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== What is the idea? ==
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  
Think of this site like Wikipedia. There is a page for literally every word you can think of. The difference is, instead of anyone being able to edit the content, you have to purchase a word (page) from me. The person then owns that page. The idea is simple: to try and make $1m (US) by selling 10,000 words in my wiki for $100 each. Hence, 'The Million Dollar Wiki". My motivation for doing this? That's easy. I'm graduating from college with a useless degree and tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Oh yeah, and I don't even own a car.  I'd like to move past all this in one gigantic leap, and open a bar in Boston. What type of bar? Well, that's a secret. It will be the greatest bar in the history of the world though, I promise you that.
 
  
Everyone is welcome to buy my words. Just think how much traffic you can potentially get for $100! Think of how many people you can get your message out to! I guarantee the site to be up for 15 years, though I'd really like to keep it up as long as I live. The url is simple too. For example, if you purchase the page for "Car", the address of that page is MillionDollarWiki.com/Car -what could be easier than that?! If you own that word, you can turn around and sell it down the road too! Just think what Ford or GM might pay for it!
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== '''What is the Million Dollar Wiki?''' ==
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The Million Dollar Wiki is basically a pay-per-page wiki site. It is similar in structure and function to Wikipedia in that there will be a page for literally everything.  However, instead of being open for anyone to edit, one person owns each wiki page and controls its content.
You can buy as many words as you like, as long as they're available. To see if they're available, do a search for the word. If the page doesn't exist yet, you can order it.
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The content you put on your page will be displayed in the wiki permanently. The only event in which your page will change is if you sell your page. The new buyer can then change the page as they like while still adhering to the guidelines. Using some of the money I make from the site, I guarantee to keep it online for at least 15 years, but if my lawyers do their job right it will be online forever. That's my goal. I'm serious. My children's children's children's children will own this site and it still will be exactly the same.
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The goal is to develop a thriving community of page owners and developers while selling 10,000 pages at $100 each.  Since it's launch, Million Dollar Wiki has already become a micro-economy of pages filled with informative, entertaining and resourceful content.
  
==  Who are you? ==
 
  
My name is Graham Langdon. I'm 21 years old and I live in Connecticut. I'm a senior at UConn, and I'm majoring in Anthropology and Psychology (translation: I'll be jobless after I graduate). I'm in debt up to my ears, don't own a car (which makes it tough to have a girlfriend!), and I dream of opening a bar in Boston.
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== '''Who created the Million Dollar Wiki?''' ==
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The Million Dollar Wiki was created by Graham Langdon, a 21 year old senior from the University of Connecticut. Instantly drawn to wikis as a revolutionary platform, Graham started thinking about more practical applications and potential business models. After a concept breakthrough, Graham Langdon invented the pay-per-page wiki business model and transformed the whole idea into the Million Dollar Wiki.  
  
  
== How did you come up with the idea? ==
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== '''How does The Million Dollar Wiki work?''' ==
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Every page is dedicated to a unique word or phrase.  The content on each page is controlled by the page’s owner. Owners use the site, and specifically their page, as a vehicle to generate traffic, revenue or publicity.
  
It was a mild summer day in May 2007. I had been playing around with wikis for the last few weeks, and had always been impressed with Alex Tew's million dollar homepage. I thought, if he could sell a million pixels, I could sell a million words! Then, I realized that there probably aren't a million words in the english language, but I could probably sell  ten thousand if I included all the slang, brand names, and suffixes that make up the English language today! If it got the right buzz, I'm sure all the online casinos would want to own words like poker, gambling, roulette, blackjack, etc. And who would want to own the page for Ipod? Or College? Or Money? That's the cool thing about this: it's an experiment. Who knows what people will put on their pages? I imagine a lot of it will be links to drive traffic to their sites, but I bet we see some really interesting pages too! Whoever buys the page owns it forever (unless they sell it). It's going to be totally sweet!
 
  
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== '''Who owns pages?''' ==
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Anyone who want to raise product awareness, increase their website’s traffic, improve their website’s SEO, develop their name, build their web presence, or make a profit from resale of the page at a later date.
  
== Why should I buy your words? ==
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As a wiki page owner, YOU decide what content to publish on that page. People have used their pages to set up forums, post their blog feeds, display YouTube videos, sell art, put up their own Google ads, and so much more.  The possibilities are far and wide.
  
