment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363195)

Pay per click per pixel? If you can pack your message into as few pixels as possible and still get clicks, you win as an advertiser. On the one hand, it could mean smaller ads for scams, but on the other hand, it could mean that the web gets covered with giant ads for Coca-Cola and such (maybe not Coke, since they already dominate fleshspace marketing, but Microsoft and large porn sites may want to buy in for big images). If animated GIFs and Flash ads were charged per pixel per frame, it might make the internet a lot more pleasant.

Like PT Barnum said... (5, Funny)

Stickerboy (61554) | more than 8 years ago | (#14362989)

...there's a sucker born every minute.

Or in this case, at least 10,000 in 4 months.

Re:Like PT Barnum said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363043)

I spent a few minutes just seeing who had the best pixels and who paid the most. 100 bux seems a drop in the bucket for advertising.

http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/pixellist.php [milliondol...mepage.com]

Re:Like PT Barnum said... (1)

penguinoid (724646) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363125)

...there's a sucker born every minute.
Or in this case, at least 10,000 in 4 months.


4*30*24*60/10000 ~= 17

So, that makes a sucker born every 17 minutes...

Perhaps I'm Living under a Rock (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14362992)

But this is the first I heard of it. Fucking stupid idea taking advantage of really fucking stupid people.

Please Slashdot, go back to stealing Digg's stuff.

new server (5, Funny)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363008)

Well looks like he'll need that money for a new server...

Re:new server (1)

BLAG-blast (302533) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363226)

Well looks like he'll need that money for a new server...

Not with my money, I'm asking for refund. Damn page isn't even up any more!

increased revenues? (1)

Bellyflop (681305) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363018)

When did increasing the cost of ad space count as an idea? Hey I've got a revolutionary idea - I'll sell you a car for 100x the normal price. Instead of buying the car, you'll buy each individual part. Only buy the ones you need!

Re:increased revenues? (1)

admactanium (670209) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363260)

When did increasing the cost of ad space count as an idea? Hey I've got a revolutionary idea - I'll sell you a car for 100x the normal price. Instead of buying the car, you'll buy each individual part. Only buy the ones you need!
ever heard of "parting out" a car? check ebay and you'll see a lot of parts from one individual vehicle (if you check a seller's other auctions). it's a viable and profitable business. do you think car junkyards just buy your old clapped out car out of benevolence?

Crazy (1)

kservik (903549) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363022)

I just think it is crazy what he has managed to do. A lot of other people obviously agrees with me and the net suddenly pours over with copycat sites that are just garbage and that never will earn the owners a cent.

Re:Crazy (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363096)

Reminds me of the worst adverts of the 90's

While this is News For Nerds, it's also giving me eye strain.

Maybe /. should pick up on the idea and save us the trouble of slashvertisement articles.

Re:Crazy (1)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363127)

Yeah, the bullshitters are back in a big way. This is the worst example of dot-com bullshit I've seen since the bubble burst. I bet he'll make a portal -- with Ajax!

Must Say... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363024)

In Soviet Russia, Pixel sell YOU!

While it may seem like a stupid idea... (4, Interesting)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363027)

I think it's a neat idea. How many people are going to scan the page looking at all the various images? You know you have looked at it longer than you've looked at any online ad for a long time.

Re:While it may seem like a stupid idea... (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363167)

You know you have looked at it longer than you've looked at any online ad for a long time.
Yea, and now my head hurts.

Thanks Slashdot

Re:While it may seem like a stupid idea... (2, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363241)

Look at some of the ads on that page, I mean there seems to be an ad for "Belgium"(bottom left corner of the page, picture of the Beligian flag). I'm not sure why Belgium really needs to advertise, but I guess those waffles don't sell themselves. I would click on it, but I'm at work and that site doesn't seem to be entirely "work safe"(Japan's sexiest guys and girls?!)

Re:While it may seem like a stupid idea... (1, Flamebait)

dorkygeek (898295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363243)

No, I haven't, because I did not visit the site. Why should I look at a webpage consisting solely of ads??

Are you guys still drunk from Christmas, or did you get a gift certificate for advanced brain damage? Hell, until today, I had at least a little bit of remaining faith in earth's population, but now I think it definitely all went down the toilet. 4000 years of advanced civilization, and all we do is voluntarily look at ads. I say goodbye to our future.

Brilliant (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363031)

The psychological effect on looking at that pages makes me WANT to click. Does anyone else feel like that after seeing the page?

Re:Brilliant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363246)

I agree with you, can't stop clicking the damn things... So many of them, like the "MYSTERY PIXEL-Where will you end up" or "Tyson"... Man, just can't stop, my psyche must have been fucked already.

