Nev from Auction House Addict has created a community project for the gold makers among us 20 Days of Gold Making You can find a list of all of the participants in this blog post at AH addict. Today's question is:
If you were starting over again (maybe on a new server perhaps), how would you start building some capital and what goal would you set yourself?
While I have recently settled in on a new server as part of my "Project Titan", what I did was to transfer an existing toon with a few thousand gold and just start reproducing the system I use with enchanting and jewelcrafting that earn me gold on my home server of Shadowsong, but that is not really in the spirit of the question so I'll not bore you with that.
Knowing what things are important in making gold certainly helps you on a new server and the three thing to remember is that many people are lazy, most are unaware of how the auction house charging works and many more unaware of the source of many items (or where to find out).
After rolling my toon I'll go and kill the local humanoids as these drop copper as well as armour and other assorted items and the copper is THE important thing here and as I need some cash to get started, I don't quest I kill them humanoids until I am level 5. By this time I'll have amassed a personal wealth of 20-30 silver from the killing spree and selling the drops.
I don't normally use Auctioneer, but on a new server and being cash starved means you can deploy the one awesome feature, the Appraiser feature (see here for a guide). This allows you to identify items that you can vendor for more than they are being auctioned for, success will vary realm to realm but I have managed to turn a 50 silver pot into around 100g within 15 minutes of arriving at the auction house, though normal results tend to be between 25 and 50g. This should be enough to get you set up with some proper gold making and I usually continue from this point by learning mining and skinning or herbalism and selling everything I mine/skin/herb as I level.