How do you get the initial user base on the social media website? [closed]


Ok, so here is the problem. Bringing users to the website is not the problem. Getting users to a website they want to visit with other users is the problem.

I am developing a dating website and hope to launch it soon. But, with EVERY dating website, you can wait, when you sign up, search for other users and bam … other users found.

However, when it first starts, you probably only have a handful of users (the people you work with, if any). How can I get users if I don't have users yet? Since that is the FULL point of this type of website. Some websites I know of have bots to automatically create profiles, but I don't want to do that. I only want real users, real profiles.