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Trying out the StackExchange platform

For the last couple of days I’ve been obsessing over a new toy. Jeol & Jeff, the powers behind StackOverflow, have launched a public beta of StackExchange – a platform for hosting Q&A sites. Browsing the list of stack exchange sites, I saw several more and less successful sites, including:

I decided to try and open my own site, about Magic: The Gathering. The setup itself was rather easy. I:

  • Bought a domain and set it up, with some help
  • Seeded the site with some questions and answers
  • Tweaked the color scheme, logo and favicon (thanks Eran)
  • Got some friends to help out (though so far they’ve only posted answers, not questions)
  • Setup Google Analytics, and noticed incoming search traffic only stayed for 42 seconds on the site
  • Opened a small AdWords campaign, paying 1.5$ a day to test the water.
  • Post the site on this blog, of course.

Now what remains to be seen is whether the site can accumulate the needed critical mass. For now, the site is in beta, meaning I don’t have to pay anything to keep it running (except time and effort). When the beta is over, the cost will be $129 a month, which is quite challenging to make using adsense.

Keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂


Just got a $100 coupon for AdWords by visiting Google Webmasters Tools – how cool is that? In a second look, it appears the coupon was lying in my Webmasters Tools inbox for two months now, just waiting for the perfect opportunity.

I also forgot to mention opening a uservoice forum (+ adding the widget to my site).


  1. Sara:

    yep i totlly agree with you, the easy part is putting up the site it’s getting the traffic thats the nightmare lol i’m not so sure you’ll get that amount of adsense to pay for your costs though…

  2. ripper234:

    What site is yours? I wonder how you found this post, I just published it like 10 minutes ago.

  3. Ofer Egozi:

    Sounds like fun… you’re getting the entire startup experience, trying to get users, traffic, feedback and all in a costless operation 🙂
    Good luck!

  4. ripper234:

    Yeah I know, Joel & Jeff already did the heavy lifting for me. I heartily recommend this (at least as an experience), for everyone with an idea and a little time on his hands.

  5. Steve Smith:

    If your traffic on Draw3Cards doesn’t pay the bills post-beta, we should talk about merging it in with SmarterGamer, which follows the StackOverflow model of not being too specific. We don’t yet have EpicAdvice’s crazy growth but we have over 100 users in under a month including Skeet and Atwood and I hope the site will continue to be useful and popular to gamers of all stripes.