Milliondollarhomepage Copycats

milliondollarhomepageEveryone who is anyone is after Milliondollarhomepage. Especially after the news got out about the last few pixels being auctioned off for over $20,000. What I find fascinating is how many pitches I have seen on my blog and on the wires for competitive offerings to this pixel ad based site. Now a new one has popped up. Wait 5 minutes and a few more will arrive on the scene as well. I believe “Start a pixel ad site” was a common resolution this past New Year’s day.

Here is a release I just received:

Million Dollar Homepage Spawns New Genre of Online Adverstising called Pixel Ads

Pixel Ads are the new advertising medium of preference due to their low cost and high value. While their popularity has increased the cost, sites like www.DotAds.net help bargain shoppers find the value that made pixel advertising popular.

(PRWEB) January 4, 2006 — A young college student earning money for school has taken the advertising world by storm and in the process created an entirely new genre of advertising called Pixel Advertising or "Pixel Ads". While banner ads are nothing new, the process was often complicated. Alex Tew has managed to simplify the process to a one dollar per pixel fee and the idea has made him a millionaire nearly overnight. With delighted customers and staggering traffic statistics for the $1-per-pixel ads, his site has effectively sold out.

However, those looking to get in on this innovative and cost-effective medium have other options and in many cases can find even cheaper options. While the last 1,000 pixels on the original Million Dollar Homepage are going for over $20,000 on eBay, there are much better bargains to be found on the net if you know where to look. Your first stop should be www.DotAds.net, which is a website dedicated to helping advertisers navigate the pixel ad jungle. In addition to scouting out the best bargains, it also has a guide on how to create your own ads, how to avoid the pitfalls of the industry, and even how to highlight and draw attention to your ad in the sea of color. David Booth of DotAds.net believes value and differentiation of your ad is the key to success: "1 million pixels is a lot of ads. To get meaningful traffic you should have an effective color scheme and creative text to pique the interest of the viewers that obviously many other ads competing for their attention." David also believes like any industry, there will be tiered pricing: "Pixel ads are great because you get a lot of bang for your buck. But some sites, such as the eBay auction for the Million Dollar Homepage, are simply overpriced and out of the spending range of most companies. I suggest to my customers to find a high quality, reasonably priced site such as www.DollarPerDot.com, which sells ads at $0.10 (ten cents) per pixel. At those prices you can get a much bigger ad, which will grab a lot more attention and give you a much higher return on investment." Time will tell if this genre will be the next internet revolution or a footnote, but as Anu Murty of www.DollarPerDot.com asks: "For $0.10 can your company avoid to ignore it?"

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You may also want to check out Tom Keating’s comments on pixel ads.

  • Natasha Cooper
    January 14, 2006 at 1:09 am

    Enterprising United Kingdom entrepreneur AJ, 26, decided to sell pixels via his website ThePixelWebsite.com as part of a scheme to make his first million by the age of 27. By the time the site is entirley sold out, the profit should make him a clear 1,110,000 GBP.
    Following in the footsteps of Alex Tew’s Milliondollarhomepage.com, AJ’s http://www.thepixelwebsite.com is set to be the next big thing. It has received over 200,000 hits and sold 9000 pixels in the first seven days.
    Milliondollarhomepage.com was the original idea – it had one million pixels on a page and sold each pixel for one dollar each. ThePixelWebsite.com has three million pixels on the page divided into three areas: top, middle and bottom. ThePixelWebsite.com is selling the top million at one pound per pixel, the middle million at 10p per pixel and the bottom million at 1p per pixel. This allows any type of business or company to advertise with it, regardless of budget. The bottom is likely to get sold out first.
    “Its about time I started making money from the Internet,” said AJ, founder of ThePixelWebsite.com. “I have dedicated about eight hours a day since the age of 17, for the last nine years on the net trying to make some money. I said to myself, ‘I have to either make a million by the tenth year or give up the whole thing.'”
    AJ also runs numerous other websites, some of which are extremely popular. However, ThePixelWebsite.com is set to be the biggest yet.

  • Mattias
    January 14, 2006 at 5:03 am

    A pixel is so small it’s almost invisible. Heres a quite simple concept: A site that only displays one Big Fat Ad. How much does it cost to advertise? $1 only.
    Check it out at:
    http://bigfatad.com

  • david
    January 14, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    Have you seen http://www.millionpoundgallery.com, it seems to be doing very well indeed. I know there are loads about but this one looks to be actually succeeding.

  • Rich Tehrani
    January 14, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Alexa http://www.alexa.com agrees with you. Keep up the good work. It is amazing how many pixel ad sites are generating real traffic.

  • Amanda
    January 14, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    Whats the point in giving pixels away for free or selling them for peanuts? The site would be uninteresting and would bear no interest. I have been following the evolution of these sites and I too have come to the conclusion that there are only a handful that are actually worth advertising on. The millionpoundgallery, another site from the UK is about the best I could find.
    See what you think. http://www.millionpoundgallery.com

  • Timo Kosonen
    January 16, 2006 at 6:34 am

    What to do when pixels selling business gets boring? Here is the solution: http://www.nothingforsalesite.com/

  • Berny
    January 16, 2006 at 11:47 am

    http://www.pixel-help.com same financing concept but charity aim. Help at least 1000 children for 10 years through pixel ad. Well i admire that concept! Not that selfish like they best known!

  • Jessie
    January 20, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    Found a few large MillionDollarHomepage.com being auction off
    10,000 pixels
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7581213374
    5100 unused pixels
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7583361805
    10,000 pixels being sold for $25,9000!
    Unbelieavable…..

