Make money... selling pixels!
The Million Dollar Homepage is selling pixels on a 1,000 by 1,000 pixel homepage. At $1 per pixel, you can choose an image (and link) to be uploaded onto the page. If all the pixels are sold, the site will make one million dollars!
But surely no one would buy into something like that? Not true. In the two weeks since it has been live the site has already sold $7,100 worth of pixels! I don't know how long it will be able to sustain sales (I guess the value of the pixels will diminish as the site gets more crowded), but it has already brought in more than most websites ever do, and for significantly less work.
I had actually been thinking about adding something similar to this blog. I figured a 1,000 by 1,000 pixel page would give me a nice way of visually showing my net worth. I was even considering allowing people to donate/buy pixels (more as a bit of fun - I didn't realise there was a real market for them!) for a dollar a pop. I may still do it, but I think making real money this way is pretty much a one off thing and I reckon I've missed the boat on it.
Senior Takes Cue from College Freshman
Just about a month ago, in the first week of September news spread of a 21-years-old British young man who came up with a rather unique idea of financing his college education and a few luxuries along the way. Selling pixel space for advertisement on his website of www.MillionDollarHomepage.com for $1 per pixel, netted the youngster $395,100 to date.
It appears that the idea was not lost on a US senior who is not sick enough to be eligible for disability, but not well enough to work as in younger days – came up with a page of her own: www.MillionDollarSeniorAid.com. Keeping with the American way, this senior is offering a discount and these pixels sell for only 25cents each, sold in blocks of 100. The page will be available on line for the next five years which may not be a bad investment.