Buy Own Day Lets You Buy Entire Days

By Michael Kwan | Making Money

Aug 18

Have you ever wanted to say that a day was completely your own? To say that this day belongs to me and no one else? It’s not exactly the most common of desires, I suppose, but Buy Own Day wants to grant you that very wish.

The concept may sounds like a strange one, but its core structure may not be all that unique after all. Then again, this service could prove useful to certain Internet marketers and other applications.

What Is Buy Own Day?

In short, Buy Own Day is a website that offers an extensive calendar. Based on this calendar, you can buy any specific date within the range and enter your chosen name, URL, and description.

You claim any single day for a dollar. If you want to buy a week, that’ll cost you seven dollars. Go ahead and keep adding even more days for a dollar at a time. And that is the fundamental concept behind Buy Own Day.

If you’re thinking that the core concept sounds a little familiar, you’d be right. It wasn’t all that long ago in Internet lore when we came across things like the Million Dollar Homepage and the Million Euro Wiki. People were selling single pixels, blocks of pixels, wiki pages, and whatever else for a set amount of money. Buy Own Day is much the same.

How to Buy Your Place in History

The calendar is Buy Own Day uses a less than common layout, placing weeks in vertical columns rather than horizontal rows. I found this already to be a little disorienting and it’s something I suggest they change.

That aside, the manner in which you buy days is relatively straight forward. Click on the day you want and then click on the “buy now” button. If you want a range of days, click on the first then last day in your range. It’ll show how many days you’ve selected.

From there, you will be sent to the description page. When you buy a day, you have the opportunity to enter your site URL, your name, and a description. This can quite easily be used for advertising purposes (or even affiliate links), but you could just as easily just claim your birthday.

For most purchases, you will be able to choose from a series of 3D emoticons. Choose from happy, sad, money eyes, confusion, army face, and more. Right now, there are about 40 emoticons at your disposal. If you purchase more than 90 consecutive days in a single transaction, you can alternatively upload your own picture (as shown above).

A Little Extra Marketing Effort

To further encourage you to buy more days at a time, you may want to check out the day list on Buy Own Day.

This is where they list all the days that people have purchased, including the full descriptions and the URL links if provided. The people who purchased the greatest number of days are listed at the top and they will stay there until they get bumped down by someone who buys more.

Is Buy Own Day really worth the effort on your part? You have to remember that when you buy a day, you are only buying a single day. You don’t buy August 18; you buy August 18, 2010. Checking the top of the site, you’ll see that over two million days are still available. These extend both into the past and into the future.

I have a feeling that Buy Own Day will quickly go the way of the Million Dollar Homepage… without the originality.

Link: Buy Own Day


About the Author

A professional freelance writer based out of Vancouver, Michael Kwan focuses mostly on the worlds of technology, gadgets, and the Internet. You can find him blogging at Beyond the Rhetoric, among several other websites around the web.

Hippy Hop August 18, 2010

Looks like a good concept to make money. But what is it for the buyer? I mean what is in store for the buyer? There must be more to that aside from having your URL placed on the page. August 25, 2010

    Very cool concept, especially for jobs like freelance writing.

Phil August 20, 2010

Bit of a bizzare concept this one, I can see the appeal of the Million Dollar Homepage but I think this one needs to offer a little more to the user for it to catch on.

Jasmine Henry August 28, 2010

I want to know what's in it for me. What, so I just buy a day, get my link on a website for 1 DAY and that's it? Not worth it. Especially if this doesn't get popular, no one will visit the site and it will be a waste of money.

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