3 or 4 months ago I'd never heard of this website. Now all of a sudden it's in the top results in my daily searches like 5x a day. How did it come out of nowhere like that? Am I just losing my mind?

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    Once your rep is over 9000, it will go away. – Joe Polski Aug 5 '10 at 3:11
  • Since this (rather surprisingly) hasn't been closed, I'd recommend you head on over to the Meta site (there's a link) and ask the same question. – AllenG Aug 5 '10 at 3:17
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    @Joe How I love that youtube.com/watch?v=SiMHTK15Pik – Jarrod Dixon Aug 5 '10 at 4:24

SO has been King Of Google for much longer than 3-4 months! But yes, it did rise to the top of SERPs unusually quickly. Possible reasons:

  • it's got loads of real, unique, massively-cross-linked content. Search engines love this;

  • it makes all that information easily accessible without a ton of extraneous markup/scripting or bogus cloaking (unlike That Other Place that used to come top for technical searches);

  • the technical nature of the site is particularly suited to keyword searching;

  • the reputation system and moderation keeps the worthless clutter down (compared to the unusably noisy general-purpose Q&A sites);

  • there are lots of incoming links and relatively few outgoing ones that aren't nofollow.

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  • hey, come visit us on chat.meta ! – Jeff Atwood Aug 5 '10 at 8:19

This is bit of a default answer but probably the simplest answer is to check out the FAQ. To sum it up it's a Q&A site for programmers by programmers with some extra features to get the "best" answer.

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