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    Unable to provide direct link to AOL, so here's the story:

    Cash Pours in For Student With $1 Million Web Idea
    By PETER GRAFF, REUTERS

    LONDON (Reuters) - If you have an envious streak, you probably shouldn't read this.

    Because chances are, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old student from a small town in England, is cleverer than you. And he is proving it by earning a cool million dollars in four months on the Internet.

    Selling porn? Dealing prescription drugs? Nope. All he sells are pixels, the tiny dots on the screen that appear when you call up his home page.

    He had the brainstorm for his million dollar home page, called, logically enough, www.milliondollarhomepage.com, while lying in bed thinking out how he would pay for university.

    The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots, and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100.

    He sold a few to his brothers and some friends, and when he had made $1,000, he issued a press release.

    That was picked up by the news media, spread around the Internet, and soon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites.

    So far they have bought up 911,800 pixels. Tew's home page now looks like an online Times Square, festooned with a multi-colored confetti of ads.

    "All the money's kind of sitting in a bank account," Tew told Reuters from his home in Wiltshire, southwest England. "I've treated myself to a car. I've only just passed my driving test so I've bought myself a little black mini."

    The site features testimonials from advertisers, some of whom bought spots as a lark, only to discover that they were receiving actual valuable Web hits for a fraction of the cost of traditional Internet advertising.

    Meanwhile Tew has had to juggle running the site with his first term at university, where he is studying business.

    "It's been quite a difficulty trying to balance going to lectures and doing the site," he said.

    But he may not have to study for long. Job offers have been coming in from Internet companies impressed by a young man who managed to figure out an original way to make money online.

    "I didn't expect it to happen like that," Tew said. "To have the job offers and approaches from investors -- the whole thing is kind of surreal. I'm still in a state of disbelief."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_OTR_Fan
    [color=gray]The site features testimonials from advertisers, some of whom bought spots as a lark, only to discover that they were receiving actual valuable Web hits for a fraction of the cost of traditional Internet advertising.
    Bollocks! If they are receiving any money generating traffic it will end as soon as this flash in the media pan does. It's as much a million dollar idea as the Pet Rock but with less initial costs.
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    But the kid sold a sht load. That is the amazing thing. Mill richer for the idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    Bollocks! If they are receiving any money generating traffic it will end as soon as this flash in the media pan does. It's as much a million dollar idea as the Pet Rock but with less initial costs.
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    this just dones't sound right. where a link to the site. plus the cost to maintian a server capable of that much bandwidth, traffic, storage. merchant account etc, would eat most of they 1 million away. it cost like 20-30 thousand a month to host a site maintaining 911 thousand hits. you would need a entire server room, and a coupke of dedicated t1 line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClarenceCM3
    this just dones't sound right. where a link to the site. plus the cost to maintian a server capable of that much bandwidth, traffic, storage. merchant account etc, would eat most of they 1 million away. it cost like 20-30 thousand a month to host a site maintaining 911 thousand hits. you would need a entire server room, and a coupke of dedicated t1 line.
    Not true. Depends on the file size you are "hitting". Say for example you have a 102.4kb file. You hit it 10 times and you have 1mb. There are 1000mb in 1gb so you would get 10,000 hits in our example. 1gb of bandwidth gets you 10,000 hits in this example. Oh wait I said that already. So if we had 911,000 hits and we divide that by 10,000, we'll get the amount of bandwidth gb required. That comes out to 91.1gb of bandwidth for 911,000 hits on a 102.4kb file

    I hate to break it to you clarence but 91gb of bandwidth is no where near $20-30,000 a month. In fact you can get plans at my host that offer 750gb of bandwidth a month for only $17.00. That means the 102.4kb file in our example could be as large as 820kb and it wouldn't cost any more. If we spent $20k, we would get 882,000gb of bandwidth. Using our same formula we could then have an initial file size of 120mb.

    I have been to milliondollarhomepage and the file size isn't 120mb. If it were it would take over a minute for it to even load in the browser. Who would go there?

    Sorry clarence, youre way off. Clearly webhosting isnt your area.
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    I heard about this guy a few months ago from TWiT. He was only at a quarter mil back then. Looks like he's grown! Good for him. There are others trying to imitate him, but this is one of those one time only shots, IMO.

    And to add to Woof, my server gives me 130GB of bandwidth a month (currently), and bumps it up 1GB every month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insertion
    I heard about this guy a few months ago from TWiT. He was only at a quarter mil back then. Looks like he's grown! Good for him. There are others trying to imitate him, but this is one of those one time only shots, IMO.

