Inspired by Animaniacs, I now present you with Good Idea, Bad Idea. Today’s topic: Internet advertising.
The Million Dollar Homepage: This is a very fresh idea with an interesting result. Alex Tew of Wiltshire England came up with the idea of selling one million pixels on www.milliondollarhomepage.com for one dollar each so he could put himself through school. He reached his goal and then some in January 2006. Way to go Alex!
There will be plenty of copy-cat sites, but I will always hold the original as a great example of out-of-the-box thinking.
buyitoff.com: Not only a rip-off, but somewhat degrading. It’s a fresh new type of prostitution, but its still prostitution. The site features a moderately attractive woman who, as people buy advertising, will be undressed, one painfully small panel at a time.
Anyone who buys advertising here is a moron. For starters, there’s better porn out there. More importantly, the ads only show up when you mouse-over the body part purchased, and nobody who is looking for pictures of a naked woman is going to mouse over her best parts just to find out who sponsored them.
The only thing that could somewhat redeem this site is if it had a “Crying Game” surprise ending. This guy is such an ass clown I won’t even link to him. He’ll get a little press, but will be recognized for the hack he is.