  • FG
    January 23, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    This copycat uses pictures of bikini models 🙂
    http://www.onethousandmodels.com

  • Raymond
    January 24, 2006 at 11:53 am

    Another pixel ad site.
    http://www.bcz.com
    This site features a free wiki-based online directory

  • Guest_146
    January 27, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    The pixel website format is truly innovational in getting large amounts of information before a viewer in a condensed format. Most pixel sites are however, not sufficiently focussed. a couple that are, include http://www.homepage4pharmaoutsourcing.com and http://www.homepage4science.com This is where the future lies.

  • robert
    January 27, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    All these sites are jokes apart from
    http://www.millionpoundgallery.com

  • John
    February 12, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    You may want to take a look at this one.
    Features a ticker tape on the home page where individual pixel advertisers can still get great exposure.
    One lucky pixel owner will receive one million dollars cash back.
    That’s a great deal in any currency.
    Better odds than the Lottery too!!

  • makeanew
    March 1, 2006 at 12:09 am

    I did think of it first… I know you don’t believe me,
    but do a whois look up on our sites
    http://www.makeanewmillionaire.com >Record created on 08-Jul-2005>
    http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com
    i could scream… help

  • Quentin
    March 4, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    If you think you have seen everything about pixel advertising check this one. You will think again.
    And, hi, huh.. makeanew, i thought of it too but I have no proof though. Anyway it doesn’t matter, ‘cos I am already hands on the next internet big thing. You will hear of me in the future 😉

  • Quentin
    March 4, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Me again! the link should be http://www.onemillionpound.net and, no, i’m not in the pixel advertising business. I’m a taxi driver

  • Neil
    March 5, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    Of interest for you.
    I’m new to this but I’ve just purchased some pixels from http://www.pixel-advertising-company.com/ I’m setting up an outdoor advertising agency http://www.shoutadvertising.co.uk/ so thought I’d get some addition PR etc. I chose them cos they are a little bit different from the others. It’s a nice looking site and they have a larger 100×100 banner option. They seem to have generated some interest and are fairly popular. I also rate them because the pixels sold look from like they’re from real buyers rather than the owners putting lots of Blue Chip companies onto their sites to help make them look popular. The only thing is though they don’t have a Google PR yet but I’m not sure how long they’ve been established. You never know they could be the next big thing in pixel advertising,,, well I’m hoping anyway!

  • leandro
    April 6, 2006 at 12:36 am

    Hello, i from Argentina, a my site is for my birtsday one million pesos. Thanks. http://www.miwebdelmillon.com.ar

  • Roger Cross
    April 10, 2006 at 10:44 am

    This pixel advertising site seems to be doing very well also – I purchased 6 blocks recently and can’t believe how much hits I have got since then – has been far better than I expected. http://www.10dollarhomepage.com

  • Azim
    April 20, 2006 at 6:56 am

    Well you’ve seen them before all pixel websites using the same pixel website scripts but I gota felling you havent seen one like this……… http://www.quarter-of-a-million.com Original Design! The pixels are for UK only companies but currency in US dollars.

  • Aaron Cliffton
    April 20, 2006 at 10:37 am

    I just checked the site out http://www.quarter-of-a-million.com I think that the rest of them are a waste of time and this is the one to see. Watch out pixel site owners this site is coming up. The design is original, graphics. I’ve been looking at pixel websites since November 2005 and I haven’t seen a website script like this before. Everyone buying those expensive scripts which look like the original milliondollarhomepage.com, I don’t think youre gonna go far with those look a likes.

  • moshitum
    August 21, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    Now the piece of news and improved versions are born, I have found this page http://www.milliondollaregg.com.ar although it uses the idea of publicizing in Internet it has used a concept of major result, from contests for 50,000 dollars, photos with famous, a called rooster kike, eggs, hiper inflation to show what is Argentine, I believe that this Argentine publicist has improved Alex.’s concept to look at the place

  • Beloy
    August 26, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Exactly one year ago, on Aug-26-2005, the MillionDollarHomePage.com site was born!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MillionDollarHomepage.com!
    Greetings from http://3D-infoSpace.com, – the next “Billion Dollar Homepage”!

  • medvegonok
    September 30, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    I believe that Alex’s site still generates some indirect value for advertisers at least by improving their visibility in search engines. It has a PageRank of 7 and many still continue to add links to it (by the way, this article has just added one link). So, getting the link from website with such a high PageRank for as low as 1$ it is clearly a reasonable investment.
    Good luck to all the copycats 🙂
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  • Beloy
    January 10, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Please see my
    Open Letter to Alex Tew
    http://mini-news.livejournal.com :
    The person who sings once a year cannot be called a singer. Ukrainian boxer Klychko defends his champion title every several months. Alex should show the world his other genius ideas! Otherwise, you will be known only as a lucky winner of the Internet lottery, not new trend developer!
    “Internet as Pixelotto” discourages web developers to be creative! (See more at http://mini-billion.blogspot.com ).
    I believe my Mini-News.com is better, – a really unique Next Big Thing worth a BILLION!
    http://mini-news.com

  • Victor
    June 25, 2007 at 10:47 am

    One More copycat: http://www.richtxt.com
    Heh, smth new:)

  • billy
    July 4, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Instead of pixels why not use combat!
    Two sites enter, one site leaves. Pit your website against others at webrawl.

  • Yannis
    April 26, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve been looking on the net, and most of the Pixel copy cats, have closed shop. Only a few were able to make some money out of it.

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