    And to add to Woof, my server gives me 130GB of bandwidth a month (currently), and bumps it up 1GB every month.
    My Hosting Services offer UNLIMITED BANDWIDTH per month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franko515
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woof
    Not true. Depends on the file size you are "hitting". Say for example you have a 102.4kb file. You hit it 10 times and you have 1mb. There are 1000mb in 1gb so you would get 10,000 hits in our example. 1gb of bandwidth gets you 10,000 hits in this example. Oh wait I said that already. So if we had 911,000 hits and we divide that by 10,000, we'll get the amount of bandwidth gb required. That comes out to 91.1gb of bandwidth for 911,000 hits on a 102.4kb file

    I hate to break it to you clarence but 91gb of bandwidth is no where near $20-30,000 a month. In fact you can get plans at my host that offer 750gb of bandwidth a month for only $17.00. That means the 102.4kb file in our example could be as large as 820kb and it wouldn't cost any more. If we spent $20k, we would get 882,000gb of bandwidth. Using our same formula we could then have an initial file size of 120mb.

    I have been to milliondollarhomepage and the file size isn't 120mb. If it were it would take over a minute for it to even load in the browser. Who would go there?

    Sorry clarence, youre way off. Clearly webhosting isnt your area.
    You sir, beat me to the punch. Your numbers are very realistic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    My Hosting Services offer UNLIMITED BANDWIDTH per month.
    Sorry da but there is no such thing. Maybe UNMETERED, but unlimited isnt possible. There is always a limit.

    EDIT: Also your prices are misleading. Why not just put the real price instead of "less that $16.99 a month"? How much less? Very misleading. And Frankly $16.99 a month for 200 meg and 8 gig is pretty steep.

    Do you have a lot of clients?
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    he's down to the last 1000 pixels!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woof
    EDIT: Also your prices are misleading. Why not just put the real price instead of "less that $16.99 a month"? How much less? Very misleading. And Frankly $16.99 a month for 200 meg and 8 gig is pretty steep.

    Do you have a lot of clients?
    The real price is stated, and it is less $16.99/month. The storage and data transfers are not strictly enforced and are stated to prevent someone from abusing their space on the server. Also, considering that plan includes 20 email accounts, website usage statistics, includes the yearly domain name cost, includes 1 hour of website edits per month, and a data source? I'd say that's a darn good deal.

    And, yes, we do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    ...includes 1 hour of website edits per month...
    How is that measured? Is that amount of time "logged in" or is that amount of time making ftp or comparable transmission?

    I make frequent changes to my site, particularly my itinerary. I do all the editting offline then ftp the changes. If I had to edit my site while "logged in", I would blow through an hour quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shopharim
    How is that measured? Is that amount of time "logged in" or is that amount of time making ftp or comparable transmission?

    I make frequent changes to my site, particularly my itinerary. I do all the editting offline then ftp the changes. If I had to edit my site while "logged in", I would blow through an hour quickly.
    The "hour of maintenance" is my hour. In your case it would be me making your changes and posting them.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "logged in"?
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    I was thinking about the old days of homestead.com. They had a WYSIWYG editor online that you used to generate and maintain your website. But, you had to be "logged in" (username and password) to access the editor.

    Similarly, when I wish to make changes to my hosting settings, I log in to my user account. However, maintaining the site content is simply me ftp-ing updates at will.

    It seems you serve as the site "administrator" for sites you host. I currently do that for myself. Therein was my quandry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shopharim
    I was thinking about the old days of homestead.com. They had a WYSIWYG editor online that you used to generate and maintain your website. But, you had to be "logged in" (username and password) to access the editor.

    Similarly, when I wish to make changes to my hosting settings, I log in to my user account. However, maintaining the site content is simply me ftp-ing updates at will.

    It seems you serve as the site "administrator" for sites you host. I currently do that for myself. Therein was my quandry.
    All sites have an FTP user. The "included hour" of maintenance is for those who do not know how to edit or don't want to edit their own stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    The real price is stated, and it is less $16.99/month. The storage and data transfers are not strictly enforced and are stated to prevent someone from abusing their space on the server. Also, considering that plan includes 20 email accounts, website usage statistics, includes the yearly domain name cost, includes 1 hour of website edits per month, and a data source? I'd say that's a darn good deal.

    And, yes, we do.

    LOL, what no defense of unlimited?

    Ok more questions. You dont really have much info on your site.
    Do you have your own server(s) or are you reselling?
    Where is your datacenter located?
    Do you offer and script loaders like fantastico?
    cron jobs?
    mmysql?
    phpadmin?
    What software is/are your server(s) running on? windows or linux

    Comments:
    there isn't a host out there that doesnt offer free web usage stats. not a big deal.
    20 email accounts isn't that many either
    What do you mean by "data source"?
    Domains dont even cost $10 a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClarenceCM3
    it cost like 20-30 thousand a month to host a site maintaining 911 thousand hits. you would need a entire server room, and a coupke of dedicated t1 line.
    I have a dedicated server with 1 terabyte of bandwidth/month, for only $115/m

    If your numbers were right, it would cost eBay and google trillions of dollars a month to run their servers



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    $160k for 1000 pixels, that's crazy :O
    Last edited by N8_115; 01/08/2006 at 03:30 PM.
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    Blackmailers try to black out Million Dollar Homepage.

    Welcome to the real world you nit.
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