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Unread 12 Jan 2006, 16:13   #1
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*envy*

I wish I would have had that idea
that guy made $990,000 + whatever he gets out of the auction for absolutly nothing. I don't even think he will have to pay much for traffic once this is over, who would visit that website more than once? The marketing value of this whole website is rather thin once its out of the media,
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Unread 12 Jan 2006, 16:19   #2
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A small GD competition for similarly abstract ideas should commence, with whomever makes the most money out of theirs in (for example) two months being named the winner.
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Re: *envy*

that's quite a lot of money - he got $38k for the last one, so that's easily over a million.
The media coverage did make it... otherwise it'd be a silly looking site. But because the media went into it, everyone was willing to pay, as people would click the sites advertised.. someone said sales went up 30% in the months since they got on the site, and it more than paid for the money they paid as a one off.

I don't think that anything else will be anywhere near as succesful though, it's lost the rarity value already.
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Re: *envy*

It was on the news this afternoon: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/w...re/4606726.stm
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I dont get it. Why would you want to advertise on it?
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I dont get it. Why would you want to advertise on it?
Because lots of people are going to look at it.
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Unread 12 Jan 2006, 17:27   #7
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Re: *envy*

but people dont click on advertising banners at the best of times really. Especially not something like this, an internet "niche" which is going to be populated by more advanced internet users.

The chances of someone clicking on a banner, the chances of it being yours, the chances of them then going on to buy your product.. surely must be beyond miniscule
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Unread 12 Jan 2006, 17:29   #8
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when i surf to the site, mozilla sais the document contains no data.
If this was a scam, it was a good one ^^
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sites down at the moment.
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The chances of someone clicking on a banner, the chances of it being yours, the chances of them then going on to buy your product.. surely must be beyond miniscule
They still see it though. You can't click on newspaper or television adverts but I hear they're still quite popular.
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but people dont click on advertising banners at the best of times really. Especially not something like this, an internet "niche" which is going to be populated by more advanced internet users.

The chances of someone clicking on a banner, the chances of it being yours, the chances of them then going on to buy your product.. surely must be beyond miniscule
i clicked on a few, just to see who is stupid enough to pay money for this
ofc, in a few weeks the site will be forgotten. If it's not in the news I dont go and look at it. If I dont look at it, I dont click any banners, but still, while it lasted it was a cheap way of getting a few pagehits (well, at least cheaper than advertising on google or with banners noone is going to click anyway).
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Unread 12 Jan 2006, 18:38   #12
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They still see it though. You can't click on newspaper or television adverts but I hear they're still quite popular.
True, but newspaper ads, billboards, tv ads, tend to have more substance.

You dont really _see_ anything but a mass of colours when you look at the screen. A quick glance, i see "rentclicks" and a bullseye target. "Free hosting" - great, from who?
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Slap bang in the middle were it says Iceni IT 3x times over, thats my mums company
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Also, why did wu_trax produce a duplicate of his own thread : http://pirate.planetarion.com/showthread.php?t=187851 ?
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i thought i made a thread about this somewhere, didnt remember it was here
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obviously all this envy stuff is bollocks and it actually is you.

also, i went to Envy to buy some gloves a few weeks ago and they had holes in after a couple of hours. Envy gets you nowhere.
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Apparently the guy with the million dollar website has faced extortion related DoS attacks recently because he didn't pay some (allegedly) Russian dudes off.
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Apparently the guy with the million dollar website has faced extortion related DoS attacks recently because he didn't pay some (allegedly) Russian dudes off.
makes sense, its been unavailable a lot lately.

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I can confirm that MillionDollarHomepage.com has been subjected to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by malicious hackers who have caused the site to be extremely slow loading or completely unavailable since last Thursday, 12th January 2006.

I can also confirm that a demand for a substantial amount of money was made which makes this a criminal act of extorsion. The FBI are investigating and I'm currently working closely with my hosting company, Sitelutions, to bring the site back online as soon as possible. More news soon.
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Its on the BBC News Website as well

As they can never prove where the email came from, theyve no way of catching the guy, although I would suspect theyll manage to sort out the DDOS attack within 48 hours at the ISP.

Hey, any publicity is good publicity.
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