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






No Begging Outside The Auction House

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed an increasing number of wow players begging for gold – at least on the European servers that I play on.

It seems that there’s many a wow player running around Azeroth stony broke.  And I’m not sure why. After all, the way gold cycles through the Warcraft economy hasn’t changed since Azeroth was created. I put it down to a new influx of players in their early levels, and players new to the game often struggle to pay for a haircut, let along buy a basic mount.

Now, if you’re one of these players – please stop begging. It’s embarrassing!

No seriously, it’s not hard to make a little gold, and if you follow this blog or read any of my Warcraft Guides, you’ll know that you can make easy wow gold with virtually every visit to the Auction House.

But for players new to the game and who have little understanding of the Warcraft economy, making gold becomes as hit and miss as ‘Chug and Chuck’ at the Brewfest.

Too often new players read about this hack or that hack without ever developing a basic gold making strategy. These hacks then disappear with the coming of the next patch. Then there’s the facebook dude who supposedly knows of this mob or that mob with an amazing spawn rate. If you grind these mobs with a macro enhanced keyboard until your fingers bleed, you’ll collect enough loot to hock at auction for a few gold.

Now don’t get me wrong. We all need to grind in the early levels to obtain the basic mats we need to kick-start our gold making. In many ways it’s the only way to advance our reputation with those factions we’re interested in courting.

But, Friend, grinding is not the quickest way to make gold in the World of Warcraft, and frankly I find it boring.

Now, if you’re the type of player who likes to grind or gather their mats, then Friend, that’s fine. Gather or grind the mats you need for your profession and any surplus will always sell well on the Auction House.

But here’s a secret – the fastest was to make gold time after time, patch after patch, for any faction, race or class, is to learn to trade items on the Auction House.

I spend only 15 minutes a playing session trading on the Auction House to make my daily gold. Sure, if I’m going for broke I spend a little longer. But I trade the Goblin way and 15 minutes is all I need to keep my characters in gold.

So, how do you trade like a Goblin?

Read my article The 5 Goblin Principle of Auction House Trading to find out how!

WoW Gold Guide of Marcus Ty

Welcome to the WoW Gold Blog of Marcus Ty which chronicles my adventures in the World of Warcraft and my trials at making gold.

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for over five years now and in that time I’ve watched players struggle to make reasonable amounts of gold and lose interest in the game as a result. It’s not that making wow gold is hard, it’s just that many a new player never learn the basics of the wow gold economy and thus miss out on the many gold making opportunities that exist within the game.

Now let me add straight away that while I make many thousands of gold as part of my normal game-play, I never sell gold; nor do I advocate others buying gold. The buying and selling of gold outside of the Warcraft universe distorts the wow gold economy and ruins makes it harder for the rest of us to earn a bob or two throughout the land of Azeroth and beyound.

So, Friend, the aim of this blog and all my writings on the wow gold economy is to help you make gold in the World of Warcraft so that you can be free from the gold buyers out there and eventually buy the gear and mounts you have always dreamed of.

Marcus Ty – Level 80 Mage of Stormwind and Servant to the Kirn Tor.