UPDATE: Let's set a goal to have 10 awarded Announcer, Booster, or Publicist Badges. If you have the Announcer badge, then go for the Booster badge and we'll count that as 2! By May 15th, let's have any combination of 10 awards of these badges. Right now, there are 2 Announcer badges that have been awarded.
The Announcer, Booster, and Publicist Badges will not only add to your list of badges, but also sustain the site for years.
So far, as of the time of this writing, only two users have earned the Announcer badge.
Take a moment to think about what these badges mean for this site's long-term growth. For starters, here is the list and the requirements to earn each badge, in sequence:
Shared a link to a question that was visited by 25 unique IP addresses in 3 days
Shared a link to a question that was visited by 300 unique IP addresses in 4 days
Shared a link to a question that was visited by 1,000 unique IP addresses in 5 days
In order for me to build up enough traffic on this question to drive just 25 unique IP addresses in 3 days, enough for the bronze Announcer badge, how many times do I need to share the same link on different sites?
If I get 3 unique IP addresses per day for every link I share, then that means that I have to share my link on almost 9 different sites. Let's say it takes me 18 days to get to this point. That means that before I even brought in enough traffic to get the Announcer badge, I brought in a total of 270 unique IP addresses before I had enough traffic built up to get 25 unique IP addresses in 3 days.
Even after earning the badge, these links are still funneling traffic into our site.
The important thing to consider is the total number of referring unique IP addresses that were counted before building up enough to meet the goals, as well as the number of IP addresses that continue to be counted after you've earned the badge.
If you've earned even just the Announcer badge, you've truly made an impact on building this site by opening up different, sustainable pipelines that will continue to drive traffic to this site. A little bit of effort will go a long way! If you stop sharing links, the work you've done here will continue to benefit the site.
Think about the number of StackOverflow questions that programmers stumble upon everyday. Some of those questions are three years old, and they are still driving traffic to the site. The people who asked and answered those questions have long forgotten about them, yet they persist!
Now, imagine the amount of traffic you'll need to build up and lead to this site in order to earn the Booster and Publicist badges! How many unique IP's will those badge-earners drive to the site, not just in 4 or 5 days, but in 3 months, 6 months, or a year?
Focus on the inputs that will produce perpetual, long term results. Let's focus on doing the types of things that will sustain long after we get distracted by other things that life will inevitably throw our way.