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I joined stackoverflow.com because I kept seeing relatively good question/responses showing up in Google searches.

What I am asking, is does anyone know/remember how they first got into this site (at the start). Was it google, advertisement, announcement at a conference, friend referral?

people have to find it first

How did stackoverflow.com get enough good quality content to draw quality question posters to the site? Did they ask alot of questions themselves? If it didn't create much content, how was the site's functionality good enough to draw question posters to it?

This site is a true Whitehat SEO site, IMO. I am just wondering what tricks they used to become popular so fast. (Besides so many posts that they have now)

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    Good question, but probably belongs on meta.stackoverflow.com – Barry Brown Dec 20 '10 at 3:38
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    I think the creators already had a critical mass of programmers following their blogs to make it work. – Seth Dec 20 '10 at 3:42
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    Somewhat ironic that this is coming up now – Michael Mrozek Dec 20 '10 at 5:16

The site founders already had large audiences from their programming blogs. You can go back to the old podcast episodes to hear how they originally promoted the site to get a huge number of people interested even before it launched.

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