This week marks the end of the Million Dollar Home Page, the web site that was divided up into 10×10 pixel blocks and sold off as advertising at $1.00 a pixel. The last 1,000 pixels are up for auction on eBay. Current bid: over $145,000. Milliondollahomepage.com was conceived when 21-year-old Brit Alex Tew was looking for a viable way to pay off the impending cost of school and its associated debts, and become a millionaire in the process. As of this week, Tew has now surpassed his goal of generating $1M. According to his blog, last week his site has received more than 2 million visitors, and is at the very top of the Alexa search engine’s movers and shakers list.
As a result of Tew’s success, numerous copycats have emerged in recent months, including Million Pixel Home Page, MillionDollarHomepage.net, the Million Penny Home Page, a million foreign domain extension variations thereof, and even Pixels For Jesus. Meanwhile, Tew’s original, according to its creator, will stay online for as long as possible, at least through 2010.