The Million Dollar Homepage is a website conceived in 2005 by Alex Tew, a student from Wiltshire, England, to raise money for his university education.
The home page consists of a million pixels arranged in a pixel grid; the image-based links on it were sold for US$1 per pixel in blocks. The purchasers of these pixel blocks provided tiny images to be displayed on them, a URL to which the images were linked, and a slogan to be displayed when hovering a cursor over the link.
The aim of the website was to sell all of the pixels in the image, thus generating a million dollars of income for the creator.
Launched on 26 August 2005, the website became an Internet phenomenon. On the 1st January 2006, the final 1,000 pixels were put up for auction on eBay. The auction closed on 11 January with a winning bid of $38,100 that brought the final tally to $1,037,100 in gross income.
His website was also featured in the book “Cool Tech Gadgets, Games, Robots, and the Digital World”.