'''Two Reasons:'''
 
  
'''1.''' Because it's inexpensive publicity. You own the page for 15 years, and you can have an image and a link to your site under the word you buy, which can potentially be seen by millions of people over the years, especially if the Million Dollar Wiki gains some fame. The idea is to keep the site up forever, so it would probably be the best $100 you ever spent! If you're a business, you spend more on business cards!
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== '''How much does a page cost?''' ==
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Each wiki page only costs a one time fee of $100.
  
'''2.''' You can '''RE-SELL''' your word! That means if the Million Dollar Wiki page gets BIG, and you own a word like "Business" or "Money" or "Buy" or "Invest", you can turn around and auction your page on eBay, or sell it to an interested buyer. Think about it. If you own "Newspaper", you could get the New York Times and the USA Today in a bidding war for your word! Please read our [[MillionDollarWiki:Resale|Reseller Guide.]]
 
  
== I've purchased a word. Now what? ==
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== '''Why do pages cost $100?''' ==
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First and foremost, your hundred dollars goes towards the costs of running this site and keeping it online for a minimum of 15 years.  With that considered, your cost per wiki page is under $7 per year.  The high traffic levels generated by the Million Dollar Wiki requires a dedicated server with an on-call server administrator.  The fees will cover costs for this entire time. 
  
After you buy a word, you will receive an email from us with your username, password, and link to edit your page.
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Secondly, we help direct traffic to our customer's pages so they will be seen by real people. We don't expect you to build a page and not have anyone see it. A percentage of our revenue goes right back into the Million Dollar Wiki as we spend money to bring real visitors to our customers' pages and our community.
*Editing the page with the wiki editor:
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**Your page has a built in editor that allows you to add images, text, and links.
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**This is simple, quick, and easy. It does not allow for intensive customized design, for that we have html.
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*Creating an HTML page (For a more customized look).
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**You can create a page in html, which can be no wider than 650 pixels.
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**Include a folder for all the images you have on the page.
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**Send it to us! We'll upload the page and images onto our server (after scanning for viruses, of course!), and display it in your wiki page using IFrames.
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So there you have it. Something for everyone. Throw up a few simple images, some text, and some links in seconds using the wiki editor (Which is exactly the same as Wikipedia's editor), or create your own html page and send it to us with an images folder for a more customized look.
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Having a fee also allows us to screen who owns pages and bring value to the site. There is an increasing number of redundant user-generated websites that allow anyone to own a page and they attract spammers, vulgar content, predators, abandoned pages and people who devalue the community.  This is a major turnoff to new and returning visitors, while there are less people willing to waste others' time if there is a fee involved.  
  
Email any questions to help [at] milliondollarwiki.com
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The Million Dollar Wiki was an experiment that has turned into a serious business.  We seek to provide an excellent service and value to our wiki page owners.  We want you to consider your page a good investment, and will do everything we can to help it be so.
  
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== '''I'm not good with computers. Do I need technical knowledge to set up a page?''' ==
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You do not need any special or technical knowledge to set up a page. The whole process is designed to be as quick, easy, and as user friendly as possible. In addition, we offer first class support, and can help you set up your page every step of the way. Just let us know!
  
== What kind of content can I add to my page? ==
 
MillionDollarWiki allows the following content on a page:
 
*Text
 
*Images
 
*YouTube videos
 
*Your own Google Ads
 
*Links and Image Links
 
*Any HTML that can be referenced through IFRAMES
 
  
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== '''Why would I want to buy a page?''' ==
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There are many of benefits in purchasing a page. As a page owner you:
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*Secure an exclusive niche in a growing micro-economy.
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*Raise awareness of your website, product, or service.
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*Own a keyword or phrase that perfectly represents and brands your business.
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*Cultivate a heightened web presence.
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*Share traffic generated by the entire community.
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*Join a resourceful community of motivated entrepreneurs.
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*Receive storage space on our server for your page's content.
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*Link quality content to your relevant website for better SEO.
  
== Can I Re-Sell a word I've purchased? ==
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There are also many ways to directly earn a profit from owning a page.
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*Sell products or services off your page.
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*Sell ad spots or use Google AdSense.
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*Resell your wiki page (developed or not) at a later date.
  
Yes! Your word is an investment that could potentially become quite valuable. That's half the fun. See our [[MillionDollarWiki:Resale|Reseller Guide]].
 
  
== How long will the site be online? ==
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== '''How do I buy a word?''' ==
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To purchase a word, please visit our [[MillionDollarWiki:Purchase | "Own a Page"]] link on the menu at the top of the page.
  