The Next Steve Austin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363037)

Five more million to go and Alex Tew will be the Six Million Dollar Man.

I have adblock (1)

alfrin (858861) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363047)

Why does this page appear blank to me? Where are the ads? How the hell does he make money off this?

All the advertised sites (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363051)

I'd paste all the sites... but for some reason /. doesn't like the idea of 90k worth of text.

And when I tried to paste half the list: Your comment violated the "postercomment" compression filter. Try less whitespace and/or less repetition. Comment aborted.

Oh well, they paid for their advertising, no point in giving it to them for free.

Different Perspective (4, Interesting)

matr0x_x (919985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363058)

OK - I see all these people asking "why the heck would someone pay to advertise on that?" I paid for an advertisement to my http://www.mac-poker.net/ [mac-poker.net] Mac Poker site early on - and it brought in TONS of traffic. Mind you the traffic was "silly traffic" (aka it was not targetted and most of it was "browsers" clicking a random pixel) but it was still worth it. Now, I got in at about 80K when the site was still hot hot hot. After about 200K there were two many pixels to click and my clicks went down, and after 500K the sites traffic dropped drastically.

$1million+ (1)

Plocmstart (718110) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363065)

He should throw some Google ads along the bottom or something and make some more money on the side.... and then there's always the possibility of someone copying the idea... like http://www.milliondollarwebpage.com/ [milliondollarwebpage.com] . Yet another bit of wasted bandwidth that somehow makes money....

The internet hulla hoop? (4, Insightful)

drunkgoat (927967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363070)

Am I the only one who thinks this site has been blown way out of proportion? Sure the creator promises that your ad will be in place until 2010, but honestly, who is going to view that page more than once ? Especially since in the FAQ it states that you are not allowed to modify your images once they have been posted. This page is going to be stagnet for the next 5 years and the visitor numbers will drop substantialy after the first few months.

Re:The internet hulla hoop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363105)

It doesn't matter. The kid is a millionaire!

Now, I'm waiting for the 2AM infomercial where he is selling a book about how he made a million bucks selling pixels (just like those foreclosure restoration millionaires LOL).

Re:The internet hulla hoop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363111)

stagnant?

Japanese copycat site (1)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363076)

It's not doing too well though....

http://ichiokuenpage.jp/ [ichiokuenpage.jp]

Re:Japanese copycat site (1)

Inyu (919458) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363113)

Not just one copycat... http://www.1okuenhp.com/ [1okuenhp.com]

Re:Japanese copycat site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363145)

Actually I found several pixel sites listed off the the milliondollar web page. Basically look at anything which mentions pixels - and there's lots of them. There's one that's 0.25$ a pixel and the guy says "I'm broke, need cash". He's sold 200 pixels - $50 should buy him a Mac and Coke - after the cost of the server...

Forethought? (5, Insightful)

KRYnosemg33 (709857) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363077)

Call me a cynic, but I wonder... how successful or truthful was Alex's sale of $911k in advertising *before* national press attention (msnbc /. ap etc)?

Clearly anyone who bought advertising space is cashing in right now, but I wonder if this guy is saying hehas sold $911K so that he can REALLY sell the last 88,200$ in space and actually make money.

whatever the answer -- creative and cunning...

It looks like billiondollarhomepage.com was registered 2weeks after milliondollarhomepage.com .... DAMN :/ there goes my 1 BILLLLLLLLION dollars

Re:Forethought? (2, Insightful)

michaeltoe (651785) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363118)

I agree, something about the page doesn't seem right. A lot of those "ads" look like they were put together by a graphic artist, and the same artist, throughout most of the design. It's just too damn balanced for me to believe. And really, "I'm rich, your not" just seems a bit _too_ obvious, misspelling and all.

But yet, everyone seems to believe it. I don't know what to criticize people for.

Press Release (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363082)

I think the press release and the media picking up on it (aka advertising) helped quite a bit.

Page Rank (3, Interesting)

hagrin (896731) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363103)

What I don't understand is why anyone would pay for advertising here. According to my Google Toolbar in FireFox, the site has a PR of 0. I actually considered buying an incoming link for a dollar since it could have been worth getting alink from a PR 5 or higher site, but it has basically no linked value.

Maybe after all this press though, we'll see the page's PR go up and then make it highly worth it to buy a 1 dollar block just to get a link on that page.

Re:Page Rank (1)

Grimster (127581) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363114)

My google plugin for firefox says it has a PR of 7 which is pretty impressive. I had a nice text link on a PR 8 site a few years ago and it was extremely worthwhile.

Re:Page Rank (1)

hagrin (896731) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363122)

Son of a ...

