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I get answered questions similar to the one below daily, and every once in a while it's good to post a thorough recap of what the blog has covered since its inception. This way I can direct new and seasoned readers to the meatiest posts that are still valid, instead of you having to vet old posts for accuracy.
Chad has the question any of you are asking when you come here for the first time:
I was searching on Google for help in understanding how to make gold and came across your YouTube channel which led me to your site. You have some awesome videos and the blogs are amazing. I've only read a few posts so far, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the information and in some ways a little lost. I may not have come across it yet, but do you have something for beginners that do not understand the market and could begin using to help get a better understanding? I noticed you have a paid forum but was scared to subscribe to it because I didn't know if it would be over my head on the level of information so I've been holding off on taking that step.
I would really like to take what limited time I have on the game (work all during the day and only have a couple hours at night) and put it to good use. From looking at your site, I think the information is there. I just have to figure out a way to understand it and build up to some of the ideas that you post where it requires a few gold to invest to obtain a profit.
Again, awesome job on the videos and website. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing all your hard work!
For those who don't know the videos which Chad is referring to, I highly recommend watching them here.
Next, I highly recommend reading the Damned Gold Guide.
Followed by two quick courses on GW2Spidy:
GW2Spidy How to Read Charts
GW2 Spidy Great Market Analysis Examples
Find a few strategies on the site for flipping, such as these 50 items. That's an old post, so I would recommend using it as a starting point for finding your own markets but not an outright guide.
Use a crafting website to determine what's profitable to craft right now.
This entire process can be sped up by purchasing a forum membership and digging into the tutorials I've written under "Markco's Crazy Thoughts" on the forum. Most of these do not require a lot of gold.
If you're totally strapped for cash, consider turning your Kharma or Laurels into gold. Skill points can also be converted for big profits (see forum strategy).
Go here for a list of what to buy (and then sell) before September 9th. Keep in mind that when these items go up in value, the things they create will also rise in price. Hint. Hint.