The site will be online for 15 years guaranteed (at least until May 2022) but my goal is to keep it online as long as humanly possible by passing it down through my family with the assistance of a law firm.
 
  
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== '''How long does page ownership last?''' ==
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Once you own a page, it is yours for the life of the site.
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== '''How long will the Million Dollar Wiki be up and running?''' ==
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With the initial sales, the hosting expenses have been secured for the first 15 years, and guarantee that the site will run until May of 2022.  Our intention is to keep the site up forever.
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== '''Can I resell my page for profit?''' ==
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Yes, reselling is allowed. See our [[MillionDollarWiki:Resale | Reseller Guide]].
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== '''What words are available for purchase?''' ==
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You can purchase any word or group of words that does not already exist on the million dollar wiki and fits the following criteria.
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* Words cannot contain meaningless letter groupings like 'kjlhdhsdf'
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* Words cannot contain unrelevant numbers (eg. accepted 'Web 2.0'; eg. unaccepted: 'Bread123')
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* Words cannot contain punctuation marks except for a period or hyphen
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* Words cannot contain unrelevant periods or hyphens (eg. accepted: 'non-disclosure agreement'; eg. unaccepted: 'Make-money')
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* Words cannot be spelt creatively such as 'dawg'.
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* Words cannot be offensive or X-rated.
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* Words can be Non-Offensive slang words, such as 'bling'
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* Words can use commonly used abbreviations or acronyms like 'DIY' or 'PPC'
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== '''Can I buy Trademarked names?''' ==
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Trademarked terms are available for purchase, but they must be used in good faith with respect to copyright and trademark laws. 
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For instance, the page for "BMW" may be suitable for use by a BMW owners group, someone selling their used BMW automobile, a licensed dealer of BMW's, or by BMW themselves.  It would be ill-advised and against our terms to use it for advertising autos by other manufacturers, or purchasing it with the sole intent to resell to the trademark holder. 
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The Million Dollar Wiki takes complaints about trademark and copyright violations seriously.  If you have doubts or concerns, please feel free to contact us at pages[at]milliondollarwiki.com at any time.
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== '''How do I tell if a word I want has been taken or not?''' ==
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Either do a search for the word in the bar located at the top right or refer to the [[Special:Allpages | complete page index.]]
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== '''What is my page’s URL?''' ==
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MillionDollarWiki.com/yourpage <br>
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For example, if your word is "Basketball", the URL is www.MillionDollarWiki.com/Basketball <br>
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== '''What am I allowed and not allowed to post on my page?''' ==
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Whatever you put on your page must be significantly relevant to the word or phrase associated to your page. If you were to purchase the page for "Business", the entire page must be relevant to business.
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'''Allowed:'''
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*Text
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*Images
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*Links
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*Blog feeds
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*Music
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*Videos
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*Games
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*Flash
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*Google AdSense
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*Relevant ads
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'''Not allowed:'''
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*Irrelevant content
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*Pornographic or offensive content
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*Popups or automatic redirects to external websites
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*Jibberish keyword spam
  
== Can I buy words that are two words? ==
 
  
No, not right now. Every page must be a single word. That means no one can register "Electric Guitar", only "Guitar" or "Electric". This rule is subject to change at any time without any prior notice.
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== '''What kind of support do you provide?''' ==
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The Million Dollar Wiki team is very responsive and provides first class support. We extend every effort to help page owners get their page looking exactly the way they want it. This is because we want all of our pages to be of the highest quality. Your emails are always answered rapidly. We are completely dedicated to growing and will help you in any capacity we can. We also have a forum where you can get answers and join the community to get feedback, ideas and help for your page.
  
  
== What is the URL to my Wiki page? ==
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== '''I purchased a page, now what?''' ==
*Its MillionDollarWiki.com/yourpage
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After you buy a page, you will receive an email from us with your username, password, and link to edit your page. You will be ready to start building your page using the wiki editor (which is exactly the same as Wikipedia's editor), or create your own html page for a more customized look. Please refer to the [http://www.milliondollarwiki.com/Million_Dollar_Wiki:Owners_Guide Owners Guide] for further information.
*For example, if your word is "Basketball", its www.MillionDollarWiki.com/Basketball
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== Can I purchase dirty words? ==
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== '''How do I add/edit content on my page?''' ==
No, not right now. Every word must be non-offensive. That means no one can register "F**k, or Sh*t, or A*s, etc. Of course, this rule is subject to change at any time without any prior notice.
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After you've purchased your words, you'll receive a username and password, and a link to edit your page. You can use the built in wiki editor to quickly add text, images, links, and even youTube videos. You can also supply us with an html file and folder of images, that we will incorporate into your wiki page using IFrames. For further information on using the Wiki editor, see our concise [http://www.milliondollarwiki.com/Help:Editing Editing Tutorial].
  
  
== How do I add content to my Wiki page? ==
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== '''What kind of hosting does Million Dollar Wiki provide for pages?''' ==
After you've purchased your words, you'll receive a username and password, and a link to edit your page. You can also supply us with an html file and folder of images, that we will incorporate into your wiki page using IFrames.
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The Million Dollar Wiki runs on a powerful dedicated server with lots of RAM. The entire site is backed up twice daily. The backups are stored in their entirety in no less than four different remote hard drives. Data loss is not a threat to the Million Dollar Wiki.  
  
==How do I add Google Ads to my page?==
 
To add google ads to your site, email the adsense script that google gives you for the ads you want to pages [at] milliondollarwiki.com
 
  
Be sure to send the email from the account you registered with, and include the name of the page you want it to go on, and where you want it on the page.
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== '''I have more questions, who do I contact?''' ==
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Please direct all further inquiries to [mailto:pages@milliondollarwiki.com pages@milliondollarwiki.com]

Latest revision as of 23:23, 18 January 2008

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is the Million Dollar Wiki?

The Million Dollar Wiki is basically a pay-per-page wiki site. It is similar in structure and function to Wikipedia in that there will be a page for literally everything. However, instead of being open for anyone to edit, one person owns each wiki page and controls its content.

The goal is to develop a thriving community of page owners and developers while selling 10,000 pages at $100 each. Since it's launch, Million Dollar Wiki has already become a micro-economy of pages filled with informative, entertaining and resourceful content.


Who created the Million Dollar Wiki?

The Million Dollar Wiki was created by Graham Langdon, a 21 year old senior from the University of Connecticut. Instantly drawn to wikis as a revolutionary platform, Graham started thinking about more practical applications and potential business models. After a concept breakthrough, Graham Langdon invented the pay-per-page wiki business model and transformed the whole idea into the Million Dollar Wiki.


How does The Million Dollar Wiki work?

Every page is dedicated to a unique word or phrase. The content on each page is controlled by the page’s owner. Owners use the site, and specifically their page, as a vehicle to generate traffic, revenue or publicity.


Who owns pages?

Anyone who want to raise product awareness, increase their website’s traffic, improve their website’s SEO, develop their name, build their web presence, or make a profit from resale of the page at a later date.

As a wiki page owner, YOU decide what content to publish on that page. People have used their pages to set up forums, post their blog feeds, display YouTube videos, sell art, put up their own Google ads, and so much more. The possibilities are far and wide.


How much does a page cost?

Each wiki page only costs a one time fee of $100.


Why do pages cost $100?

First and foremost, your hundred dollars goes towards the costs of running this site and keeping it online for a minimum of 15 years. With that considered, your cost per wiki page is under $7 per year. The high traffic levels generated by the Million Dollar Wiki requires a dedicated server with an on-call server administrator. The fees will cover costs for this entire time.

Secondly, we help direct traffic to our customer's pages so they will be seen by real people. We don't expect you to build a page and not have anyone see it. A percentage of our revenue goes right back into the Million Dollar Wiki as we spend money to bring real visitors to our customers' pages and our community.

Having a fee also allows us to screen who owns pages and bring value to the site. There is an increasing number of redundant user-generated websites that allow anyone to own a page and they attract spammers, vulgar content, predators, abandoned pages and people who devalue the community. This is a major turnoff to new and returning visitors, while there are less people willing to waste others' time if there is a fee involved.

The Million Dollar Wiki was an experiment that has turned into a serious business. We seek to provide an excellent service and value to our wiki page owners. We want you to consider your page a good investment, and will do everything we can to help it be so.

I'm not good with computers. Do I need technical knowledge to set up a page?

You do not need any special or technical knowledge to set up a page. The whole process is designed to be as quick, easy, and as user friendly as possible. In addition, we offer first class support, and can help you set up your page every step of the way. Just let us know!


Why would I want to buy a page?

