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[Big Internet Billboard -- to Pay for College?]

September 28, 2005 By Dave Kristula
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[H]e made his goal to raise a million dollars, generated a lot of press, and seems that he's paid for college in less than one month!

Well, I'm sure many of you heard several years ago of a few people who were asking for donations to help pay for college (Heck, I caught on eventually, and now accept PayPal donations!.)

Now, one student took it even further... he made his goal to raise a million dollars, generated a lot of press, and seems that he's paid for college in less than one month!

The site is milliondollarhomepage.com, and the student is Alex Tew. I found this site and found it very silly at first--you pay $1 per pixel to buy space on his "home page" -- similar to buying say, a small billboard at a baseball stadium. You can choose how large you want it to be.

While some people may buy a block (you have to buy at least 100 pixels for $100) some people and businesses are buying large blocks... which in turn, generates visitors to their site through click-throughs on their small graphics. See, unlike a baseball stadium, this home page allows the viewer to click right through to the web site to learn about a person, product, or service.

As of September 28, the statistics show some 180,000 pixels sold (yes, that's $180,000). Pretty amazing for a site that's been up just about one month.

Placement is permanently, for at least five years, according to Alex's FAQ section. Is it a good investment for a business?

Well, you may say, is anyone visiting the site? Well, yes, according to Alexa (an Amazon company) the site is among the 1,000 most popular web sites on the Internet. You can view the chart here. For comparison, davesite.com, the site hosting this e-zine, is only among the top 30,000.

Of course, many would suspect, this will be a passing fad. Or, will it be like the Twinkie Experiments done in the early nineties? Those stuck around for years. Who knows. But if you have $100, you might consider buying a piece of Internet history, whether you think it's temporary or long term. Or have some fun checking out some of the listed pixels. Either way, you've helped one student pay for college!

Here's the site: milliondollarhomepage.com


Dave Kristula is the editor of
SLASH Magazine. He's still trying
to find that idea that'll help
him make his first million.
He can be reached at
themag.editor@davesite.com.
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