Your choices are:
Seriously - the Alliance Recruitment chat is a complete jungle. It must be 50-1 recruiters to lookers, then throw in all the mercs that just hang out there due to boredom. The message boards here see very little action, since almost anyone that will go out of their way to visit a message board is likely in an established alliance already. There is a small spot on Reddit that doesn’t see any action, and there is the Line group which is all recruiters and no lookers.
I have resorted to taking my alt account and just randomly searching a word in the alliance search. I find an alliance with just a couple of people and then jump in there and give them a pitch. This works about as well as the AR Chat. The biggest attraction for 7D and the other alliance groups is not all the knowledge you gain, but the fact that you don’t have to recruit. I inherited an alliance by surprise last week and I have spent far more time trying to fill it back up than I have actually playing the game. I am dangerously close to just giving up and leaving everyone to fend for themselves. The number of alliances with a couple active people and a bunch of dead accounts is staggering. In my opinion, this is the very worst part of the game. There must be something SG can do to inform people they can find an alliance that fits their level, and there has to be a better system than waiting in the AR chat then pouncing on the one person an hour that shows up looking. I don’t know what those things are, but anything would be better than this.
@Petri - this is a serious issue, and everyone that frequents the AR Chat (or tries elsewhere) is aware of it.