There are many of benefits in purchasing a page. As a page owner you:

  • Secure an exclusive niche in a growing micro-economy.
  • Raise awareness of your website, product, or service.
  • Own a keyword or phrase that perfectly represents and brands your business.
  • Cultivate a heightened web presence.
  • Share traffic generated by the entire community.
  • Join a resourceful community of motivated entrepreneurs.
  • Receive storage space on our server for your page's content.
  • Link quality content to your relevant website for better SEO.

There are also many ways to directly earn a profit from owning a page.

  • Sell products or services off your page.
  • Sell ad spots or use Google AdSense.
  • Resell your wiki page (developed or not) at a later date.


How do I buy a word?

To purchase a word, please visit our "Own a Page" link on the menu at the top of the page.


How long does page ownership last?

Once you own a page, it is yours for the life of the site.


How long will the Million Dollar Wiki be up and running?

With the initial sales, the hosting expenses have been secured for the first 15 years, and guarantee that the site will run until May of 2022. Our intention is to keep the site up forever.


Can I resell my page for profit?

Yes, reselling is allowed. See our Reseller Guide.


What words are available for purchase?

You can purchase any word or group of words that does not already exist on the million dollar wiki and fits the following criteria.

  • Words cannot contain meaningless letter groupings like 'kjlhdhsdf'
  • Words cannot contain unrelevant numbers (eg. accepted 'Web 2.0'; eg. unaccepted: 'Bread123')
  • Words cannot contain punctuation marks except for a period or hyphen
  • Words cannot contain unrelevant periods or hyphens (eg. accepted: 'non-disclosure agreement'; eg. unaccepted: 'Make-money')
  • Words cannot be spelt creatively such as 'dawg'.
  • Words cannot be offensive or X-rated.
  • Words can be Non-Offensive slang words, such as 'bling'
  • Words can use commonly used abbreviations or acronyms like 'DIY' or 'PPC'

Can I buy Trademarked names?

Trademarked terms are available for purchase, but they must be used in good faith with respect to copyright and trademark laws.

For instance, the page for "BMW" may be suitable for use by a BMW owners group, someone selling their used BMW automobile, a licensed dealer of BMW's, or by BMW themselves. It would be ill-advised and against our terms to use it for advertising autos by other manufacturers, or purchasing it with the sole intent to resell to the trademark holder.

The Million Dollar Wiki takes complaints about trademark and copyright violations seriously. If you have doubts or concerns, please feel free to contact us at pages[at]milliondollarwiki.com at any time.


How do I tell if a word I want has been taken or not?

Either do a search for the word in the bar located at the top right or refer to the complete page index.


What is my page’s URL?

MillionDollarWiki.com/yourpage

For example, if your word is "Basketball", the URL is www.MillionDollarWiki.com/Basketball


What am I allowed and not allowed to post on my page?

Whatever you put on your page must be significantly relevant to the word or phrase associated to your page. If you were to purchase the page for "Business", the entire page must be relevant to business.

Allowed:

  • Text
  • Images
  • Links
  • Blog feeds
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Games
  • Flash
  • Google AdSense
  • Relevant ads

Not allowed:

  • Irrelevant content
  • Pornographic or offensive content
  • Popups or automatic redirects to external websites
  • Jibberish keyword spam


What kind of support do you provide?

The Million Dollar Wiki team is very responsive and provides first class support. We extend every effort to help page owners get their page looking exactly the way they want it. This is because we want all of our pages to be of the highest quality. Your emails are always answered rapidly. We are completely dedicated to growing and will help you in any capacity we can. We also have a forum where you can get answers and join the community to get feedback, ideas and help for your page.


I purchased a page, now what?

After you buy a page, you will receive an email from us with your username, password, and link to edit your page. You will be ready to start building your page using the wiki editor (which is exactly the same as Wikipedia's editor), or create your own html page for a more customized look. Please refer to the Owners Guide for further information.


How do I add/edit content on my page?

After you've purchased your words, you'll receive a username and password, and a link to edit your page. You can use the built in wiki editor to quickly add text, images, links, and even youTube videos. You can also supply us with an html file and folder of images, that we will incorporate into your wiki page using IFrames. For further information on using the Wiki editor, see our concise Editing Tutorial.


What kind of hosting does Million Dollar Wiki provide for pages?

The Million Dollar Wiki runs on a powerful dedicated server with lots of RAM. The entire site is backed up twice daily. The backups are stored in their entirety in no less than four different remote hard drives. Data loss is not a threat to the Million Dollar Wiki.


I have more questions, who do I contact?

Please direct all further inquiries to pages@milliondollarwiki.com