20 Days of Gold Making – Starting Over

I’ve been making wow gold for so many years that I sometimes forget how hard it can be for players new to the game to get started. So, as part of ‘Nev’s – 20 Days of Gold Making‘ I thought I would write a short post on some basic gold making strategies for those players just starting out on a new server and in their lower levels.

Choose A Character You Like

World of Warcraft was designed to be character building – well literally! So, it’s best to roll a character that best suits you as a player and not worry if it’s suited to making gold. The gold making I teach is based firmly on the wow gold economy, so it works regardless of race, class or faction.

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that, often as not, I tend to play a Mage. It’s just the way I roll! But I often like to roll a completely new race, class and faction just for the hell of it. In fact, I have sometime been known to roll Horde!

Don’t Listen To The One Hack Wonders

Now, as a Mage in my early levels, I too struggled to make gold. My guild mates tried to help, but their advice consisted mainly of grinding this mob and that mob for hours on end in the hope of some rare item dropping. Other would suggest this hack and that hack which would soon be nerfed with the coming of the next patch. Some even suggested I buy my gold.

What Madness! Buying gold will get you banned and why spend the real bucks when there’s gold in-game for the taking.

Time Is Money

As  a lowly Mage when first starting, the strategy of endlessly grinding as a the main method of making gold was always doomed to failure. And anyway, who has the time?

Now, don’t get me wrong. Grinding in the early levels can be a valid strategy to begin with – to help build a little capital, but it can’t be the only strategy. It simply takes too much time for those of us who have to inhabit the real world. And in the early days, that is what I was told to do.

Learn How To Trade

No, the best way to start making gold in World of Warcraft  is to first get a basic understanding of the Warcraft of Warcraft Economy and then learn to trade. If you understand what’s in demand on your server, you’ll find it easy to acquire those items – either through simple grinding as part of your daily questing, or picking up items listed below market price on the Auction House.

And learning how to Trade on the Auction House is the quickest way to make gold.

Install The Right Addon

To trade effectively on the Auction House you need the right addon. If only I had known this when I first started playing wow. Learning How To Install Addons is very easy, but they do need to be maintained.

Choose a Profession

The next important gold making tip for those just starting out is to choose two primary professions – one of which needs to be a gathering profession:

  • Herbalism
  • Mining
  • Skinning

The other profession should be a complementary crafting profession. I prefer these days to have Alchemy and Jewelcrafting, but most of the crafting professions provide opportunities to make you gold.

Building Capital

To trade effectively, you first need to build a little capital. Not much, but enough to buy and sell a few items on the Auction House and to pay the Auction House fees. New players are amazed how costly it can be, simply to list a few items.

Now, how much is enough? Well, You can start hitting the Auction House with less than 20g and gradually build up to a 200-300g quite quickly – providing you can gauge demand on your server.

Here are few gold making strategies that can build capital at the early levels:

  • Gather material using your primary gathering profession
  • Gather cloth through daily questing and selected dungeons
  • Gather food items in demand for the Cooking profession

Any of these basic strategies will soon net you more than enough gold capital to start you trading and listing items on the Auction House more frequently.

In Summary

Don’t listen to the ‘One Hack Wonders’. Learn the basics of the World of Warcraft Economy and those Auction House Secrets that will earn you gold quickly and efficiently, without the need for hacks and cheats.

Choose a gathering and crafting profession, early in the game  (level 5) and use your gathering profession to build some trading capital.

By trading every playing session, even low level characters can amass thousands of gold very quickly.

WoW Auction House Guide
The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide