Pixel Homepages: New Internet Advertising Craze

By Posted 2005 Updated   Advertising

More Pixel Homepages for advertising! It all started with the Million Dollar Homepage – an advertising idea which sold each of the million pixels for $1 each.

And just as we speak it has been a advertising success with its owner Alex Tew saying “in just 3 weeks I have made enough money to pay for all 3 years of University!” As of now he has sold 41600 pixels, which means he has earned $41600 and he deserved it for the original idea he has started. The advertisers seem to have been hooked by the idea, even though you need to buy a block of 10×10 pixels, with a minimum investment of $100. But with all the traffic coming in, the advertisers and webmaster both benefit.

Pixel Homepages

Well it has started a lot of activity with new such dollar and penny homepages at cheaper rates comming up.

  • Million Dollar Homepage – the pioneer which sells a million pixels for $1 each (minimum 100 pixels block= $100).
  • Zero Dollar Homepage – Offers pixels for free! Well non pixel ads are paid. If he gets enough traffic, I am sure such paid advertisers will come in.
  • Million Dollar Webpage – a similar concept with 10000 squares worth $100 each. FAQ says it is “an experiment in internet marketing in terms of generating web site traffic and testing an alternative ad format. The site is also offering advertisers a chance to be a part of internet history.”
  • Million Penny Homepage – A cheaper version selling a million pixels at 1 penny each. So a minimum 10×10 block costs $1.
  • Million Euro Homepage – It is also based on selling one million pixels. For just one euro per pixel you can buy some of these pixels to display an image of your choice.
  • Million Dollar Pixel – 1 million pixels of internet ad space for $10 a pixel block. Linking your company/brand name or slogan to another name on the board will mean half the price of that block will be donated to charity.
  • One Million Pixels – Each 10×10 block costs $5. A portion of each pixel sold will donated to the Red Cross.
  • Dollar a Pixel – Each pixel for sale at $1 each, with a minimum purchase of 50 pixels. Maximum of 800×600 pixels for sale which will be online for 2 years.
  • MiljoenPixels.nl – In Dutch. Logos of minimum 20×20 pixels available for 100 euros. Online till 2010 at least.
  • Ebay Pixels – a million pixels for eBay sellers. It “aims to show only live sellers, who actually sell, so we reserve the right to resell space purhased if you would not sell any item for 90 days” and it links to all their items for sale. Each 10×10 block costs only 10 pounds (GBP).
  • Million Dollar Mosaic – The Million Dollar soup can on the main page is made up of 10,000 smaller cans. A permanent link of 10×10 pixels costs $100.
  • The Peoples Vehicle – 480,000 pixels of advertising space sold at $1.00 a pixel in blocks of 100. Purpose – to buy a new car. You also choose a brand of vehicle – the more pixels you purchase the more your vote counts! The front page shows how many votes each brand has.
  • AdSquares – Each square is 20×20 pixels and priced depending on the quantity (with discounts). The maximum cost is $5 per square.
  • 250000.org – four 10×10 pixel box for $100 and have a chance to win $25,000.
  • Australian Million Dollar Homepage – Each single block (10×10 pixels) costs $100.00 (AUD)
  • Half-a-buck Pixels – buy a 10×10 pixel block at $0.50 per pixel.
  • Million Yuan Homepage – sell 1 million pixels to collect 1 million yuan (=$125,000 in US dollars). 100 pixels minimum.
  • Links Across America – Plots are sold in 10 pixel x 10 pixel squares (100 pixels total) on the US map. Business Sites $100, Church Sites $20, Personal Sites $20. To purchase a plot in a state, you must prove that you’re actually located in that state.

Lets see how far this new idea in internet marketing and advertising goes. But the original has made $40000+ and the pixels are selling fast as I write this… I am starting a list here which I will update. Please free to suggest more such sites in comments.


73 comments on “Pixel Homepages: New Internet Advertising Craze

  1. Anonymous says:

    Here’s another one – http://www.thepeoplesvehicle.com

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi, here’s the first one I’ve seen in GBP: http://www.adsquares.co.uk – it’s 5 per square and the squares are 400 pixels each. Bargain!

  3. Anonymous says:

    http://www.milliondollarmosaic.com

    Lets you buy a piece of a Pop Art mosaic, which could be exhibited in a gallery.

  4. darammer says:

    Here’s another “million” page but this is not as much a copycat as the others. Here one gets a link and a souvenir so to say for the effort. The url is Milliondollarpay.com and its still under construction for part of it I think.

  5. Anonymous says:

    http://www.ebaypixels.com – as much as the idea is similar, this one is offered ONLY for eBay sellers with high feedback score and it links to all their items for sale. Good idea, as long as they keep the data actual (remove the old not-active sellers). Wish them well, I’ve bookmarked it and will check for progress. Oh, they also do a Contest with a 12 Mega Pixel :) Digital Camera – good prize for that business – all you need to do is follow the clues by searching (clicking) the advertisers pixels. That at least looks like they try to get the visitors to click…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Here is another one, but this one is a bit creative and offers more features that all of them combined.

    http://www.pixelsbuythdozen.com

  7. Richard says:

    The Australian Million Dollar Homepage will be a great advertising platform for any Australian based business to reach a fresh audience.

    The objective of the site is to help advertisers reach millions of potential customers. By riding the waves of a craze currently sweeping the web & by using advanced Search Engine Optimisation techniques this site will soon have a very high page ranking.

    Of course the prime aim is to sell all the pixels and therefore rake in a Million Bucks but I am experimenting with search engine optimisation techniques & researching internet trends.

    I’m not a student although I plan to take the Google Advertising Professional Exam soon.

    Unlike Alex, I have plenty of swanky socks but do have two young children to feed!

    Find out more about Richard Ellender, OzWebFX and his copycat business idea at www.milliondollarhomepage.com.au

  8. Jack says:

    Hi,
    not all million-sides takes money for pixel… see this, it’s for free:
    http://www.millionpixelpage.com

  9. Anonymous says:

    www.pixelget.com

  10. Anonymous says:

    http://www.milliondollardungeon.com

    The latest copycat/ripoff/spinoff (my preferred term :) ), this one allows any and all content…

  11. Anonymous says:

    http://pixels.crewdy.co.uk

    Pixels for Pennies – Pennies For Charity!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This one gives pixels away for free
    PixelYourPage.com

    You can also BUY the script to run your own Pixel Ad site and it cost less than most sites charge for 1 block of pixels

  13. Anonymous says:

    Found 2 new ones that are specific to MySpace.com and Xanga.com, you have to be a member of one of those sites, but you can get pixels for free.

    The links for both these are

    PixelsForMySpace.com
    PixelsForXanga.com

  14. Anonymous says:

    yet another free pixel site
    AlotMoreTraffic.com

  15. Anonymous says:

    Here’s another one:

    www.madcow.com

    Guy’s trying to start a company with sales. Of all the sites i’ve seen, this one has a good purpose. Creating jobs? I’m going to send him my resume, heh.

    And he’s honest about stealing the idea from Alex’s site, unlike others i’ve seen.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Handy list of “milliondollarhomepages” you have here. Interesting to see all the concepts popping up around it. Some will remain, most will bottom out or give up on it.

    I have one to add to your list. This one is crazy. Only animated gifs are allowed.

    http://millionblinkenlights.com

  17. Anonymous says:

    You can buy pixels/blocks from the site and add your own banners/ads which contain link to your own page.
    There is 1 million pixels in site and you can deside which place you purchase.

    http://www.milliondollaroreuropage.com

  18. Anonymous says:

    This guy is trying to upgrade his old mobile home to a house by selling 30×30 “houses.” You gotta love American capitalism.

    http://fnhomepage.com

  19. Anonymous says:

    Check out www.whosupports.com
    This site will allow you to purchase pixels to show your support for a charity. Part of the money will be donated to that charitable cause too!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Another one: www.onepennypixel.com

  21. Anonymous says:

    This one is coming soon and is donating part of the proceeds to local burn charities. It should be up in a few more days. http://milliondollarblockads.com

  22. Anonymous says:

    This one is the craziest site i’ve seen… just went up… bet it will blow up at some point!!

    www.commercialtown.com

  23. Anonymous says:

    Here’s the latest one
    www.millionusdollarhomepage.com
    you can see the spot you purchased immediately after paying Fully Automated

  24. Anonymous says:

    Here is another one – really like the design of this site – and each pixel only costs 25p in UK currency, so it is much more affordable!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Sorry – forgot to add the URL – its available at http://www.1millionpixels.co.uk

    Take a look!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Buys some Ads place and help a Kid in need.

