Quick note: due to the Thanksgiving Holiday (MURICA!!), I'm not going to be around either here, or on The Consortium, or any of the various other places I normally chat about gold making for the next week or so.
The Results of the 2013 World of Warcraft Gold Survey by The Golden Crusade are out! The data is very interesting, and I always love reading through Eric's analysis. Check out the full report, it's excellent and very detailed, but I'm going to summarize and give my thoughts on my favorite part of the results below.
EU Servers' average gold totals were ~200,000 gold higher than US averages! Now I may just be trying to defend the US servers' gold making ability here, but keep in mind that the number surveyed that identified from the EU is about 1/3rd that that identified as playing on the US. Perhaps a couple high data points skewed their average, but to me it seems like a non-negligible difference. Way to go EU!
Top Gold Boosting Resources
Being a Wind Trader at The Consortium myself, I was glad to see that the users of this website were the highest above average, having a whopping 138% more gold than the average survey taker, with roughly 1 in 5 participants having used the forums. Surprisingly to me, the number 2 gold boosting resource was Gold Making Podcasts! Now at 7% respondents listening, this may just show a correlation between being active in the community and making tons of gold, as perhaps does the third most useful resource which came in with 3% using in regards to gold making, Twitter.
Of course last but not least I have to point out that readers of gold blogs had a whopping 81% over the average total amount of gold, and about the same 1 out of 5 ratio as The Consortium!
Also I'd be remiss to not point out that not only did users of paid gold guides make 43% less gold than the average, but they also made less gold than people who used no resources at all! Even though it was a small pool of respondents and may not be statistically significant, it still gave me a good chuckle!
There is a LOT more data out from Xsinthis/Eric, and if you want to see the full report check it out at The Golden Crusade!
Alright, I hope you all have a great holiday if you're celebrating, and if not have a great week regardless. If you're looking for some reading material, be sure to check out my favorite reads here.