Pixels for dollars and your hits for free?

Cash pours in for student with $1 million Web idea

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.

This is one of those ideas that will work just a couple of times before it becomes annoying. Even now, to look at this guy’s home page is to give yourself a headache. Thank the elder gods that this guy didn’t allow animated gifs!!!

Still… It is a little inspiring. I’ve had Tampa Bay Ads sitting on the back-burner for over a year, and this gave me the impetus to change the format of the site. Do I need $1 per pixel? Nah, I’ll settle for two bits a pixel. That should give me enough for a down payment on a 1 bedroom cottage in the San Francisco area…