    MillionPixels4Kids

  27. Anonymous says:

    Here is another one but its a bit different. www.theworldwidewall.com

  28. Anonymous says:

    I think this one has one of the best chances of success, he’s creating the Internets most expensive refrigerator, the ads being refrigerator magnets! Very ingenious..

    http://www.themilliondollarfridge.com

  29. Anonymous says:

    Let’s not foget http://www.onebuckpixels.com

  30. Anonymous says:

    www.milliondollarpixelwebpage.com

  31. targeted pixels says:

    instead of advertising anywhere, why not advertise in context…

    http://targetedpixels.com

  32. Anonymous says:

    here’s another:

    http://milliondollartwins.com

  33. Anonymous says:

    THis one is Specific to Indian Market.
    www.crorepati.info

  34. Anonymous says:

    [i]Found another great one! www.pixelsinthesky.com [/i]

  35. Anonymous says:

    and here another one, with free pixs
    http://www.yourpartofweb.com

  36. Jody says:

    Check this one out. This is definately a twist. You can buy pixels just like all the other pixel pages, but companies can also buy or sponsor advertising on a car that will go on a show & race tour http://www.milliondollarcarproject.com

  37. Anonymous says:

    Here’s another site: www.milliondollarhomesite.net

    Full credit is given to Alex Tew and there is a link to his website.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Here is a new pixel ad site that is giving away 50 Apple Nanos! The Million Quarter Billboard or
    www.millionquarterbillboard.com

  39. Anonymous says:

    Check out http://www.PixelAds4All.com – they offer a FREE 100 by 100 pixel “tool tip image” with the purchase of your ad, which acts like a billboard for your site! They are also currently offering their pixels for 50% off, or $50 USD for a 100 pixel block.

  40. AjSleigh says:

    Just gone live this week… The Web in a Pint

    Purchase PixelAds at 50p per pixel and help support Real Ale and Cider in the U.K.

    At least this site has moved on from a boring old square!

  41. torrens says:

    Now here’s a twist on the theme: Use your pixels to COVER UP a giant photo of Bush.

    http://www.bushnomore.com

  42. Anonymous says:

    Now theres a South America pixel page from Argentina, its url is:

    www.milliondollarhomepage.8m.com

    and claims to be the first of Latin America.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I too have set up my own pixel site to hopefully pay off my student loan.

    www.anothermillionpixels.com

    So what are you waiting for? Do not delay, buy your pixels today!

  44. Anonymous says:

    They are springing up all over the place…

    http://www.propertyblocks.com

  45. Shari Thomas says:

    We’re all very aware that driving people to an ad page is “old hat”… now we must attract people to the ads, and/or deliver the ads in a complementary manner.

    Be sure to drop by http://www.pixelsanyone.com and catch the latest twists and turns.

  46. Mattias says:

    A pixel is so small. It’s almost invisible. Heres a new concept: A site that only displays one Big Fat Ad. How much does it cost to advertise? $1 only. Totaly crazy mindblowing business idea.

    Check it out for yourself at: bigfatad.com

  47. PixelAdsMedia says:

    Hi…

    I was happy to have found your site blog. I like the idea of your listing pixel related blog sites. It will be a good indicator of the growth of pixel sites and demonstrate if Pixel advertising is here to stay! Keep it up!

  48. Clif says:

    Read up on the Million Dollar Story here…

    http://www.TheMillionDollarStory.com

  49. nbenin says:

    It never stops. Now you can place ads on Google Maps!

    MapShares lets you place advertisement on a map of the world. Click on the map to select a corner of the Earth where you’d like to place
    your own image, text and link.
    It’s some kind of a The Million Dollar Homepage, but more innovative than
    the others I think, and more playful too.

  50. PixelSiteLinks.com says:

    “MapShares lets you place advertisement on a map of the world.”

    Wow, that’s very very cool! Expect your site to be listed in our PixelSiteLinks.com directory soon!

  51. PAH says:

    Another great Pixel Sites directory:
    Visit: http://www.pixeladshelper.com

  52. Anonymous says:

    FaceTalks

    http://facetalks.com

    Messages, writings, feelings, thoughts on a writing wall.

    It is an interesting variation of the theme where people can buy for $10 a place on a virtual wall, place there their image, write messages and links to their sites.

  53. Nino Amita says:

    FaceTalks

    http://facetalks.com

    Messages, writings, feelings, thoughts on a writing wall.

    It is an interesting variation of the theme where people can buy for $10 a place on a virtual wall, place there their image, write messages and links to their sites.

  54. vs says:

    www.charitypixelpage
    offers free pixels for charities for a year.
    can buy pixels for 5 cents/pixel.
    A part will go to charities to assist children and senior citizens.

  55. www.irishmilliondollarhomepage.com says:

    There even seems to be national pixel sites turning up now

    http://www.irishmilliondollarhomepage.com

  56. Michael Frans says:

    My hat goes off to Alex Tew, he certainly found a unique idea to sell ad space. I actually took his idea one step further… selling ad space by the BYTE! There are so many “pixel pushers” out there now that I needed to put a spin on the pixel advertising concept. Check out www.buckabyte.com

  57. Kevin00 says:

    Tired by virtual pixels?
    Nothing new in the pixelsphere?
    Well check this original website,
    it has something others don’t have: REAL pixels ;)

  58. Anonymous says:

    there is one in the philippines which offers free pixel ad. based on his blog, it was launched only this january – http://ZeroPesoHomepage.com

  59. Anonymous says:

    Here’s another one
    http://www.pixeladium.com

    This on supports animated graphics. It looks like the guy is trying to raise money to pay off some foreclosing houses.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Hey,
    inviting you all to my pixel site, pixeladmall.com :: The Best place to Buy Pixels, and i have reasons to say so,

    http://www.pixeladmall.com/

    We also keep coming up with Hot Offers and Promotions, so you might anna check back regularly.

    Also we have our own Free to join pixel top list (AKA pixel directory), A guide for buying pixels of value, know whos hot and whos not. Advertise your pixel sites here for Free
    M.

  61. Anonymous says:

    Here’s anothter pixel site that has just gotten underway it’s www.fieldofpixels.com Pixels here are only .30 a pixel and your add stays up for 2 years. If you post it they will come.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Hi,

    Another pixel site to add to the list is TreasureIslandAds.com

    They have 10,000 “treasure” hidden somewhere on the map and if you place your ad on the right square you win the “treasure”

    It seems to be pretty popular already.

  63. Anonymous says:

    A New Pixel Page is born: The World Record Pixel Page. They offer both free and paid space and their goal is to break world records. Much bigger than your average 100×100 pixel page.

    http://www.worldrecordhomepage.com

  64. Anonymous says:

    Most original rip-off of the Million Dollar Homepage – top bidder is crowned King

    http://www.KingOfThePyramid.com

  65. Anonymous says:

    threedollarpixels.com
    This one has free pixels for a limited time and is giving 50% of its profits to charity.

  66. Riz says:

    Hi,
    Here’s a new pixel site from the Philippines. This site is intented for Filipino websites or local and international companies with businesses in the Philippines. Please visit us at: http://www.filipinohomepage.com

  67. J says:

    Hey here mine For BLOGS only…

    http://www.themilliondollarblogsite.com

    completley free, no catch ,ignore the paying part, max size 40 x 40.

    Thanks

  68. Ajay Nambiar says:

    Heres a new marketing and advertising concept
    Check out this website

    http://wordlinkz.com

  69. shannon jones says:

    I would like to sale space on my car to where people can place ads can oyu tell me how I can get started

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