In many ways, this all started with the Million Dollar Homepage. It was an ingenious and truly original idea at the time, charging people to buy a few pixels on a single page. The concept expanded into the Million Dollar Wiki, opening the floodgates to countless copycats. Most charge you a pretty penny for your paid wiki, but not the One Buck Wiki. Unfortunately, it seems that they put in this ReviewMe request a little too late.
From the Makers of the Five Dollar Wiki…
The same person who decided to create the Five Dollar Wiki thought that it would be a good idea to create another site that is virtually identical and thus the One Buck Wiki was born. Before I get to the pricing — which isn’t what you’d expect it to be — let me say that you will not find anything out of the ordinary on this paid wiki.
In a nutshell, the process is exactly the same as every other paid wiki on the web. You send some money their way and you purchase a wiki page for the life of the website. In this case, they’ve guaranteed that the One Buck Wiki will stay alive for at least 15 years. You can use this wiki page for pretty much whatever you want, so long as its not unrelated content, pornographic or offensive content, or keyword spam. Nothing new here.
It’s Really An Investment
And this is where the One Buck Wiki differs from other paid wiki websites on the net. For the Million Dollar Wiki, for example, a page costs $100 and that price, presumably, will never change. With the One Buck Wiki, a price schedule has already been outlined based on the number of pages sold on the site.
You’ll notice that, in its short history, the One Buck Wiki has already reached its first milestone of 1000 pages sold. As I write this review, the total page count is now sitting at 1,149. Pretty impressive. I can’t say for certain, but I’d imagine that the first 999 pages sold for a dollar each. Thus, all of those have already increased in value ten-fold… assuming someone is willing to buy your term.
Buy a page today and you’ll effectively pay a mere 67 cents per year to grab your page. At this rate, you can buy ten pages on OneBuckWiki for the the same price as some of its better-known counterparts. There still appear to be several good keywords and keyword phrases left, but here are the most popular terms that have already been taken:
If the One Buck Wiki really takes off, you can see how valuable your investment can become. Additional pages will be harder to sell as the price goes up, but if they manage to get to the 10,000 page mark, each new page on the One Buck Wiki will cost 100 bucks. Not exactly “one buck” anymore, eh?
As Featured on Yahoo! News
I guess Max, the guy behind OneBuckWiki, is pretty serious about growing the site and taking advantage of viral marketing. Earlier this month, it seems that he put out a press release that was picked up by Yahoo! News, proclaiming that his site “brings you traffic and profit for one dollar.” It must have worked, because the pages are flying off the shelves, albeit at one buck (now ten bucks) at a time.
Easy to Buy, Easy to Use
Buying a OneBuckWiki page is relatively straightforward, but the purchase page isn’t immediately clear. You need to scroll all the way to the bottom, but there’s no “buy” button. Instead, there is a text entry box where you can enter the terms you wish to buy, separated by commas.
After clicking on “check availability”, you will be told whether the page is available and you will be provided with an “add to cart” button for each term. These add the keywords to a PayPal cart and you can checkout when ready. Just be aware that other folks may snatch up your chosen keyword or keyword phrase in the meantime.
Setting up your newfound wiki page is just like any other paid wiki, so you’ll need to get familiar with wiki formatting. It is different than HTML, after all.
One Buck Becomes Ten Bucks, Ten Bucks Becomes…
I’m not really sure how I feel about these paid wikis, especially after so many have popped up on the web. I do appreciate the value offered by OneBuckWiki, especially with the progressively increasing value for every 1,000 pages sold, but you’ve got to wonder how long the viral marketing (and appeal) will last.
Ironically, it’s not even the cheapest paid wiki anymore, because you can get a near identical page at the FiveDollarWiki for five bucks… and it has the increasing value thing too. Now all they need is an affiliate program.