I just checked again and it does in fact have a PR of 7. You are correct dear sir and I eat my hat and beg for forgiveness.

Re:Page Rank (1)

pgrote (68235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363190)

I don't think the value is in the PR link, but the hits you can get from the site if you have a large enough ad.

Re:Page Rank (1)

jdbartlett (941012) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363237)

I'll give you PR.

I think the minimum purchase is $100 (10x10 px)

This reminds me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363120)

Of the girl who offered to sell pixel-like spaces on a grid which she planned to have tattooed on her back. The plan was to have it help pay for the child she was about to have. Anybody have the URL to this? It was really ridiculous.

What a complete ripoff! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363123)

This has been done. See cockeyed.com for the original 1-pixel advertisements sold on eBay (sorry for the Slashdotting, Rob).

Traffic analysis (3, Insightful)

complete loony (663508) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363137)

I read his blog earlier today before it hit slashdot, he writes a fair amount about traffic hits, I wonder if /. will rate a mention...
C'mon people, visit his page at least once [milliondol...mepage.com] . Dammit there should have been a link in the summary.

PT Barnum Lives! (1)

Belseth (835595) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363138)

My cannidate for the most pointless site ever. Kind of like a prime time show that is nothing but three second commercials. The guy got lucky and a bunch of stupid people bought web space. Yes they may see some return because it hit the news but it's exactly like the casino buying a ten thousand dollar piece of toast because it looked like the Virgin Mary. The item itself is worthless and only has value because some one was stupid enough to pay good money for it.

Re:PT Barnum Lives! (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363184)

Yes they may see some return because it hit the news but it's exactly like the casino buying a ten thousand dollar piece of toast because it looked like the Virgin Mary.

You miss the point. the casino did not buy the toast because it looked like the Virgin Mary. They bought the toast because it was a stupid media sensation. Same thing here. As you said, they received some return because of media hype. That's the whole point. Everybody makes money because we are suckers for media hype. You are reading about it, aren't you? Even commenting on it. Shows how good an investment in stupid media hype can be.

Re:PT Barnum Lives! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363204)

Incidentally, Golden Palace Casino also bought space on milliondollarhomepage (left side, halfway down).

Re:PT Barnum Lives! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363209)

You're just jealous.

Yeah but who is going to visit a site... (1, Informative)

Tezkah (771144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363143)

Yeah but who is going to visit a site that is all advertisements?

You're paying thousands of dollars for space on a site that will never be visited by ANYONE besides those reading press releases about the millionare you just helped create.

Good job companies! I have some swamp land you can put billboards on!

the only value i can see in this site (1)

digable (615041) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363157)

the only value i can see in this is really an exercise for "marketers" to evaluate what is the most effective eye catching icon.

i thought overall the site was a P.O.S. however, i found it interesting where my attention focused first and subsequently what icons i then drew to...

I call hoax (4, Interesting)

RajivSLK (398494) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363162)

Alex Tew, a 21-year-old student from a small town in England, earned a cool million dollars in four months on the Internet.

I don't believe it. There is no verification that anyone actually paid him anything. I think it's all an ingenious hoax to get the news media (who are known for not verifying anything) to run this story around the world. A stunt to drive traffic to his site and try to earn some money. Ingenious really.

Re:I call hoax (2, Insightful)

jdbartlett (941012) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363218)

I think I'll wait for Reuters to verify your claim.

Re:I call hoax (1)

ThoreauHD (213527) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363245)

I agree with the hoax. And slashdot just propagated it. Dumbest shit ever.

And now that he has been featured on slashdot ... (3, Funny)

ClickOnThis (137803) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363185)

... his cool million will be wiped out by his bandwidth bills.

Can I put blinking GIFs? (1)

Inyu (919458) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363194)

I think those who have reserved space, could do that. Anyway, I have a better idea.

benefits of the slashdotting (1)

Unknown_monkey (938642) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363231)

Well, with the news reporting his latest release and the number of high page rank sites that are now linking to him in their articles, he stands to swing his page rank even higher. I just wish I had thought of it.

Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14363239)

*Meanwhile Tew has had to juggle running the site with his first term at university, where he is studying business.*

Running the site? How much time exactly does it take to put up a few ads on a site?
And after that how much maintenance time exactly does it take to... do nothing?

Note to self- think of silly idea then get it picked up by the news media.

I feel sorry (1)

Kanasta (70274) | more than 8 years ago | (#14363264)

for the brothers and friends that got sold the initial dots. I mean, c'mon, your best friend runs a website that costs maybe $5 a month to host, and wants to charge you a dollar to set a dot color??? Last time I ever lend your my lecture notes!
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