One of the challenges of a new Stack Exchange site is to gain a following of experts who will use the site in their daily work, and to build a community of experts who will help answer questions with facts, references, and specific expertise.
I've looked at a few users profiles, and we have some people who are members of professional contracting organizations. When the site goes public, can you reach out to the groups that you're members of and tell them about the site?
Here are methods that have had success in the past:
- Find a relevant discussion in one of the forum/discussion groups where you're a member, where there exists an answer here on Freelancing SE.
Using the share links at the bottom of each question, obtain a link to the question that applies to the discussion.
Contribute to the discussion in a meaningful manner, perhaps by providing the answer to the question in the discussion and then inserting the link you copied earlier to provide attribution to the material you've posted. Remember, the goal isn't to spam these communities by simply dropping links and running. We must be sure to provide value while demonstrating Freelancing SE as a problem-solving tool.
Another manner of promoting the site is by finding professional bloggers in the freelancing community who would benefit from a steady stream of source material generated by our site. If you know a blogger, or if you are a professional blogger yourself, consider that the material here on Freelancing SE, with proper attribution, can provide you with enough material and ideas to keep your blog active and give your own community of readers something to keep coming back to while also promoting Freelancing SE.
Aside from these strategies, how else might we promote Freelancing SE?