Happy Five Month anniversary, Freelancing SE! Now that we're well into our public beta, you've probably noticed our core group of users have run out of questions to ask. This is normal, as a site cannot sustain itself without a steady stream of new users. Every day, we get a question or two asked by users new to the community. It's this new influx of new users which will help sustain and grow the site.
One way to get more traffic into Freelancing SE is to increase the number of referring sites/inbound links. There are blogs, forums, and other websites out there with conversations that are relevant to our site. Many of these will represent unanswered questions, questions that can be answered by posting a brief summary and a link to the thread on our site.
For instance, I noticed we have not submitted any posts to Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/domain/freelancing.stackexchange.com/
Stack Exchange incentivizes us to share these links. Underneath each post is a "share" link. When clicked, it gives you a link that looks something like this:
where the first item in the path designates whether the post is a question or answer, the second item is the post ID, and the third item is your user ID.
When you share these links outside of the Stack Exchange network, any clicks on these links from unique IP addresses count towards you earning the following badges:
- - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 25 unique IP addresses
- - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 300 unique IP addresses
- - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 1000 unique IP addresses
These badges are arguably the most special on the site, because it's not just about you expanding your SE flair. Having a site with users who have earned these badges is a sign that the community is healthy and capable of growing into a sustainable Stack Exchange site. These badges can also be earned multiple times. I encourage you to go out into the world and let Freelancers know we are here! Good luck!