I've tried many different methods, including facebook ads, google ads, classifieds, and project wonderful.
All with little success. When I started playing a year ago, our community had over 1000 players, and we're down to technically 300-ish.
I believe one reason why my methods only brought in a few players, is because I had little to spend. I spent a total of $150 in my 6 months of experimenting and learning. All with maybe 30 players who joined, and few who stayed. What makes this project very tough is the need to target those in Ireland/Irish-American cities, to prevent the players you paid to advertise to from joining another nation.
I'll be getting a large amount of money in a few months, and $500 is a fraction of it, not counting what other players are willing to donate. If I dropped that $500 in one month, how many players do you guys think I could get? What method would be best to use? A few hundred players would be ideal.